Independent Game Development 2012

Hey!

In a surprising turn of events I’ve quit my job and moved to Sydney, Australia.

I’ve had a really great time at Q-Games, worked there for a year and will miss my co-workers as well as my awesome boss. I learned a lot of things, about company culture in general, Japanese, learned a lot of programming (Action Script 3), learned about games and working in teams and more.

I worked mostly on PixelJunk Monsters Online, which is a cute tower defense game on Facebook (play here).

I want to try some new things and also wanted to get back to independent development. I’m now in Australia on a working holiday visa, together with my girlfriend, whom I met in Japan and is studying here.

Not really sure what I’m gonna make (though I have some new ideas and ideas for sequels) and what else I’m gonna do (want to try some different kinds of work). Hopefully this year will be exciting!

I haven’t really updated the blog so here’s some stuff that happened:

Karoshi and They Need To Be Fed nominated

On PocketGamer.uk, one of the bigger mobile reviews sites, Mr Karoshi is nominated as Android Game of the Year and They Need To Be Fed as Xperia Play Game of the Year! Both received 9/10’s before.

Karoshi featured in book on iPhone games


Buttonless: Incredible iPhone and iPad Games and the Stories Behind Them, a book by Ryan Rigney features an interview about Mr Karoshi.

It also has interviews with many famous developers of games such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Plants vs Zombies, etc. I haven’t received it yet but if you’re interested in iOS game development this must be very interesting.

Focus re-releases


Focus, a frantic missile avoiding time and place warping platformer I made in 2009, has been released through Vetra Games on the Mac App Store as a free game. Here’s a link.

Joseph Ivie, a Flash developer, has also incredibly built an exact copy for the browser, playable at Armor Games. It features new level packs too, so if you liked the original I recommend this for another play through!

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Thanks for reading as always and I promise to update more frequently this year!

Buttonless: Incredible iPhone and iPad Games and the Stories Behind Them

5 Comments

  1. Adam says:

    Good to hear from you once more! And welcome to Sydney – you (hopefully) just missed our wettest and coldest summer for a while and now it’s reasonable again…

  2. Izanagi says:

    Ah an update at last. I see you’ve got quite some news, can’t wait to see what you’ll be making for this year. I tried out the new flash Focus and I re-loved it haha. Also congrats for Karoshi and They need to be fed on PocketGamer!

  3. Terry says:

    Yay! I’m so happy to here from you again. I can’t wait for any new thing. To be honest I’ve been pretty much checking this website everyday since you’re last blog post waiting for something new. You should tell us more about how it’s going in Australia!

  4. Terry says:

    Oh god, I’m playing through the new Flash Focus right now. Freaking epic.

  5. Gargalaxorz Gobacolyte says:

    Just completed the Focus normal level pack as part of Badge of the Day over at Kongregate.com –awesome game! 5 stars and “favorited”! Thank you so much for making it available in Flash 😀

    I also find myself stopping and waiting (and resting) just so I can fully enjoy the music, so I’m wondering if you’re allowed and willing to make the music files available for download somewhere? Either way thank you for a great game with novel and excellent gameplay! XD

    (P.S. my name is not my Kongregate username)

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