Studio Waterzooi

Studio Waterzooi is an immersive experience game studio based in Brussels, Belgium. We develop low threshold games inspired by literature, culture, philosophy, society and art, with a focus on ‘la condition humaine’.

Conflict is a part of every good story, but it doesn’t have to be the only part. Entertainment is about being immersed and triggering emotions, not only about having fun.
We focus on creating shorter experiences that are still impactful (because of the typical time-shortages tied to adult life). The success of pc-games like ‘Firewatch’, ‘Life Is Strange’, ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ or mobile titles like ‘Monument Valley’ and ‘Florence’ tells us that there is a market for these slice of life experiences.

‘Please Do Touch The Artwork’ is Studio Waterzooi’s first title.

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Please, Do Touch The Artwork

‘Please, Do Touch The Artwork’ is a relaxing and meditative 2D puzzle-game inspired by modern abstract art.

It’s an introduction into the world of early 20th century abstract art pioneers such as Piet Mondriaan (Dutch, De Stijl), Kazimir Malevich (Russian, Suprematism) and Wassily Kandisky (Russian, Abstract art).

The game aims to educate the player about art-history while providing a subtle growing puzzle-challenge at the same time. It also aims to illustrate the creative process these pioneers might have gone through and inspire people in any way possible, just as the artworks of the pioneers did with other modern artists.

The creative process is a process of trial and error at first and this is reflected/symbolised in this puzzle-game. That’s one of the reasons why we don’t spoil/tutorialize the puzzle mechanic and let people figure it out themselves. Part of the satisfaction and reward is in the knowledge that you figured something out yourself. It hopefully also teaches that it’s ok to make mistakes and failure is essential. There will be 3 tracks (one for each painter) and the puzzle-mechanic will be different for each painter.

Join us on a journey at the origin of modern art and let yourself be mesmerized during the design process of these masters.

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