Pressure Games Toy Blog

Pressure Games will be heading to Ft Myers, FL this Sunday for the 2nd annual CalusaCon Convention. We'll be exhibiting at the event with multiple Countdown demo units available as well as a drawing to win one of these prototype units! There will be lots of cosplay, guest stars, guest cars (seriously!), live wrestling and more. It should be a good time for the whole family!

CalusaCon will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ft Myers on Sunday, March 15th from 10am to 5pm. Kids under 11 get in free. $15 for everyone else.

If you can't make it to CalusaCon, fear not. We have multiple bigger events upcoming over the next few months. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for your chance to be the first to try out Countdown in your area!

As many of you know, we've been running an investment campaign to raise the funds required to manufacture our first toy and begin development on our second. We're using Wefunder, a website similar to Kickstarter except instead of pre-purchasing a toy (like Kickstarter) investors can pre-purchase stock in our company at a discount to our future price. We've already raised over $35,000 and are in the home stretch now with our campaign scheduled to end on April 10th.

Most importantly, we are on track to launch our first toy, well in time for the holiday season. We continue to have great feedback and reviews and couldn't be more excited about Countdown's potential.

If you want to be a part of bringing a new type of active, social and upgradeable toy to market, please consider investing. Our next goal is $40,000. Each investment of a minimum of $100 helps an enormous amount toward reaching our goal.

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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.

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