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Post Mortem



Launching Cannon Brawl has been a huge milestone for Pete and myself.  I wrote a post mortem for Gamesauce magazine.  Check it out here.


Cannon Brawl on The Lobby

If you missed our show over on the Lobby at Gamespot with Chris Watters and Danny O’Dwyer, catch up on the action here. Pete does a little trash talk, Theresa battles insane AI, and Danny fights it out in local PvP.


Cannon Brawl Keychains


At PAX we had a bunch of fun bits and bobs we made to give to match winners and sell to fans.  One player bought the whole set of war machine keychains and sent us this pic of the collection framed!




We tend to have collectibles like these at shows so swing by our booth next time you see us if you want to take some sweet hand made, resin set schwag home with ya.




Some nice words



“It’s extremely difficult to create a unique piece of art in an industry that’s awash with same-y titles, watered down sequels and plain ol’ rip-offs, so it’s important for gamers to not let rare jewels slip through the cracks. Turtle Sandbox’s Cannon Brawl is just such a jewel.” – Andrew Heaton


“I enjoyed it immensely.” – Chris O’Regan,


“I can honestly say that Cannon Brawl is one of the most interesting games I’ve played in quite some time.” – Liam Dawe


“Cannon Brawl is exactly what I want a game to be: easy to understand, fun to play and constantly giving me things to do.” – Justin Last


“Cannon Brawl also brings back something that I miss: sitting next to your friends and playing games. ” – Jonathan A


Seamlessly combining a strategy game with a surprising amount of depth and fast paced action definitely makes Cannon Brawl stand out from the bunch. Smooth gameplay, a solid campaign and fun multiplayer add up to one solid game. If you’re looking for a strategy title that pushes you to be on top of your game look no further.” – Ishmael Romero


“The game is simply stellar at what it sets out to do.” – Luke Siuty IndieGameMag


Overall, Cannon Brawl is a wonderful experience that should find its way onto everyone’s computer. The game is $15 on Steam and there’s even an option to buy a two pack of it for $20. The price is easily worth it for either option as players will spend several hours on the Campaign and even more with the multiplayer.” – Billy White GameIndustryNews


It’s just one of those games that will make you thankful for the Indie developer movement, because it’s fun as hell to play, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy, and is curated by talented developers that will stop at nothing to ensure the gaming public remains pleased with its offerings.” - Matt Heywood Entertainment Buddha


Comprised mostly of action and doing away with the filler, Cannon Brawl is a game aimed towards the strategy fans that just want to get into the game and start calculating the most efficient trajectory towards your opponents castle for your projectile. ” – Gabriel Mejia Two Dash Stash


Turtle Sandbox has made a strategy game with a ton of joy. Cannon Brawl is delightful and chaotic. It’s fast-paced and strategic. It is a combination of like-minded ideas I’m surprised haven’t been brought together before. Ultimately, Cannon Brawl is the most fun I have had playing a multiplayer strategy game in years, standing tall in its storied genre.” - Clint Prentice Error Not Found


“It is incredibly difficult for me to not drift back over to Steam and start playing again.” – Courtney Holmes Pixelkin


The campaign is probably one of the best tutorials I’ve ever played.” – Yolanda Green


“Cannon Brawl is a cleverly designed, twitch real-time strategy game.” - Mateja Simovic Capsule Computers


“This real-time, artillery-focused offering from Turtle Sandbox Games more than stands on its own two feet, with plenty to offer fans of earlier series such as Worms or newcomers alike.” - Sophie Halliday ZTGD


It’s a wonderfully well-designed and satisfying game.” - Jesse Singal Boston Globe


“Overall, the experience of Cannon Brawl is very fun. I found humor in the dialogue and addiction in the strategic gameplay…The online multiplayer delivers high replay value, as there is nothing more challenging than facing off against another person.” – Gregory Bargas


Cannon Brawl does a great job at making strategy feel accessible. Its fast paced gameplay gives you all the stress and excitement of a strategy game without the agonizing micromanagement and learning curve. ” - Jared Wolthuis Enemy Slime


That strategy and balance of the towers and pilots unlocked in both single player, and multiplayer through XP are what will keep you coming back. ” – Zachary Slater


I love a good artillery game and Cannon Brawl just might be a great one. As well as measuring angles and projectile strength, the gorgeous RTS hybrid from Turtle Sandbox has players managing resources and locations across its 20 single player missions.” – Adam Smith Rock Paper Shotgun


It’s a game for blowing each other up, and it does this with a sense of fun that is hard not to be caught up in.” – Brendan


“Cannon Brawl melds the RTS and tower defense genres into a narcotic blend whose sum – in this age of derivation – overshadows its parts. The gameplay hooks sink in early, and they sink in deep. With such tasty bait, the hardest part of Cannon Brawl is putting the controller down for a break … but just for a few minutes.” – Josh Kowbel wiki game guides


I personally keep coming back to the game as I still find myself baffled at how something so simple can be such a complicated metagame, and I find myself enjoying every second of it.” – Alex R – Gamers Assault Weekly

Launch day press release




San Francisco, CA–September 19th 2014– Let the battle begin!  Cannon Brawl, a 2D action RTS with destructible terrain is launching its final release for PC, Mac, and Linux.


Featured as a PAX 10 selection, as well as having won the Activision Independent Games award, Cannon Brawl is the highly anticipated debut title from San Francisco based indie outfit, Turtle Sandbox.  The tiny team, comprised of Theresa Duringer and Peter Angstadt is proud to unveil version 1.0 of Cannon Brawl.


Players must think quickly to out-strategize their opponents in this real-time 2D artillery game.  Claim floating islands and drop war machines from airships to conquer completely destructible maps.  Carefully aim skillshots with each war machine, but don’t take too long – opponents retaliate in real-time!


The game is jam packed with a trove of war machines to unlock and explore, airships to pilot, and plenty of unique maps that will push players to figure out new plans of attack in defeating their opponents.  With unlockable weapons and defenses to discover throughout the campaign and in the Armory, players will find plenty of new strategies to invent for the most efficient victory.


“Cannon Brawl combines classic artillery play with the exciting pacing of an RTS,” said Theresa Duringer, co-founder of Turtle Sandbox, “There’s a tension between perfecting the trajectory of your next shot and keeping up your APM to maximize each volley of your onslaught.”


Three years in the making, Cannon Brawl is bursting with content:


  • Thirty seven 2D destructible maps
  • A full single player campaign, with twenty missions and ten puzzle levels
  • Competitive online and local multiplayer modes with seven maps to battle across
  • Ten unlockable airships, each with its own unique perk
  • Fifteen unique war machines including cannons, lasers and more

Visit Cannon Brawl on Steam or find out more at

Press materials


Release Date: September 19th 2014





Addictively fun and fast-paced, Cannon Brawl, is launching on Steam for PC and Mac


San Francisco, CA–August 20th 2014–Turtle Sandbox LLC today announces Cannon Brawl is set to release on September 19th 2014.  Cannon Brawl is a fast paced action strategy game that combines the skill-based play of a classic artillery game with the rapid-fire pacing of an RTS.  “Cannon Brawl is the game we’ve always wished existed,” said Peter Angstadt, cofounder of Turtle Sandbox.  “It combines two compelling game mechanics, with explosively fun results.”


More than two years in development, this game has been crafted with love by the two person development team and the community on Steam Early Access since July 2013.  With player feedback in mind, Turtle Sandbox has been hard at work cranking out new features, airships, war machines, and support and balance for the most popular game mode, online multiplayer.  With a treasure box of new features lined up for launch, including an online multiplayer lobby, Cannon Brawl is getting fired up for it’s full release.


Matches are quick, fun, and fast paced.  Players choose from a wide array of pilots and war machines to create a combination of buildings that they can drop from airships across 2D multiplayer maps to decimate their opponents.  With resource management, territory control, and war machine upgrades, players will find an intense RTS experience wrapped up in a delightful fantasy world.


Between the campaign, puzzle levels, nightmare mode, and online multiplayer support, there are hours of gameplay to enjoy in this indie offering.


Cannon Brawl is available for PC and Mac on Steam.


Visit Cannon Brawl on Steam or find out more at


About Turtle Sandbox

Turtle Sandbox is an up and coming indie outfit comprised of Theresa Duringer and Peter Angstadt.  After meeting at Maxis they splintered off to spin up their own game company.  Keeping things small has given them the creative freedom to push boundaries in development and come up with something totally new.  Cannon Brawl represents their debut offering as indie game developers.


Max Level’s Emily Lemay looks at Cannon Brawl



I met Emily Lemay from Max Level at GaymerX recently.  She had a lot of wonderful comments about the game.

Looking at the big picture, Cannon Brawl is a fast-paced and compelling adventure that turns the average real-time artillery genre on its head. It’s a tower defense game on acid whose goofy, loving best friend is permanently stuck to its hip. It’s elegantly unique, and opens up an entirely new door for indie games.” – Lemay

Check out the full article on MaxLevel.

Video: Tokshen plays CB


Cannon Brawl- Part 1 (This game is pretty awesome)

Tokshen plays his first ever match against a real-live human.    Check it out on YouTube here.

Giant Bomb plays Beta

Check out Giant Bomb’s Dan and Brad take a shot at playing Cannon Brawl’s Beta on Steam!  They dip into some puzzles and adventure levels before diving into multiplayer.



Watch on Giant Bomb here


The Lobby – GameSpot



Check out Cannon Brawl today on GameSpot’s The Lobby!

Pete and Theresa will be chatting development, showing Cannon Brawl and geeking out with Danny O’Dwyer and Mary Kish!

View the show here!

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