Oh, a Rock! Studios is a small indie games studio that makes funny, weird, and sincere adventure games, visual novels, and live-action FMV games.
Our studio was founded by the wife-and-husband team of Lizo Medina-Gray and Paul Franzen, two life-long adventure game fans with wildly different design principles, even from a young age (she’s a Sierra fangirl, and he’s a LucasArts fanboy). They got their start making up interactive text adventure games through AOL Instant Messenger—one person would IM the other, saying something like “You wake up in the middle of the night to see a strange woman hovering over your bed. What do you do?”, and the other person would type out responses and try to “win” the game, without getting themselves killed in some spectacularly unlikely fashion.
These early games formed the basis for Oh, a Rock!’s first major project, the point-and-click adventure game The Beard in the Mirror.
As Lizo’s focus turned more toward the academic side of gaming, Paul started reaching out to some of his close friends to expand the scope of the studio to include not just point-and-clickers, but visual novels and FMV games, too. He’s since partnered with writer/YouTuber Michael “Arglefumph” Gray on a number of titles, including Cat President: A More Purrfect Union, which Kotaku described as “an actual PC video game.” Together, Michael and Paul also host a podcast on indie game development called “Oh, a Podcast!”.
Our games have been showcased at conventions such as WordPlay and RetroGameCon, and even exhibited inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which our moms were very impressed by. Our latest title is The Lost Oregon City Gold, a hybrid visual novel/adventure game about a dad and his two young daughters exploring the end of the Oregon Trail to solve an old family mystery.