Level Designer

Chuhai Labs
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August 23, 2023
Full Time

We're looking for a Level Designer to join our team and help us push forward an exciting new project!

Chuhai Labs is an indie developer / publisher founded in 2002 by Nintendo alumnus Giles Goddard who developed classic titles including Star Fox, 1080 Snowboarding, Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Chuhai Labs is located in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan.

What We Offer:

  • Remote work from anywhere in the world
  • A fair and professional working environment
  • Experienced and talented coworkers determined to push the boundaries of gaming.
  • A collaborative workplace where everyone has a voice.
  • The chance to make a real impact on new, experimental, and exciting franchises, where your contribution is clear to see.
  • A multicultural, inclusive team who foster a studio culture based on respect, where everyone is positively encouraged to be involved

What We Need You To Do:

  • Design and build level prototypes and carry them through to full in-game levels which meet the title’s aims, and utilize and expand upon its gameplay systems to surprise and satisfy our players
  • Collaborate with the Level Design team and Director throughout all production stages.
  • Initiate and facilitate regular reviews and testing by others of all significant contributions and act on feedback accordingly.
  • Be responsible for timely and quality execution of all assigned tasks and features, including but not limited to the design of game levels and their documentation as needed.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and time-management skills and use them to foster and maintain a pleasant working environment for all team members. 


Required Experience & Knowledge:

  • 2+ years’ experience of commercial game development
  • At least one shipped title, preferably in a 3D action genre
  • Proficiency and comfort working within the Unity game engine
  • Self-motivated, well-organized, and proactive about acquiring knowledge and learning new skills.
  • Experience working with version control software (such as Perforce, Git etc.)

Preferred Attributes:

  • Currently residing in Japan or able to work during standard Japanese business hours at least in part
  • 4+ years of commercial game development experience
  • Multiple shipped commercial games on a variety of platforms, especially home consoles

Why Chuhai Labs?

Chuhai Labs is the studio behind games you love like Cursed to Golf, Whitewater Wipeout, and Carve Snowboarding. As a company we embrace remote working, and recognise its benefits. As long as we get the results we need - excellent work, which satisfies our customers, done on schedule - we are willing to be as flexible as we can. We offer rare chances for accomplished people from all over the world in all walks of life, to work their ideal job whilst living the life they want, at their own pace.


What's The Next Step?

  • Reply to our email!
  • We’ll invite all appropriate candidates to a video interview.
  • We’ll keep all successful applicants informed of their status throughout the hiring process.
  • Join a team and studio worth falling in love with!
Chuhai Labs

Chuhai Labs is an independent game studio and publisher based in the birthplace of Nintendo - Kyoto, Japan! We founded Chuhai Labs in 2020 as a brand of VITEI Backroom. Led by industry and Nintendo veteran Giles Goddard, our studio innovates through unique game design, embracing technical advances, and ultimately via relentlessly pursuing fun. We develop games on a huge variety of platforms, from home consoles and PC to the extraordinary Playdate, Meta Quest, and even location-based VR. We’re always hungry for great new adventures!


Work With Us!

We’re looking for like-minded innovators for Chuhai Labs’ next projects! We develop for a huge variety of platforms and like to keep things interesting. Are you someone with great skills looking for a new adventure? Take a look at our open positions and embark on your career with us today! 


What We Offer

  • Remote work from anywhere in the world, with the potential to live and work in Kyoto.
  • Experienced and talented coworkers determined to push the boundaries of gaming.
  • The chance to make a real impact on new, experimental and exciting franchises, where your contribution is clear to see.
  • A fair, professional and collaborative working environment where everyone has a voice.
  • A multicultural, inclusive team who foster a studio culture based on respect, where all are positively encouraged to be involved.
Featured Game

Cursed to Golf is a challenging golf-like adventure where every shot counts. Players are tasked with making it out of Golf Purgatory to become a Golfing Legend. With insane hazards, otherworldly power-ups and tons of replayability, will you make it back alive or will you forever be… Cursed to Golf!?

Crank it yo! Master the waves and hang ten in Whitewater Wipeout! This wave crashing, high score chasing, crank-tastic experience is inspired by the classic California Games. Experience surfing in an innovative new way while performing sick tricks using the Playdate's unique crank. Perform daring 360’s, gnarly DOUBLE 360s all while avoiding the shark. Will you rise in the ranks of the global leaderboards or fall prey to the wave?

The creator of 1080 Snowboarding is back with Carve Snowboarding, an all new snowboarding experience! Hit the slopes and encounter realistic arcade snowboarding like never before.

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