Based in Braamfontein, South Africa
January 29, 2016
Press / Business contact:
111 Smit St
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nyamakop are crafters of indie games and digital art. We draw with code, we emote with design and we surprise with everything in between.
Nyamakop started in 2015, when Ben and Cukia were doing their honors degree in Game Design at Wits University. We presented our final year project game to the external examiner, Judd Simantov - an ex-Naughty Dog lead who worked on Uncharted and The Last of Us. Judd was impressed by our project - just a prototype then, and suggested we make it into a full game. This game was Semblance. We worked on it part-time during university and full-time for some of 2016. We’ve worked with several collaborators over this time and visited several international games festivals such as A MAZE, Radius and Games for Change with some of our games and prototypes. We’re currently focusing on Semblance, working on making it a full game. Nyamakop is a portmanteu word of truly African proportions. ‘Nyama’ means ‘meat’ in Kiswahili and ‘kop’ means ‘head’ in Afrikaans. Together, it means: ‘meathead’. We like to say we think with our hearts - which is where the meat comes into it. Heads are where your brains are, by the way.
Spotlight video from our Stugan residency YouTube
There are far more images available for Nyamakop, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!
Logo & Icon
Awards & Recognition
- "Official Selection A MAZE. / Johannesburg" - for Semblance, August 31, 2016
- "Most fun Gameplay Mechanic" - Alpha Beta Gamer game of the year awards 2016
- "Semblance feels like a game you should be paying for, but it's not finished"
- Nick Cowen, Ars Technica UK
Cukia Kimani on Twitter
Personal twitter for Cukia Kimani (@cukiakimani) available at twitter.com.
Ben Myres on Twitter
Personal twitter for Ben Myres (@_benjamming) available at twitter.com.
Team & Repeating Collaborator
Business & Tech, Nyamakop
Game Design & Marketing, Nyamakop