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 August 2017 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.
A Bleaker Predicklement is their second commercially released game. Written and designed by Seb Burnett, most known for illustrating Usborne Sticker Books, it is a semi-autobiographical account of his struggle to be an independent creator - cunningly disguised as an Adventure Game.
The team, like the wind, comes and goes. At the moment it consists of Seb Burnett, who grows visibly older by the day, and lead programmer Jamie Lewis. Others who have come and gone include Dan Emmerson, lead animator Luke Hyde and background painter Jessica Wong.
The Voiceover artists include Louis Jones, who provides the "Baaas" for Aardman's Timmy Time animated series, Greig Johnson, Professor Elemental, Sally Bailey, Sally Beaumont, Ben Mitchell, Leah Panigada, Jin Lee and Seb's own daughter, Hana
Based in Bristol, UK
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Awards and Recognition
- Best Narrative – Tokyo Indie Fest 2015
- “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