[ Vandervas Generator is a small independent game studio based in Auckland, New Zealand. We are interested in exploring what defines a game experience, through small concept-driven games. We are currently working on our first full game. ]

Jonathan Vanderhoorn

Music & Writing


Hi there internet traveller! My name is Jonathan, and I compose all the music for our games. You’ll also hear me voice acting, read my writing, and even see some of my amazing art skills (see if you can find which game!).

I studied music at university and studied editing and post production at film school, and you can find me intermittently uploading things onto my YouTube channel linked above.

Nicolaas Vás

Programming & Art


Greetings! I am Nicolaas, and I design, "code" and create art for our games. As I grew up I gained an interest in vintage stamps, captivated by the history and artistry packed into every tiny slip.

When that didn't pan out, I decided that I ought to return to video games. Today I find myself researching ferret safety techniques for upcoming video game projects.

Five games I consider to be the most impactful on my game philosophy:

– Riven (Cyan, 1997)
– Portal (Valve, 2007)
– QWOP (Bennett Foddy, 2008)
– Minecraft (Mojang, 2011)
– Transistor (Supergiant Games, 2014)


Here are five games that made me who I am today:

– Logical Journey of the Zoombinis (TERC, 1996)
– Freelancer (Digital Anvil, 2003)
– Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked and Loaded (Insomniac Games, 2003)
– 2QWOP (Bennett Foddy, 2012)
– Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital, 2019)



Nebulous Beginnings

1 January, 1985

The universe is formed, and with it came the internet DNS system.

First meeting

29 February, 2004

Jonathan and Nicolaas come into contact. They plan their first big game, and it is never made.


10 November, 2017

The first game is generated, chronicling the tales of an old man from the stars.


16 May, 2018

A tiny planet of gnomes is headed for catastrophe.

FerretBall 5

27 August, 2018

E-sports are revolutionized with a game exclusively for ferrets.

The Final Answer

3 September, 2018

A quiz show, but there are no questions. Choose your answers carefully!


28 October, 2018

Now you can play chess with ferrets. This game features state of the art speech synthesis.

Realty is Often Inaccurate

16 November, 2018

A hyper-realistic house selling simulator.

Snake V Mongoose

20 February, 2019

The great Serpent Mustelid war breaks out.


8 May, 2019

An abstract gallery where you can create your own masterpieces.

DOODS: Radical Passage

29 August, 2019

A totally tubular journey involving math and poorly optimized physics puzzles. Absolutely radical!

Brave Bird

20 October, 2019

Vandervas Generator releases a short film about a rubber duck with an overactive imagination.

Vandervas Generator is incorporated

22 November, 2019

Marking the end of a productive epoch of small game releases, we are now ready to make games for real.

A gathering point for people to marvel at technological wonders of their time. Website

Climbing Therapy

13 June, 2021

Climb the mountain, bound to your partner.

Bonsai Builder

20 November, 2021

Grow and shape a bonsai of your own.

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