What was the scope of their involvement?
Our game is a single player match-three puzzle game set in an intricate, semi-3D environment that users can decorate. It's similar to a small Tamagotchi style role-playing game. Users can raise and care for a pet as it evolves. The Knights of Unity coded the complete frontend and backend. We had all the art assets, animations, and sounds ready to provide. They walked through the game design document we'd compiled internally and did an excellent job rendering our concepts.
They tackled a challenging cross-platform third-party hosting software integration. Our game is equipped with a multiplayer functionality that goes between an iOS device to a PC, or even from a PC to an Android or Android to iOS. As a fairly cutting-edge feature, I appreciated how much effort this required.
We created the game with Unity. This software is reliably stable and comes with the most features and tools. Based on my assessments of other mobile games, it was the proper engine to use. After the release, we listened to our user feedback. We're still in the process of updating and polishing the app to make it even better.
What is the team composition?
We worked with a project manager and a team of three developers. One programmer focused on the Facebook API and the GameSparks API. Another was in charge of the mechanics for single player and gameplay aspects. The senior developer did most of the work for the 3D environment and setup of the scenes in general.
How did you come to work with The Knights of Unity?
We actually used Clutch.co to scout out potential third-party developers, which led us to The Knights of Unity. Their communication style and approach set them apart from other teams. They were the most transparent company out of the list of six options I'd compiled, verified, and contacted. We spoke on the phone several times, and I even visited their office overseas to confirm their legitimacy. The reviews I read from their past clients were helpful and honest.
With Unity software as their area of expertise, they seemed like the right fit. Their ability to provide cross-platform, third-party hosting software was another major plus. They fit within the budget I had available, which was critical for us to complete the project. After a year of collaboration, our first partner charged us double the original estimate. The Knights of Unity have a similar hourly rate, but they actually stuck to the timeline.
How much have you invested with them?
The Knights of Unity worked about 3,400 hours which cost roughly $155,000–$160,000. Initially, they gave a maximum and minimum estimate for how long it would take to complete. They stayed with their first quote for the timeline and budget.
What is the status of this engagement?
After finding The Knights of Unity in August 2017, we started working together in October 2017. Our development project lasted six months, but we’re still actively continuing our collaboration to continually update our mobile app. They already have access to our Jira file and understand our goals. It made more sense to keep working together than to seek another vendor.