Mind Cauldron is a solo operation run by Darren Kearney. It’s kind of awkward talking about me all the time so I’ll try to separate the business from the person in this introduction.

Mind Cauldron is an indie game development studio and freelance development studio based in Galway. Mind Cauldron creates products as well as supplies services. Creating small computer games for desktop platforms and browser.


A number of games and prototypes currently under development including:

  • OBSTACLES – a retro hi-score chaser.
  • HAIL – a retro style turn-based strategy game.
  • Defrostpunk – an unofficial PICO-8 fan de-make of the survival strategy game Frostpunk by 11-bit studios.


In addition to developing game products, Mind Cauldron offers B2B and B2C services and training related to creative and technical business such as animation studios and media companies.

Services include: Software Development, Automation Development, System Administration, IT Consulting and Web Development.

Mind Cauldron offers training opportunities in the form of workshops and 1-1 tuition.

Supporting the gamedev scene in Galway, Ireland

Local and national game development and game community events are important to encourage growth and promote our industry in Ireland. Mind Cauldron supports these events directly through contributing sponsorship as well as being a director or organiser on many events.

Sponsorships include:

  • Galway Game Jam (Organiser, Sponsor)
  • 1GAM Galway (Organiser)
  • Global Game Jam Galway (Organiser, Sponsor)
  • Global GameCraft CLtG (Board Member, Sponsor)
  • Dublin Games Conference ’19 (Sponsor)
  • Galway Games Developers XMAS Party ’19. (Organiser, Sponsor)
  • More events to come… 🙂

Mind Cauldron’s goal – my goal – is to make games. I also want to contribute to the game making community, especially on a local level because I want to see more of it in Galway. If there is a game industry event that you want to run in Galway and are looking for support, Mind Cauldron would love to hear from you. This will be my way of contributing back to the wonderful community that has helped me on my journey to make this dream a reality.