Frédéric Smyczynski (aka MagicFred)
Art Director and Game Designer
Starting in the Flash game industry as a Game Artist, Frédéric grew into the role of Art Director at Yamago (2001 – Paris, France).
He was credited for creating graphics and design in several Web-based games for big companies like Cartoon Network, Lego and Disney.
Since 2007, he lives in Montreal, Canada. Fascinated by the indie games industry, Frédéric founded the company Dijiko and released his first mobile game “Kiwitiki” (iOS).
Finally, in 2012, he joins the epic team at Massive Finger to create “Pinball Maniacs”!
Back in high school, video game programming began as a friendly competition with some friends to see who could make the best game to play together during lunch break!
After graduating from Epitech, Paris, he joined Cyanide Studio as Gameplay Programmer to work on diablo-like game “Loki”.
He moved to Montreal in 2007 to work on a next-gen animation engine, then a 3D engine for diverse future title of Cyanide. He also worked as Lead Programmer on the RTS game on the licence of the fantasy novels “A Game of Thrones”.
In 2011, it was time for him to face new challenges so he joined the creative team of Massive Finger to explore the mobile gaming industry.
Chief Pinball Officer
I started Massive Finger in 2009, after 6 years of working at Ubisoft on a bunch of AAA games. The premise was simple: Enjoy making games that everyone can have fun playing. At the time, Facebook and iPhone games started to be an exciting alternative. After 3 years, I can tell you, the adventure is nothing like I had expected, it’s MANIACAL!
After Pinball Ride, I managed to gather the best team ever for Pinball Maniacs, and I can’t believe what we’ve achieved in one year. The result is brilliant and I can’t wait to see everyone playing the game in the weeks and months to come.
Momomusic is the musical production behind Pinball Maniacs. After spending many months on an isolated Caribbean island for inspiration, the team of highly skilled composers created the main theme for the adventures of Justin in Pirate Bay. In fact, they liked the Caribbean beach so much that one of the members of Momomusic bought a bar in an unidentified beach and spends his days selling margaritas.
For the Dragon Castle theme, Momomusic didn’t have the budget to travel to an isolated castle in France, so they decided to go to Disneyworld instead. The result is a song that has funny and epic elements, all at the same time. The team learned to play the bagpipes, specifically uilleann pipes, a traditional instrument from Ireland.
Momomusic also worked in collaboration with Massive Finger to create an unique system that randomly changes the parts of the music while you play. The result is a combination of powerful melodies and musical diversity that fits the beautiful and addictive tables created by Massive Finger and heightens the senses and reflexes of all pinballers out there!
A special version of the soundtrack can be purchased on iTunes.
Sound designer Eli Hason has worked on many large titles, however Pinball Maniacs is his first foray into iPhone games. Past work in games has included The Golden Compass, Silent HIll: Homecoming, GI Joe, Wet, Naughty Bear, MySims SkyHeros, and is currently working on the newest title in the Thief series. As a DJ and music producer under the alias Eliazar, he spends as much time making people dance as well as keeping his fingers in fine shape for more touch screen and controller fun.