Eufloria

At long last, we have a winner!

Alex and I have gone through over 400 names, and there were some very interesting, entertaining, baffling, horrifying, charming, and “almost right” entries out there… However, we feel there is one that stands out for a number of reasons and that is the delightful:

“Eufloria”

We love the name as it nicely sums up the general mood of the game, and ties it in with the “flora” theme that sets our game apart from many other titles. It is also easy to remember, nice to say and hear, and nicely compact. In short: an excellent name!

Looks good in a screenshot too:
Eufloria screenie

It was quite hard to choose initially, We liked a range of other entries like: Arborealis, Bloom Automata, Flowbotica, Starboretum, Bloom (or variations thereof) and others.

We were especially thrilled by the fact that somebody submitted “Panda Box” as a name. It is an intriguing choice as it has the distinct quality of a brilliant name, yet there is no connection to our game whatsoever. We are tempted to create a game solely for the use of the name, but haven’t decided yet one way or another. What kind of game would it be?

Either way, Eufloria it is, so congratulations to our winner: Vernon Sydnor, for providing the winning entry and many thanks for helping us out. Enjoy your free games!

Special thanks to the lovely people at IGN and Direct2Drive who have done so much to make this contest a success. And finally, extra special thanks to all the great people who have submitted a staggering amount of names for us to pour and puzzle over.

You guys/gals are the best.

So, October 20th (aproximately) will be Eufloria Day, but meanwhile, you can purchase the pre-order for 25% off now until launch date!

UK link here.
US link here.

29 Comments

  1. Jug
    Posted 03/10/2009 at 04:24 | Permalink

    Congrats to the winner, Eufloria’s a pretty cool name! Btw any chance Dyson…umm I mean Eufloria will make it to Impulse?

  2. Posted 03/10/2009 at 09:42 | Permalink

    There is a good chance, but nothing official yet. We are currently evaluating or approaching additional digital distributors, so more news on this soon :-)

  3. Gravious
    Posted 03/10/2009 at 15:17 | Permalink

    I still think my name should have won.. “Advanced Fruitfly Simulator”

  4. BroodKiller
    Posted 03/10/2009 at 15:57 | Permalink

    I wonder, will you change/redirect the main website to fit the new name?

  5. Allen
    Posted 03/10/2009 at 18:02 | Permalink

    Impulse? Steam! Will preorder as soon as available there! :)

  6. Posted 03/10/2009 at 19:36 | Permalink

    Good name. Looking forward to it. Will it be available on Steam at some point?

  7. hl2mukkel
    Posted 04/10/2009 at 14:14 | Permalink

    I will pre order it when it’s on steam =D

  8. Posted 04/10/2009 at 14:44 | Permalink

    Yes, Steam, and other other distributors will soon join the game. :-)

  9. ryandaniels
    Posted 04/10/2009 at 16:50 | Permalink

    Yeah, as tempting as the 25% off offer is, I don’t really like D2D all that much, I don’t want to mess with keys and installers and their 50kb/s download speeds. The whole thing is so informal, so decentralized it feels as though I’m pirating the game!

    Steam is a billion times simpler and I feel like I’ve giving my money to someone I can trust. Besides, 1mb/s download speeds is where it’s at :D

  10. digitalAngst
    Posted 04/10/2009 at 21:06 | Permalink

    I just puked a little in my mouth.

    I hope I don’t have to bruteforce too much on my way to re-rename my copy back to just ‘Dyson’.

  11. durandal
    Posted 05/10/2009 at 01:23 | Permalink

    I like this name more and more each time I think about it. Congrats!

  12. Dave W
    Posted 06/10/2009 at 09:47 | Permalink

    Yup As much as I’d like the pre order discount, I’ll wait for Steam, most of my good new games are there. Like the simplicity and unlimited re-downloads.

    Like the new Name alot, though it will always be Dyson in my heart :)

  13. Gravious
    Posted 07/10/2009 at 18:43 | Permalink

    Does this mean the american version will be called usaFloria?

    The Austrailian one being ausFloria?

  14. Gerald
    Posted 08/10/2009 at 08:49 | Permalink

    that would be a nice idea Gravious but i think they use one name everywhere.

  15. Magnus
    Posted 08/10/2009 at 18:40 | Permalink

    Congatulations, dudes! I played the version you have posted on your site and I found it immensely enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to the release. Good choice on the name, too.

  16. Jakub
    Posted 09/10/2009 at 14:21 | Permalink

    Looking forward to the Steam Release :)

    Don’t mind the new name, but… seriously… what’s wrong with “Dyson”?

    J.

  17. starbuck
    Posted 09/10/2009 at 14:23 | Permalink

    the name dyson was 1000 times cooler! i dont like the new name at all! if i had heard about the game with the new name instead of dyson i probably woulnd’t even had bothered about getting a look at it. it’s not funny, it’s not cool, it’s not even witty. it sounds like lame-ass-peace-to-all-pothead.

    well, at least the game is still cool. i will get it either way, anyway.

    change the name back, please!!!

  18. Alex
    Posted 09/10/2009 at 15:29 | Permalink

    We could not use Dyson for fear of infringing on the trademark of a particular vacuum cleaner company.

  19. Darky
    Posted 10/10/2009 at 21:00 | Permalink

    Eufloria… I still like my Suggestion more, I submitted “Prosperia”. Well, close enough I guess.

    Of course nothing can top the old name, Dyson ;)

  20. Qbus
    Posted 11/10/2009 at 12:20 | Permalink

    I think you should have named it hoover or bissell… anyway i cant wait for preorder on steam. please let us know the code/ini file hack to make the name change back to dyson.

  21. Posted 11/10/2009 at 18:22 | Permalink

    Hello,

    whatever the name, I’m salivating for the final game, have pre-ordered it.

    Now, if only it would run natively on my Mac — currently I’m running it on a virtual machine (Parallels Desktop/Vista Business 32bit)

    OK, back to the name … I also had a few ideas, e.g. “Melodramon”, but then I saw that because I live in Germany I could not take part in this competition .

    “Eufloria” is a nice name, though I’d have preferred “Dyson”. Did you folks contact that vacuum cleaner company and talk to them? Well, “Freetree” could also have been a good name ;-)

    Cheers, Tom

  22. Gyrant
    Posted 12/10/2009 at 15:26 | Permalink

    The new name is great, though I liked the original name very much. I am dissapointed to see the game going $$$ because that means I will not be able to play it anymore but it is a great game and I know you will do well with it. I had thought of a ton of new ideas that would expand the gameplay experience tremendously, but yall never wrote me back about weather or not you were interested and since the game is now finalized it doesn’t matter anymore I suppose. I hope this game eventually goes to full 3D release on a major platform like the ps3 (PS4 mabey?) because it still has so much potential. Grats on a job well done. :)

  23. Alex
    Posted 12/10/2009 at 15:38 | Permalink

    Ah, sorry if we never replied to your email. Sometimes they slip through – I try to reply to every single one we get.

    There will still be a demo available :)

    Any suggestions are welcome as we may want to continue developing the game for future sequels or whatever!

  24. Alex
    Posted 12/10/2009 at 15:39 | Permalink

    Thanks – native Mac version may take a little time but we do hope to support Mac and Linux officially at some point.

  25. Allen
    Posted 13/10/2009 at 23:01 | Permalink

    Eufloria now as a pre-purchase on Steam as of shortly/shortly ago. It’s listed in the news as available for pre-order, but the pre-order button isn’t up yet. w00t!

  26. Posted 13/10/2009 at 23:26 | Permalink

    i thought Dyson was an amazing name. this one’s ok. any opportunities for soundtracking any of your games in the future. i have a sample album. i’m trying to broaden my musical endeavors. just a thought to leave you with. :) congrats an awesome game.

  27. Wiweeyum
    Posted 14/10/2009 at 10:15 | Permalink

    Hey, Quaa. You should become familiar with moddb.com. People are always looking for talent there.

    I’m also very stoked about the commercial release. I don’t rightly care about a games name, so the name change wasn’t even a hiccup for me. The gameplay was fantastic in Dyson, and I look forwward to seeing all the improvements and balances.

  28. Edward
    Posted 29/10/2009 at 07:20 | Permalink

    Look forward to when this game can be played on a Mac..will continue with the demo!

  29. Posted 30/10/2009 at 06:58 | Permalink

    Have you guys tried Mobsters 2? It is so much better than mafia wars.

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