Unity, the game engine we use for Adventure Escape, announced a pricing change that seems designed to punish Haiku Games and other indie game developers.
The bottom line is Unity is adding a new fee where they will charge game developers $0.15 to $0.02 per new install. This is on top of the $2,040 per year subscription fee per developer for Unity pro, or other Unity services like Unity’s content delivery fee.
Why does this target some developers?
We ran the numbers for 4 small game companies and calculated the impact of the Unity Runtime Fee for each of them. We assumed each company has 4 Unity developers. Each company also has revenue of $5 million a year, but the way they reach it is very different.
Here is a table of how the Unity price change will affect these developers. (Our model is here, modified from this model)
Some developers will be completely crushed by this change. If you make a $20 game, then $0.15 per install is not that bad. But if you make a free-to-play game, this fee is a huge percentage of your revenue. On mobile, 95%+ of games are free. For Developer 4 who makes the kids app, Unity will take $1.8 MM from the developer, over two hundred times more than the developer is paying Unity now. (If you think the kids app example is extreme, look at this post from a kids app developer whose real numbers are even worse.)
It seems arbitrary that Unity decided some developers can survive but others cannot. This change from Unity will specifically target game developers who have high-download, low-revenue per user games. Based on our knowledge of the market, we believe many free to play game developers will go bankrupt due to this change. It seems impossible that this is an accident because many other pricing models (for example, raising the price of the Unity Pro subscription) would affect all developers equally.
What do we think about the change?
There’s a lot that is frustrating about this situation.
We get that development tools cost money. At Haiku, we’ve paid Unity hundreds of thousands of dollars in subscriptions and fees over the years. Outside of Unity, many companies have raised prices over the years and we understand that costs go up. But raising prices up to 400 times current rates is unprecedented.
Perhaps most frustrating about this situation is that it harms all parties: developers, players, and yes, even Unity. How will this work out for Unity in the long term? It is hard to imagine recommending Unity to new developers in the future. And every existing Unity developer is going to evaluate the cost of continuing to use Unity versus switching to another engine.
What does this mean for Haiku?
The good news is that Haiku will survive and keep making games. Don’t get us wrong, this is a major issue and we might have to adjust some plans, but we are one of the fortunate developers who will keep going. All the credit goes to the Haiku Games team and our players for supporting us throughout our journey. But make no mistake, a lot of our fellow game developers will go bankrupt if Unity proceeds with this change.
We're often asked by our players what soundtracks are in our games. Here is a list of all the soundtracks of mysteries in Adventure Escape Mysteries.
We Need A Hero by jeremyrwiebe
Suspenseful Mystery by jeremyrwiebe
Slow Tension by jeremyrwiebe
Clue: The Murder of Mr. Black
Something Dark by SCOREWIZARDS
Christmas Jazz by pinkzebra
Mysterious by pinkzebra
Emotional Piano by cleanmindsounds
Scientific Inquiry by PantheonMusic
Night Club by VensAdams
Christmas Snowfall Loop by Purpleplanet
Mysterious Suspenseful Investigative Documentary by lucafrancini
Mellow Wood by SCOREWIZARDS
Mystery in the Forest by PhilLarson
Hitchcock Suspense by JBlanks
Dark Lullaby by JBlanks
Ambient Horror Music by AGsoundtrax
Abandoned by JBlanks
Killer on Campus by JBlanks
Hitchcock Thriller by JBlanks
Elven Forest by WizardBoy
Epic Fantasy Cinematic by LuLu_Production
The Mystical Sacred River by FlinTwin
Adventure by NeonRecords
In the Dark Jungle by SGAndersson
Epic Adventure by OctoberOrchestra
The Echo Bay Murders
Cyber Trance by JBlanks
Be Suspense by ArtHaiz
Dark Suspense by PhilLarson
The Strange Thing by PetrenjMusic
Investigative News Documentary by pinkzebra
Science and Medical Research by MusicDog
Post Apocalyptic by TexasBrother
Ambient Wild West Guitar by OlexandrIgnatov
In These Woods by Crypt-of-Insomnia
Synthwave Outrun by lucafrancini
Story by MrRevant
Dark Night by WizardBoy
Period Drama Chase by simonstevens
Legend of the Sacred Stones
Enchanted by Orchestralis
Ambient Piano by AllenGrey
Epic Mysterious Theme by AudiophileTrax
Epic Choir & the Temple of Doom by AllenGrey
Mystery by Orchestralis
Temple of Doom by AllenGrey
Haunting Winter Snow by BlueSkyAudio
On A Cold Winter Day by Adigold
Female Choir by Orchestralis
Stars by -MARiAN-
Dark Choir and Orchestra by Orchestralis
Gothic Choir by AllenGrey
Legend of the Time Stones
Epic Fantasy by kornevmusic
Middle East Cinematic Atmosphere by AllenGrey
Epic Battle by mr_B_Music_Studio
Daydreaming by AllenGrey
Fantasy by _Blacksmith_
Heavenly Inspiration by gilv
Fantasy World by _Blacksmith_
This is War by Lowtone
Dreamy Cinematic Choir by Orchestralis
Epic & Dramatic Choir Theme by AGsoundtrax
Emotional Dramatic by DmitriySimf
Hollywood Trailer by PraskMusic
Positive Inspiring Singing Girl by RedOctopus
Egyptian Adventures by MatthewPablo
Arabian Nights by iCENTURY
Enchanting Ritual Dance by MusicDog
Hot Sand by StudioEtude
Cinematic Adventure by MalirecStudio
Under Water by SilverHoof
Underwater Paradise by TheStoryShop
History by fatbunny
Hope of Salvation by tunestogo
Pantheon by SCOREWIZARDS
Epic Battle by Anuch
For Halloween by TexasBrother
Sad Emotion by dimadjdocent
Mystery by Stereo_Color
Calm Ominous Orchestral Horror Intro by lucafrancini
Horror Suspense by lucafrancini
Eerie by SilverHoof
Dark Synths and Retro Horror by JBlanks
On The Dark Side by Crypt-of-Insomnia
Trailer Cabal by Synthezx
Haunted Mansion by lucafrancini
The House of Fear by Adigold
As The Crow Flies by scottwills
Mysterious Clues by SCOREWIZARDS
Mysterious Things by SnowMusicStudio
Mysterious Artifact by Crypt-of-Insomnia
Something’s Wrong by Adigold
Mistery by melodylabs
Orchestral Tension by Emanuel-Abrudean
On Thin Ice
Atmospheric Ambient Piano with clock by AllenGrey
Mysterious by 8thModeMusic
Inspiring Romance by MusicDog
Countdown to Blast by Alex_Greets
Investigate by boomopera
Mystery by KonstantinMark
Mystery and Magic by Cinematique
Danger by StudioKolomna
Whimsical by bdProductions
Wish Song by AllenGrey
Peaceful Village by MatthewPablo
Super Cute Game Music by MatthewPablo
Emotional Dream by Adigold
French Cafe Bossa Nova by NikiNPhaser
Kitchen Jazz by LoopsLab
Creepy Music Box by 8thModeMusic
Dark Lullaby by JBlanks
Hopes and Dreams by AGsoundtrax
Documentary Ambient by bdProductions
Relaxing Beach Guitars by trackscube
Relax by Alex_Greets
A Beautiful Land by TortoiseTree
Cool Orchestral Hip Hop by pinkzebra
Summer Dreams by pinkzebra
Wedding by M-S-STUDIO
Sadness Piano by Korolkov
A Sentimental Background by alexbird
Gentle & Flowing Piano with Light Orchestra by pinkzebra
Club Corporate Music by HimProduction
Cinematic Classic by alexbird
Pirates Secret by JaToPra
Calypso Cool by JBlanks
Epic Pirate Battle Theme by MatthewPablo
Ghost Ship Loop by AllenGrey
Calmness by cleanmindsounds
Farewell by lucafrancini
Danger by StudioKolomna
Lonely Mourning by PhilLarson
Atmospheric Cinematic Ambient by _Blacksmith_
A Haunting Tale by AudiophileTrax
Fashion Love by lucafrancini
Lonely Nights by Adigold
Ambient Suspense Background Loop by AllenGrey
Suspenseful Dark Cinematic Mystery by SunChannelMusic
Inspiring Dreams by AudiophileTrax
Medieval Background Loop by lucafrancini
Epic Fantasy Orchestral Action Adventure by 8thModeMusic
Adventure by AllenGrey
Fantasy Adventure mr_B_Music_Studio
Mysterious by GentleJammers
Eastern Desert Adventure by KabbalisticVillage
Middle Eastern by iCentury
Winter and Snowman by VictoryAudio
Mysteries of the Forest by Purpleplanet
Nightfall Of The Magical Forest by CineMedia
Castle Vampire by SCOREWIZARDS
Mountain Adventure by SCOREWIZARDS
Fanfare by pinkzebra
Whistling Tune by SeaportSound
Mysterious Clues by SCOREWIZARDS
Curiosity by soundroll
Sneaking Around by TheStoryShop
Sneaky Mischief by lucafrancini
Pizzicato Latino Background Loop by Praded
Arabian Legend by CineMedia
Anxious Middle-East by tunestogo
Savage Desert by simonleng
Mid-Eastern Charms by tunestogo
Flower Of The East by SnowMusicStudio
Desert Caravan by SCOREWIZARDS
Arabia by bdProductions
Heart of the Sahara by simonleng
Mysterious Trailer by J_A_Garcia
Countdown to Blast by Alex_Greets
Orchestral Tension and Suspense by Cinematique
Mysterious by 8thModeMusic
The Mystery by LMNT_media
A Mystery by boomopera
Suspense 2 by Cinematique
Mystery and Magic by Cinematique
Secret Station by cleanmindsounds
Update Adventure Escape Mysteries to play Clue!
For a limited time, experience Clue in Adventure Escape Mysteries! In Clue: The Murder of Mr. Black, meet a cast of colorful suspects while you explore the manor and locate clues to solve the case. Who killed Mr. Black, with what, and where?
This game is only available for 30 days. Can you solve the case in time?
Adventure Escape Mysteries is available on iOS, Google Play, Facebook Cloud, Steam, Windows, and Kindle Fire.
The Steam version of Adventure Escape Mysteries is up to date!
Major update! We added 20 mysteries to the Steam version of Adventure Escape Mysteries. Play it here!
Allied Spies is available on Adventure Escape Mysteries!
One of our classic games, Allied Spies, is now available! Newlyweds Ed and Marie parachute into Occupied France to save two physicists from the Nazis. Plans go awry as the ruthless Major Kressler smashes their spy ring. Who's the traitor? Where are the scientists? Will Ed and Marie ever get a night alone?
Update Adventure Escape Mysteries to play Legend of the Time Stones!
Aila travels through the past, present and future to stop an evil Sorcerer in this sequel to Legend of the Sacred Stones. Explore elaborate new temples and battle Gods from faraway lands as Aila discovers the hidden truth behind the Sorcerer's motivation.
Adventure Escape Mysteries is available on iOS, Google Play, Facebook Cloud, Windows, and Kindle Fire.
What's coming up?
At Haiku Games, we are always experimenting to make the best games. Our next two games feature short stories with fewer chapters. The first of these will be out by the end of the year, so stay tuned!
At Haiku Games, we receive hundreds of resumes for each position that we post. Since we see so many candidates, we’ve been able to identify common mistakes in their applications.
Mistake 1: You talk more about how you love playing games rather than making them
One of the reasons I love the game industry is that it's filled with people that love games. That passion for the product was something I never experienced in my previous jobs. That said, in the same way that watching a lot of movies doesn't make you qualified to be a director, playing a lot of games doesn’t mean you are good at making them. I always enjoy hearing about what games people love - but spend more time emphasizing the games you have made and projects you have completed.
Mistake 2: You don’t know the company
I understand applying for jobs is time consuming so you might not be able to do a deep dive on every single company that you apply for. However, you should be able to quickly figure out some basic facts about the company and what games they make by looking at their website. For example, Haiku Games is an indie company. Do you want to work at any indie company? Say something about that. We also make Adventure Escape games. Do you like this type of game? Say something about that. If you don’t like indie companies or our games… well you probably don’t want the job.
Mistake 3: Your accomplishments are hard to understand
You can stand out from many other applicants if you can frame your accomplishments in a measurable way. For example, tell us how many people played the game you were involved in or the number of people you managed. If you work at a small game company, we might not know what it is. Is it an indie company with a huge kickstarter campaign, a venture backed game studio, or four friends in a garage? This will help us understand your work experience.
It is particularly difficult to distinguish between students graduating from game design programs. Almost everyone has worked on a number of student game projects. How can we tell the difference between these projects? Was your project successful? Did you ship it commercially later? Were you at the top of the class? Anything you can tell us that helps us understand your accomplishments will make you stand out.
Mistake 4: You don’t connect the dots from your experience to the job
Especially when we are hiring for junior game designer positions, we have many candidates who do not have professional game design experience. If this is you, please make it easy to understand how you are qualified. A surprising number of people apply for a job from a completely unrelated field (for example, construction management) and say nothing about why that would be a good fit for the game industry.
For example, one of our game designers, was previously a Development Coordinator at a children’s museum. It isn’t obvious how that is connected to game design. However, she explained she loves escape rooms and puzzles, designed an escape room for her friends, and was a consultant for an escape room company.
One of the reasons I love being a founder of a company is because we can take a chance on different people. This lines up with our worldview that greatness can come from anywhere. I hope this article helps you in your job search.
If you’re interested in working at Haiku Games, our jobs are posted here.
Congratulations to the Top 500 finishers of the Adventure Escape Global Race. Read more about how the race went and future plans here!
What is the AEM Global Race?
The Global Race is our first ever live event for Haiku Games since we first started making games 7 years ago! We thought adding the excitement of a timed competition to the satisfaction of solving our puzzle mysteries would be a fun event for our players.
Congratulations to those players who completed the race already! As of this writing, we have over 300 people that have successfully completed Psychic Squad. We are extremely impressed by everyone - many of you completed chapters quicker than members of the Haiku Games team when we were playtesting the chapter! Prizes will be awarded for all finishers, so don't give up.
A small but significant number of players did not realize they had to purchase a ticket to play in the race. We sincerely apologize to those who thought they could play the race but weren’t able to without a ticket. We will review all communications sent to players to see how we can do better in the future.
Our new game Psychic Squad will be available for everyone for free as usual shortly after the race is over and we finalize the game (for example, we have to add the hints and puzzle skips in). We expect it will come out in 1-2 weeks.
We’re certainly excited about the response to the race. Many players let us know they had a great time and wanted to play another one. We also heard that some players connected with other players around the world, and it makes us feel great that we can bring people together by creating games. It’s too early to tell, but we hope to hold a race for another game in the future!
In the meantime, we are working on bringing one of the Haiku Classic games, Starstruck featuring Detective Kate Gray, to Adventure Escape Mysteries. We are also working on an unannounced new title featuring never before seen characters that we can’t wait to show everyone. Here’s a sneak peak!
Trapmaker 3 Launch!
We are happy to be launching Trapmaker 3: The Final Trap! Play the thrilling conclusion to the Trapmaker trilogy. Trapmaker took Kate’s friends hostage and hid them in an abandoned amusement park filled with his deadly traps. Will Kate be able to rescue her friends and escape alive?
Play Trapmaker 3 on Steam!
The Covenant Premium Release!
We also have a surprise release of The Covenant. Sam goes on a camping trip with her high school friends. An ancient evil awakens, forcing you to choose who will be sacrificed to The Hunger each night! Will anyone escape?
We’ve listened to feedback from many Steam users who say they prefer a paid download instead of the free to play model. If you purchase The Covenant all chapters will be unlocked, and all skips and hints will will be included in the game for 0 stars. The Covenant has many choices you make which impact the story, so it’s highly replayable. Let us know what you think!
Play The Covenant on Steam!
The Puzzle Pack is now available in Adventure Escape Mysteries! Update your iOS or Android app to Version 10.00+ to play (other platforms coming soon). The Puzzle Pack is a new feature where you can play a collection of some of our most popular puzzles from our past games. We’ve redesigned the puzzles so they are exciting new challenges but still familiar to those who have played the game. We’re eager to have you solve them!
We also thought it would be fun to bring together different stars of our Haiku games. You play as Sam who mysteriously finds herself in the presence of Detective Kate, Professor Burns, Captain Conroy, and Princess Nimue, who are urgently training her to be an expert puzzle solver. Why is this important? Is this even real? Play the Puzzle Pack to find out!
The Puzzle Pack is a new idea, and every time we launch a new idea, some players are disappointed since they think it means we are not working on Adventure Escape anymore. (You might recall a similar thing happened when we launched Solve It). We want to assure you that we have as many if not more people working on Adventure Escape than ever before. Here's a sneak peek from a new mystery we are launching soon!
Please let us know what you think and if you’d like more Puzzle Packs in the future!
Updated July 13, 2023
We recommend playing Adventure Escape Mysteries if you haven’t played Adventure Escape games before. It has multiple mysteries you can play, the fewest bugs, and has user accounts so you can play on multiple devices. It's not necessary to play our earlier games to understand what is happening in Adventure Escape Mysteries, so check it out if you want the best adventure escape game experience.
But many players have emailed us asking about the Adventure Escape games in order of release, so we thought we’d write that up here. If you’re a completionist that wants to play our games chronologically, this list is for you!
All Adventure Escape Games
We have two games that are older. They are not well updated, and though we look back fondly at them, we think our newer games are better.
Detective Kate Games in Order
These are just the games featuring Detective Kate.