We Make Games About Third World Problems


Squeaky Wheel Studio is an independent game development company based in the Philippines that aims to be a developer of thematically unique PC strategy and simulation games. We want to make entertaining games that bring attention to current affairs in developing countries. Squeaky Wheel is comprised of:

Ryan Sumo - Art Director/Business Development

Artist pretending to be entrepreneur.  Worked 10 years in the industry starting from J2me mobile games before going freelance and creating artwork for cult classic indie games Spacechem and Prison Architect. IGDA Manila chairperson circa 2010 and cofounder of Urban Sketchers Philippines.  After playing Cities in Motion Ryan sometimes wishes he took up Urban Planning instead of Art. Trying to learn Nihongo

Tristan Angeles - Design director

Designer that hates communicating in text.  Previously Worked at Gameloft Philippines where he designed key content for such titles as NFL Pro 2014 and Order and Chaos Duels.  Won the Gameful Game Design Challenge 8 community and judge’s choice awards for his game In the Court of the Spider King, which explores power structures in workplaces.  Also has a blackbelt in Taekwondo.

marnielle estrada - Technical director

Programmer proud of his scruffy hair.  5 years in the industry.  Was a Senior Programmer at Synergy 88 and Anino Playlab, where he was the programmer for games like Despicable Me : Minion Mania.  He’s also an independent developer who released a Tower Defense game called Warrior Defense on Android.  IGDA Manila chairperson 2014-2015.  Currently addicted to Magic : Duels and learning Muay Thai.


Before signing up with Squeaky Wheel Don worked on the Kickstarter funded game Wild Season.  He's a hardcore #indiedev that believes #ballislife but made the poor choice of the New York Knicks as his favorite basketball team.






Fact Sheet

Developer: Squeaky Wheel

Publisher: Positech Games


Platform: Windows/Mac/Steam

Price: $14.99

Release Date: November 1, 2016

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Political Animals is a political strategy game set in world populated by corrupt crocodiles and meritocratic mice. In a political contest where corruption is always around the corner, we want players to find out how incorruptible they really are. In this turn-based strategy game you get to decide whether you're going campaign based on the issues or take some short cuts by stuffing some money in the right paws.  Whether your a retired prizefighting rooster or a pig that sings platitudes to the crowd, there's only one way to find out whether you've got what it takes to win this election!

Political Animals is being developed by a small studio of veteran Filipino game developers whose work ranges from indie hits like Prison Architect andcard games by Gameloft like Order and Chaos : Duels.  Find out more about the team here.


  • A short but deep turn-based strategy game that you can play in 1-2 hours campaigns
  • Eight beautifully designed maps based on countries around the world
  • Numerous animal candidates to choose from and customize
  • Eight different staff types with special abilities to suit your campaign style
  • Political Events that draw inspiration from world politics



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Media and Recognition

PAX West Indie Megabooth Participant 2016

Games of EGX 2016 Staff Pick

Gameskinny EGX 2016 - Top 10 Best Games in the Show

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