Worms developer Team 17 steps into mobile game publishing ring

The company has turned to publishing third-party games; has signed up indie developer Rocket Rainbow to push its puzzle game Hay Ewe

By Jonathan Toyad

Image credit: Team17

Image credit: Team17

If you’ve played the turn-based action Worm series, the Alien Breed games and Superfrog back in the 90s, you probably heard of UK-based publisher and developer company Team 17. The company has now turned to publishing third-party games for mobile phones and other smart devices.

Fall from grace or returning to their roots? You decide. Team 17 Managing Director Debbie Bestwick said that since it announced third party publishing focus last year, the team was inundated with requests to look at many games on many platforms. “We have a track record of self-publishing on mobile and being successful, so it’s quite an obvious move. ”

The publisher recently signed a deal with developer Rocket Rainbow to push out its puzzle game Hay Ewe. Players control Matilda, the sheep as she has to lead her lambs to safety from treacherous obstacles and solve obstruction puzzles. The game will be out for smartphones and tablets in the second quarter of the year. Rocket Rainbow is a studio comprising of ex-PopCap Games staff members.

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