Vandervas Generator was an abstract concept conceived in the late 2000s through the chance meeting of like-minded individuals, and is now a New Zealand-based game studio. Through the use of digital technology, we venture forth into the wild unknown. We are currently working on our second legal game.  



Who are we?

Nicolaas Vás

Programming & Art


Here is a short bio about Nicolaas chronicling his humble beginnings as a shoe salesman. Are doing something for several years he then went on to producing this. Confused, he found is way back to video games with the release of Ultima 4 on the Sega Saturn. Today he finds himself researching ferret safety techniques for an upcoming video game project.

Five games that I believe are integral to my identity as a human being:

– 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)

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.

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)


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.

Ferret Facts

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