Hi! I’m an indie game developer, although I do write Android apps for a living. I’ve published two games in the past, Barrage and Archangel. Each was written while I was learning Android, and unfortunately they have outlived their prime. For instance, Barrage came out soon after the T-Mobile G1. Today, it doesn’t look nearly as good on the newer phones.
Large game publishers have the money and resources to make better games than I, but I still enjoy it. I’ve considered updating my games over the years, but there are better choices in my opinion. Surprisingly, people still purchase my older games every now and then though. Probably because they are intentionally “retro.”
Today, I am releasing my latest game, Monstrous. It is not graphically intense, but it has something in common with my older games. It is something I wanted to play. Most everything I write is for my enjoyment first. If I think others might enjoy it, then I’m happy to publish it. I have plenty of other games which have never seen the light of day though.
Monstrous came from a game I found on the web called Mamono Sweeper by Hojamaka Games. I enjoyed playing it, but couldn’t find a version for Android. Being a developer, it seemed like a good thing to work on. I also had a huge number of sprites created by a great artist, David Gervais. You can read about them here.
This was also a chance to make use of the Google Play Game Services for things like leaderboards and achievements. Little known fact – this is the first game of mine which my wife actually seems to enjoy playing. So much so, that she keeps beating my time on the different levels.
There are a lot of ideas I still have for this game, but some are harder to implement than others. For instance, I wanted to allow for a custom size level, but that makes it hard for me to keep leaderboards. I also have lots of sprites for things like armor, weapons, potions, scrolls, etc. I’d like to implement those somehow, but game design is hard. I find I’m more a game programmer than game designer, although I think I would prefer to be the latter.
Anyway, enjoy the game. Let me know your ideas for it or other games!