"Explore a fantastic world where you battle and collect adorable creatures called Boonies! Upgrade your Boonies and teach them new tricks! Feed them, wash them, and play with them to keep them happy! Create your own legendary family of Boonies that will be known and admired throughout the Boonieverse!"
When I started my job at MovieStarPlanet more than 5 years ago, I created a unique pet called a Boonie. Over the years it's been through many stages of artistic and functional evolution and was recently redesigned to work with DragonBone animation, which added a whole new level of life to it.
Originally I designed the Boonie to be easily adaptable to different shapes and themes. Basically it is a cylinder shaped fluffball with a cute face and chunky limbs and big eyes.
A couple of years ago I came up with the idea of a spin off game featuring the Boonies called Boonieverse. I wrote up a design doc explaining the Boonie world, their interactions with eachother such as being divided in clans, ways they could fight etc. I had to pitch a few times, but eventually my company decided to make a simplified version of it, which was recently launched for phones and tablets. After the new version had been greenlit I started working on the project with the help of one of our talented artists and one of our experienced game designers. Boonieverse is a cute turn based pet combat game. I was involved with most of the game- and feature design as well as headed the initial art direction during the project's three month start-up phase, after which it was handed off to our capable and hard working Boonieverse team. I worked on concepting the world design, area design, maps and characters. Most of the final artwork you see here was created by the Boonieverse team with the exception of the anchor Boonies which I designed. Read more about the Boonies in my separate Pet Character Design category.
I also did the music and sound direction for the game as well as voiced all but one Boonie. All music is based on 80s cartoon themes with a modern update. The cutesy voices you hear in the trailer below is me trying to match my voice to the different environments the Boonies are from. These currently include Urban Boonies and Treetop Boonies but more will be added later.
Boonieverse Official Trailer
Collection of Anchor Boonies I created
Area moodboards and finished artwork
Miscellaneous Boonies made by the Boonieverse team