Shiny Shoe’s originality, technical savvy, experience and a true passion for game design create distinctive, sophisticated and polished work.
Polished is more than our tagline. It synthesizes our core philosophy, a commitment to refinement throughout the development process. From planning and budgeting through the labor-intensive tweaks that propel projects from good to great, Shiny Shoe builds games and apps so polished they shine.
Our business is founded on three core beliefs:
Whether it’s working closely with clients or developing our signature games, we’re committed to taking on challenging projects and exploring new creative territory—always looking to hone our existing tech skills and develop new ones.
Double Fine, Telltale, WB Games and other A-list clients appreciate our experience, meticulous craftsmanship and especially our commitment to the collaborative process.
Great game developers do it for love, not money, and our team thrives on the process of creating original, innovative work.
Our Expanding Team
Founded in 2011, we’re an integrated team of experienced industry professionals with a passion for designing and perfecting games, complemented by a growing staff of young, eager and amazingly talented creative and technical pros who bring unique insight to our work.
My favorite part of making games is creative problem solving.
Shiny Shoe’s Founder and CEO focuses on strategy, production management, business development, business intelligence/analytics, and design. His commitment to finessing all the technical and creative challenges of game development has solidified our reputation for refined, sophisticated work. A UC Berkeley grad, prior to launching Shiny Shoe, Mark held a series of increasingly challenging positions with Nihilistic Software, including Lead Gameplay Programmer and Lead Systems Designer. He also has international experience, previously acting as Lead Programmer at Tokyo, Japan-based Grasshopper Manufacture.
I love building stuff – whether it is art content, a team or a company.
Yujin manages Shiny Shoe’s artists, art content and content creation. Though he’s strong in many aspects of production, our highly experienced art director excels at Environment Art, creating 3D assets for game environments. With a background in fine art, he has more than 20 years of design and game development experience. Before joining Shiny Shoe, Yujin earned his MFA and was an Environment, UI and Prop Artist for Cyclone Studios and an Art Director and Department Head at Nihilistic Software, where he rose to a position on the studio’s Board of Directors.
I like working with new and emerging technologies…and that I don’t have to dress up for work anymore.
Expert at cross-platform engine implementation and gameplay design and programming, this fan of casual dress is also highly adept at reversing legacy data & systems for modern integration, which he put to the test on Grim Fandango Remastered, Shiny Shoe’s update of the classic game for new platforms. Previously Trevor was a gameplay programmer at Nihilistic Software and a contract engineer at KIXEYE. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Business Administration.
Software development in the games industry is a unique combination of both technical challenge and artistic endeavor.
With more than 20 years as a C/C++ programmer, Matthew was instrumental in the creation of Puzzle Raiders, Shiny Shoe’s original Match-3 game released for Android and Apple iOS. A UC Berkeley grad with a degree in Physics, his previous experience includes programming positions with Neversoft Entertainment, LucasArt Entertainment Company and Nihilistic Software, where he was senior gameplay programmer. High-profile projects have included Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Star Wars Rebel Assault II.
I want to help design and build interactive experiences that will have a positive impact on people.
A newcomer to the games industry, Brendan focuses on the wide variety of engineering and design tasks at Shiny Shoe. His interest in new technologies and socially inclusive game design has made him a good fit on our team. Another UC Berkeley grad, Brendan joined our team after doing time as an Engineer in the Digital Music business, designing and building his own games at night to keep his creative juices flowing and feed his apparent hatred for spare time.
I love working with a cross-disciplinary team to create amazing games.
Rose joins the team as a gameplay and engine programmer. She first learned to program in order to make her own games, and continues to experiment with new ideas by participating in game jams. Before joining Shiny Shoe, she was a game programmer at GlassLab Games, a non-profit educational game studio. She has a degree in Computer Science from Haverford College.
I love to be able to create emotion without the use of words.
Our favorite composer has created original music, jingles and sound effects for Shiny Shoe’s Puzzle Raiders and ViPR Strike games. We love the way Jordan’s work integrates digital and recorded music to produce a distinctive sound that’s becoming identified with our work. Previously, he has designed original “scholarly” RPGs for the Psychology Department at Santa Clara University (his alma mater). His outside projects have included original arrangements for a Final Fantasy VII cover album.
I feel so lucky to be able to do exciting creative work with this skilled group of people.
Our summer intern Elijah is developing a virtual reality prototype using the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch hardware. He is interested in developing new game play interactions and mechanics in the rapidly changing medium of VR. He is a student at UC Berkeley where he studies physics and computer science.