Alvaro Castaneda’s Interview – infeKted: Zombies Revenge

This interview is the result of a conversation with Alvaro Castaneda. He is the creator, with his brother, of infeKted, a puzzle game inspired in the living dead.

Can you tell us something about yourself?

We are MIX Studio, a small company run by 2 brothers. We started doing VFX for film and TV and we also do training for the VFX industry. Now we’re starting to take on game development, a dream we had since we had our first Atari 2600.

Describe your game

infeKted is puzzle domination game, simple to learn, so hard to master. The goal is to spread the sickness until everyone is infeKted, but smart because you have a limited amount of bites. But don’t think too hard cause time is ticking. Why would you do this? Because zombies are awesome. infeKted is not a game you can master by repeating. Every level is generated at random every time you play, so everyone gets a NEW game every time, it might seem simple at first, but we dare you to finish all 200+ plus levels, we are sure is going to take time.

What are you waiting for? get infeKted!!

Where did the game idea come from?

From a Blackberry game called flood-it

What can you tell us about the development of the game?

The game was developed in the span of about a year, from which the last 6 months was real constant development. It was made by Varomix who had the initial idea an prototype and then his brother Anglish got involved and then we manage to get it done.

What is the most important thing you learned when making this game?

Making the game is the easy part. 

What advice would you tell people who are beginning with game development?

Don’t quit, you’ll get there. The first part of making a game is actually really easy, you get a prototype working really quick and you’re really proud of it, but there’s still lots to do: art, points, scores, menus, etc. Seems like it never ends at some point, but it’s really rewarding when you finally push that build and people start playing it. Also, pick a programming language and stick to it, our game was made in about 3 or 4 languages before the final game was done.

Anything else you would like to share with the audience?

It’s great to have an idea and after long days working on it see it done. I’m very proud of me and my brother for doing this and who better than my brother to do this with. Thank you for giving us a little of your time and please enjoy the game.

Thanks for talking to us Alvaro! Best of luck with infeKted!

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Update! infeKted is now available on PC, Mac and Linux.

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Sean Young’s Interview – Creator of Magicite

Magicite was created solely by Sean Young. This young developer shared with us his quest of making this game.

 

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I’m a one man team. I am a junior at the University of Central Florida and have been making games since freshman year. Magicite will be my 9th game, but my first non-mobile game.

Could you describe us your game?

Magicite is a 2D rpg game that focuses on randomization, customization, epic loot, giant monsters, questing, and perma-death. Players will embark on dangerous quests with or without friends to slay challenging enemies while acquiring rare yet essential loot for crafting gear. Perma-death only occurs when the entire party has been defeated, so if all of your friends die it is up to you to deliver the final blow to the boss and finish the quest or return to town to save your party. Once in town players can store their hard earned loot or sell it. These stored items will be accessible to future characters even when your character dies permanently.

Where did the game idea come from?

Playing other games.

What can you tell us about the development of the game?

I’m the only person working on it, but I plan on hiring someone to do the music. I imagine this game will take no more than 4 to 5 months to make. There will be a Steam greenlight and a Kickstarter page up in the coming weeks.

What is the most important thing you learned when making this game?

PC games are harder to make than mobile games LOL

What advice would you tell people who are beginning with game development?

Start small. Finish your games. Ideas don’t mean anything unless the game is finished.

Anything else you would like to share with the audience?

Happy developing 🙂

Thanks Sean! Great work with Magicite!

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Create a Mobile Educational Game with HTML5

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Kids nowadays get bored at school. A teacher talking to dozens of kids and expecting them to transform those low pitched sound vibrations into interesting concepts in their heads, can you imagine? And learning math in particular is hard for many, including some of my cousins and sons and daughters of people I work with. … Read moreCreate a Mobile Educational Game with HTML5

Ricardo Silva Interview – Oh my Cat from LoadingPlay

Ricardo Silva was kind to talk to us in the GameDev Academy about LoadingPlay and his new game for Andrioid devices: Oh my Cat.

 

Tell us something about LoadingPlay

At loadingplay, we aim to be a platform for the collaborative creation of video games, by involving the community in the whole process, from idea to initial investment.

Describe Oh my Cat

It is a runner type game, where the user must accompany a friendly stray cat in his adventures collecting enough money to visit a stripper kitten that drives he crazy. This dance only if enough money is collected.

Where did the game idea come from?

Stray cats.

What can you tell us about the development of the game?

The team that worked is compound for five developers, marketing and art,
    Julian Larrea: Marketing
    Carlos Hinostroza: Programming – level designer
    Ricardo Silva: Engine Programming
    Yi-Chun Lin: Programming
    Mauricio Galvez: Animation and Design (primitiva3d.com)

     We worked for two months to get a demo and are currently working to launch the full version, completed with the feedback we have received from the demo version.

What is the most important thing you learned when making this game?

Perseverance, the most important thing to reach the goal is perseverance.

What advice would you tell people who are beginning with game development?

Above all, be persistent, the process of developing a video game is not easy and finishing the game is only half of the process. Then comes the spread, which is where many give up.

Anything else you would like to share with the audience?

We invite you to participate in our next videogame, you can visit our website and join us with your ideas and feedback. Don’t be afraid to contact us at loadingplay.com

Thank you Ricardo! Best of luck with this game and future projects.

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Dash – Visual Game Dev Tool is Looking for Funding

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Dash is an free online game creation tool built upon the HTML5 game development framework LimeJS. At the GameDev Academy, we’ve had the great pleasure to have spoken with the founder, Priyadarshi Chowdhary, who has shared more information about this project with our readers. Before we begin the interview, I’d like to invite you all … Read moreDash – Visual Game Dev Tool is Looking for Funding

HTML5 Mobile Game Development for Beginners

HTML5 Mobile Game Development for Beginners

This course will guide you through the creation of games that run on iPhone, iPad, Android and Desktop using the open source LimeJS HTML5 game development framework.

The course is a 100% video based tutorial so that you can see in real time how games are created from scratch. Several game demos of different game genres are included in this course.

You’ve always wanted to make your own games. Don’t keep on postponing it. Start TODAY with HTML5 game development for iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows 8.

Some of the things you’ll be learning here are:

  • Creating a game that works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Desktop
  • Using the touchscreen in your games.
  • Creating cool animations and transitions.
  • Adding sound to your games.
  • Creating your first spaceship game.
  • Using 2D physics in your games.
  • Creating a virtual pet game from scratch.
  • Creating a farming game from scratch.
  • BONUS TRACK: transform your game to a native app using Appcelerator and sell your game in the App Stores.

More great stuff:

  • We’ll be using 100% free tools and frameworks.
  • Good support.
  • Code snippets at the end of each lesson that you can use as starters for your own games.

https://academy.zenva.com

Lean UX for Beginners

If we want to build successful apps and games, design is by all means one of the most important aspects we should consider. I’ve recently come across a discipline called Lean UX (“user experience”) which has been quite helpful to help us at Zenva to address the design of our products. This tutorial is intended … Read moreLean UX for Beginners

Create a HTML5 Game from Scratch (83% OFF)

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Making games is a lot easier than you think. Imagine you could learn how to make HTML5 games that run in all browsers and Windows 8 with our HTML5 game development tutorial in only 2.5 hours! Well, that is exactly what this course does.

We know you’ve always wanted to make your own games. Don’t keep postponing it. Start TODAY

Learn how to create a Zelda-like action game demo from scratch using only Javascript and HTML. No experience or previous knowledge is required! Although knowing the basics of HTML and Javascript is recommended.

This HTML5 game development tutorial is aimed for both beginners and more advanced users who may have HTML5 experience but haven’t got into games yet.

Some of the topics you’ll learn by building this game from total scratch:

●  Creating a basic game that can be embed in any website and can be played with just a web browser.

●  Displaying a map and characters on the screen.

●  Moving a player on this map.

●  Using collision detection to simulate the shooting of bad guys.

●  Adding enemies to your games.

●  Adding sound to your games.

●  Putting it all together to create a fun playable demo.

●  All game files, including images and sound are available at the end of each chapter for download.

This HTML5 game development tutorial has been created by Jacob Deichert in collaboration with Pablo Farias. Jacob has created comprehensive HTML5 game dev screencast tutorials on YouTube and other platforms.

https://academy.zenva.com

Simon Jefferies Interview – Creator of The Skies Of Echelon

Here in the GameDev Academy we interviewed Simon Jefferies, creator of the game for iOS and Windows Phone called The Skies of Echelon. Keep reading if you want to know what this great game is about. Describe what your game is about Welcome to the world of Echelon. A peaceful place where a race of … Read moreSimon Jefferies Interview – Creator of The Skies Of Echelon