After a rocky start last year, Bellevue game startup Smith & Tinker is overhauling its online game platform for young boys.
The company stopped making handheld devices to play its “Nanovor” action-collecting game offline and instead is focusing on browser-based gaming and gaming on Apple devices and Facebook.
It also announced a major licensing agreement with Disney’s Marvel portfolio for games that will appear starting in the second quarter 2011. The new Nanovor game is appearing this fall, and versions for Apple iOS devices are planned for the fourth quarter.
“We’re in a fairly good place from a development standpoint at this point and our existing investors are continuing to be supportive of us,” said co-founder Joe Lawandus, who was earlier vice president and general manager of Disney Toys & Sporting Goods.
Smith & Tinker launched Nanovor with a major promotional campaign and retail presence last holiday season, using $29 million raised from Paul Allen and other investors.
By December it was cutting staff and now employs 25, less than half its level at launch.
The smaller team was still able to re-create the Nanovor game with new 3-D graphics and social networking features in a lighter software package that runs in browsers, without the download client the game originally required.