Telehorse is a Warsaw-based independent studio established in 2013 by Mariusz Szypura.
Its business operations involve the development and release of independent steampunk-themed games designated for mobile devices (iOS and Android tablets), PC/Mac devices and Xbox/PlayStation platforms. The games offer a unique experience to both Polish and international audiences, as they combine an intriguing plot with logic puzzles, world-quality graphics and a dedicated soundtrack composed and recorded by the game developer himself.
Every game is developed with great attention to detail – this is true both of the overall plot and individual logic tasks/puzzles to be solved by the players, as well as intricate graphics – so that everything, music included, comes together as a whole and creates a unique and fascinating world.
Mariusz Szypura has worked for advertising agencies as a graphic designer and creative director. He has been in charge of hundreds of campaigns and projects, winning a Fryderyk Music Award for the artwork on one of his album covers.
What is more, Mariusz is an experienced musician with more than a dozen records under his belt. Telehorse allows him to pull all his skills together and independently develop computer games.
Mariusz Szypura ranked 26th on the 50 Most Creative People in Business in 2015 list compiled by Brief.pl
Steampunker was the first game released by the Telehorse studio in 2014. The game was initially launched for iPads only. Following a successful fundraising campaign at Indiegogo, Steampunker is now available for iPhones, as well as Android phones and tablets.
Steampunker was also presented at TOKYO GAME SHOW in 2014 and TAIPEI GAME SHOW in 2015. For TOKYO GAME SHOW the game had been selected as one of few European productions and the only one originating from Poland. Famitsu App nominated Steampunker for the INDIE PRIZE at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2014.
The second game released by Telehorse is called Steamkraft - Steampunk voyages inspired by Jules Verne. It’s been available for iOS and Android mobile devices since May 2016.
The subtitle “Steampunk Voyages inspired by Jules Verne” clearly points at the inspiration behind the vehicles, vessels and locations used in the game. Steamkraft is an endless runner, which means it goes on until you run out of lives, eventually. The game is set in locations known from such Jules Verne novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Five Weeks in a Balloon or From the Earth to the Moon.
The game was featured in August in the INDIE CORNER at the GOOGLE PLAY STORE.
In 2016 Telehorse developed Steampunker VR Periscope Shooter, which was released in January 2017.
The game was initially developed as a VR version of one of the challenges from Telehorse's award-winning Steampunker. When the first level was well received by players and journalists at game shows, the company decided to expand and develop it as an independent game. There are five levels and the player can experience the VR in a first person shooter and a finding hidden objects game. While the levels are connected into a story, a player has access to all of them and can enjoy any level they want.
There is also mobile (not VR) version of the game for mobile devices using gyroscope (available only for testflight now).
In 2017 Telehorse will focus on a new game with the working title Transatlantic. The game is planned as a VR adventure set aboard one of early 20th century steamships. Telehorse has been granted EU funding for this project under the Creative Europe Programme.
Two other games are currently at research and early development stage. Telehorse intends to announce one of them in 2017 with a release date in 2018 or early 2019.