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Out of Line / Update

By | Uncategorized
Because not everything in life is made of bananas and detectives, work continues on Out of Line here at Nerd Monkeys.
Francisco Santos (Creator and Artist) and João Genebra (Programmer) are not only working hard in things like the overall concept of the game and level design but also on small details like character and ambient animations.
Follow the game character San on Twiiter –
Or check out Nerd Monkeys Facebook page –

Jingle Jam 2018 – $3.3 million!

By | Fashion, Gaming, News

The Yogscast Humble Bundle ran from the 1st to the 31st of December and raised $3.3 million for charity!
We couldn’t have been happier to have Murder in the Hotel Lisbon be part of this bundle and help so many good causes.
It truly filled our hearts with joy to be able to help so many people in need.

Every year The Yogscast runs the Jingle Jam. It is a bundle of videogames where 100% of the proceedings go to charity.
It started back in 2011 and every year it seems to get bigger and bigger –

This year, these were the causes where the money was distributed to:
Cancer Research UK
Call of Duty Endowment
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
Mental Health Foundation
Special Effect
Save the Children
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal
Whale and Dolphin Conservation

You can follow them live on Twitch –
Or just watch them on Youtube –
You can even talk to them on Twitter –

Happy New Year everyone!

Nerd Monkeys announces… Out of Line

By | 2D art, Animation, News, Unity

That’s right. It’s official.
We are producing Out of Line. Francisco Santos joined Nerd Monkeys and, along with Filipe Duarte Pina and Diogo Vasconcelos as producers, we will all work on making Out of Line the best game ever.
Everyone is invited to come and visit us at Lisboa Games Week 2018 this weekend and test the newest version of Out of Line. We are next to the PlayStation® stand.

For those unfamiliar, Out of Line is a PlayStation®4 exclusive and, among other awards, it won Prémios PlayStation® 2017.

For more info ->
And check out the teaser ->

New Nerd Monkeys website + blog!

By | Food for thought

Hello world!
Our first post on our new website!
More posts incoming, specially one about a new game* UHUU!

Meanwhile, we are converting all the old blog posts to this new space, so expect constant updates.

*New for you, old for us

Reddit AMA

Ask Me Anything – The Express Killer

By | AMA, Food for thought, Game Maker Studio

July 26th at 17:00 UTC

Who would have thought… Filipe Duarte Pina and Diogo Vasconcelos are doing a Reddit AMA about Detective Case and Clown Bot latest game, The Express Killer, as well as overall Nerd Monkeys’ related stuff.

This feels a little bit weird because we’re so used to answering questions nobody asked us that usually escalates to security “inviting us” to leave the premises. This might actually be an interesting first! Are you as excited as we are? Can you ask us important and relevant questions or will we be bored to death?

The link to access it will be but it only becomes accessible 30 minutes before it starts. However, you can and should visit it so you can add it to your calendar. 😉

We are counting on the community to receive lots of interesting questions… and please… pleaaaaase don’t ask us where all the teeth are.


By | Game Maker Studio, Gaming

The sequel to the acclaimed Murder in the Hotel Lisbon adventure game is now a reality!

Someone has been killing passengers on the express train from Lisbon to Porto, every single day since Tuesday! Someone needs to stop the killer! Detective Case and Clown Bot to the rescue! Time to gather clues, solve puzzles, succeed trials, and find the culprit before the final station!

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Detective Case and Clown Bot do not like 64bits!

By | Food for thought, Game Maker Studio, Mobile

In September “Murder in The Hotel Lisbon” will be taken out of Google Play and the App Store.

Yeap, these past three years of Detective Case and Clown Bot in your pocket were good but, like everything else, someday it must come to an end. The final date is schedule to the day Apple decides to update their OS exclusively for 64bits apps, we know that 32bits app will no longer be supported around September with the launch of the iPhone 8.

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Monkey Day / Dia do Macaco

By | Food for thought, Gaming

This was another Monkey Day, a day someone in the team is responsible to show everyone at Nerd Monkeys a list of currently playing games, personal influences or simply interesting/relevant games to play.

These were the presented games:
– Rez Infinite
– Life is Strange
– Mario Maker
– Monkey Island
– Big Bang Mini
– Mini Metro
– Gamedev Story
– Pokémon Heart Gold
– Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic
– Genital Jousting

And these were some extras played that day:
– Spelunky
– Thumper
– Fibbage 2

The next Monkey Day will be in May, until then the whole team has a lot of work ahead. 😉

PS: We know these photo compositions by Filipe are terrible, but we publish them anyway to avoid hurting his feelings. ;P

Going bananas!

By | Food for thought

Nerd Monkeys’s HR call center is going bananas! We’re currently hiring programmers. 😀
#gamedevjobs #gamedeveloper #gamedev #oldfashion #rotaryphone (at Lisbon, Portugal)

The Express Killer demo at Comic Con

By | Game Maker Studio, Gaming

I’ll finally be able to play a demo for the next adventure of Detective Case and Clown Bot in: The Express Killer!



We’ll be at Comic-Con Portugal, cool isn’t it?
So now you know. Just visit the Video game Producers area and search for Nerd Monkeys’ table to be among the first people to have a little taste of what the next adventure of the worst detective in the world and his sidekick will be.

3D Happy Birthday!

By | 3D art

Today is the 3D artist’s birthday, so we celebrated with a traditional Birthday Chicken Leg in a very fire hazard environment. And yes! We did in fact ate the chicken.

DnD night

By | Food for thought

With the team growing this fast, it’s important we start doing some team building activities, so the studio dinosaurs and the newbies get along, so we did the first Dungeons & Dragons night! Oh my… the fun!

New episode for Detective Case and Clown Bot

By | Food for thought

Detective Case and Clown Bot in: the Express Killer is the full name of the new episode that we will launch this year and we guarantee at least 30* hours of entertainment! BAM!
It’s this year (not last year) that our first DLC gets published. We are working at this moment, YES RIGHT NOW, on a new episode inspired in the classical mystery train murder stories. Something like Agatha Christie’s “The mystery of the blue train”, but like… er… it’s not like that.
The episode will be available this year to whoever bought the original game “Murder in the Hotel Lisbon” for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam.

*We do not guarantee 30 hours of game play, maybe it’s something more like 3 hours… or was it 30 minutes? Hmmm…

Here Comes A New Monkey!

By | Food for thought

She looks all tough and confident but she is actually very shy and elusive, so pictures of this rare artistic monkey in her natural habitat doing her animations are very rare.

Meanwhile, Nerd Monkeys is recruiting!
If you’re interested just send us your CV and portfolio to

FAQ you! This Q&A is bananas! 🙉

By | AMA

The Frequently Asked Questions concept doesn’t require much of an explanation as it is pretty much self explanatory. It usually is associated with something extremely boring like a web page full of questions and answers so, for the longest time, we wanted to do something with it, something different. The idea was shelved indefinitely for the past three years and it will probably stay that way forever due to lack of time so I’ll just tell you here since it was the inspiration for the next talk we recently got invited to present.

It’s certainly true the great majority of questions we get, either on interviews, events and on our inbox are in a way or another usually the same and… you know… frequent so, around October of 2013 during an interview, we had this crazy stupid idea of creating the FAQ you cards. They would be similar to a business card on one side and the other it would say something like “Congratulations! You won a FAQ you card.” followed by the question and answer and with a footnote with a “Did you also know?”. Plus it could include a completely absurd fact about monkeys, bananas, or whatever.

Fortunately our work over the years has been constant, so we never actually got around to to make the FAQ you cards, so why not take this idea and turn it into a fun Q&A? That is what will happen this 25th of May and will later be posted online for everyone to enjoy.

Do you have a question for Nerd Monkeys?

Nerd Monkeys Goes to the London Games Festival 2016

By | Food for thought

Games London is a ground breaking new thing to support, grow and promote the games and interactive entertainment sector, so we have to be there! It’s no secret we’re currently working on a few author projects, we even presented what we’re working on last year on the Microsoft Game Dev Camp 2015 event, so the logic step for us was to submit the game to the Games Finance Market in search for interested investors, luckily we were selected so here we go! We’ll also be around the EGX Rezzed as visitors, so if anyone wants to meet just give us a call.

Nerd Monkeys is officially 3 years old!

By | Gaming

Oh my… how time flies.

Making games is one hell of a job, but it sure takes its time. While we seem to be not very active on social networks and our own website, in fact we’re always working non stop But this is going to change, starting today we have our official blog, this right here and right now!

So lets do a quick review of what we have done so far by no specific order:

Since 2013 we changed our workplace three times, two twins were born, the team grew from 3 up to 8, and soon to be more!

We launched two author games, one of them got over 115.000 sales, and one app that got first place on the Social category in both AppStore and GooglePlay. For clients we developed two games and consulted for external teams for the development of eight games, some of them very innovative in using hardware like NFC and Bluetooth.

Currently we are developing three new author games, three games for clients and 2 consulting projects!

So yeah… we have been busy, but we’re hoping to be even more busy by the next year as we keep on growing the team like mad monkeys, until then the Nerd Monkeys team thanks you, yes you!

Thank you for all the support and bananas!

Nerd Monkeys acquires the Under Siege game IP

By | Food for thought, Gaming

Under Siege is a RTT game that had a development cost of 1.4M Euros and was released by Seed Studios in June 2nd of 2011 for the PSN on the Playstation 3. Seed Studios was a Portuguese game development studio that unfortunately closed its doors in 2012. This was because Under Siege launch coincided with the infamous PSN hack, a financial blow the company was unable to recover from.

Today, on the day Nerd Monkeys celebrates its third anniversary, we officially announce the acquisition of Under Siege intellectual property from Seed Studios to Nerd Monkeys Ltd. There were many reasons that lead us to this investment, those will be revealed in due time.

Until then, if you want to try the game you can play the trial available or buy the game on PS3 PSN and if you enjoy it you can also buy the art book available at FNAC.

Cartaz no Saldanha

By | Fashion, Food for thought

Yap, de facto perdemos a cabeça e estourámos um grande pedaço do orçamento, mas é tão épico! Agora é ver se a malta em Lisboa fica curiosa em relação ao Crime no Hotel Lisboa na Steam ao ponto de ir lá comprar do dia 17 de Julho. 🙂

Banana Jam!

By | Fashion, Food for thought

Got a great idea for a game but no coding skills? Take part in the 2014 Banana Jam!

Banana Jam is a fun new game jam from Nerd Monkeys in partnership with IPCA, in which, any member of public can submit a game idea no longer than 140 characters long (for tweeting purposes), with the best game idea being made into a full game by a group of young developers.

All game ideas submitted will be voted on in the Banana Jam poll, and the dev team composed of young developers will choose one game pitch from the most voted main genre.

The chosen game pitch will then go into production to create a prototype and, if any good, it will pass into alpha production, otherwise another pitch will be selected.

If your submission reaches the final alpha version stage, your game will have a strong probability to go into full production and be published by Nerd Monkeys. This means you’ll earn a royalty percentage of its sales!

So If you have a great game idea, join in the Banana Jam now!