What is your first gaming experience?
I was born in the eighties, so gaming was already booming when I was a kid. The first time I played was on my brother’s Atari 2600 games like Frogger and Tennis. Then I moved to my own system which was a fake Famicom. At that time, going to the arcade was an awesome experience!
What got you into programming games?
I’ve always loved computers, games and technology. Getting into developing games was a natural thing to me. I made my first DOS tests when I was around 10. Then I found an awesome tool called Klik & Play in which I did my first Windows games which I shared with my school friends. As I grew I got into web development and distanced myself from game development, as there wasn’t then a market for indie developers. Finally, as indie games exploded and getting a game out and selling got more accessible for individuals, got back into gaming and here I am!
What development tools or coding did you use?
Now I’m working with an awesome game engine called Construct 2. This tool is great for making 2d games and does not require any coding. For art I work with Adobe Photoshop and Audition for soundFx.
What hurdles did you have making your current game?
At first you think that making a game by yourself as a one man team is a great idea, you can develop your own idea and manage your times as you wish. Then you realise that there are lots of different tasks that have to be done simultaneusly and which are critical. Being alone requires a lot of focus and stress control. Apart from that, managing the time to work on the game, while dedicating time to my family and kids, while working at home, has become one of the main challenges. You need to know how to trace a line, but sometimes that line is blurry and I end up working with a kid on my lap.
After the completion of the game what game will you make?
I have lots of ideas, but now I’m focused on releasing BalanCity on Steam. After launching on desktop, the game will be released on mobile.
What other games have you made you made?
BalanCity is my first commercial game, I have made games for advertising agencies and as a hobby for game jams.
My favourite computer was my Amiga and console the Megadrive do you have a favourite?
I do not have a favorite computer, but my favorite console has been the N64.
What is your favourite retro game?
SimCity on the SNES.
Do you still game on the current consoles if so whats your favourite game?
I own an XBOX ONE in which a rarely game, but my favorite game of this generation is GTAV, which is one of the few games I play when I have a little time.
Whats the worst game you have ever played?
James Bond Jr. on the SNES, it gives me nightmares still.
Finally what game or feature would you like to see on Retrogamesmaster in the future?
The site itself is great. Love the interviews to gaming legends. I would polish a little bit the visual style, but that wouldn’t be so retro.