Factsheet

Developer:
Headbang Club
Based in a dark garage filled with guitars, drums and beer corpses, France

Founding date:
2015

Website:
headbang.club

Press / Business contact:
press@headbang.club

Social:
Facebook
Twitter

Releases:
Double Kick Heroes

Address:
666
Devil Street
Hell's 6th circle near Angoulême, FR

Phone:
+666

Description

Headbang.club was created for after Ludum Dare #34 in December 2015. Gyhyom, Blackmagic and Elmobo, three game developer pals, decided to make a crazy explosive rhythm game with a Tarantino and Rodriguez mood. They published the Double Kick Heroes jam and after many praises from players, they decided to make it a bigger game. Few years have passed, the contributed to lot of other video games, music videos, soundtracks while continuing to work on Double Kick Heroes.

History

The dark path of Elmobo

Elmobo scored many video games since the end of the 80’s. He worked on games like Nightmare Creatures 1 and 2 (PSX, N64, Dreamcast), Fury of the Furries (Amiga) and Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance (Nintendo DS). He is also a renown french metal producer. In his Conkrete Studio, he produced or mixed bands like Gorod, Otargos and French death-metal pioneers Loudblast. From 2002 to 2005, he toured with the legendary Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex Guns N’ Roses) as live bass player. Some people think having Elmobo in the vicinity will boost hair growth.

Blackmagic and the monkeys

From 2006 to 2013, Blackmagic worked at Mad Monkey Studio. They were contractors for big studios like Ubisoft, THQ and Activision. There, Blackmagic worked on popular licensed platforms like DS, PS2, PSP, and Wii working with teams ranging from small to huge. This gave him a solid technical background he still uses to this day. He participated in a dozen retail games. He co-produced and co-developed Alphabounce DSi, a game ordered by Motion-Twin for Nintendo DSi. The game was praised by gamers and by IGN for its mix between brick breaker and RPG.

Gyhyom at Motion Twin

Gyhyom worked as a graphic artist for F2P games from Motion Twin like DinoRPG, Die2nite, Hordes0, Mush and Rockfaller. Many of those games were played by hundreds of thousands of gamers. DinoRPG came out in 2007 and there are still people playing it daily. There, he mastered the graphical side of the force and had to produce assets for various styles.

Tavrox on Lavapools

Tavrox is still working on his first indie game Lavapools as a game developer. He helps indies get their game noticed (such as Machiavillain or Double Kick Heroes). He is also co-founder of several French game communities such as GameDevFr's slack and Toulouse Game Dev.

Gyhyom and Blackmagic at Motion Twin

In 2013, they worked on Mush, a space multiplayer RPG where players have to find an alien intruder inside a spaceship. The game mixes deception and cooperation with investigation skills. It's a coopetitive game where dilemmas meet betrayals. During this time, Gyhyom and Blackmagic also made some ludum dare games like Little Death Adventure and Final Swap.

After Motion Twin

In late 2015, Blackmagic and Gyhyom left Motion Twin. They wondered what projects they could work on and finally decided to join forces on another Ludum Dare with Elmobo. It was the second time that the three of them took part as a group after Final Swap. After the hangover, it seems Double Kick Heroes amazed a lot of people with its action, mood and awesome Metal soundtrack. Since there is definetely not enough games about Metal and Gundillac in this world. They decide to produce a much bigger Double Kick Heroes for PC. Tavrox joins them as a community and press relationships manager to get the game noticed among gaming and rock/metal communities.

The long days

After very long periods of wandering, our devs did never found out a funding publisher. They went to bankers and subsidies to fund the end of the game. Double kick heroes was published in Early Access and had a very good reception from press and public. They continued to work on it till 2020. In the battle Togi joined the team to work on the console ports. Double Kick Heroes is now announced for Switch, Xbox One, Steam, GOG, Humble Store, Windows Store and many other stores.

Projects


Videos

Double Kick Heroes : greenlight trailer  YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Indie Soundtrack" - Ping 2019
  • "Best Mainstream Soundtrack" - Ping 2019
  • "Best Indie Game" - Gamescom 2017
  • "Best Game to Play" - Play Awards 2016
  • "Jury's Choice" - Play Awards 2016
  • "Heart Crush" - Animasia 2016
  • "Gold medal for Music, #10 for graphics, #15 overall" - Ludum Dare #34, December 2015
  • "3rd Best Indie Game" - Stunfest, May 2016
  • "Gold Medal - Sound - #10 Graphics - #15 Overall " - Ludum Dare #34

Selected Articles

  • "『Double Kick Heroes』は音ゲーとシューティングが融合した、メタルやゾンビなどの要素も詰まった超ハイテンションなアクションゲーム。"
    - IGN Japan ,
  • "Double Kick Heroes is a stunning shoot-'em-up with a metal rhythm! "
    - PC GAMER ,
  • " Une Early Access solide pour un jeu de rythme à la gloire du Metal !"
    - Jeuxvideo.com ,
  • " C'est quand même très grossier [...] Ouais mais ils annoncent Gojira !"
    - Some news outlet. ,
  • "Out-rock the apocalypse in Double Kick Heroes!"
    - Rock Paper Shotgun ,
  • "Double Kick Heroes is True, But Not So Grim, Metal! "
    - HARDCOREGAMER ,
  • "Post-apocalyptic rhythm metal'em all!"
    - DESTRUCTOID ,

Elmobo's Bandcamp
37 albums on his Bandcamp, many more produced https://elmobo.bandcamp.com/.


Team & Repeating Collaborator

Gyhyom
Muthafucking badass pixel artist

ElMobo
Blows your ass off with Black Metal, bitch

Blackmagic
Demon Lord of Code

Tavrox
Helps in PR, communication and death pamphlets


presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks