Small Fries Games
As part of our 'Showcase Series', we are highlighting games companies large and small with a few quick questions to discover more about their conception, evolution, inspirations and aspirations. From the largest multi-national companies to indie games makers and even individual new-comers, we're happy to shine a light on a variety of views of the gaming industry and experiences for those at all points on the gaming ladder!
Today - ...Small Fries Games with Knock Knock First Words, soon to be in the 2021 Imagination Gaming Games of the Years awards!
Tell us briefly the background of your company.
I founded Small Fries Games just before having my first child. I'd worked in video games for many years and even co-founded the indie games studio Honeyslug, but it was time to make the switch to tabletop! I predominantly design games for kids and families. I also frequently work with brands.
Tell us what inspires you to make games and do you have any rules when making games.
Making games is something I've always loved to do. I remember making a game in junior school which was played by every class and I still remember my first pack of homemade Top Trumps! I used to read PlayStation Magazine on the school bus and have epic game days every weekend growing up. Games have always been my passion (both playing them and making them) and I hope this passion comes across in the games I make. The range of card games for babies/preschoolers I am currently self publishing were inspired by my children. I've just launched the first game in the range, Knock Knock! first words, which was the first game I ever designed for my daughter. It was coming up to her first birthday and I was unable to find any suitable games in the market. So, I designed a game for her instead based on her interests at the time (knocking on doors!). As far as rules go, I try to keep my designs edited. I may start with a million ideas but I playtest and just keep the best ones. I like to have multiple ways to play, especially if it allows younger ones to join in too. It's great when games can grow with families. I also think about eco factors in my game design, so try not to have wasted space in boxes, no single use plastic etc.
What do you have coming up and out in the future?
I hope to self publish more of my card games for babies/preschoolers in collaboration with Parker Jacobs (of Yo Gabba Gabba! fame) and Peter Sleeman. I've been working with Peter since my video game days and he's worked with popular preschool brands including Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly and Fireman Sam. I also have a party game coming out with an awesome publisher. Totally different to my baby games range, but equally me!
If you're interested in following my journey, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@smallfriesgames). I post Small Fries news every Friday. Hope to see you there! Nat
Submitted by: Nat Marco