👋🏻 Well hello there. We're your friendly RisingHigh Team!
Passionate about Games. Dedicated to Excellence.
Here at the RisingHigh Academy, we believe that Creativity is not some mysterious super power!
“We’re dedicated to empower you to think beyond the obvious and challenge your typical assumptions.”
We’re Kevin Wolstenholme and Jilly Duff and we run the RisingHigh Academy. We’re the 2 creators, producers, game and level designers behind the award winning & 13 Time Apple Featured game studio RisingHigh Studio.
Based in a leafy part of South West of England, we’re also published Authors, Podcast Hosts, Udemy Instructors and most recently, mentors at the Going Hyper Winter 2020 game jam along with being 100% dedicated to building our first class community here at the RisingHigh Academy.
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Proud Sponsors of the Homa Games and TapNation Game Jams 2020
After our first 11 Games achieved 11 Apple Features, we were constantly asked how we were getting results and what was the secret to successful game launches. We put together our foundation course and invited people inside our world.
We then did something kinda crazy albeit slightly ballsy. Jilly and I decided to record our entire game development process from ideation to launch, and I mean EV. RE. THING!
Could we repeat our process and do it again? Yup! Twice. 13 Apple Features Baby, 100%.
To our somewhat surprise it was a ton of fun and we fell in love with helping our founding members and community get results too. So we just kept on going and hence the RisingHigh Academy was born.
We now focus almost exclusively on Hyper Casual Games and empowering game developers all over the world to create awesome experiences and taking their game design skills to new heights.
The games that started it all.
Our Mission, Values & Promise
Our Mission is to inspire game creators to build exciting and powerful Hyper Casual Games.
Hey there, my name is Jilly Duff and I’m really in charge 🙂
I have come from a background of no programming, no photoshop and very little website knowledge. Kevin saw I had a eye for detail and an imaginative flair, when he challenged me to learn the photography for a website called ‘Mask Heaven’, a sister site to the company we both previously worked for.
This was a major thing for me, and I walked away several times before I told myself “I CAN do this!“
I’m now tinkering with photoshop, looking after the website and focus on level design and production. It’s an exciting place to be, building a game that looks good, plays good and then hits the feature spot is just the best feeling of accomplishment ever!
“To have achieved it 13 times over is still a ‘pinch me I’m dreaming’ moment.”
I still have to coach myself every day, learning new stuff and keeping up with what’s current in the gaming world can all be so scary! But if you think you’re alone, you’re not. You have to just keep pushing on past the doubts, the fears, and embrace the sheer damn hard work it takes to learn. The results can be amazing and I’m here to cheer you on!
All of which brings us to you...
We strongly believe that you can build the next hit game!
We’re 100% committed to helping you in the best way possible. We’re here to serve, cheer you on and get you where you want to be.
We’ve always approached everything we do with a passion and a consistent dedication in providing the best content. We always strive to do our best work.
Now, the mobile landscape has changed quite a bit since we first started, heck, it’s changed a fair amount in the last 2 weeks, but we pride ourselves on always moving with the times and evolving when the market evolves around us.
Whether you’re starting out making hyper casual games or growing your studio business, if you’re looking to make a big change in the way you’ve been doing things, we’re here to push you to reach the highest levels of your creative potential.
If you want to find out more, simply head on over to check out all the benefits the RisingHigh Academy has to offer and see what’s going on.
We love it, our members love it and we think you’ll love it too!
Thanks for reading and see you on the inside.
Kevin & Jilly