Press Kit


Last year Rumpus Animation released their first game – The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle – A Dreadly Business. A classic point and click romp around Victorian London which soon became a cult classic. Albeit a very small, secretive cult that hardly anyone has heard of.

Now, after a brief hiatus and successful Kickstarter campaign, Rumpus Animation are proud to announce the upcoming release of Episode 2 of The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle – A Bleaker Predicklement. A new and exciting installment of the dark humoured murder mystery series for iOS, Android and PC.

In the first episode Geoff the Murderer slipped through Bertram’s fingers. Since then his reign of terror seemed to have ended so that the odd-nosed citizens of Old London Town could wheeze a sigh of relief. But now the sinister goings on have begun again and the dark, smog-filled streets and alleyways are once more gripped with fear.

In Episode 2 – A Bleaker Predicklement, Bertram has been forced to take a job at Dulsworth’s Soap Factory but soon finds himself embroiled in mystery and is framed for a murdering he did not commit. Will he be able to escape prison? Can he dress up as a lady, escape to the countryside, defeat an unspeakable foe, return to London with the aid of a stuffed Dolphin, track down Geoff the Murderer and finally get one over on Sherlock Holmes?

This hilarious AND mysterious game is more perplexing, more puzzlier and even punnier than the first. A true adventure game in the finest tradition of the genre. Why, people are already begging for the remastered version to be released now.

The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is a high quality production created by a small indie team based in Bristol, UK. Weaving together years of experience in making animation, the love of a good story and undeniably bad dad-jokes and now with actual experience of making games, Rumpus are striving to make this the best point and click Adventure game ever.

In collaboration with German game developer Deck 13, creators of award winning Lords of the Fallen, Bertram Fiddle will be released in November 2016 on Steam and iOS.


Rumpus was set up as an animation studio in 2011 by Joe Wood and Seb Burnett. They have since worked on their own short films, commercials and series work for CBBC, Google Japan and Aardman.

In 2013 they started developing a point and click game based on the adventures of one of their original characters. From here The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle was born and Rumpus released the first episode, A Dreadly Business, on mobile in December 2014 and on Steam in March 2015. After a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign in October 2015, Rumpus were able to begin development on Episode 2, A Bleaker Predicklement.

The team now also includes lead programmer and technical artist Dan Emmerson, lead animator Luke Hyde and background painter Jessica Wong.

Fact Sheet

Rumpus Animation
Based in Bristol, UK

Founding Date:
June, 2011


Press / Business Contact:
Seb Burnett



Awards and Recognition

- Best Narrative – Tokyo Indie Fest 2015

Selected Articles

  • “20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week”
    Stuart Dredge, Guardian
  • “Bertram Fiddle Now Bringing Explorators, Arthwipes, and Puns to Your PC”
    Joel Couture, Indiegames
  • “Solve Dastardly Murders As The One and Only Bertram Fiddle”
    Joel Couture, Indie Game Magazine