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.
Pressure Games is happy to announce that we have joined Pledge 1%.
In their own words:
“Pledge 1% is a global movement to create a new normal where giving back is integrated into the DNA of companies of all sizes. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges founders and companies to Pledge 1% of equity, profit, product, and/or time to causes of their choosing. Over 5,000 companies in 100 countries have joined the movement, including Twilio, Glassdoor, Box, Yelp, General Assembly, Docusign, Salesforce, Atlassian, and Techstars.”
Pressure Games is a young start up- but we want to stick a stake in the ground early and build our business based on a mission that doesn’t just serve a profit, but also a conscious company culture, thoughtful product development, inclusive business goals, and active community partnerships for good.
We are so excited to announce that we are shipping test versions of Countdown to reviewers and parents! We're looking for anyone that could make a great tester, whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, to help provide feedback on our innovative hide & seek toy as well as spread the word.
If you are interested in getting Countdown, or know someone would would be a great tester, please sign up for the Countdown Club below. We're selecting a group of early testers every week and would love to have you involved!
And don't forget to share with with your friends!
Over the last 6 months, we've gone through 4 different iterations of the electronics in Countdown. Each revision has added and removed some features, changed the shape and size of the case we can use, and, most importantly, each revision has progressively been easier to assemble. That last point is critical because each little piece on our boards are currently hand-placed. Each new part to place adds a few minutes to our assembly time and, over the course of dozens of boards, that time adds up (and increases the chances of a mistake).
Below we take a stroll down memory lane and describe the changes over in both functionality and cost of the guts of Countdown.