Old School Gamer Magazine chats with Dapper Dinos’ Chris Gallagher and Rick Seeger, who let us know all about their newest retro-inspired mobile title, Dapper Dash.

About Dapper Dinos:

Founded by cousins, Rick and Chris, who are fathers to great kids and a couple of cute dogs. With over 40 years of experience working at Fortune 100 tech companies and major motion design studios, they are tech-inspired, game-playing, and crypto-loving dads who built Dapper Dinos for their families.

Their vision for Dapper Dinos is to create a web3 brand that is approachable by all and fun for the whole family. They have dedicated their hard work and efforts to creating games and NFTs that are engaging, safe, and accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Their commitment to quality and family-friendly content has been recognized by VeeFriends and Gary Vaynerchuk, as they were selected as the first pre-launch partner of VeeFriends. This is a testament to the quality of their intellectual property and their dedication to creating a joyful and safe gaming and NFT collecting experience that brings families together.

With a focus on creating a family-friendly and inclusive space, Dapper Dinos NFT is set to become a leading player in the NFT space, providing a platform for families to enjoy fun and engaging games and collectibles.

 

Old School Gamer Magazine: When did your journey in gaming begin?

Dapper Dinos: From gaming on Atari to utilizing the mobile browser in MetaMask, a web3 decentralized wallet, we’ve been passionate gamers our entire lives.

Therefore, it was only natural for us to build the Dapper Dino IP into gaming. 

Old School Gamer Magazine: You guys began in the NFT business- how did that become a venture into gaming?

Dapper Dinos: The rise of web3 gaming has revolutionized the gaming industry by introducing decentralized and blockchain-based game mechanics that allow players to earn cryptocurrency rewards. This focus on earning has led to a lack of emphasis on the essential aspect of gaming — having fun. We saw a massive gap in the bridge between web2 and web3 and decided to make it our mission to close this gap!

Old School Gamer Magazine: What advice would you give to someone who went into video game development?

Dapper Dinos: Embrace challenges, be collaborative and take feedback from those that came before you, and have a clear vision of what you want to build.  Just don’t be afraid to pivot if your vision expands. 

Old School Gamer Magazine: Why do you think retro games are still so beloved?

Dapper Dinos: Endless replayability. Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s the mechanics, maybe it’s a combination of the two. They bring back memories of our childhood, create a deep emotional connection, and stand the test of time.

Old School Gamer Magazine: What elements of retro games do you think are embodied the most in your game?

Dapper Dinos: The gameplay is simple to grasp but challenging to master, with a catchy soundtrack, and charming characters.  

Old School Gamer Magazine: What games influenced this one the most?

Dapper Dinos: Altos Adventure, Jetpack Joyride, Temple Run, and of course Super Mario Bros.

Old School Gamer Magazine: What was it like to work with MOX?

Dapper Dinos: This team is A+, over the past two years we’ve met a lot of people that talk a good game but MOX delivers on what they say they will.  From day one they showed they are passionate about the project, they’ve helped with networking and resources, expressed tons of feedback, and challenged our thinking. So far it’s been nothing but positive vibes.  

Old School Gamer Magazine: Any plans for a console release?

Dapper Dinos: Dapper Dash is going to be released as a mobile game, however, we are currently in the development of a 3D platformer (currently unnamed) that we are aiming to release late next year.  We are going to add more characters, have exciting boss battles, and add to the amazing environments in the game.  

Old School Gamer Magazine: Anything else you’d like to add?

Dapper Dinos: We set out to build this game to have a strong focus on family, inspired by our kids, and hope that the same feeling of nostalgia we have will be passed on to the next generation. 

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