Pressure Games Toy Blog

KidsFEST went off with a bang this weekend! Lets give a round of applause to our lucky Countdown giveaway winner Katy! On receiving the news that she was our bigger winner of the day Katy had this to say:

"Wow! Thank you so much! My kids will be so excited!! They really enjoyed the game."

Harbor Style magazine, a major publication covering the Southwest Florida community featured Pressure Games in their February issue. Harbor Style covers events, companies and people in the Charlotte and Sarasota County areas. That covers nearly a million people in Southwest Florida who will be getting their first taste of what Pressure Games is doing and our first toy, Countdown, coming out later this year.

The photoshoot and interview happened late last year, but we weren't sure when or how we'd be featured. The article is a great in-depth look at our company philosophy and goals along with a lot of details about our first toy, Countdown. 

Check out the full version of the article online.

 

We were recently invited to the ABC Sarasota's "Morning View" talk program. It was a great time having a sit down with their hosts, discussing our first toy and the overall mission of Pressure Games. Everyone's in agreement that kids need more social playtime, and our retro inspired hide & seek game, Countdown, seemed to really hit the mark. Check out the full interview.

Pressure Games will be attending our very first all kids event in just a few weeks and we would love to see you there! Pressure Games will be at Charlotte Harbor Kids Fest Saturday February 29th from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Beach Park in Port Charlotte, FL. 

Charlotte Harbor Kids Fest is for children from infancy to 8th grade! This event is FREE and will include prizes & giveaways, character meet & greets, photo-ops, CCSO, FIRE/EMS "Touch a Truck", local Health Services & more!

We will have an awesome play area set up so kids and families can really play and see hide & seek with Countdown in action! We'll also be raffling off one of our demo units to one lucky winner! 

When we started Pressure Games in November 2018, one of the first things we did was apply to the Arrow Certification Program. Arrow has a lot of marketing around this program to entice tech startups and future crowdfunders to join and the bar of entry didn’t seem onerous, so we did. After a year of being with it, we have a lot of good to say about it. We haven’t taken advantage of all the benefits, but it's pretty much a no brainer to apply for as there are only benefits and no drawbacks.

But first, of course, it's important to explain what the Arrow Certification Program is.

At Pressure Games, we're very proud of the games we've created for Countdown. Each game is a creative outlet where we push simple features (6 buttons and lights, an accelerometer, text display, etc) to their limits to create something awesome. We currently have 7 games implemented, which is to say that they've made the cut and are part of every update we deliver. They still may be refined over time as we get feedback, but they're solidly designed games that work in Hide & Seek, Hot Potato, Table Co-op and Single Player modes.

For our game development series this week, we'll be taking you through the inception point to the current, very early, implementation of a game to show you what the development process is like. With that, I'd like to introduce you to our newest, still deep in development game, Safe Cracker.

I'm extremely proud to announce the formal filing of our non-provisional patent for Countdown. This is a utility patent covering the game mechanics of a hide & seek toy. If approved, it will provide 20 years of protection for any toy in a similar vein. We are so excited at the thought of joining the ranks of Simon, Bop-IT, Battleship, Rubik's Cube and other staples of play that enjoyed exclusivity and protection on their transformative ideas and the lucrative results innovation can provide.

We are so excited to announce that Countdown has been nominated for "Best Startup Product" for the CES [email protected] Summit. This is the 12th annual awards show held by the [email protected] Initiative, celebrating excellence in children's media and digital toys.

Pressure Games was founded in late 2018 with the mission of creating exciting, active toys for kids. Countdown is our first product which merges technology with classic playground games providing hours of entertainment and face-to-face social time. Speaking of the nomination, Alex Andreae, Founder & CEO, noted, "This nomination is an incredible opportunity to raise awareness of our upcoming product launch and validates everything we've been focused on. We couldn't be more excited to bring Countdown to market in the 2nd quarter next year."

Winners for the KAPi's will be announced on December 18th, with a special awards ceremony to be held at CES. Previous winners across various categories have included Hasbro, Mattel, Vtech, Leapfrog, Amazon, Facebook and more. 

We sent a demo unit of Countdown to Everyone's Toy Club (31.7k subscribers) and they responded by creating one of their longest reviews. Ever. In this epic 18 minute review, they cover the game play of Countdown, the awesome social aspects of kids playing with each other, the puzzle-solving fun that expands on the classic hide & seek concept and some of the amazing possibilities of hiding spots with such a small game. And of course, they have a whole lot of fun and laughs in the process.

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