hi, we're acme nerd games.

we unleash the power of games to help people thrive while having fun.


Games have an inherent ability to help children and adults change their behavior.

We create apps that engage, motivate and can improve lives too.

About Us

We’re a business-to-business game development company.  That’s right, we make video games that help businesses reach two universal goals:


Get more business from their existing customers and attract new ones.


Our games are immersive, fun and empower players through active participation. We believe a good game can be good for business and good for players, too.


We are proud to be a finalist for the 2018 Wisconsin innovation awards and at neXXpo 2017, we were named one of Madison's most innovative companies.

learning about nutrition can be fun

Fuel your rocket with a variety of foods. Balance your diet for a better blast off!


Available now in Early Access on Steam for Mac and PC! For more details, visit HoustonWeHaveSpinach.com and our Steam Store page.


upcoming releases


The U.S. is predicted to face a healthcare shortage by 2020. To help create a career pipeline, UW Health and their HOPE Program (Health Occupation and Profession Exploration) is engaging with high school students interested in health sciences with a mobile app. The game will provide an environment where students can “try on” various health sciences jobs and experience the role of specific healthcare professionals.


Previously a paper-based exercise available to students who could to travel to Madison, this game will illuminate career options and alternative pathways to achievement. Players will discover how to overcome obstacles and work up to their ideal job which can improve the economic and social circumstances for these students and their families for generations.



United Way of Dane County wants to bring greater understanding of those most in-need in our community — the 64,000 people living in poverty in Dane County. Acme Nerd Games is creating a social simulation for the organization where players spend their resources (giving, advocating, volunteering) in order to improve lives. The digital experience features a localized view of overall community health in an engaging format that drives empathy and action. This website-based simulation will be a unique way to reach and engage more Dane County citizens.

mary romolino

Non-nerd owner and partner.



Even this non-nerd realized it's time for a paradigm shift and shift she did. Mary's successful marketing career took her from the skyscrapers of Chicago to the brainy, laidback city of Madison, WI and from the big-boy conference rooms at US Bank to the proverbial corner office at an ad agency. Now, she's gathered a team of propeller heads and made the leap to gamification. But her kids still don’t think she's cool.

Our Team

90% nerd.

bo monroe

big-time nerd and partner.



Bo is one of those rare people who fully use both sides of their big ol' noggin. He is a talented programmer, artist and game designer creating interactive experiences utilizing digital media for over 20 years. He earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also owns Whatever Develops, LLC, a web application and mobile game development studio. Bo is his nickname and he's sticking to it.

michael flaherty

Programmer and musician.



After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Michael briefly left town to sharpen his gaming chops at Big John Games in Edina, MN. Fortunately for us, the draw was too strong and he came back home to Madison where we're happy he dons his propeller-head thinking cap for our games. His passion for music and sound, along with his programming talent, round out our core development team.



tarah hiemes

Art Director.



Not satisfied with just one degree, Tarah earned two from Madison College: one each in Graphic Design and 3D Animation. We’re glad to have Tarah and her over-achiever skills on our team. She could spend all day working on animations, concept design, and illustrations if we let her, which we do. In her spare time, Tarah improves the view around town by designing murals for businesses in the Madison area.


troy townshend

2D Artist & Designer. (Spring 2018 Intern).



Being an Adobe Certified Associate in both Illustrator and InDesign, as well as having experience in other Adobe products such as Photoshop and Premier, Troy always has something to show or give advice on in the design world. A passion of his is to entertain and communicate, be it in person, on the paintball field, or behind a controller.



sam jacobsen

Programmer & Designer. (Spring 2018 Intern).



Sam is a programmer with experience in C++ and C#. His lifetime passion for games has led him to creating them, and now he hopes to hone his programming and design skills even sharper than his sense of humor.



jason wigren

Social Media Assistant. (Spring 2018 Intern).



Jason is a heavy gamer and soccer player currently studying design at Becker College. When  not playing soccer on the field you can find Jason gaming with friends.



marco moreira

Level Designer & Programmer. (Spring 2018 Intern).


Almost finished earning his BA in Game Design at Becker College, Marco joins the nerd team as an intern designer because he loves to make games that educate people and are fun. In his spare time he enjoys doing American Kenpo and playing with his Chihuahua-Yorkie mix.



christopher negus

3D Artist. (Spring 2018 Intern).



Working on a bachelor's degree in 3D Art at Becker College, Chris's aim is to give back to the game industry that he grew up on one step at a time.  He is learning to fit in any type of artist role, learning how to use motion capture and visual effects programs to diversify his experience to compliment his 3D modeling abilites.




In the News

Making a case for video game-based learning


Madison Capital Times


September 28, 2016

New Steam games for November week 4


International Business Times


November 27, 2017

Business Spotlight: Acme Nerd Games


Mount Horeb Area



February 6, 2018

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