Sophophilia Studios
Based in Burlington, Vermont

Founding date:
November 15, 2012


Press / Business Contact:

Twitter @CryptoMiner_W

Yin Yang Bang Bang
Grumpy Monkey
CryptoMiner World

473 s prospect st
Burlington, VT 05401

+01 (301) 502 1860


Sophophilia Studios strives to innovate in an ever expanding sea of games. The most important aspect is the non traditional background in the gaming world and an intense passion to learn and create


Early history

November of 2012 John did what he wanted to do ever since the first time he played a game on that beautiful faux wood Atari system. John always wanted to make a game of his own but never mustered up the courage to do it. John had absolutely no programming experience what so ever, zip, zilch, zero. But with that crazy do-hicky, the internet, he taught himself. Less than a year later, he freaking did it, Grumpy Monkey released on iOS and Android. He also started Moose Knuckle Games, which would later turn into Sophophilia Studios. John is just a normal dude, like all of you. He has a full time job, and not a lot of free time. If you want to make a game, he says "Just do it! It has been one awesome wild ride!"

After that

The long term goal of Sophophilia Studios is to live all over the world, from uber cities like Tokyo, to Rural Villages in 3rd world countries. Wherever the laptop goes, John can continue to make games. The exposure to different cultures and environments will be reflected in the diverse collection of games Sophophilia Studios will make. John doesn’t want to just make fun, entertaining games, he wants to make games that connect on an emotional level. John looks at video games from an artist's perspective, and he can not think of another medium where one can express themselves in more avenues than with video games. Still imagery, video, sound, music, story, and all of that with a deep level on interactivity. "It's a beautiful thing!"



Yin Yang BANG BANG Trailer YouTube

Yin Yang BANG BANG Gameplay YouTube

Grumpy Monkey YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Picked for the Indie Games Showcase at Boston Festival of Indie Games" - Boston,MA 13 September, 2014
  • "Part of the Boston Forum Playtest Night 2014" - Boston,MA 28 June, 2014
  • "Picked to exibit at the 1st Green Mountain Games Festival" - Burlington VT, 23 Febuary, 2014
  • "Selected for the 3rd annual Review Jam hosted by YoYo Games" - the interwebs, 19 December, 2013

Selected Articles

  • "Watching the scallywags scurry back and forth and get soaked thrills me."
    - the ch8t, YoYo Games Review Jam

John Butler on Twitter
Personal twitter for John Butler (@John_B_Butler) twitter.com.

Team & Repeating Collaborators

John Butler
Everything but the speellchecker

Alicia Narava
The spellchecker

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