With Crazy Dreamz: Best Of, the development team at Dreamz Studio is recognising and rewarding the potential of user-generated content by bundling 100 player-created levels as a full game release.
Launching on Steam earlier today, Crazy Dreamz: Best Of is described as the first 2D platformer “made by its own community,” and the developers are respecting the work put forward by the game’s fans by sharing the profits. Through the “Fair Game Initiative,” Dreamz Studio is sending 50% of all revenue from the release back to the content creators. However, far from simply profiting from the work of others, the team has worked alongside each of the original designers to transform and polish their levels.
The result is a expansive game that sets players on a quest to save MagiCat kingdom from rat invaders. A total of 100 levels are featured, including seven boss battles.
Crazy Dreamz: Best Of is a spin-off, of sorts, of Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition, a free-to-play platformer that, similarly to the LittleBigPlanet series, allows users to create custom levels, while also making use of simple scripting systems.
Speaking on the decision to compile and release Best Of, Dreamz Studio founder Thibault Louis-Lucas said, “when we saw quite how impressive some of the community levels were, we wanted to find a way to thank people for their hard work. By working with the community to polish and package up their levels into an all-new game, we’re able to set our players on their way to becoming professional game developers, and reward them with their first games industry paychecks.”
Both games are currently available on Steam, and the MagiCat Edition is also available on mobile platforms.