We Are Back in the Office!

Over the past few weeks, our teams have been gradually coming back to the office. While working from home proved that nothing can stop TutoTOONS from creating the cutest family games, we are happy to be back! WFH might have been a challenge, but we faced it with positive vibes, a great mood, and a cheerful attitude! In this blog entry, TutoTOONS team members share their quarantine highlights and tips on how to stay positive! “Started to forget how to speak,” says Inga, Lead Animator of TutoTOONS. “It was a bit lonely, buteverything was good!” Egle, our Administrator, shares a funny story: “It's crazy when you are on a Skype call (and everyone can hear what is happening around you), but your kid shows up with a request: Mommy, the cat pooped, go and clean it!” Milda, our Video Editor, weighs the pros and cons of the quarantine: “Pros: I am more rested, it didn't feel like we were “away” from each other due to constant communication. Cons: certain tasks took a bit more time because I did not take my PC from work, just some files, so I constantly had to redownload them from Drive. Never forget your files!” “Working from home was pretty great. It was nice to work from the comfort of my home and save 1.5-2 hours of traveling to and from work. The only downside was that I was unable to hang out with my coworkers,” - says Goda, QA. Irmantas, Sound Designer, shares his opinion. “I'm a self-sufficient introvert so this quarantine was more than manageable. The biggest challenge was to keep our 2-year-old kid occupied so he wouldn't destroy the flat or kill himself. My wife was also working from home, so we tried to take shifts.” “It was good,” says Giedrius, Game Developer. “Productiveness increases when you need to do the "thinking" tasks because sometimes an open office environment is a distraction. On the other hand, when things need to be discussed - the office environment is more suitable. Plus, I save an hour for commuting which is nice.” Stefano, UA & Ad Monetisation specialist, has a playful answer. “I loved to be close to my girlfriend, cat, bathroom, and fridge. I missed my office chair and free snacks (even though this was great for my health). I'm glad that I was already preparing myself to work remotely, so I knew the best practices: dressing as I would go to the office, setting space for work. I maintained a similar schedule (my home is 55 sq.m but it was possible to separate parts of the flat, so you can do it too). If I would be a remote worker, I think I'd use coworking spaces quite often.” Working from home was both exciting and fun. It is great that our team was capable of adapting their work schedules and do tasks efficiently in these unexpected times. We are sending all the best wishes and hoping our stories cheered you up a bit! Take good care of yourself and your loved ones!

#WorkFromHome & Our Fluffy Colleagues

Last week was rather hectic. Just as hundreds of other companies, we decided to start working remotely to prevent the virus from spreading. So we had to leave our cozy office packed with snacks (😭), turn little corners of our homes into office spaces... and get adjusted to working with new colleagues. Pretty weird and often lazy colleagues 🤔 Just look at them sleeping right at the worsplace! Some colleagues decided that every chair is their chair. Others are suPURRvising closely. Others are just constantly snacking! Some co-workers are very confused as to why there are suddenly big scary computers on THEIR tables! Others just need a warm hug. Or a romantic view from a balcony 💗 And here we have the most helpful boi! "Hooman's coding? I helps! Oh, hooman's having a call? I sings for his colleagues!" Weird colleagues, we told you! But all of them are very, very good bois and gurls! We hope you all are staying safe and, if possible, home. Now it's the most useful thing we can do! #StayHomeClub

Smol Talk

Let's talk about... no, not weather! Let's talk about Smolsies – our latest sandbox game for the whole family!  Rewind time! Once in a while, we would have internal game pitching events where team members are encouraged to express even the craziest game ideas. During one of those the concept of Smolsies was presented. The team immediately fell in love with the idea! And that's how we started developing Smolsies – a collection-based game where kids grow a herd of adorable pets and care for them. Each Smolsie is a unique creature based on kids’ favorite animals – from cats and dogs to unicorns and dragons! There is always a surprise element in the game – a magic merge machine produces new colorful eggs from which unexpected animals hatch! We love Smolsies so much we even made a plush toy! Just look at this cutie! Who knows, maybe in a few months you'll see Smolsies in your local toy shops 😃. Our furry colleagues love the Smolsie toy too! Sometimes too much... Find Smolsies on your app stores! Download Smolsies – My Cute Pet House ➡️ http://bit.ly/Smolsies_Download NEW! Free printable coloring pages with Smolsies! Download.