Founding date: 5 January 2015
Kinmoku is the online alias of Lucy Blundell, an award-winning independent games developer aiming to create narrative-driven experiences that are both meaningful and intimate.
Her first game, the popular visual novel One Night Stand, was released on PC, Mac and Linux in 2016, and later reached console audiences in 2019.
In 2023, she released the critically acclaimed narrative adventure game VIDEOVERSE.
After five years at Electronic Arts, helping hundreds of indie developers successfully launch their mobile titles, Kinmoku left to pursue her dream of creating her own video games as an independent developer in 2015. Kinmoku sets out to create narrative-driven experiences that focus on our personal secrets. Her games show players a different, softer side of gaming where sincerity, introspection and human relations replace action, fantasy and power. Kinmoku’s first game, One Night Stand, explored the actions of players thrust into an awkward “morning-after” scenario. One Night Stand found a following amongst game players, became a hit with many prolific YouTubers, and even received a nomination at the Independent Games Festival 2017 for Excellence in Narrative. Kinmoku is still working on her next title: VIDEOVERSE, which received acclaim amongst critics and won the Critics' Choice Award at Indie Cup UK 23. More information can be found on the VIDEOVERSE page.
WINNER Best Narrative at Debug Indie Game Awards 2023 (VIDEOVERSE)
WINNER Critics' Choice Award at Indie Cup UK '23 (VIDEOVERSE)
WINNER New Development Talent at Women in Games Awards 2017
WINNER Top 30 Women in Mobile at PCR 2015
WINNER Best Creative Concept at University of Salford MediaCity UK Digital Animation and Gaming Prize
Best Visual Novels (with Lucy Blundell)
Indie developer Lucy Blundell (One Night Stand, the upcoming VIDEOVERSE) joins us (The Back Page: A video games podcast) to discuss one of Matthew's favourite genres.
Gray-Asexuality and Diverse Video Game Representation ft. Lucy Blundell
Lucy Blundell AKA Games by Kinmoku is the disabled, gray-ace indie game dev who brought us the wonderful visual novel One Night Stand. In this episode, we talk about their personal journey, why an ace would make a game about a one night stand, queer representation in gaming, and her forthcoming game VIDEOVERSE!
One Night Stand and VIDEOVERSE (feat. Lucy Blundell)
Noah and Tori are joined this week by indie game developer Lucy Blundell. Blundell's first game, One Night Stand, is a certified indie game gem, and their next game, VIDEOVERSE, is on its way out in the coming months...
Origin Stories: Devs recount their first game design experiences
Every game developer starts somewhere. Maybe it was a goofy little Twine project. Maybe it was a mod level. Maybe it was drawing a D and D module on graph paper, or scribbling their own Mario levels on notebook paper in class. Maybe it was inventing new house rules for Risk or Monopoly.
What developers are saying about the design of Nintendo's Arms
Gamasutra reached out to several developers for their input, and ten of them were willing to share some of their initial impressions and insights.
The gift of gaming: the joys of getting a console for Christmas
From secondhand Super Nintendos to surprise Sega Saturns, writers, game developers and Guardian readers share their favourite memories of gaming Christmases past.
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