Generalist Programmer (Mid/Senior)

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This role is a part of the UK government's Kickstart Scheme and is only applicable to 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK who are not in education and are currently claiming Universal Credit. Click here to view more Kickstart placement opportunities.

October 19, 2021
Full Time

We're looking to add a mid/senior programmer to our highly experienced, professional, and pragmatic engineering team. All of our engineers are passionate about games and contribute both creatively and technically to our projects. This is a permanent full-time role and could be remote for the right person but preference will be given to candidates who are based locally in Melbourne.

Just because we’re calling out for a generalist, doesn’t mean we aren’t extremely interested in hearing about any particular interests you have that may contribute positively to our studio!


  • Primarily using C# and Unity to support the team with refining and debugging the game
  • Creatively coming up with solutions to help make our games as fun and rewarding for our players as possible
  • Optimising the game for target devices
  • Integrating mobile SDKs (ads, IAP, analytics)
  • Implementing platform specific functionality, while managing performance and compliance requirements


  • 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 an established codebases
  • You work well independently and are able to set your milestones, while still being an excellent team player


  • 4+ years experience as a programmer in commercial studios
  • A portfolio of shipped titles on a variety of platforms
  • Computer Science degree or demonstrably equivalent skills
  • Advanced skills in C# with ability to write clean, modular and maintainable code
  • Experience with Unity game engine
  • Great communication skills
  • A good sense of "game feel" and how to get the most out of a simple or limited control scheme
  • Must be legally able to work in Australia


  • Lifecycle experience publishing and optimising titles for various platforms
  • Familiarity with agile development (Jira, Kanban, sprints, etc.)
  • Strong linear algebra and 3D math skills
  • Experience or interest in making good quality platform ports
  • Experience in live ops
  • Experience with the Nintendo Switch platform highly desirable
  • Demonstrable skills or interest in game design, art, UX or other cross-disciplines
  • Demos and code samples are always fantastic to see
  • Enthusiasm for arcade mobile games


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 fulfillment 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.


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

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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.


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!

Line up your best shot in this adorable puzzle arcade adventure! Collect an army of cute Piffle Balls to help you clear a mishmash of challenging blocks and obstacles.

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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