Signal Boost: An Interview with Indie Game Developer Logan – OneShark Dev behind Forbidden Clicker Party, Chicken Assassin, and MORE

I personly don’t play a lot of clicker games, but when one of my good friends got me a little game called “Forbidden Clicker Party” from this small indie team named OneShark, I was hooked. This has to be one of the best clicker games out there and I mean it. The great presentation to the addicting gameplay it’s a blast to play and cheap too. In any case, I was able to contact one of the developers named Logan via the team’s Discord server to conduct a short interview…

Gumshoe: What made you want to make video games?

Logan: I made video games on paper my whole life. As a kid, I first played Final Fantasy 1 on NES and was very much attached to it. I liked to know how all the intricate parts worked and imagine how it would be built if I were to do it. So that game pretty much lit the fire for me.

Gumshoe: How would you describe the process of making a game?

Logan: The OneShark way is pretty unique. Here’s how we do it… Designer + Artist + Coders talk about projects that make us excited and have an “anything goes” brainstorm and start to figure out the grand picture of it. From there, the first prototyping takes place with single characters and simple stats to try and see if we found any fun mechanics. This part can go back and forth for awhile as the ideas in our heads don’t always translate perfectly to the game. Once we do have the fun mechanic and theme down, we go and apply what we call our “Game Template” this is all of the base scripts for our tools and everything we’ve generated along the way from creating multiple games. This template gives us basic functionality for Saving, Audio, Animation, Character Controlling, Text/numeric formatting of all kinds, etc. So the rest of the process is basically week sprints where we add features+content in bite-sized chunks and test them out. We develop very rapidly so there is little downtime in our process. Each member of the team is going full speed from day 1 of the project. We love the team and the stride that we have going here!

Gumshoe: There’s a good number of games One Shark has made, what would you say is or was your favorite to work on?

Logan: Always the latest game is our favorite because I learn so much from the last project that the code is kind of “out-of-date” to me. I would say the strongest built game so far is certainly The Terrible Beast from the East. With a Skill Tree, Multiplayer, Crafting, and so many unique features – it is the biggest and best effort we have ever put into something. We are happy to finally be working on multiplayer projects and have people who can play along the way with us.

Gumshoe: On that note, you are now working a new game titled “The Terrible Beast from the East”, a 2D Side Scroller MMORPG. How would you describe the development of that game?

Logan: We originally were aiming to take a multiplayer approach to a successful past game Chicken Assassin. So we did that and we started to test out with players and it seemed like the action was dull after awhile. So we wanted to try going a bit further and introduced running in the dungeon environments and then it started to get fun. We then began to see ourselves as a dungeon crawler and decided to aim higher for this game. Now we have players putting countless hours into it and exposure is starting to build. The development was completely gutted after that first round so we lost a lot of time, maybe 4 months of work that we just stripped away and rewrote. If you know our team, that means we could have built 2 more fun minigames in that time. So we weren’t happy about that but in the end, the process and discovery was important. So we are coming up on a year of work with this game and it’s glowing. We are very happy with our process now that we know exactly what we’re doing and where we are headed.

Gumshoe: What are some of the difficulties or challenges would you say comes with making a game?

LoganThe biggest difficulty is all of the Unfun that creeps into a project or team. Example: Starting an LLC, getting the bank acct set up, trying to write + return invoices, tracking it for taxes. Other than that, it’s the best career in the world if you can make enough money at it to be stable!

Gumshoe: Lastly, do you have any advice you could give to other indie devs?

LoganFind a team of people who have similar ideals, values and most importantly work ethic. Don’t worry about skills as much as personality because by the end everyone wears many hats. Friendship and respect will build more than genius will.

Overall Logan and Oneshark are making some amazing games and there is even a mobile port of Forbidden Clicker Party in development! If you want to keep up to date with Oneshark I recommend joining their Discord and following them on Twitter. There is also a link to their next project “Terrible beast from the East” which is still in development and playable! They update frequently and have a great community of players all on their discord. With that said, my name is Gumshoe and thanks for reading.

 

Terrible Beast from the East: https://oneshark.itch.io/terriblebeastonline

Forbidden Clicker Party (Steam): http://store.steampowered.com/app/783200/Forbidden_Clicker_Party/

Oneshark Website: http://oneshark.com

Oneshark Discord: https://discord.gg/T48a2Y5

Oneshark Twitter: https://twitter.com/onesharkcom

Meta Madness!!! How the Meta of Overwatch has Evolved Gumshoe's Gamer Podcast: Season 2 - Ep1 (Ft. Quab)

Hey everyone, time to start doing these again! This is the start of season 2 of the PODCAST! It’s time to reminisce about 2017 and talk about E-sports some more with special guest, Quab!

Hope you all enjoy…

Thanks to Quab for being on the podcast! Make sure to follow him on his Twitter or watch his stream over on Twitch!

Signal Boost: An interview with indie game dev Felix – Blob Games Studio The developer behind the game Geneticognito

Recently I was given a code for a game called “Geneticognito”. Being a fan of indie games and stealth, I decided to try it out. To my surprise, I really came to like the game even if it was a bit short and repetitive at points. The bosses were the highlight of the game for sure, all fun and challenging in their own way. Anyway, I was able to get in contact with Felix, the developer behind Geneticognito and many other games from Blob Games Studio. I had a chance to interview him about his experiences as an indie dev and the development of Geneticognito.

Gumshoe: How would you describe the process of making a game?

Felix: For me, it’s a messy one. I try my best to stay organized, keep to-do lists, communicate with the team, etc. However, I still largely follow my motivation, and I have a lot of projects. So I often switch what I am working on, sometimes suddenly, and it can be a bit hard to follow. On the plus side of it though, I don’t have many cancellations under my belt, so I always come back. And at least a lot of my ideas get some attention this way.

Gumshoe: So, why did you make Geneticognito?

Felix: I’ve been making another game, Super Gear Quest, for close to 3 or 4 years now, and I decided to make a different, smaller story set in the same world. So I basically used what I had made for Super Gear Quest, took a portion of its story, and made a different game out of that, which resulted in Geneticognito. The two games don’t directly overlap, but if you know their stories and the world they are in, it’s obvious where they are connected. Though that said, it’s smaller size is also why Geneticognito was essentially just a few months of hard work and not years. Which is why it’s already out there even though it’s not nearly as old as several other projects. However, I was still lucky that motivation stayed around long enough to finish it efficiently.

Gumshoe: When developing Geneticognito, were there any difficulties or challenges?

Felix: Geneticognito went fairly smoothly due to the context of why and how it was made. Though, most effort went into the plot, the main character, and the boss fights. The rest of the game is fairly simple, and Super Gear Quest was the base for the game, meaning I didn’t actually have to code a lot of it, as I had already done that previously while making Super Gear Quest.

Gumshoe: You have made a good number of games, which would you say was your favorite to work on?

Felix: Kinda hard to say, especially since a lot of them are not even done yet. But I’ve had a lot of fun with certain projects like Super Gear Quest and Solarblade; they are two examples of games that I would really like to perfect. In fact, that is why they are taking so long, and why my goals for them are so high. There are a few others like this too, such as The Legend of The Artifact (or rather, the remake of it). Other than that though, I mostly do have fun with every single project I create, mostly because I create them entirely based on very specific ideas I have. It also helps that I am very attached to some of the characters and that I generally try to work on whatever I feel like, rather than forcing myself to work on a project I don’t want to work on at the time. Though of course, the latter is a strategy that definitely also has its downsides, haha. Gotta force myself sometimes.

Gumshoe: Lastly, do you have any tips you could give to other indie devs?

Felix: I don’t feel like I am the best at giving out great advice, all I can really say is to work hard. It sounds cliche, but it does work pretty effectively, especially if you work alone. Your games won’t finish themselves, and there is nothing quite like feeling the satisfaction of releasing a project you are happy with. Plus, when you have done it once, it only becomes easier to do it again, especially as your experience grows as well. But like many others have said, I recommend starting small and not aiming for a very big project as your first one. It’ll get you going a lot faster than if you aim for something really big, so save your big ideas for when you think you are truly ready to create them.

Overall I enjoyed talking to Felix and really enjoyed playing Geneticognito. If you interested in the game or keeping up to date with Blob Games Studio and Felix, links to their twitter and discord, as well as a link to the game Geneticognito, can be found below. With all that said, my name is Gumshoe and thanks for reading.

 

Felix’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/FelixBlobDev

Geneticognito (Steam link): http://store.steampowered.com/app/655490/Geneticognito/ …

Blob Game Studio’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Blob_Games

Blob Game Studio’s Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/blobgamesstudio