Experimental Gamer
Based in Chicago, Illinois

Founding date:
May 1, 2011


Press / Business Contact:


Skype: DapperDaveWelch


4324 N. Milwaukee Ave Apt 1F
Chicago, Illinois

(1) 773 387 9561


Experimental Gamer is an independent game studio based in Chicago, Illinois. We believe video games have the power to make us feel, think, and experience things in unique ways not possible by other non-interactive media. Our goal is to explore these possibilities by creating games that deliver unique experiences to gamers.


Why Experimental Gamer?

Experimental Gamer is about taking those amazing experiences we had growing up playing games, and not just recreate them but revitalize them by experimenting with traditional gameplay elements in unique new ways. Their first game, Boot Hill Heroes, takes classic 90s console RPG gameplay and aesthetics and combines them with a Wild West setting and flare.

Boot Hill Heroes

Boot Hill Heroes began as an experiment to take the beloved retro RPG experience in a new direction. Instead of a traditional fantasy setting, Boot Hill Heroes takes place in the American Wild West. Instead of classic, turn-based gameplay, Boot Hill Heroes goes for a fast-paced real-time strategy combat. Rather than adventure alone in single player, Boot Hill Heroes supports up to four player cooperative gameplay.

Kickstarter and Exhibiting

After Boot Hill Heroes was deep in development, Experimental Gamer started a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to find funding for the perfect musician to compose the game's musical score. The search succeeded when Jake 'virt' Kaufman (DuckTales Remastered, Double Dragon Neon, Mighty Switch Force, Blood Rayne: Betrayal, Retro City Rampage) took an interest in the project and offered his services. Development continued on Boot Hill Heroes which made its public debut at PAX East 2013. Boot Hill Heroes received welcome fanfare and support from attendees who were impressed with the game's combat, story, and multiplayer elements. A representative from Sony believed the game would make a great addition to the Sony Vita lineup and worked with Experimental Gamer to create a version of Boot Hill Heroes with exclusive content for the PlayStation Mobile platform.

Release and Beyond

Experimental Gamer continued to work on Boot Hill Heroes for another year before completing Boot Hill Heroes. They are now focusing on getting feedback for the game and promoting the Boot Hill Heroes Steam Greenlight page. Early production has begun on Boot Hill Heroes Part 2, the second part of the trilogy, and is set to premiere at PAX East 2014.



Boot Hill Heroes Steam Greenlight Trailer YouTube

TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, plays Boot Hill Heroes YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

    Selected Articles

    • "This independent title blew me away with its features and I did not want to stop playing when the demo was over."
      - Matthew Szewczyk, First Comics News
    • "...an interesting battle mechanic twist that feels refreshing, especially in multiplayer, as it makes battles much more involving."
      - Johnathan Stringer, RPGamer
    • "...what really impresses me comes from the battle system. Fully integrated with the heretofore mentioned mechanics, battles require reflex, strategy, and knowing what you're doing."
      - Zachery Oliver, Theology Gaming

    Steam Greenlight Page
    Please vote for Boot Hill Heroes on Steam Greenlight steamcommunity.com.

    Team & Repeating Collaborators

    David Welch
    Writer, Programmer, Artist

    Jake Kaufman

    Bill Kiley
    Sound Designer

    presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks