Imangi Studios, made up of husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova, were also in attendance at WWDC 2010. We met up with Luckyanova who sat down and gave us a hands on demo of their upcoming dual stick shooter Max Adventure. We had previewed the game back in April which remains a work in progress. Imangi hopes to have the game ready by the end of July.

The game's plot consists of an end-of-the-world scenario where all the adults have been abducted by aliens. That leaves you, Max, as the only one who can save the other children and save the world.

The game specifics remain a work in progress but currently features multiple weapons (standard, wide spread, dual shot, radial shot), powerups (invincibility, power boost) and 3 different types of enemies. They haven't finalized the number of levels that the final game will contain.



Max Adventure is due for release in late July. Both Natalia and Keith are active participants in our forums as nattylux and kshep.

  • HistorySchol

    Great hand drawn art, and loving the gates and other obstacles in this dual stick shooter.

    • ultimo

      did U say U Love gates?
      you are in the WRONG place then :P

  • HistorySchol

    Great hand drawn art, and loving the gates and other obstacles in this dual stick shooter.

    • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

      did U say U Love gates?
      you are in the WRONG place then :P

  • BRW-73

    Looks like a great game. Will there be an iPad version ? :)

  • BRW-73

    Looks like a great game. Will there be an iPad version ? :)

  • Stephen

    This game looks pretty awesome. I like the little things like the fence and the gate where you need the key. Things like that will definitely add to the awesome looking gameplay. Keep it up, Imangi!

  • Stephen

    This game looks pretty awesome. I like the little things like the fence and the gate where you need the key. Things like that will definitely add to the awesome looking gameplay. Keep it up, Imangi!

  • Seriously

    Imangi owns.

  • Seriously

    Imangi owns.

  • Adam

    Great looking game, looking forward to the release.

  • Adam

    Great looking game, looking forward to the release.

  • Rad

    looks Great I hope their will be more types of Aliens.

  • Rad

    looks Great I hope their will be more types of Aliens.

  • bravetarget

    nattylux is hot, just sayin.

  • bravetarget

    nattylux is hot, just sayin.

  • Guillaume

    Wow she's hot... Huh, I meant the game looks gorgeous.

  • Guillaume

    Wow she's hot... Huh, I meant the game looks gorgeous.

  • Bosconian

    nattyluscious :-P

    In that video... I wasn't really watching the game much.

  • Bosconian

    nattyluscious :-P

    In that video... I wasn't really watching the game much.

  • Hurricane Mind

    C'mon.. You really just featured this to get on Natalia's good side. Am I right?

  • Hurricane Mind

    C'mon.. You really just featured this to get on Natalia's good side. Am I right?

  • Flea Powder

    way to go Keith! You're bust code, make a great looking game AND somehow also land a hot wife.

    good luck and respect to you and the missus

    Flea Powder

  • Flea Powder

    way to go Keith! You're bust code, make a great looking game AND somehow also land a hot wife.

    good luck and respect to you and the missus

    Flea Powder

  • Scoopap

    looks like you've never seen a girl that is not obese...

  • Scoopap

    looks like you've never seen a girl that is not obese...

  • Cookies

    The graphics are really impressive, I can't wait to play it now.

  • Cookies

    The graphics are really impressive, I can't wait to play it now.

  • camihq

    looking good. :D

  • camihq

    looking good. :D

  • Joseph

    Kind of reminds me of Zombies Ate My Neighbors which was an awesome game :D

    • Dee

      Agreed!

  • Joseph

    Kind of reminds me of Zombies Ate My Neighbors which was an awesome game :D

    • Dee

      Agreed!

  • marklevy

    Nothing really impressive there or that you haven't seen before. One to skip i'm afraid.

    • Paul Hutson

      I think that may be a little harsh, the game idea looks sound... Looks nice, the artwork is great in a destructible environment...it takes the mini gore system then adds a bit more story behind it.

      I honestly think it looks good an will be getting it :) (p.s. I hope at some point there will be an iPad version :))

    • Audi

      marklevy I totally agree.

    • Adams Immersive

      How do you know there will be nothing impressive or new in the game? Have you seen the full and final version of it, or just seen the work-in-progress video?

      Looks like fun to me.

  • marklevy

    Nothing really impressive there or that you haven't seen before. One to skip i'm afraid.

    • Paul Hutson

      I think that may be a little harsh, the game idea looks sound... Looks nice, the artwork is great in a destructible environment...it takes the mini gore system then adds a bit more story behind it.

      I honestly think it looks good an will be getting it :) (p.s. I hope at some point there will be an iPad version :))

    • Audi

      marklevy I totally agree.

    • Adams Immersive

      How do you know there will be nothing impressive or new in the game? Have you seen the full and final version of it, or just seen the work-in-progress video?

      Looks like fun to me.

  • Achy

    Omg a girl playing a video game, and she does not have a double chin! She must be hot!...Sigh...

    Back on topic, looks fun but I'm not into those types of games.

  • Achy

    Omg a girl playing a video game, and she does not have a double chin! She must be hot!...Sigh...

    Back on topic, looks fun but I'm not into those types of games.

  • sokaroka

    Navigating fences, just what I've always wanted to do!

  • sokaroka

    Navigating fences, just what I've always wanted to do!

  • Appaholic

    Kinda creepy comments about the girl.
    She looks 13.
    Just sayin'.

    • psyc

      Not only that but she apparently doesn't like her husband's normal last name and would rather keep her extremely odd one.

      • Dusse

        It's not extremly odd just because it's not an english name. I bet it's not a lot more unusual than Shepard. And besides, not everywhere are we so old fashioned that we take the husbands name automatically, that's just stupid. (oh, and yes, I'm a guy and she's pretty hot and doesn't look like she's 13)

    • Achy

      Wait she's not?

    • Artfoundry

      Dude, she's married, so obviously not 13. But yeah, she's cute. And the game looks pretty nice too. :)

  • Appaholic

    Kinda creepy comments about the girl.
    She looks 13.
    Just sayin'.

    • psyc

      Not only that but she apparently doesn't like her husband's normal last name and would rather keep her extremely odd one.

      • Dusse

        It's not extremly odd just because it's not an english name. I bet it's not a lot more unusual than Shepard. And besides, not everywhere are we so old fashioned that we take the husbands name automatically, that's just stupid. (oh, and yes, I'm a guy and she's pretty hot and doesn't look like she's 13)

    • Achy

      Wait she's not?

    • Artfoundry

      Dude, she's married, so obviously not 13. But yeah, she's cute. And the game looks pretty nice too. :)

  • cTool

    +1 for the iPad version.

    Anyway, it looks like a futur hit!

  • cTool

    +1 for the iPad version.

    Anyway, it looks like a futur hit!

  • Acidbottle

    aye natalia looks cute :D

  • Acidbottle

    aye natalia looks cute :D

  • along123

    yeah, i'll buy the game just bcause natalie is cute haha!

  • along123

    yeah, i'll buy the game just bcause natalie is cute haha!

  • psyc

    Luckyanova? Talk about throwing darts to make a surname!

  • psyc

    Luckyanova? Talk about throwing darts to make a surname!

  • TKO

    Looks cool. (Yes, the game too.) :) ..I kinda gave up on the other dual-stick shooters coz none of them seemed to want to add a proper level+storyline structure. Nice to finally have a game that has that from the start.

  • TKO

    Looks cool. (Yes, the game too.) :) ..I kinda gave up on the other dual-stick shooters coz none of them seemed to want to add a proper level+storyline structure. Nice to finally have a game that has that from the start.

  • Nonstickron

    Wow, I thought that was Christina Ricci for a minute.

    • Lukeb

      I agree, there should definitely be more husband-and-wife teams, if only to get a person's (not necessarily a man's in every case) attention. The frontal lobes make you want to know what they have in store for us.

    • http://www.jonathansayreallen.com Jonathan ALlen

      I thought Christina Ricci + Ellen Page (Juno)

      • Lukeb

        The wry smile, to be sure,

  • Nonstickron

    Wow, I thought that was Christina Ricci for a minute.

    • Lukeb

      I agree, there should definitely be more husband-and-wife teams, if only to get a person's (not necessarily a man's in every case) attention. The frontal lobes make you want to know what they have in store for us.

    • http://www.jonathansayreallen.com Jonathan ALlen

      I thought Christina Ricci + Ellen Page (Juno)

      • Lukeb

        The wry smile, to be sure,

  • jb

    Thanks for the preview, game looks neat and the art direction looks fantastic.

    (I hate to say it, but maybe a moderator should remove some of the above comments or give us the option to vote them down? Even the 'nicer' comments come off as fairly offensive to any women in the industry (and just women in general) and puts TA.com in a poor light. Just my two cents.)

    • ultimo

      + 1!

  • jb

    Thanks for the preview, game looks neat and the art direction looks fantastic.

    (I hate to say it, but maybe a moderator should remove some of the above comments or give us the option to vote them down? Even the 'nicer' comments come off as fairly offensive to any women in the industry (and just women in general) and puts TA.com in a poor light. Just my two cents.)

    • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

      + 1!

  • Lukeb

    Their attitude towards dual-control shooters must have been "if you can't beat them, then join them." Now their brand can own a piece of the thumb-bruising pie and help create a tougher, more callouses generation to help stave the Earth.

    • Lukeb

      *calloused (that infernal iOS word mis-correction kicked in).

  • Lukeb

    Their attitude towards dual-control shooters must have been "if you can't beat them, then join them." Now their brand can own a piece of the thumb-bruising pie and help create a tougher, more callouses generation to help stave the Earth.

    • Lukeb

      *calloused (that infernal iOS word mis-correction kicked in).

  • Pavarok

    Looking forward to playing this game. It looks awesome now, Imagine what it would be with Retina Display...

    Keep up the insane work

    Pavarok

  • Pavarok

    Looking forward to playing this game. It looks awesome now, Imagine what it would be with Retina Display...

    Keep up the insane work

    Pavarok

  • Scoopap

    All the comments about Natalia are very stupid and immature. They're not fun anymore.

    I'd feel tired to read the same comments over and over, if I was Keith or Natalia. Those guys are doing a great job and are probably the most talented indie developers out there, but 60% of the comments refer to how cute Natalia is.

    I'm sure Natalia is smiling at these comments, but reading them made me remember of that time Homer Simpson went to the Motor Show and asked the pretty girl "are you on sale too?"

    Once is fun.
    Twice is okay.
    Three times is sad.

    • Lukeb

      Lighten up. This is Hollywood (or near enough to it), and regardless of how brainy Natalia is, she put her best face on for the demonstration. I'm she's smiling at your chivalry.

      • Scoopap

        This is not "chivalry".
        This is just being realistic and trying to say "hey, have you ever seen a nice girl before?".

        It's ok to say "Natalia is nice", but ALL the times we talk about Imangi Studios and Natalia shows up, the topic completely switch to her appearance.

        Smartly these guys know how to use this weapon and it's always fun to see how the audience get mad, but... please...

        Giving compliments when not necessary is an abuse of "chivalry", and I see Americans doing that abroad when approaching to girls, and that's very pathetic (from "our" point of view). We actually make fun of that, since we know what the women really think about that behavior.

        Ok. Stop. This is not necessary.
        Keep drooling for the average girl from the East of Europe.

      • lukeb

        Frankly, I don't think the people who made the comments were drooling. I for one wasn't, but rather was being a little cynical in light of the marketing power of a beautiful face, which is obviously being leveraged for some effect in this ad (i.e. no sight of the man in the presentation). No one would be reacting so apprehensively if Letterman, Stewart, or some other interviewer had made similar comments, so people should cool it, yet at the same time enough has been said about appearances.

    • Bosconian

      Scoopap,

      No, those comments are neither stupid or immature. They are just real, and all were very good-natured. Natalia is genuinely beautiful to some people, and people are going to notice and respond. All the responses have been simple compliments. Nothing lewd.

      Thankfully people like you don't yet run the world, or this site. The day that people can't compliment a beautiful girl would be a very sad day.

      People like you need to stop getting knotted up over nothing. There are real problems in the world to notice - a smart, charming, attractive woman getting compliments isn't one of them.

      • HipHopTouch

        + 1 Bosconian. I'll compliment a good looking girl any day of the week.

        Beats reading about BP.

        Congrats to the couple.

      • Scoopap

        The fact that you live in the US should be the one and only explanation of why you are so excited to see a nice girl playing with a videogame.

        And, oh, well, it's just a matter of culture.
        It seems giving compliments to a girl when we're talking about something completely different is a good custom in your country.

        Well, I respect your opinion and culture.

        Girls get annoyed to receive a compliment when not necessary in my country.

        Peace.

  • Scoopap

    All the comments about Natalia are very stupid and immature. They're not fun anymore.

    I'd feel tired to read the same comments over and over, if I was Keith or Natalia. Those guys are doing a great job and are probably the most talented indie developers out there, but 60% of the comments refer to how cute Natalia is.

    I'm sure Natalia is smiling at these comments, but reading them made me remember of that time Homer Simpson went to the Motor Show and asked the pretty girl "are you on sale too?"

    Once is fun.
    Twice is okay.
    Three times is sad.

    • Lukeb

      Lighten up. This is Hollywood (or near enough to it), and regardless of how brainy Natalia is, she put her best face on for the demonstration. I'm she's smiling at your chivalry.

      • Scoopap

        This is not "chivalry".
        This is just being realistic and trying to say "hey, have you ever seen a nice girl before?".

        It's ok to say "Natalia is nice", but ALL the times we talk about Imangi Studios and Natalia shows up, the topic completely switch to her appearance.

        Smartly these guys know how to use this weapon and it's always fun to see how the audience get mad, but... please...

        Giving compliments when not necessary is an abuse of "chivalry", and I see Americans doing that abroad when approaching to girls, and that's very pathetic (from "our" point of view). We actually make fun of that, since we know what the women really think about that behavior.

        Ok. Stop. This is not necessary.
        Keep drooling for the average girl from the East of Europe.

      • lukeb

        Frankly, I don't think the people who made the comments were drooling. I for one wasn't, but rather was being a little cynical in light of the marketing power of a beautiful face, which is obviously being leveraged for some effect in this ad (i.e. no sight of the man in the presentation). No one would be reacting so apprehensively if Letterman, Stewart, or some other interviewer had made similar comments, so people should cool it, yet at the same time enough has been said about appearances.

    • Bosconian

      Scoopap,

      No, those comments are neither stupid or immature. They are just real, and all were very good-natured. Natalia is genuinely beautiful to some people, and people are going to notice and respond. All the responses have been simple compliments. Nothing lewd.

      Thankfully people like you don't yet run the world, or this site. The day that people can't compliment a beautiful girl would be a very sad day.

      People like you need to stop getting knotted up over nothing. There are real problems in the world to notice - a smart, charming, attractive woman getting compliments isn't one of them.

      • HipHopTouch

        + 1 Bosconian. I'll compliment a good looking girl any day of the week.

        Beats reading about BP.

        Congrats to the couple.

      • Scoopap

        The fact that you live in the US should be the one and only explanation of why you are so excited to see a nice girl playing with a videogame.

        And, oh, well, it's just a matter of culture.
        It seems giving compliments to a girl when we're talking about something completely different is a good custom in your country.

        Well, I respect your opinion and culture.

        Girls get annoyed to receive a compliment when not necessary in my country.

        Peace.

  • Bosconian

    What repressive culture do you live in?

    It isn't a matter of being "excited" - it's a matter of freely expressing appreciation of life and beauty. Expression is not a matter of necessity, but a matter of being alive. Videogames, by extension, are the part of the same expressive function. They too, are not necessary. They are expressions of human life.

    • Scoopap

      I know, but the article is about a game called "Max Adventure", if I'm not wrong.
      If it's about how cute is Natalia, then I'm very sorry guys...

      If I have a business meeting and my client is going to show me her upcoming project, I wouldn't feel like to tell her "eh, by the way, you look cute".

      Sounds like you've never seen a girl before. Even in picture.

      Ah, I'm Italian. We're very free and we do give compliments to nice women, but not randomly and out of the context.

      • Audi

        So very true scoopap for us here in Australia.

      • Achy

        Quoted for truth mate.
        Even then, I'd still understand if she looked like Scarlett Johansson, or Adriana Lima..but some people must have low standards, which is not surprising considering we are on a video game web site after all.

  • Bosconian

    What repressive culture do you live in?

    It isn't a matter of being "excited" - it's a matter of freely expressing appreciation of life and beauty. Expression is not a matter of necessity, but a matter of being alive. Videogames, by extension, are the part of the same expressive function. They too, are not necessary. They are expressions of human life.

    • Scoopap

      I know, but the article is about a game called "Max Adventure", if I'm not wrong.
      If it's about how cute is Natalia, then I'm very sorry guys...

      If I have a business meeting and my client is going to show me her upcoming project, I wouldn't feel like to tell her "eh, by the way, you look cute".

      Sounds like you've never seen a girl before. Even in picture.

      Ah, I'm Italian. We're very free and we do give compliments to nice women, but not randomly and out of the context.

      • Audi

        So very true scoopap for us here in Australia.

      • Achy

        Quoted for truth mate.
        Even then, I'd still understand if she looked like Scarlett Johansson, or Adriana Lima..but some people must have low standards, which is not surprising considering we are on a video game web site after all.

  • Ivan

    It's obvious the author of the article thought Natalia was beautiful, hence the picture of her in the main article.

    She reminds me Christina Ricci a lot with a bit of Ellen Page. Maybe she should reconsider being a game developer and move to hollywood.

    • GronchoMax

      Take the hand out of your left pocket dude. Seriously, what is wrong with all you people, acting like a pack of wild animals; be civilized for Christ sake. She has a nice face but... come on; already want her to be a movie star?

      I can just imagine how this scene will look on the real world. That woman presenting her game on a conference and 50 of you, zombie-like drooling robots will start surrounding her with the "oh gosh, you look so beautiful, you look like Ellen Page, so beautiful, oh my god, so hot, girl that play games, let me see your eyes, so beautiful" seriously, I would take the fire extinguisher on you guys ars in a second.

      Get a grip of yourselves for God's sake, you wild animals.

      • ravenvii

        I lol'd irl. And yes she's hot to the Max Adventure.

        ... Wut?

      • lc

        I'm a female and I don't find these compliments offensive, even I noticed and appreciated her outer beauty. For all those complaining about the comments left for girl, just grow up, people should feel free to express their own opinions.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Did you see the prev post, with Dave Frampton pictured?

  • Ivan

    It's obvious the author of the article thought Natalia was beautiful, hence the picture of her in the main article.

    She reminds me Christina Ricci a lot with a bit of Ellen Page. Maybe she should reconsider being a game developer and move to hollywood.

    • GronchoMax

      Take the hand out of your left pocket dude. Seriously, what is wrong with all you people, acting like a pack of wild animals; be civilized for Christ sake. She has a nice face but... come on; already want her to be a movie star?

      I can just imagine how this scene will look on the real world. That woman presenting her game on a conference and 50 of you, zombie-like drooling robots will start surrounding her with the "oh gosh, you look so beautiful, you look like Ellen Page, so beautiful, oh my god, so hot, girl that play games, let me see your eyes, so beautiful" seriously, I would take the fire extinguisher on you guys ars in a second.

      Get a grip of yourselves for God's sake, you wild animals.

      • ravenvii

        I lol'd irl. And yes she's hot to the Max Adventure.

        ... Wut?

      • lc

        I'm a female and I don't find these compliments offensive, even I noticed and appreciated her outer beauty. For all those complaining about the comments left for girl, just grow up, people should feel free to express their own opinions.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Did you see the prev post, with Dave Frampton pictured?

  • TKO

    I'm wondering if, at this point, anyone remembers this article was actually about a game. hehe. :) (Imagine how cool it would look on the *new* iPhone! {drool}

  • TKO

    I'm wondering if, at this point, anyone remembers this article was actually about a game. hehe. :) (Imagine how cool it would look on the *new* iPhone! {drool}

  • Anthony

    Man men suck heh, there is just as many comments on the cute girl as there is on the game. And yes I will end up buying this partially because the game looks cool and also because of Ellen Page :)

  • Anthony

    Man men suck heh, there is just as many comments on the cute girl as there is on the game. And yes I will end up buying this partially because the game looks cool and also because of Ellen Page :)

  • Robbo

    She's hot, but can't play for shit and thinks collision detection impressive.

    Still, looks like a pretty decent twin stick shooter.

  • Robbo

    She's hot, but can't play for shit and thinks collision detection impressive.

    Still, looks like a pretty decent twin stick shooter.

  • Ron

    I am make like for the hand. It is the make for spank and the also mix of egg.

    SALUTATIONS!!!!

  • Ron

    I am make like for the hand. It is the make for spank and the also mix of egg.

    SALUTATIONS!!!!