Monday, January 12, 2015

... and the Winner is!

1st: Joel won over jury's hearts with his smart book cover!

Oceanhorn Anniversary Screenshot & Fan Art Competition is now over! The jury has given the scores and we have our Top 10 entries!

The winner is Joel Julian with his fantastic imaginative children's book cover! Congratulations Joel!

In Joel's entry Oceanhorn is represented as a children's book called 'The Uncharted Seas'. The smart idea is executed perfectly. The work is unique, but still honors the source material: the character, the colors and the symbols are spot on! It is delighting to start decrypting the image. The adventure takes place in a bathtub that is based on our Hero's boat and the sail has been transformed into a towel. I can almost imagine him going to bed after the bath, dreaming of the adventures he is going to take when he grows up.

The quality of the competition was very high! The members of the jury went through all the participants, hand picked what they thought were the best of the entries and gave them score according to their personal preferences. Thanks to this complex process we now have very varied Top 10 entries. The competition was very tough at the top. The top 3 had only slim difference in score!

Here are rest of the Top 10 with comments!


2nd: Tom's unique approach to fan art!

Tom Stone came second with his awesome Oceanhorn themed puppet! I think this one took everyone of us by surprise and indeed it was favored by all the jury members.


3rd: Francesco is aiming for critical hit!

Francesco Botti almost took the prize with his high quality digital painting! The picture has it all. The details are loyal to the game visuals and it tells a clear story: the Hero is desperately trying to get the key from the raging ogre's neck to open the door on the background. Viewer can imagine that the arrow he is grabbing for is the one that will relieve ogre from its earthly problems.


4th: Thomas Rollus captured a warm get together
5th: MonsterRobotStudios enjoys their battles hot
6th: Rob Sharps epic battle

7th: WeDoPlay's humorous style inspired other artists!
8th: Francesco Gambino found a perfect spot for fishing
9th: Rogers' use of watercolor medium is superb!
10th: Jamie Jones' impossible screenshot. I know how hard this one is!




Friday, January 9, 2015

Finishline!

When we announced Oceanhorn Screenshot & Fanart Competition we could only dream of having such amazing entries that we have had so far.

Taking screenshots is not easy...

We have seen stunning screenshots, which required a lot of patience and talent to capture - we have seen wonderful works of art of varying talent, but all the same charming. But the competition is not finished yet, there is one more day left!

Who will win the brand new iPad Air 2!

The winner will be picked by Heikki Repo (Lead Artist / Creator), Jukka and Antti Viljamaa (Lead Programmers) and Thomas Kern (FDG Entertainment). Each member of the jury will give points for several of their favorite works and the winner will be the entry that gets most points!

We will reveal the winner next week and also cover other entries!

Check all the entries from here!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oceanhorn 2.5 is live - Win iPad Air 2!


It's time to start tweeting!

Oceanhorn 2.5 has just been released, with Ultra Graphics for iPhone 6/+ and iPad Air 2 - just in time for some celebration!

Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Oceanhorn with us and take part in an awesome competition! Brand new iPad Air 2 can be yours, just follow these steps and participate!


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1 ) Take a beautiful SCREENSHOT of our game or do some awesome FAN ART
2 ) Tweet your image with #oceanhorn before 10th of January 2015 to participate

The development team will look for all the #oceanhorn tweets and handpick the best entry. Winner gets a new iPad Air 2!

- You guessed it. It runs Oceanhorn on Ultra Graphics!



Couple of tips for your screenshot hunting! Your screenshots will better stand out, if you take them from places rarely seen in Oceanhorn screenshots. You can also pick up objects and place them around for better compositions. If you climb higher, camera shows more of the landscape. It doesn't have to be all artistic though, if you manage to take a screenshot of a rare event in the game it might work for your benefit! - To take a screenshot on your iOS device, press lock- and home-button simultaneously.

For artists out there, we judges here love colors, so colored artwork will immediately have better impact than quick doodles. All kinds of fan art is appreciated, but why don't you try to capture some of the most memorable moments from Oceanhorn! Screenshots might be easier to take, but fan art has unlimited possibilities to win this competition!

Only one will win the iPad Air 2, but we will feature the best of screenshots and fan art here in our blog with comments from the development team.

Unleash your creativity and impress us!


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Competition Rules, Terms & Conditions

Friday, November 14, 2014

Oceanhorn Anniversary Update and Competition!

Can you believe it, Oceanhorn was released a year ago! Oh how the time flies, when you're having a good time - and what a time it has been!

We have so far released five updates for Oceanhorn, each of them polishing the game, expanding features or even adding hefty amount of gameplay hours in a form of "Island of Whispers" adventure, but wait - there is more to come!


Tikarel in the morning


Oceanhorn 2.5 Update 11th of December


Apple has released a new set of amazing devices and we want to keep Oceanhorn up to date. We have worked hard this autumn to make sure Oceanhorn meets the expectations of those who have the new devices. New iPhone 6, 6+ and iPad Air 2 owners are able to enjoy Oceanhorn with 4x more polygons, new lightning effects (normal maps, ambient occlusion), tweaked character art and tweaked 60 fps performance!


Bow - The sacred weapon of Owrus


Oceanhorn 1st Anniversary Competition


To celebrate Oceanhorn's 1st anniversary, we are going to set up a competition! The competition starts 11th of December and will last until the end of the year. Details of the competition including rules and the prize will be revealed when the update is released!

We have enjoyed following your reviews, opinions and walkthroughs of Oceanhorn. Thank you for sharing your Oceanhorn experiences in forums and in reviews. We have been able to improve the game all around and provide better adventure for everyone! We are happy that our love towards the game shines through in your experiences.


Have you found this secret graveyard already?

There is so much more we would like to tell you, but it is not the right time just yet. Stay tuned for more Oceanhorn news in the future!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GOTY Edition releases on 7th of August



Game of the Year Edition will be out on 7th of August. It comes as a free update to your purchased Oceanhorn! Load up your game and visit Tikarel to access new content! Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Game of the Year Edition is coming out!

Hard work is behind us and Game of the Year Edition of our game is launching soon as a free update!

Enjoy up to 4 hours of additional gameplay as you explore the all-new Island of Whispers and master a hooking new feature - fishing! In addition Game of the Year Edition will have new music tracks from the original sound team, dynamic weather changes, Finnish localization and tons of other small changes - like improved animations, effects and art assets.



Thank you for taking this amazing journey with us during the development of Oceanhorn. This trailer is about "Your voice" and this update is about our gratitude towards you, Oceanhorn fans. Arcadia is ready for your return, once again.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I see something BIG coming!

Can you spot what is new in this update?


Carefully now, don't let it get away! We have been developing this update for a while now! It is something that could be considered as a DLC on console games, but as a token of gratitude for you, loyal Oceanhorn players, we will continue our No-IAP policy and release our DLC and content pack free of charge!

This update is 90% done and we will begin testing soon. We will tell you more about it later, but in the meanwhile this screenshot will help you reel in what this update is about! :)

Is it raining in here? It was clear just a minute ago.