Mariusz Szypura

Telehorse

Creative Director / CEO

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Short CV

Mariusz Szypura is the owner and CEO of a Warsaw-based independent game developing studio called Telehorse.  Szypura studied at Poznan University of Technology. He has worked for advertising agencies as a graphic designer and creative director. He has been in charge of hundreds of campaigns and projects. He has co-operated with major record labels and designed several album covers. One of them was Silver Rocket’s "Tesla", for which he won the Fryderyk Award. The list of album covers includes works for the Grammy winner Włodek Pawlik and many Polish bestsellers.  What is more, Mariusz is an experienced musician with more than a dozen records under his belt. He has also composed original scores for two movies and produced albums and songs for other artists. Mariusz Szypura has always been a huge fan of indie games. Telehorse, established in 2013, allows him to pull all his skills together and develop video games on his own. He makes games with Unity 3D, he also composes and produces soundtracks.  Telehorse released two games: Steampunker and Steamkraft and is currently working on the new games - Steamburg, Steampunker VR Periscope Shooter and Transatlantic.  Mariusz Szypura ranked 26th on the 50 Most Creative People in Business list compiled by Brief.pl 

Telehorse

Telehorse

Telehorse is a Warsaw-based independent studio established in 2013 by Mariusz Szypura.

Its business operations involve the development and release of independent steampunk-themed games designated for mobile devices (iOS and Android tablets), PC/Mac devices and Xbox/PlayStation platforms. The games offer a unique experience to both Polish and international audiences, as they combine an intriguing plot with logic puzzles, world-quality graphics and a dedicated soundtrack composed and recorded by the game developer himself.

Every game is developed with great attention to detail – this is true both of the overall plot and individual logic tasks/puzzles to be solved by the players, as well as intricate graphics  – so that everything, music included, comes together as a whole and creates a unique and fascinating world.   

Mariusz Szypura has worked for advertising agencies as a graphic designer and creative director. He has been in charge of hundreds of campaigns and projects, winning a Fryderyk Music Award for the artwork on one of his album covers.

What is more, Mariusz is an experienced musician with more than a dozen records under his belt. Telehorse allows him to pull all his skills together and independently develop computer games.

Mariusz Szypura ranked 26th on the 50 Most Creative People in Business in 2015 list compiled by Brief.pl

Steampunker was the first game released by the Telehorse studio in 2014. The game was initially launched for iPads only. Following a successful fundraising campaign at Indiegogo, Steampunker is now available for iPhones, as well as Android phones and tablets.

The game has won and been nominated for the following:

  • INDIE PRIZE AWARD for BEST GAME ART at Casual Connect in Belgrade.

  • APPAWARD 2014 for BEST ENTERTAINMENT iOS APP.

  • APP OF THE YEAR 2014 by slideDB.com

  • 2 INDIE PRIZE nominations for Best Game Art and Best Audio at CASUAL CONNECT ASIA 2015

  • 3 INDIE PRIZE nominations for Best Game Art, Best Game Design and Best Audio at CASUAL CONNECT San Francisco 2015

  • INDIE PRIZE nomination for Best Game Art at CASUAL CONNECT Tel Aviv 2015

Steampunker was also presented at TOKYO GAME SHOW in 2014 and TAIPEI GAME SHOW in 2015. For TOKYO GAME SHOW the game had been selected as one of few European productions and the only one originating from Poland. Famitsu App nominated Steampunker for the INDIE PRIZE at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2014.

The second game released by Telehorse is called Steamkraft - Steampunk voyages inspired by Jules Verne. It’s been available for iOS and Android mobile devices since May 2016.

The subtitle “Steampunk Voyages inspired by Jules Verne” clearly points at the inspiration behind the vehicles, vessels and locations used in the game. Steamkraft is an endless runner, which means it goes on until you run out of lives, eventually. The game is set in locations known from such Jules Verne novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Five Weeks in a Balloon or From the Earth to the Moon.

The game was featured in August in the INDIE CORNER at the GOOGLE PLAY STORE.

Showcases:

  • finalist of Indie Showcase at DIGITAL DRAGONS 2016 in Krakow

  • finalist of CASUAL CONNECT Tel Aviv 2016

In 2015 Telehorse began work on a new game called Steamburg. Although it is still  under development, with the planned release date in 2017, it has already been well received.

Prizes and nominations:

  • INDIE GAME CUP for Best Storytelling at WHITE NIGHTS Conference in Helsinki 2016

  • GRAND PRIX nomination at WHITE NIGHTS Conference in Helsinki 2016

  • CONTEST WINNER Event 2016 by adoptmygame.com

Officially selected for:

  • CASUAL CONNECT San Francisco 2015

  • TOKYO GAME SHOW 2015

  • CASUAL CONNECT Tel Aviv 2015

  • TAIPEI GAME SHOW 2016

  • CASUAL CONNECT Amsterdam 2016

In 2016 Telehorse developed  Steampunker VR Periscope Shooter, which was released  in January 2017.

The game was initially developed as a VR version of one of the challenges from Telehorse's award-winning Steampunker. When the first level was well received by players and journalists at game shows, the company decided to expand and develop it as an independent game.  There are five levels and the player can experience the VR in a first person shooter and a finding hidden objects game.  While the levels are connected into a story, a player has access to all of them and can enjoy any level they want.

Officially selected for:

  • CASUAL CONNECT Tel Aviv 2016

  • CASUAL CONNECT Berlin 2017

  • TAIPEI GAME SHOW 2017

In 2017 Telehorse will focus on a new game with the working title Transatlantic. The game is planned as a VR adventure set aboard one of early 20th century steamships. Telehorse has been granted EU funding for this project under the Creative Europe Programme.

Two other games are  currently at research and early development stage. Telehorse intends to announce one of them in 2017 with a release date in 2018 or early 2019.

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