October 28th, 2014
Shards of Titan Set to Shatter Expectations! 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Victoria, British Columbia, September 28, 2014 - Codename Entertainment is excited to release its brand new IP today, Shards of Titan! From the studio which brought players the fan favourite series of Egg Breaker and Bush Whacker, Shards of Titan is an intriguing new RPG set in a mysterious world destroyed by an unknown cataclysm eons ago.

Within the world of Shards of Titan, players can:
  • Choose one of three classes: Ranger, Warrior or Wizard
  • Play through 30+ missions and quests available at launch
  • Explore the Temperate Rainforest and Desert shards
  • Reconstruct your home town, upgrade buildings for better resources and powers
  • Battle player vs player daily in the Arena or explore Multiplayer Dungeons with up to 3 friends
  • And much more.
"I am pleased and excited to officially release Shards of Titan." says David Whittaker, Co-Founder of Codename Entertainment and Lead Designer on Shards of Titan. "For over a year, the entire studio has passionately pursued development on this new title while simultaneously maintaining the regular high quality content updates players have come to expect in both Bush Whacker 2 and Egg Breaker Adventures. With a packed schedule of content updates, events, and new features Shards of Titan promises to be our biggest most exciting title yet!"


ABOUT CODENAME ENTERTAINMENT:
Codename Entertainment (originally DJArts Games Inc.) was founded in 2008 in Victoria, B.C. by David Whittaker and Justin Stocks with the successful launch of their first title, "Egg Breaker". Egg Breaker's success hatched three successive games, Egg Breaker 2, Egg Drop and the current title in the series, Egg Breaker Adventures. Created in 2010, the classic Bush Whacker appealed to adventurers who were looking to smack some shrubbery and see what popped out. Following its success, Bush Whacker 2 was released in 2012, and celebrated its second anniversary earlier this year with much cake. It was not a lie.

Codename Entertainment, DJArts Games, Egg Breaker, Egg Breaker 2, Egg Breaker Adventures, Bush Whacker, and Bush Whacker 2 are trademarks of Codename Entertainment Inc. All other products named herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
October 24th, 2014
Victoria's First Video Game Startup Boot Camp! 

From the Desk of Codename Entertainment's CEO, Eric Jordan:

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to facilitate the first Video Game Start-Up Boot Camp in Victoria and I am thrilled to say that it was a rousing success!

The goal of the event was to provide a "free weekend workshop, delivered by Accelerate Tectoria and video game industry experts, to help teams and individuals put together a business plan from which to build a video game development company." Over the course of the weekend, local industry experts led numerous presentations and fireside chats for the attendees who were formed into teams for the duration of the Boot Camp to work through practical exercises aimed at putting their learnings into a potential actionable plan. Actively focusing topics on the subject of the business of video games as compared to the business of business allowed the information to be pointedly relevant to the attendees. As a result, it was hoped that participants would be able to make more significant progress of understanding their own business.

Initially planned for 20-25 participants, we received so much interest that we quickly doubled our numbers. We spent an intensive 47 hours working over the course of 2.5 days (including a few short breaks to sleep!) but we achieved the weekend's objective far beyond expectation!

Our initial theory had been that a voracious appetite for this kind of event existed and I was personally extremely pleased to see this theory confirmed. Based on the feedback we received, we more than fulfilled our core commitment to the participants: at the end of the weekend they felt confident that they knew dramatically more about the realities of the video game business than at the start of the weekend. Upon reflection, my two personal surprises from this weekend were that around 50% of the attendees were originally drawn to attend the event because they're interested in starting their own company, and that the quality of the group presentations by the end of the event was much higher than I had initially expected.

I'd like to take a quick moment to thank those who provided their support: VIATeC and Accelerate Tectoria were extremely helpful in pulling this off. Chris from IGDA was also a big help in putting together the event in terms of reaching the appropriate participants and Dan Jacobsen (Gas Lamp, Vancouver).

Alex helped us in the planning and adding Jason Delle Rocca (Execution Labs, Montreal) to our speaker list, creating great new connections in our community. We our fantastic panel of speakers also included Bren Gershkovitch (Silicon Sisters, Vancouver) and Jon Kimmich (ex-MSFT, Seattle). 

Finally, I would like to extended a big thanks to everyone who came together to make this event such a success!
October 24th, 2014
Hallowe'en Event & Haunted Mansion Photo Contest! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy Hallowe'en Bushwhackia!

Similar to the Spring Grow-A-Thon Event (and the Gorgeous Gardens Photo Contest), Hallowe'en in Bush Whacker is primarily focused around designing a wickedly haunted mansion with which to scare the children of Bushwhackia. It's super easy to get started: Whack Bushes! Find Pumpkins! Trade for Decorations! Once you feel you've got enough, start laying out your design inside. (You can also purchase the same decorations for Bush Bucks from "The Cop").

You do not have to place all your collected decorations on display in the Mansion in order for them to count towards "Hallowe'en Completionist," they will count so long as they are within your inventory!

The goal is to scare the pants off 8 children, all of varying levels of bravery. The more you scare them, the more candy you'll earn in return. And you're going to want that candy so you can trade it for items at the event store!

It's a doubly good thing the Haunted Mansion missed Glenda the Witch by inches; not only do you trade your pumpkins with Glenda for basic Haunted House decorations, you'll be getting several quests from her throughout the event for special "interactive" decorations. You will need all four to complete the "Hallowe'en Completionist" achievement. As you complete each of her four quests, you can request help from your friends* to increase the decoration's scariness. Each of them will start at 50 "scariness"; talk to "The Construction Worker" to ask for help from your friends to increase each of the decorations effectiveness!

*Platforms which do not support Friend Lists will have an adjusted static scariness.


Gotta Collect them all!

Want some crazy creatures to add "life" to your House's experience? Every few days, a new creature will become available which you can request from friends* from "The Cop". You'll need one of each creature to complete the "Hallowe'en Completionist" achievement; if you miss a creature, you can still purchase one from "The Cop" for Bush Bucks.

Creatures are available on the following schedule:
Black Cats - AVAILABLE at Event launch, UNTIL Sun Oct 26, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Witches - AVAILABLE Sun Oct 26, Noon PDT UNTIL Tues Oct 28, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Zombies - AVAILABLE Tues Oct 28, Noon PDT UNTIL Thurs Oct 30, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Bats - AVAILABLE Thurs Oct 30, Noon PDT UNTIL Sat Nov 1, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Spiders - AVAILABLE Sat Nov 1, Noon PDT UNTIL Mon Nov 3, 11:59:59 AM PST
Vampires - AVAILABLE Mon Nov 3, Noon PST UNTIL Wed Nov 5, 11:59:59 AM PST
Franken-Dogs - AVAILABLE Wed Nov 5, Noon PST UNTIL Event End

*Platforms which do not support Friends Lists can receive a single creature as they become available, by speaking to "The Cop."


Of course, Hallowe'en is more than decorating and scaring...

...It's also about the CANDY! And there is *plenty* of that to be found in Bush Whacker. Not will you earn it by scaring the snot out of children, but the myriad of quests you'll complete through the event will net you some significant goodies as well. And of course, starting on October 31st you'll be able to wander through out the lands of Bushwhackia to Trick or Treat in every major area! Each area (ie, "The Castle" will have an NPC standing in front of a large pile of candy. Talk to them starting October 31st, and you can earn some of their stash - 4 new NCPs have been added for the Castle, Underwater, Volcano and Mushroom areas!

New for 2014:
We've added two additional quests to the event, so be sure to keep an eye out for them, as they will unlock over the course of the event!


Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are a total of ELEVEN possible Achievements to earn in the Hallowe'en 2014 event:

Achievements Returning in 2014:
  • Mansion Maniac - Get 50 decorations for your Haunted Mansion!
  • Hallowe'en Completionist - Have at least one of each decoration in your H. M.!
  • Little Kid Spooker - Scare 4 kids in you Haunted Mansion
    • Scarred for Life - Scare all the kids in your Haunted Mansion!
  • Trick or Treat - Go Trick or Treating on or after Hallowe'en!

Added for 2014:
  • Spooky Purchases* - Purchases all the 2014 Halloween Event items.
  • Costume Quest - Complete the Costume Quests
  • Year Round Scares - Completed the Moulder Most Foul

We have 3 achievements from previous year's events, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial years:
  • Spooky Home Decorator - get all house items from the 2012 Hallowe'en Event!
  • Year-round Cosplayer - Get all player items from the 2012 Hallowe'en Event!
  • Candy Spender - Purchase all the Hallowe'en 2013 items!

*The Hallowe'en Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Spooky Purchases achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.


Find a New Bush Whacking Companion!



Vacuum Kitten - 25% of Nothing Wins transform into Sweets at Max Level
Sad Mummy - 25% of Nothing Wins transform into Sweets at Max Level
Beholder - 25% of Nothing Wins transform into Sweets at Max Level


All Pet Packs include a level 15 Pet Treat, a Holiday Rune, VIP Vouchers and Tokens! (Tokens included only if VIP Membership is active at time of pet purchase)


2013 Event Pets available for Bush Bucks:



Kitten Witch - 25% of Nothing Wins transform into Sweets at Max Level
Creepy Pumpkin - 25% of Nothing Wins transform into Sweets at Max Level
Emo Werewolf - 25% of Nothing Wins transform into Sweets at Max Level




How the Contest Works

When you're ready, talk to the photographer standing next to the House (he's got a yellow ! above his head) and have him take a picture of your creepy layout. You can submit as many times as you would like, but each time you take a new picture, any prior votes are lost and you start over again so plan carefully!

Submissions will be accepted until *Friday, November 7th, 2014, - Noon PDT*, coinciding with the end of the event.

YOU get to vote too!

The coveted "User's Choice" award is picked by the Bush Whacker Community, and has a prize of 50 bush bucks! You can vote for as many submissions as you like, and at the end of the event the top submission as voted by YOU the players will be awarded the prize.

Based on Player feedback received after the Spring Garden Contest, we've made some improvements to the voting system:
  • Asking to visit the contest or the voting page no longer takes you outside the game; it simply loads the contest/voting page over top it! Finished voting? You can easily return to the event area by clicking "Back to Game" at the bottom of the screen. Easy as (pumpkin) pie!
  • Can't decide between two layouts? That’s ok! You now have a way to say "Next Please," and two new images will be loaded up for you!
  • Tired of seeing the same layouts previously? We've improved the system, you should see the same layouts repeated far more infrequently now.
Voting is open until *Monday, November 7th, 2014 @ Noon PDT*

And the CNE Winners are...

Once the submissions are closed at the end of the event, the entire Codename Entertainment studio will review the submissions and choose their favourites for each platform; 3 lucky players from Armor Games, Big Fish Games, Games.com, Facebook and Kongregate will all be awarded prizes of 250, 200, and 150 bush bucks. We'll post also post *all* the winners on the Codename Bush Blog!

The CNE winners will be announced the week of November 10th in the in-game news and on the Bush Blog!


Ready? Go Get Your Decoration On! The Hallowe'en Event will run until Friday November 7, 2014 at Noon PST.


Tell us what you think of the update here!   
October 24th, 2014
Change Log: Changes released October 24, 2014 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Content:
ADDED: Hallowe'en 2014 Event and the Haunted Mansion Photo Contest! (Blog here!)


General Updates:
FIXED:
- Actually got rid of the erroneous 0% Puzzle Piece odds modifier this time.
- Issue where some energy regeneration trinkets could be erroneously equipped in normal trinket slots. Trinkets used in this way will be automatically unequipped.


Fungal Forest Updates:
FIXED:
- Issue causing Cursed Ring to not be crafted (Fixed Monday)
- Issue with the Flux chest not awarding items or gold (Fixed Monday)
- Typo in the "Glasses for Glen" NPC's text.
- Typo in the "Mushroom Hat Crown for the Minion King" NPC's text.


Feed the Feedback Machine here!
October 23rd, 2014
Happy Haunting in Egg Breaker 1! 
Posted in Legacy Games.

Horror of Horrors, Hallowe'en is upon us in Egg Breaker 1! Haunt Mr. Monkey once again as you revisit the first game in the Egg Breaker series to pick up any missing gameplay. This event will run until November 5, 2014!
October 22nd, 2014
Rattle chains in Egg Breaker 2's Hallowe'en Event! 
Posted in Legacy Games.

Scare up any remaining mission event progress for the Egg Breaker 2 Hallowe'en event starting today! This event will rattle your bones until November 5, 2014!
October 22nd, 2014
Get Ready for SUGAR OVERLOAD in EBA! 

Egg Breakers, prepare for SUGAR OVERLOAD!

The Zombie Monkey has shuffled into town and needs your help collecting ALL THE CANDY to fill up his pumpkin bags. Each bag gets progressively bigger, requiring more and more addicting sugary sweetness to fill up!

Note: We are closely monitoring your event feedback after each holiday event, and are making ongoing improvements to the balance of event gameplay. Want to have your opinion heard? Make sure you send us your thoughts at the end of the event!


General Event details:

- Find Hallowe'en Candy in eggs to fill candy bags with candy earned in the Zombie Monkey's special stages to advance between the bronze, silver and gold levels.
You'll need to fill…
…6 Bags of Candy to advance from Bronze stage to Silver stage,
…6 Bags of Candy to advance from Silver stage to Gold stage,
…12 Bags of Candy at the Gold stage, as well as having won all 12 prizes to earn the Hallowe'en Event Trophy!.

How the Event works:

The multiplier buff which was introduced in the Back to School event was well received in feedback so it's back! Here's the low-down on how the buff works:
  • The Hallowe'en buff has been removed entirely, in its place is an daily upgradable multiplier buff which increases each time you feed the Zombie Monkey Hallowe'en Event Tokens, up to a buff of 8x:
    • Feed the monkey once, increase the buff to 2x,
    • Feed the monkey twice, increase the buff to 4x,
    • Feed the monkey three times, the buff increases to 8x - additional feedings past this will not increase the multiplier any further, it will remain capped at 8x
    • If you merely activate the monkey, but do not feed him, the buff will not increase. You must feed the Zombie Monkey for the buff to increase.
  • The permanent Base x2 buff only applies to candy wins.
    • The graphic for the buff itself will not change, by placing your cursor over the buff icon on the right side of the breaking screen, you can see your buff has leveled up to.
    • All normal buffs are available.
  • The base multiplier will reset every day at Midnight PDT.


Let's break down the Zombie Monkey's special event stage:



From the Zombie Monkey's Special Event Screen, you can:
  • Track how much time is left until the event ends,
  • Visually watch the mountains of sugary goodness grow with each bag filled!
  • See your progress towards your current candy bag,
  • See the current cost of the supplies which you are working towards,
  • Easily track your progress towards bags filled, Prizes collected (Click the Prize button to see which ones you've earned/are missing), Progression Ribbons and the Hallowe'en Trophy!


Rewards and Extras!:



Ribbons:
3 successive ribbons for progression, which permanently add additional +5, +10 or +15 hammers respectively.

Trophy:
Can be displayed in a Trophy Room.


Ribbon and Trophy (if earned) are awarded after the event finishes on November 5, 2014. The highest ribbon earned will be awarded.


Stretch Goal:



Pumpkins! After you have earned the Hallowe'en Trophy, you can refill the largest candy Bag 3 additional times and one of these pumpkins each time. (You can continue to refill the largest bag past the three pumpkins, but you can only earn 3 pumpkins!) Can be displayed in a Trophy Room.


Available in the Zombie Monkey's Store:

On the Consumables tab:

Hallowe'en Crate - 250 Hallowe'en Tokens
- Contains a random selection of hammers, multipliers and star pieces
- Must be used by 11:59:59 PM PDT on 2014-10-6!
(We encourage you to use them by the end of the day on October 5th, just in case!)

On the Extras tab:



From 2013:
Hallowe'en Hammer - Small increased chance to win Multipliers
Cost: 5000 Hallowe'en Tokens

New for 2014:
Bat Hat - 10% more Area Tokens
Cost: 5000 Hallowe'en Tokens


Hat Packs:



Witch Hat:
- Small Chance of Bonus Multiplier
- Small Chance of Bonus Star

Jack-o-Lantern Hat:
- Small chance your win is Doubled!
- 10% more Multipliers


The Hallowe'en Event will run until Wednesday November 5, 2014 - Noon PDT.


Rattle your chains in the forums with feedback!!
October 21st, 2014
The Ghouls are out in Bush Whacker 1! 
Posted in Legacy Games.

Got some unfinished business that's haunting you? Put it to rest and enjoy your bush thwacking in the afterlife! This event will run until Tuesday November 4, 2014!
October 17th, 2014
Suddenly, a Wild Island Appears! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Tired of being in the Flux?
Ready to get your Whacker on?
Cool, because we've got a way for you to do that!

INTRODUCING THE FUNGAL FOREST!

Fungal Forest includes...
  • ...An increased Level Cap up to 260!
  • ...Four brand new areas for you to explore!
  • ...Dozens of new customization Trinkets and ranch items!
  • ...New secret areas, trinkets and quests for you to discover and enjoy!
Once upon a time, a Princess got captured by pirates. Fast forward two years, and she's STILL leading you into new adventures…talk to the Princess and hear the latest rumors of a new landmass, whose shores are known as Galfun...


Tell us what you think of the update here!
October 17th, 2014
Change Log: Changes released October 17, 2014 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Content:
ADDED - Fungal Forest Area Expansion (Blog here!)

General Updates:
FIXED:
-Typo in Nate's Mountain Adventure (Solar Panels Collected).

- Altered text in the Farmer's new Big Gold/Energy quests to stress that the crop must take MORE THAN 8 hours to grow. Peas and Pineapples (which both take exactly 8 hours) don't count!

- Issue with Fishing where you could get a "Nothing" sometimes if you had both Fishing Trophy Items in your inventory. This "Nothing" case will now be replaced by a random junk item. (To avoid this, make sure you take those trophy items back to Natalie right away!)

- Glitch which caused Puzzle Piece odds to show up in your list of odds modifiers in your inventory even if you had no Puzzle Piece items/pets/etc. equipped.

- Glitch where the first 7 ranks of the "Find Secret Areas" achievements weren't counting the Volcano secret areas towards their progress.

Chime in about these changes here!