Game Development & Art Production

Fgfactory provides a full range of game development services including:

  • Concept art
  • Cross-platform Development
  • Project Management
  • Art Direction
  • QA
  • Release Support

We provide services for publishers, developers and other businesses within the gaming and entertainment industry.

Since our foundation, we have released more than 300 projects in areas of 2D, 3D, vector graphics, animation, GUI and cross-platform game development. Fgfactory features a team of experienced artists, creative designers and developers.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Fgfactory is a Ukrainian provider of game development and consulting services.

Big Bash

Big Bash is a gaming platform with the daily contest for cash that funds charitable organizations.


Each time starting the application users participates in a competition against 

other users. Mini games are launched in random order, so there is a variety and 

gameplay does not bother. During the tournament, which lasts 24 hours, users 

must score as many points as possible in order to climb

in the leaderboard.


Technologies used: Unity, Photon Multiplayer, Firebase


iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/big-bash/id1460366819?l=ru&ls=1


Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigbash.bigbash

Casual art mix - Character

Our team creates static and animated characters in the direction of casual art for mobile, web and desktop games, promo art, web and other purposes. For each casual character we apply an individual approach, style and colors search, emotions design and animation.

Find out more at MORE WORKS

Long Game

Long Game exists to make smart financial decisions fun and rewarding. 


The savings account with cash and crypto rewards that is based on short games you play to win real  money. Prizes up to $1,000,000, plus win crypto currencies like BitCoin and Ether.


Technologies used: ReactJS, PixiJS, HTML5


iOS:

href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/long-game/id1137804402" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://apps.apple.com/us/app/long-game/id1137804402


Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.longgame.app

Concept Mix - Characters

'Concept Mix - Characters' is a set of latest characters concept art designed for various game projects. Feedback and likes are highly appreciated!

Jackpot Kingdom Slots

Desktop slots design and animation for Spinomenal. 

More about the project at the Project page

Raise a Bird - AR Game

Fgfactory designed and developed an AR game for mobile devices that features users interaction with a virtual pet. Basic app functionality includes: playing, dancing, searching for food and feeding, changes in the mood of the animal depending on various factors.

More details are at Raise a Bird page.

Game environments - 3d assets

Barn illustration design for a mobile hidden object game.

Stage of work included: 

  • Concept Art 
  • 3D Modeling 
  • 3D Rendering 
  • Production

More illustrations here: 
https://fgfactory.com/en/work/3d-barn-and-forge

Mission Zoo - 2d game graphics design

Fgfactory team handled all aspects of graphics development stage for promotional mobile game including UX / UI design, 2D and 3D assets design, animation and assets optimization for Unity 3D engine. The game was built for both iOS and Android. Software used: 3ds Max, Maya, Vray, Photoshop.

More information about this game can be found here

href="https://fgfactory.com/en/work/mission-zoo">https://fgfactory.com/en/work/mission-zoo

2d illustration design

2d illustration design for a mobile game promo

2d illustration design

2d illustration design for a casual game.

Knight 3d Character

Character design

3d modeling, texturing, rigging

Rendering setup

Fgfactory team took part in design and animation for one of the fastest growing slot machine games for mobile released by Megarama company. During a period of time our team designed and animated a large number of 2d assets for reel symbols, backgrounds, app icons and other graphics stuff.

Casual graphics design and 2d animation for a mobile tower game Steve's Castle. Fgfactory design team created various 2d assets for environments, monsters, characters, objects and UI. Besides that we created created Unity animations and effects for the gameplay and game menus.

Software used: Adobe Illustrator, Unity3D.

My Talking Andy - game design and development

A virtual pet mobile game My Talking Andy was designed and developed by Fgfactory for iOS and Android. Available soon in stores.

Timber Slash - 2d graphics design and animation

After wireframing, Fgfactory designed 3D models, 2D characters, icons, interfaces, backgrounds and all other graphical assets for a mobile game.

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IOS & Android Development for Gaming Company

"They've been great from a project management standpoint."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fgfactory developed a mobile gaming app for iOS and Android, including some of the game design, development, and strategy. They continue to add new features as requested.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Tyler Jacobson
Founder, Big Bash Games
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fgfactory provides high-quality game designs and helps fill in any gaps in project planning or strategy. Although their timelines could be more clearly defined, their team is highly competent, communicative, proficient in English, and good at managing projects overall.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder of Big Bash Games, a mobile gaming app that includes daily competitions between players with the potential to win a cash prize. Advertisements on the platform are utilized to fund different charitable organizations. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

I engaged Fgfactory to help us develop our mobile app for iOS and Android and to design and develop our game. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fgfactory developed our gaming app for iOS and Android, incorporating different APIs as needed. I provided them with the overall UX of the app, but they helped design and develop the game itself. They've also worked on our data storage and overall strategy in regards to different services and integrations to choose from.

What is the team composition? 

We work with 6–10 people, depending on the stage of the project.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

I conducted an extensive search of about 50 different vendors online, starting in Canada and then branching out overseas to save on costs. Fgfactory's quality of work caught my eye, so we started a conversation and I was convinced they were a good fit. They were very understanding of our needs and had a lot of great suggestions from the start. 

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested around $50,000 thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together since March 2019 and the relationship is ongoing. Although the initial scope of work was completed, we continue to work with them to add new features. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our app hasn't gone live yet, but Fgfactory has done a great job overall thus far. They've been able to complete the work within a certain time frame, and we're confident the product will perform well. 

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

They've been great from a project management standpoint. Their team is very communicative and proficient in English, so the relationship has been relatively seamless despite their distance. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Unlike other vendors I've worked with in the past, they're clear and efficient in communications. Their skillset also sets them apart; they've been able to fill in any gaps in our project plan, highlighting certain areas we want to focus on in terms of an overall strategy.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing stands out outside of the norm from what I've experienced when working with an overseas developer. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

While Fgfactory does a decent job of testing the quality of their work, I'd recommend additional quality assurance processes to ensure bugs don't slip through any of the phases of development. 

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Although delays outside of their control occur, it'd be nice to have more definitive dates.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    In terms of the game and artwork, they've delivered exactly what we've asked.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Unity Development for App Dev Company

"Their team has a firm project manager steering them."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fgfactory serves as a third-party vendor for 3D animation and design as well as Unity game development. They’ve tackled frontend app development, including character design, mini-game creation, and more.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Matt Hagger
CEO, Eman Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team excels at delivering tasks according to well-established requirements. Overall, they’re a highly transparent team that clearly lays out how they work, and they facilitate direct communication with all of their team members. They actively involve the client in collaboration. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Eman Labs, a venture studio and ideas lab. We act as the co-founding team to entrepreneurs and business founders who have ideas. We turn those ideas into products and launch them to hopefully raise capital, turning them into efficient and profitable businesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

We needed help with Unity development and 3D animation and design. We have our own in-house engineering team, but lack expertise in Unity. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fgfactory acts as a third-party supplier, providing technical and design resources for Unity development as well as 3D design and animation. Their frontend contributions include character design and gaming asset creation, as well as mini-games for some of our projects.

For one application project, in particular, our in-house team handled backend development while Fgfactory took care of the Unity portion from scratch. Their team also worked on most of the design with our guidance in terms of requirements. We handed them a prototype of the game, including the desired functions, features, and such. They followed the brief and ended up changing the design slightly. The app is running on iOS and Android.

What is the team composition?

They’ve assigned five to six people to our projects.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

We did a lot of research and came across Fgfactory. We felt that they were a game development studio that would fit our needs and a good option as a third-party supplier for our company. We hired them because they claimed to be specialists at Unity game development.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in January 2018 and the partnership is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Fgfactory delivers on their word, and while they’re good at fulfilling tasks, they’re more reactive than a proactive. It also takes a lot of work to deal with them, which isn’t really something negative and might be more of an expectation management thing.

Some companies do it all and are very proactive, whereas with Fgfactory, it’s more of a collaboration and clients have to get their hands dirty. Fgfactory certainly delivers, though.

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve seen some grey areas regarding QA and who is responsible for what, but I can’t really blame them any more than I can blame ourselves. Their team has a firm project manager steering them who asks clients to provide ample details and to sign off on a lot of things.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I like Fgfactory’s transparency; there isn’t a behind-the-curtain approach when working with them. They are straightforward with how they work, what their staff is getting paid, and their margin. They also allow their clients to communicate directly with every single one of their people, which I like a lot.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They lack creativity a bit but are very organized. I think Fgfactory could’ve applied themselves a little bit more to grasp what we’re trying to achieve. Their team seems more reluctant to care about the business case and just wants to do their job. They will deliver, but I wish they would dive in a little bit deeper into the company’s mission.

Furthermore, their attention to detail is good but they expect you to sign off on way too much. It can be a little bit over the top sometimes. However, I will be working with them again and again.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If a client seeks a hardworking and disciplined team that never fails to deliver on their word, Fgfactory is the company to go to. Clients should have a good idea of what they want to build and have the desire to participate in the project scope and management. For this scenario, they are the perfect company.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If the tasks are laid out and they know what they are doing, they will deliver.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If the cap fits, I would recommend them to the type of company that would benefit from their services.

App Dev & Graphic Design for Child Show Network

“Fgfactory has grown and evolved as a company since we’ve been working together.”   

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fgfactory provides graphic design expertise in the service of creating new cartoons for a children’s TV show network. They have also assisted with the build-out of multiple mobile apps for iOS and Android.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Sweden
Niklas Malmqvist
CEO, Lekis AB
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new graphics Fgfactory designed have attracted millions of new YouTube viewers to the network’s offerings. Timeliness and communication on their part made for a smooth and productive dynamic between the two teams. Their unmatched graphic design skills paved the road for a long-term partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Lekis AB, a kids’ tv show and cartoon television network. We also develop apps for young children.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

We hired Fgfactory to help us with graphic design and app development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We mainly use Fgfactory for graphic design. We also created a couple of apps together, with versions for both iOS and Android.

I collaborated very closely with the team. After I came to hem with an initial idea, we’d discuss every detail of each project. From that point on, Fgfactory managed everything starting from the sketches to the finished product. 

Ever since we finished our latest app collaboration, our company has been focusing on producing new cartoons. Fgfactory creates numerous graphic design elements for us on an ongoing basis. Mainly, these tend to be character and background designs. We’ve been starting new projects almost weekly.

What is the team composition? 

There are 5-10 different people on the team. At the moment, we’re mostly working with one graphic designer.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

I originally found them on Upwork. It’s hard to find a good graphic designer, and Fgfactory has very talented professionals on their team. They provide services at a fair cost. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €30,000 (approximately $34,000 USD) so far. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since December 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Since Fgfactory started designing our cartoons, the views on our YouTube channel have been running into the millions. They skillfully create excellent graphic designs. Of all the different companies we’ve worked with, Fgfactory is definitely one of the top options. 

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

Fgfactory always meets our deadlines. We communicate using Skype. I’m very happy with their prices.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Fgfactory has grown and evolved as a company since we’ve been working together. Their graphic design skills are really impressive. They’re highly skilled at making apps, but graphic design is definitely their strongest skill set. Fgfactory has grown and evolved as a company since we’ve been working together. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Communication could be better, but they’ve already improved a lot. We haven’t had any issues at all over the entire past year. Everything is working very smoothly now. They keep an open line of communication with us.

4.5
Overall Score I’m very happy with Fgfactory and intend to work with them for a long time.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    No one is perfect, but they’re definitely up to par.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I’m pleased with their quality of work and price point. I would give them full marks for graphic design.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

Development, Design, and Illustration for Game App

“They're flexible, responsive, and do high-quality work.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Working collaboratively with in-house engineers, Fgfactory manages game design and animation for our game app. They’re in charge of animation, illustration, and user interface.
 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
CEO, Game App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has grown significantly and has hundred of thousands of users. Experienced and professional, Fgfactory has become part of an internal team, while their transparency and ability to deliver top-notch results on time made them a reliable partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of a game app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

Our app has short games of chance. We were growing, so we needed a company to supplement our game design, illustration and animation teams.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They produce a lot of frontend assets for us, such as game illustration and animation (our in-house team does the development as well). They use HTML to animate our games and provide a richer experience for our users. They've become part of our team and continue to help us with multiple projects.

What is the team composition?

We mostly work with one of their co-founders, but we've also communicated with other members of their team.

How did you come to work with them?

I found them through an online search when I was looking for additional engineering and design resources.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent between $100,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2017 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our company has grown significantly since we started working with them. We had two games in our app, but now we have more than 20 games and hundreds of thousands of users. We have a fairly large team in-house that includes engineers and designers, so it's been a joint effort.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very organized and good at execution. Also, they're great communicators. They use Basecamp on their end and everything is very transparent, so we can see who is working on our account and provide feedback. They're based in Ukraine, but we haven't had any issues with scheduling.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're flexible, responsive, and do high-quality work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about your needs and understand their skills to ensure your collaboration is successful.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Graphic Design for Mobile Game Development Company

"Their cost is remarkably reasonable for what they deliver."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After wireframing, Fgfactory designed 3D models, characters, icons, interfaces, and all other graphical assets for a mobile game. Now, they're preparing the graphics for launch.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nikolay Ananiev
CEO, No Six Five
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Executives praise Fgfactory's designs for their professional aesthetics. Their talented designers deliver high-quality graphics at a cost-effective price. Meeting all expectations, they continue to prove themselves as a top-notch service.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of No Six Five, a software development company. We produce mobile games for iPhone and Android.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

We needed a design team for our mobile game.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fgfactory started by creating the design documents and requirements for our project. We primarily sent them descriptions of the visual assets we needed. Their team designed models of different characters in a 3D environment. They also created all the icons, interfaces, and all other graphical assets needed for our game. Currently, they're making sure our visuals display properly for our launch.

What is the team composition?

The team consists of a project manager, a 3D artist, and two 2D artists.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

I read some reviews on the internet and reviewed their previous projects. I really liked what I saw and contacted them.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested $50,000 thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The game will be released in the next weeks. We’re extremely happy with the results thus far. The visuals they create are truly professional. Their design artists are excellent and provide critical graphics for the release of our project.

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

They always meet my high expectations. I’m happy with the overall completion of their design work. We manage the project through Basecamp.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their talented designers provide exceptionally high-quality assets. Their cost is remarkably reasonable for what they deliver. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Before you start, have a detailed documentation of your requirements. They’ll do everything according to what you need.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Graphic Design for Social Casino Developer

“We’re very happy with their service.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jun. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Fgfactory assisted the UI/UX design for various mobile games. Specifically, they developed graphical assets like symbols, backgrounds, and animations. They deliver products after multiple rounds of feedback.

The Reviewer
 
Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-Founder, Casino Game
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fgfactory developed aesthetically pleasing graphics that enhance the gaming experience for players. They communicate effectively using several project management tools. While some deliverables were completed behind schedule, they proactively engage with every stage of the process.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a game development company. We specialize in social casino and slots games.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

We hired them to create some of our in-game graphics.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fgfactory created various graphical assets for our mobile slot games like symbols, characters, objects, backgrounds, and animations. We’d provide them with early mock-ups to use as reference points and they’d present us with one option to give feedback on. They continued to refine the assets until the final versions were complete.

What is the team composition?

We worked with one designer, an animator, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

I found them by searching online for outsourcing companies.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $70,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from June 2017­–May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We don’t have access to user feedback. We’re very happy with their service.

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

They performed quite well. We communicated via Slack, Jira, and Google Hangouts.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their project manager is a good communicator, pleasant to work with, and stayed involved throughout the process.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They didn’t have as much experience as we expected considering the amount of money we spent. As a result, some deliverables took longer to develop than anticipated.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile AR Game Dev for Graphic Design Studio

"[T]hey’ll do everything they can to make your requests happen."

 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Fgfactory built a simple AR game for iOS. They helped develop the game's logic and UI, design its characters, and program the game's functions. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sierre, Switzerland
Magaly Valette
CEO, nomadscreativ
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The game debuted to positive reviews of its graphics and interface. Fgfactory worked efficiently and quickly addressed inquiries. Their professionalism and responsiveness kept the project on track.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of nomadscreativ, a small graphic design studio in Switzerland.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

I wanted to create a mobile AR game and build amazing graphics.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I explained the game as well as I could, but was missing a lot of information. They helped me figure out the game’s logic, gave me great advice about the whole game process, and built the game for iOS. They did everything from the UI design to the 3D character design to the programming.

The game is simple, featuring a mini game and a little bird. You can take care of the bird and get accessories. It isn’t complete. We need to correct some bugs, and we might add more levels.

What is the team composition?

I worked with 6–10 people, and mainly communicated with the project manager.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

I found them on Clutch. I looked at different portfolios, and Fgfactory’s designs had what I was looking for.

How much have you invested with them?

I’ve spent $26,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We launched two weeks ago, and we’re getting good feedback. People like the game. They’re very impressed with the graphics.

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

It was super efficient. We use Basecamp, and they’re quick to respond.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very professional. You can ask them anything, and they’ll do everything they can to make your requests happen.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The more precise information you give them, the easier their work will be.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UI/UX & Character Design for Video Game Developer

“They’re a professional team and working with them has been a pleasure each time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fgfactory provides video game design, working on multiple different projects. Providing 2D and 3D artwork, they have worked on UI elements for several games.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Paris, France
Oswald Bernard
Co-Founder, Metidia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their designs and artwork are always well received, with many clients expressing how much they enjoy them. The team is creative, professional, and organized, working hard to improve each time they embark on a new project.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a co-founder and the CIO of Metidia, a video game company focused on ad games.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

Good-quality design is important for video games. I was looking for partners with the capacity to build great graphics on their own.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fgfactory provided artwork for 2D and 3D projects. They also created most of the UI elements in our games. I usually send them mockups, based on which they proposed different details. They’ve served as the artist for six games.

What is the team composition?

I’ve worked with two of their project managers. Across all projects, they’ve assigned more than five people to our team.  

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

I found them on Freelancer.com, where they posted part of their portfolio. They had a cartoon-like style that was suited for casual video games. I contacted them and we started the collaboration.

How much have you invested with them?

The average cost per game is $10,000. The total cost of their work so far has been $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Fgfactory in December 2015 and have an ongoing collaboration.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Their art has made a very good impression on our clients. One of them still has a character made by the team as his phone wallpaper, despite it being from a Christmas game.

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

We have meetings at the end of each project, in order to discuss how we can improve the process on both our sides. It’s a very constructive approach.

They’re able to speed up the work by augmenting the size of the team if we have a rush order. Whenever we encountered difficulties in creating original characters, they assigned a new artist to the task in order to offer us a completely new perspective and to ensure that our deadline will be respected. I find this to be very professional.

We have used Skype and Trello for communication. Each cartoon is represented by a Trello card, and the platform makes the work easy in general. They start their workdays at 10 a.m. on our time, which works well for us.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They create most of the artwork themselves, which means that each deliverable is a unique creation. This is very valuable for us and our clients.

They also deliver results fast. If I needed a new character for a game, I could send them some reference material and ask them to design one. I would typically receive a first draft of the character within a couple of days, which allowed me to adapt the imagery early on.

They have a comprehensive approach, and they want our projects to succeed. We receive feedback from their team on how we can improve the gameplay and other elements. They’re a professional team and working with them has been a pleasure each time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Having direct discussions with the artists would be good. This is the only improvement point I can give. They have the capacity to manage their members, so direct contact isn’t essential. The collaboration has improved with each project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Dev & Design Partnership for IT Services Firm

“[T]he users of our apps and games gave them 4-or 5-star ratings.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2010 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fgfactory designs and develops mobile games and business applications. They build native iOS and Android apps and work on augmented reality projects and 3D renderings. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
CEO, IT Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps built receive high ratings and positive user feedback. Fgfactory uses project management tools effectively and communicated well in their common native language. They meet the majority of deadlines and scale the team rapidly when needed.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of a travel tech startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fgfactory?

We started two years after the iPhone was launched. At that point, nobody had much experience with the SDK [software development kit]. There were some challenges, but I would attribute those challenges to Apple. We needed our mobile development done, and Fgfactory understood how to do complicated work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We changed the nature of the scope as we went along. Initially, the ideas for the games came from the company we were working with, but that company couldn't design or program very well, so everything was done from scratch by Fgfactory, besides the ideation.

Fgfactory developed native applications for iOS and Android. We did four to five native apps for iOS and a native app for Android.

Three years ago, we switched to a new company and started doing projects for business development. We did two business applications. One of the first applications we did was for Apple Watch. That was challenging, but they did it nicely and on time. We launched the app two weeks after the watches were available.

Business applications are less complicated compared to the games they used to make for us. They did the business apps for iOS only. We would do the design and they would create the vision and motion design, as well as connecting to the API.

When we moved to B2B, we also started working with them on augmented reality [AR] with Apple's kit. They were doing 3D rendering and other 3D work. 

What is the team dynamic?

At one point, 7–8 people were working with us. At the moment, there are 5 people. It depends on the complexity of the project and the speed that we want. There were 3D designers, renderers, and so on.

How did you come to work with Fgfactory?

One of my friends introduced me to one of the CEOs. Their prices are reasonable and this is what attracted us.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since March 2010 on different projects, and hopefully, we'll be working with them for a long time in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

It's fantastic. The users are happy. The work has its challenges, but the users of our apps and games gave them 4-or 5-star ratings. It was done the very beginning of the app economy, so it was one of the ageless kids' games. Fgfactory deserved the high marks.

How did Fgfactory perform from a project management standpoint?

The project management was done by one of their CEOs, but they would improve if they hired more people. We were fine because we have programmers ourselves from the backend and do our own Agile programming and project management. 

We communicated through Skype and Slack. They are also employing different tools like JIRA, Basecamp, and Asana. They are very good at using these tools. We spoke in our native language. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

In terms of time management and deadlines, they are within 5% deviance, which is very good for mobile development. I've never met a company who are 100% correct in their estimations. They understand what they do in terms of estimation and they're reasonable.

I'm amazed how quickly they can scale. Sometimes, they hire people within weeks of what we need, which is amazing. They have lots of resources and they know those resources very well. 

I would praise their design of the games and understanding of how design works.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The better you write what they need to do, the better they'll understand it, and the better it will be for you as a customer. If you're vague or you don't know what you're doing, it's going to be more difficult for you.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

App for Banking System

"Their impact was very positive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Fgfactory supplied frontend and backend development services for an MVP. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
Volodymyr Lotsman
ERP Manager, Arrow Electronics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fgfactory completed the MVP successfully, and it gained traction with its desired audience. The team was especially resourceful at changing to adapt to shifting needs. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a CTO of Software development, outsourcing and outstaffing company specialising in billing system development. We are currently based in Germany with serving the European Union countries

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Fgfactory?

We have engaged FGFactory to assist us with the development of a new sophisticated gaming project for banking system that helps our clients to manage their savings and payments. FG Factory were responsible for both back end and front end development 2) we wanted to build a minimum viable product to test the market and analyse customer behavior to increase our margin

What were your goals for this project?

Analyse customer behavior to increase our margin

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of my ex colleagues has recommended FGFactory and provided really good feedback. After several meetings including in person face to face meeting, decision was made to engage their team 2) we have developed complete scope of works in house and delivered to FGFactory for their evaluation; not only their team managed to provide valuable suggestions and recommendations but also they have improved the flow of our concept by introducing gamification and enrichments in customer journey. Once scope was finalised and estimate was provided, we have commenced development with their team. 3) we have decided to utilise as many resources as possible; Alex was able to allocate 1 x iOS , 1x back end and 1xQA engineer to work full time on our project

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Our application was successfully presented to investors in Mainland China who showed some deep interest in it. Immediately once the deal was signed, we have aligned all our resources to make a version compatible with their market. 2) project management was easy as SoftwareStation provided project coordinator who was ensuring the project is smooth and seamless 3) the way they tackle the challenges: brainstorming, thinking and analysing comes first, followed by deep scoping. 4) no major issues detected yet I would suggest to spend more time on QA

What was the team composition?

PM, 3 backend developers, 3 frontend developers and 2 QA

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Their impact was very positive.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Arrangements were very effective and efficient

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The agility and the speed of reaction on the changing requirements

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not something to mention

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer