The Tap Lab
Based in Cambridge, MA
Press / Business Contact:
222 3rd Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
The Tap Lab, founded in 2009, is a mobile gaming studio based in Cambridge, MA. We aim to create the 'future of fun' with games that take full advantage of modern mobile devices. Tiny Tycoons, our location-based empire building game, uses geo data (real maps and places), GPS location, and iBeacon to bring the game to life. Our upcoming release, Bigfoot Hunter, has won multiple awards for its unique gameplay that merges augmented and virtual reality on mobile.
Co-founders, Dave Bisceglia and Ralph Shao, started to experiment with mobile games driven by a player’s location in 2009 – those first few projects were sort of a test kitchen for what became our first game, Tiny Tycoons. After founding the company, they won MassChallenge in 2011 and graduated from Techstars that same year. Our Art Director, Joe Williams, made the move to Boston in 2012 and The Tap Lab quickly grew to 8 people (and one Bigfoot). We now work alongside other awesome independent game developers in Intrepid Labs, a coworking space in Cambridge, MA!
Tiny Tycoons YouTube
Making Of: Tiny Tycoons YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Winner" - GamesBeat 2014 Who's Got Game Innovation Showdown
- "2011 Boston Class" - TechStars
- "2011 Winner" - MassChallenge
- "‘Who’s Got Game’ winner channels Pokémon Snap with Sasquatch photo game"
- Jeffrey Grub, VentureBeat
- "Bigfoot Hunter looks like Pokemon Snap for the iPhone in all the right ways."
- Matthew Diener, Pocket Gamer
- "Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming"
- Juli Clover, MacRumors
- "How Will Wright informed the development of The Tap Labs’ Tiny Tycoons"
- Joe Jasko, Gamezebo
- "Guest Post: Resurrecting Location-Based Games"
- Dave Bisceglia, Inside Social Games
- "The Tap Lab Raises $550K To Seed Some Hits in Location-Based Mobile Gaming"
- Kim-Mai Cutler, TechCrunch