Surprised Turtle Studios is a Swiss game studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. It was founded in 2021 by Carl Friess, Laurin Paech and Haraldur Orri Hauksson, who were soon after joined by Albert Mitringer and Tim Knoche, based in Vienna, Austria. The team is passionate about bringing players together through immersive multiplayer games.


In the beginning

Inspired by the Game Programming Laboratory at ETH Zurich, the team set out to build a game based on the classic Grimm Brothers fairytale "Snow White". Similar to the fairytale, Snow White is on the run from the evil queen, who has corrupted the kingdom. Over several months, they designed, developed and tested a prototype game to solidify their concepts and ideas. This initial phase culminated in winning the "Audience Choice Award" for Best Game at the Game Lab final presentations. Driven by the success of the initial prototype and popular demand, the team has been hard at work on a feature-length version of "Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold".

Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold

"Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold" is a 2D co-op roguelike boss rush based on the fairytale. In teams of up to four, players fight a series of bosses in fast-paced combat, each playing one of the seven dwarfs. Players move from level to level by defeating the boss and surrounding enemies. Each dwarf has unique skills and mechanics and benefits from upgrades provided by Snow White at the end of each chamber. The wide range of upgrades allow the characters to develop and customize their skillset.



Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold (Trailer)YouTube

Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold (Gameplay)YouTube


Awards & Recognition

  • "Audience Choice Award" Game Technology Center, ETH Zurich, June 1, 2021
Student Project House, ETH Zurich
Our studio is actively supported by the Student Project House at ETH Zurich:
Game Technology Center, ETH Zurich
"Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold" began as a Game Programming Laboratory project and we thank the Game Technology Center for their continued support: