Grab your phone and get to fermenting! Ziggy the Beer Yeast is a mobile game for iOS and Android that lets you take control of the titular microorganism as he chows down on sugars, avoids bacteria, and makes 10 different styles of beer!
A co-production between mobile app developers Tip-Tok Games and The Los Angeles Ale Works, Ziggy is a $0.99 download that is both entertaining and educational.
Ziggy the Beer Yeast is the world’s first craft beer-themed arcade-style game following Ziggy through a bright, cartoon environment as he tries to ferment beers while avoiding pesky bacteria.
Armed with Ziggy’s innate ability to convert sugar and oxygen into alcohol and CO2, players must ferment their way through ten different classic beer styles. Ziggy must dodge bacteria to avoid autolysis, collect thrilling flavor compounds both good and bad and raise the alcohol content in each brew to unlock the next beer. Stylish, quirky animation and informational pop-up factoids enliven the gameplay.
Ziggy the Beer Yeast was developed by local game developer Tip-Tok Games. With only three staffers, Tip-Tok Games is the craft brews of developers, a great match for LAAW’s small operation. It probably helped that the company’s creative developer Katie McKissick is married to LAAW co-founder Kip Barnes. Katie also writes and illustrates the popular Beatrice the Biologist blog. It’s only natural that her expertise in science would combine with Kip’s love of beer.
Kip elaborates: “There really aren’t any true beer or craft beer themed games available on iOS/Android mobile game platforms. I’m a beer enthusiast and have been an avid gamer for a long time and really wanted to bring these two things together. I think we have a really cool marriage between the two with Ziggy the Beer Yeast.”
The perfect distraction when you’ve got a few minutes to spare, Ziggy is a great balance of challenging and comical, and at just a buck you’ve got nothing to lose! It’s a great way to support an up-and-coming brewery in Los Angeles and have some fun at the same time.