Well, everyone, today's the big day! This day marks the 10th anniversary of CrazyWare!
CrazyWare was started on August 21, 2010 by Johnathan Jones. It was a small brand that had a couple of games under its belt. Over the years, John has created more games, and the brand has expanded into new areas, such as mods, 3D modeling, and services.
CrazyWare has always strived to create fun, amazing stuff that people will enjoy, and it became successful, as a result. A lot has changed, over the years.
Arcade-kids was started in 2010 by Johnathan Jones. It didn't have its own website, at the time; John's Facebook profile page served as the site for the brand. In that year, there were only two games: John's Quest and Girl Power.
In June of 2011, the official website was launched, featuring Girl Power, No Color, Solar Conflict (now Solar Battle), its sequel, and Evil Doom. Resources were available for download on the original site, such as music, pictures, games, mods, models, and open-source projects.
The CrazyWare Blog was launched on December 17, 2011. Here, updates on the development of games, mods, and other works, as well as videos, news, and other content are frequently posted.
In early 2012, CrazyWare entered the modding scene, with the release of Flooded Liberty City for the game Grand Theft Auto III. As the name suggests, Liberty City is flooded, making some areas inaccessible.
Later that year, more mods, such as the Las Vegas Police car mod, the Diego Vega skin, and the Vice City map for SimCity 4, were released.
Lemonade Rush was announced in December 2012, and development began in January 2013. A sneak peek was published to the YouTube channel in September 2016, and more gameplay footage was uploaded, a few weeks later. A trailer for Lemonade Rush will be released, but its release date is unknown.
In early 2013, the Bonland region mod was released for SimCity 4. The map is huge, and mostly serves as a canvas for players to craft their own worlds. There are plenty of places for people to build their cities. However, a future update will change this. The map will have a lot of mountains, rivers, streams, hills, and more.
On July 6, 2013, Arcade-kids rebranded itself as CrazyWare, with the purpose of going in a bold, new direction.
On October 12, 2013, the city world mod, New Jones, was announced. This world will have many roads, endless terrain, and large hills that partially enclose the actual world--this is so that Sims can't travel outside its boundaries. It will also feature docks, islands, and a beach. The mod is expected to be released eventually, as it's still in development.
CrazyWare had plans to enter the online gaming market, in 2014. Development on CrazyWare Arcade began in early 2014. Over the next few months, games were added to the site, and features were being tested. There were a few major hurdles, though, and work on the site was put on hold. Development resumed in late 2014. On October 22, the beta for the site was released to the public.
In 2018, the new logos for CrazyWare Arcade were created. These were used in the final version of the website (these were eventually replaced, however).
On April 26, 2020, CrazyWare Arcade was announced, again. Three days later, on the 29th, more information about it was revealed. The site would launch with over 550-600 games, and it would have an online store. On May 4, a sneak peek of the platform was released. 10 days later, on May 14, CrazyWare Arcade was officially launched, after 6 years of development.
Changes to the site were made, since then. The search box was improved, the old social sharing sidebar was replaced with a more expansive and visually appealing one, the logos were updated, and the "Recommended Games" area is in the process of being replaced.
It's unbelievable that it's been 10 YEARS! Time really flies, and it certainly has been a wild journey.
This couldn't have been possible without you guys! Thank you all for your support!