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Jolly good news!

Jolly good news everyone: Power-up Media and Sterkhouders teamed up, bought a fish tank and before we knew it we found this funny little friend, called Jolly Jellyfish, swimming in it:

As it turned out this flexible little fella loves to create games just as much as we do! You can check out his website at to see some of the stuff he has created so far.
At the moment Jolly is too busy creating new games so his website is still a bit minimalistic but it’ll give you a good impression of his skills.

To celebrate his new home Jolly has released a new casual game called Billy Beamer.

Billy Beamer is a very addictive casual game where you play an alien who has to beam up as many farm animals by combing them into groups of at least three of the same kind. Let’s see if you can make it to the top 10 highscores!
You can play the game online but you can also get it for your iPhone or Android-device.

If you like Jolly as much as we do (can’t imagine you won’t), you can follow him on Twitter: @_jollyjellyfish or you can become fan of his Facebook page.
He would really appreciate it if you drop him a line (or some plankton in his tank) and let him know what you think of his games!

What’s new you ask…?

…well, this blog for instance… (not totally new, but renewed anyway :D). I haven’t been paying much attention to this blog lately but now it’s time to bring it to life once more!

As of February I quit my job and started as a freelance Flash-designer/developer (by the name of Power-up Media) so it was time for a fresh start all together; I finally made a decent main site (, I restyled this blog (hope you like it) and moved it to a new domain ( The main site still needs a little tweaking and it needs a lot more content, but it’s a start…

At the moment I’m trying to figure out what to do with my labs section (http:/  I’ll probably combine it either with the main site or with this blog but whatever it’s gonna be, you can expect some changes there as well.

All said and done I’m now open for Flash- and/or design-jobs so if you got any work laying around please don’t hesitate to contact me…


Wouldn’t it be just great to see one of your own digital creations manufactured as a real life teddy-bear?
Well, it so happened I entered a contest (at which might make this possible.

The chalange was to create a new design for their “Tedde”. The shape of the tedde was a given and you were only allowed to use 3 colors (apart from black I guess because some early submission also had 4 colours)
Here is my submission to the contest:

You can check out the full version here:

If you like it please vote for it! (just one click)

Manny thanks 😀

PS: While you’re at it, my colleague would be very pleased if you would vote for his submission as well:


Isn’t it just great when you are full of exiting ideas and you hands are itching to get started but then your hands also start to itch because of RSI 🙁 I had that problem a few months ago, but now I’m up and running again and started of with a nice game:

I made this game in collaboration with a colleague of mine (Berthjan Achterop /
I started of with the coding of the engine and Berthjan made the design. After applying the design to the game I animated most of the characters to bring it all to live. The result is a “colums”-like game wrapped in a world of weird (but wonderful) creatures 😉

Enjoy and let me know what you think of it…

PS: here is a nice wallpaper to accompany the game 😀

Hoppin\'pop wallpaper

You Suck at Photoshop!

It’s helpful, it’s fun, it’s just GREAT!

Whether you are fed up with your marriage (and/or life) or you just want to learn some new Photoshop tricks, you should check out the tutorials of Donnie Hoyle. This desperate guy has a tutorial series called “You Suck at Photoshop”:

Lesson #1:
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