About Us

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Protostar is an independent games developer based in Brisbane, Australia. It was co-founded in 2014 by two former Halfbrick veterans, Dean Loades (Programming) and Matt Knights (Design/Art). Combined, they have over 20 years of game development experience on console and mobile. The pair set up shop in one of their homes with the simple goal of creating fun game-play experiences.

As a small team they have the flexibility to try new and interesting game ideas. By using the Unity game engine they are able to rapidly prototype the ideas they come up with and can focus on the elements that make a game fun and interesting.

In November 2014, Protostar released their first game, Checkpoint Champion. It has over 1 million downloads so far and has also received critical acclaim including a 5 STAR review on TouchArcade.

Hot on the heels of Checkpoint Champion, the pair released their followup, Sling Kong, on August 6th, 2015. To date it has been downloaded over 10 million times.

Their third game, Super Starfish was released on July 26th, 2018. It has received critical acclaim including Game of the Day on the AppStore, the TouchArcade game of the week and an award at the 2018 Australian Game Developer Awards.

In March 2020, Protostar released It’s Literally Just Mowing. It has been featured as the Game of the Day on the AppStore and very warmly received by players around the globe.

Protostar Team - We'll never get our frisbee down from there...

The Protostar press kit can be found here.

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