Demos we’re looking forward to at Steam Next Fest – Part 1

The time is almost upon us when we can dive into the amazing expanse of new games to try – thank you #SteamNextFest! The event starts on February 6th and the social media wires are already glowing with game developers revealing their new demos they’ll be there!

We’ve picked 10 of the demos that have caught our eye so far that have been announced. Take a look, wishlist those you like, and let us know in the comments what you think! We’ll do a couple more of these posts as more games out themselves. 

Of course, we’re looking forward to our own game Mafia Pigs as well (wishlist here!), but that doesn’t mean we won’t be playing a lot of other stuff! Enjoy: This first set already looks super awesome!

  1. Turbo Cat Fight: nice job on being one of the first demos to announce itself and be … intriguing :-). Cat pixels jumping around in frenetic combat, what’s not to love?!
  2. Teslagrad 2: one of the heavy hitters at the festival we think! This is a follow-up to the popular 2013 Teslagrad game and again uses magnetism as a core element in gameplay. The graphics and gameplay look like they have lept forward and the nordic charm looks amazing.
  3. Xenonauts 2: turn-based tactics in another sequel that comes with some expectations. The gameplay looks very similar but with expanded options and a significant additional level of detail in graphics and presentation. 
  4. Shadows of Doubt: we absolutely love the neon-noir graphic style in this detailed pixel-art detective game/sandbox RPG.
  5. Oblivion Override: to scratch the hack ‘n slash itch – a slick-looking side scroller with cool apocalyptic graphics and rhythmic combat. 
  6. A Sister’s Journey: an eye-catching hand-crafted pixel Metroidvania. The imagescapes look amazing and well worth checking out.
  7. Howl: a turn-based tactical game with a really artistic graphical style. Build your towns/camps and engage in combat with what looks to be a nice storyline aspect. 
  8. Death Corp: point and click adventure with some slick graphics and a fun-looking storyline. 
  9. Bionic Bay: one of the most interesting trailers that has been shared on Twitter – a platformer with some deep-looking physics incorporated into the world design and motion. Might be more concept than game but definitely looks worth trying.
  10. Infection Free Zone: Defend against a mad virus in any city in the world (pulling data from OpenStreet map). This looks like a blast, we’ll all be looking for our hometowns!

Have other games caught your eye? Ping us on social media and we’ll try to include them in the next round!

We’ll also be streaming some demo play on Twitch – so follow us there!

Fasten your Seatbelts: We’re headed to Steam Next Fest / Feb 2023!!!

Everyone get their rubber pants on, and earplugs secure because the flight is already in the air: Mafia Pigs is on its way to Steam Next Fest, Feb 2023 Edition!!!

Next Fest is one of the world’s greatest showcases for Indie games (thank you, Steam!), and it’s a daunting challenge for us to participate in. We’re signed up. All the app approval processes are next!

What is Mafia Pigs? Imagine a Battle Royale that switched out killing each other to pulling off a Heist instead. Add in cartoon fun, kooky powerups, and the ability to inflict all sorts of mischief on your fellow players as you all try to take the big prize. That. 🙂

There is a ton to learn, and we hope we’ll be able to create a unique experience for players. There’s no doubt that MafiaPigs is quite early in its life to be going to such a BIG PARTY, but the feedback will be something that help the game grow no matter what happens! Here are the places to follow:

NextFest runs from February 6thFebruary 13th. Wishlist us to get notified when the demo goes live or, even better, come to the game discord and get an early key. Your comments can still help make the game better before the event. Plus, you’ll get the jump on your friends!

We hope you join us for the journey, which we’re planning to document as much as we can! We’ll be posting here, on social media, and on our new Twitch channel. We’ll use #road2nextfest for all those posts.

Mafia Pigs heads into 2023

If 2022 taught us anything, it was to be ready for change. World events have been topsy-turvey, and there have been many more awesome games launched in the world (Hello Elden Ring and many others!).

It was also the year when we kicked developing Mafia Pigs into high gear and made a ton of progress. 


We’ve gone from characters running around like headless chickens to some really entertaining stealth play, and now: competitive multiplayer mode. 

Above all, thanks to our dedicated Alpha testers, who have been rock stars! We got tons of valuable feedback in person and online to make things better. As the year comes to a close, we’re wrapping all that up for a major update early in the new year. 


We’ll still be in Alpha Mode (you can get a key via the discord right here!), but improving all the time. We’re aiming for a launch in the summer of 2023. In the meantime, a lot has been added to the game. A quick peek at some of the things include:

  • Powerups like “protection”
  • Dynamic maps to see yourself and other players in real time
  • Better inventory management
  • Refined scoring in Heist Royale mode
  • Continual tweaks to mechanics and controls

If you’d like a preview of something, here are three variations for the current “speed boost” powerup. Hot sauce for the win!

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year’s celebration and happy, healthy, game playing 2022! Get ready for fireworks! 🙂

Wrapping up the Mafia Pigs first Alpha: Happy Holidays!

My, how time flies! It seems just like yesterday that we launched the first Mafia Pigs Alpha test in November! Thank you to everyone for the truly awesome feedback :-).

100s of people tried the game and gave a ton of valuable feedback. Thank you SO MUCH! Our Mafia snowman wishes you many gifts!

The public Alpha program first phase is now closed. However you can join the ongoing private Alpha still by joining our discord:

There’ll be exclusive info and perks over time for private Alpha testers! There’ll be plenty of updates in January and some exciting news on our release schedule.

Based on all the feedback so far, the team is busy updating the game and we’re launching an update at least every week now. A number of key changes from the feedback are in the updates we already pushed out:

  • Easier level 1 so you can learn the ropes early on.
  • Removal of a lot of annoying bugs from mission end screens not showing properly to working wine & beer dispensers.
  • Big updates to the multiplayer networking for a much smoother experience.

We’ve also added some major new updates including new lighting which makes everything much more atmospheric:

… and a new game mode called “Heist Royale” in which you can can play competitively against your friends. This mode is still highly experimental but you can try it by selecting “multiplayer” from the main menu and then the “Heist Royale” map:

Wishing everyone a great holiday break and Mafia Pigs will be back with avengeance in January!

Happy Holidays from the Timewarp Team!

Mafia Pigs : Boris’ Diary I

It’s an animal world out there they say. A world of intrigue, mystery and opportunity! Can’t a pig enjoy the simple pleasures of a back-rub and a tall refreshing glass of juice on the beach?

Those pesky weasels are always muscling in on our business and messing things up. Not to mention the irritating mayor with his glamorous wife, always whispering in Betty’s ear about the latest gossip and places to go!”

Anyway it’s time for you to meet the “family”…

(and if you like what you see here… signup for the alpha test program on Steam!)

Boris and Betty: The Mafia Power Couple

Don’t make me angry unless you want to come face to face with the “Baconating” equipment in the basement. After years of making it out of the slums through hard work and the occasional quiet murder, I’ve finally built what I dreamed of: an organization of pigs for pigs! 

Boris the Baconator

Some of our sources of money might not be the most “legit” out there but, hey, who minds a few notes going missing here or there. Sometimes you have to get tough to get on you know? 

It’s hard work running the organization and sometimes… things get messy. Still, there are plenty of small pleasures in life. One day hopefully we can finally avenge the terrible treatment of us pigs by the other animals, damn that will be a good day!

Through it all Betty has been my constant companion. Smart as a tack and fine looking in a slinky dress, that lady has what it takes. The Bonnie to my Clyde as it were, or the the Alabama to my Clarence!

Betty

Borisinho: the Little Terror

Little Boris came into the world after one of those happy accidents after a heist we pulled off. The little fella has a lot to learn but takes after me in all the right ways. His temper might get the better or him sometimes but he’s trying to be the best little mafioso there is. 

Of course Betty spoils the bejeezus out of him so he has the willpower of a wet pretzel. But there is time to fix that. Maybe I need to send him to the military or something!

Borisinho

Percy: the Dogsbody

Not family, but always around. This little chap showed up when I put his Grandma in the dungeon for mismanaging one of the production plants. Debts to pay my friend. Turns out a lot of his family and friends owe me – we’ll Percy can help make good on those debts. Time to get to work little fella!

Percy

Peggy: the Driver 

Every self-respecting boss needs a kick-ass driver. Peggy seems to like Percy a bit too much but apart from that she’s a top member of the team. She can fix any of the wagons we have in the garage and get us out of sticky situations whenever needed. 

Peggy

Punky: the Fixer

Time was when I used to enjoy knocking heads together myself, but … getting the blood out of your shirt always takes such a lot of scrubbing. Punky is a solid chap. A little clumsy at times, but he gets the message across so to speak. Not a lot of people refuse to pay up when Punky and some of the others on the “customer service” team pay them a visit. 

Punky

More soon …

That’s enough of a history lesson for now. Off to enjoy some Chateau la Cerdo with dinner!

Boris’ diary, some random Tuesday… 

Announcing the Mafia Pigs Alpha Program: Starting November 1st!

Today we’re super excited to announce our first digital game: Mafia Pigs. Enter a dynamic world of stealth, heists and dirty deeds in order to save your friends from the big bad boss. Team up with up to four other players or play single player and succeed using a combination of stealth, persuasion and, when all else fails, combat. 

The game is a 2D top down action stealth game and the Alpha version will be available for Mac and PC via Steam from the 1st of November. 

You’ll need to bring your best skills to the table. Otherwise you’ll find out why mafia boss Boris’ middle name is “The Baconator”!

The Alpha version will be available from the 1st of November on Mac and PC with regular updates via Steam. See you in the animal world!