CEO Patrick Rau appointed professor



Patrick Rau, CEO of Mad About Pandas, has been appointed as a professor at the university HBK of Essen in Germany.

He received his appointment certificate on October 18, 2023, after teaching in the Bachelor’s program in Game Art and Design since the winter semester of 2022/23. The students at HBK can look forward to learning from Patrick’s extensive experience in the gaming industry spanning over 15 years.



Mad About Pandas goes into New Game Production


Narrative 1970s-style 3D action puzzle game enters three-year production

Berlin-based studio Mad About Pandas announced that it has received funding from the German Federal Government’s computer game funding program for its latest project. Coupled together with support from the publisher Focus Entertainment, the production of the new title is expected to last three years.

The game is being developed by an experienced and cohesive team that has previously worked on award-winning titles such as Hitchhiker, The Great Jitters, and Galaxy Racers. Dan Mayer, author of Hitchhiker, will be the second Creative Director alongside Patrick Rau. The studio is also actively looking to expand the team and is currently hiring for programmers, 3D artists, 3D animators.

Mad About Pandas looks to combine a highly compelling and innovative core game mechanic with the narrative storytelling skills that won accolades for their previous production, Hitchhiker. The end result will reward players with a unique gameplay experience, compelling characters and stunning visuals, while tackling questions about what it means to be a character in a computer game. 

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Hitchhiker wins “Intel Buzz” Developer Showcase

Hitchhiker wins “Intel Buzz” Developer Showcase

6th February 2018



Woho! What a ride. Our game Hitchhiker won the Intel Buzz Workshop Berlin Developer Showcase at Game Science Center Berlin, organized by Booster Space. Thanks to all visitors who came to play and vote for us! Furthermore a big special thanks to Altagram, the localization company which made the voice recordings for the game!

Next date for Hitchhiker >> PAX East 2018 in Boston


CEO Patrick Rau is hosting the NewsGame Workshop at “Think CROSS – Change MEDIA”

CEO Patrick Rau is hosting the NewsGame Workshop at “Think CROSS – Change MEDIA”

25th January 2018

Our CEO Patrick Rau teached the master course in NewsGames. They analysed existing NewsGame formats and developed journalistic topics. Partnered up with MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk they developed storytelling-driven concepts and prototypes, which will be presented at the Think CROSS – Change MEDIA Conference. Where is the line between real news and fiction. #tccm18

From: 16. – 17. February 2018


Hitchhiker is one of four NGDC contestants at Ludicious

Hitchhiker is one of four NGDC contestants at Ludicious

18th January 2018

Great News for our upcoming game mystery game Hitchhiker, which is one of four NGDC contestants pitching at Ludicious Game Awards 2018 in Zürich, Switzerland. The Nordic Game Discovery Contest (NGDC) takes place from 13:00 on 20 January. Hitchhiker is one of the finalist competitors, who pitch-battle against each other, to win and go to the NGDC grand finals at this spring’s Nordic Game Conference, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden.

The four finalists are:

  • Mad About Pandas (Germany) presenting „Hitchhiker“
  • ACE Team (Chile) presenting „Rock of Ages II“
  • Fictiorama Studios (Spain) presenting „Do Not Feed the Monkeys“
  • Bedtime Digital Games (Denmark) presenting „Figment“

Hitchhiker goes to PAX East 2018 in Boston

Hitchhiker goes to PAX East 2018 in Boston

10th January 2018

Boston calling! We’re “hitchhiking” to Boston PAX East 2018 with our narrative game Hitchhiker. Thanks to Goethe-Institut Boston, who invited us together with eight other indie studios from Germany to be part of the project “Transatlantic Gaming Summit”. During PAX East 2018, the German delegation will be present at the exhibition stand (number: 20049).

All 9 german Indie Studios:

Mad About Pandas with Hitchhiker
● Cubinauts with Cubiverse
● Megagon Industries with Lonely Mountains: Downhill
● Leadfollow Games with Tiny Tanks
● Stephan Hövelbrinks with Death Trash
● Osmotic Studios with Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
● Mooneye Studios with Lost Ember
● Ludopium with Isometric Epilepsy
● Rose Engine with signalis (


Hitchhiker is nominated for Ludicious Game Awards 2018

Hitchhiker is nominated for Ludicious Game Awards 2018

8th January 2018

We’re happy to announce that our upcoming game Hitchhiker is nominated for the Ludicious – Zurich Game Festival Awards 2018. The game festival takes place from 18th – 21st of January in Zürich, Switzerland.

You can find out more about our nomination here.

Watch the “First Ride – Prototype Trailer”: