Gameplay Programmer (Senior)

Hipster Whale
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May 30, 2023
Full Time
120K+ AUD

Hipster Whale is searching for a talented programmer to join our highly skilled, professional, and pragmatic engineering team. Utilising your considerable hands-on programming experience, you’ll support a small project team to bring delightful gameplay features to life.

This is a full-time position based at our studio in Melbourne, Australia. A remote position within Australia may be considered for the right candidate. Our team currently works from the office each Monday and Thursday, and remotely from home on the other days. We support individual flexibility arrangements and will accommodate requests wherever possible.

Hipster Whale is proud to have an inclusive work environment and we encourage people from all walks of life to apply!



  • Creatively develop solutions to help make our games as fun and rewarding for our players as possible
  • Work with our artists and level designers to rapidly iterate on new gameplay mechanics
  • Use C# and Unity to support the team with refining and debugging
  • Implement new UI screens and flows using Unity UI
  • Integrate mobile SDKs (ads, IAP, analytics)
  • Add platform specific functionality, while managing performance and compliance requirements
  • Optimise the game for target devices



  • You’re an experienced cross-platform games programmer, having worked on several published titles
  • You’re knowledgeable about mobile game development and have taken projects through to polished release
  • You enjoy the challenge of learning and improving upon an established codebase
  • You work well independently and can set your own milestones, while still being an excellent team player
  • You enjoy arcade/casual/mobile games and appreciate great gameplay controls



  • 5+ years professional experience, ideally working with Unity and C#, or willingness to adapt to from C++
  • Worked on shipped mobile, console or PC games
  • Must be legally able to work in Australia



  • Lifecycle experience publishing and optimising titles for various platforms
  • Network programming experience
  • Strong linear algebra and 3D math skills
  • Any physics experience (forces, angular velocity, friction, etc.)
  • Demonstrable skills or interest in game design, art, UX or other cross-disciplines
  • Familiarity with agile development (Jira, Kanban, sprints, etc.)
  • Demos and code samples are always fantastic to see
  • We’re also keen to hear about any other interests that you may have which could contribute positively to our studio!



Hipster Whale is an independent, award-winning games studio located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia.

At Hipster Whale, we pride ourselves on developing high-quality gameplay experiences which are enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world. We’re passionate about mobile gaming and love to delight players with our light-hearted and bright games, which are easy to pick up but hard to master. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support from incredible partners and our small yet immensely talented team!



  • Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the role, as well as a CV outlining your experience with [POSITION TITLE - YOUR NAME] in the subject.
  • Applications are open until the role is filled.



  • Base salary is 120K+ AUD depending on experience and skills (plus superannuation and bonus programs on top).
  • This is a full-time on-going position.
  • We aim to move through the recruitment process as quickly as possible and will respond to all applicants regardless of the outcome. 
  • Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we’re unfortunately not able to provide specific feedback to each applicant.
Hipster Whale
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Hipster Whale is an entirely independent Melbourne based studio, founded in 2014. Hipster Whale’s first release, Crossy Road, was a viral success and has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times. Hipster Whale continues to make bright and funny games with broad appeal.

Hipster Whale released PAC-MAN 256 with Bandai Namco in 2015, Disney Crossy Road in 2016 with Disney, Piffle in 2018 with Mighty Games, and most recently Crossy Road Castle in 2020.

Work Culture

We offer flexible working conditions, a lovely light-filled office right near Flinders Street Station (don’t worry, we also have blinds if darkness is more your thing), and training and development opportunities. Team happiness and fulfilment is essential for our business to be successful, and we know that means a respectful work/life balance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage diverse applications.

If you can tick most of the requirements for a role but not all, please do contact us. We are always interested to see candidates who could grow into an advertised role. Don't let the list of attributes scare you off if you feel a role is really you.

Featured Game
Crossy Road is the 8-bit endless arcade hopper that started it all. Collect custom characters and navigate freeways, railroads, rivers and much more. Join over 200 MILLION players worldwide and experience Hipster Whale's massive viral #1 hit!
Join the Crossy Road crew in this endlessly spinning cooperative tower climb. Bring your friends and see how far you can get. Keep climbing as high as you can! Every run is different!
PAC-MAN 256 is the maze that never ends. But the Glitch is coming for you… Challenge your friends with the local co-op multiplayer mode, up to 4 players. Waka waka on PAC-DOTS and stay ahead of the super-villain: The Glitch. Take on a new gang of revived retro-ghosts including Sue, Funky, and Spunky and Outsmart them with over 20 ridiculous power ups: Laser, Tornado, Giant and much more.
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