Basically yes, I have been programming since 2000. I have always been interested (as a kid) in creating many things like my own paper games, so at the age of 15, I started my adventure with programming. However, as a developer, I started in 2014 on Google Play.
The most problematic is adjusting all functions to the Google store, such as in-app purchases, cloud save, statistics, ad appearance, and maintaining Google standards. Google changes the API from time to time (new versions of Android appear) and this makes it necessary to update something on a regular basis and sometimes it becomes problematic.
The second important thing in the mobile world is optimizing the game in terms of performance, it is a really big challenge. In the beginning, my game was written for PC, so I had a lot of work to port it to mobile devices to make everything run smoothly and without problems.
The interviewee, Grzegorz Borkowski, was born in Poland in 1985. He is a programmer, graphic designer, game designer, and DTP specialist by profession, and owner of the Gear-Studio group which he founded in 2003. His company is the creator of projects like
Almora Online, Almora Darkosen, Alien Territory, Tupek, Ralph Jump (commercially commissioned), Seagull Bird Revenge, Flying Cube, and many more projects that are currently in the prototype phase.
Grzegorz spent 10 years creating the biggest project in the Gear-Studio history which is Almora Darkosen for mobile devices. For almost 20 years, all projects have been created in “Game Maker Studio” the programming language GML (Game Maker Language), GM7, Gm8, GMS 1.4, GMS 2.0 (currently) https://yoyogames.com.
Interestingly, I'm not a huge mobile player because I don't even have much time to play games, but two titles have caught my attention and have drawn me in for a long time:
Angry Birds: It seems to me that no player would not play this game :) The idea and mechanics are completely addictive. Gravity system and a lot of logic thinking... I know it's a classic at the moment, but so far it's awesome!
Soccer Stars (by Miniclip): Simple, beautifully made, great idea and online challenges with friends and strangers, this is a game that deserves 5 stars for me! There was a moment that I had to uninstall it because it was taking up too much of my free time :)
Counting to today (because I am still improving it) it will be 10 years. I create the game myself from the beginning. So some time has passed... but worth it!
I will tell you about this in my example. First of all, the game must be addictive, the player must acquire various items all the time, he must be interested in the story in the game and smoothly move into more and more difficulty. So I just started creating Almora Darkosen for me, because that was my dream to make a game that I really need to play. The best way to play such a game was to create one :)
The second thing is that there are plenty of beautiful 3D games, graphically beautiful with lots of goodies and fireworks, but there are no games like they used to be in the old days and that is my main goal. I have the vibe of the old days and I think that players need it too. I can say that because Almora Darkosen has about 600.000 downloads now and has a good rating at Google Play.
I do not think that my game is the best out there, but it certainly differs in terms of the graphic style and the use of the interface. Almora Darkosen simply has its own unique atmosphere :)
First of all, the game was not made for money. Currently, I work 8 hours full time in a printing house and I don't have to make a living from my game. This game was born out of passion and this is an advantage over many other games because nothing was created by force. I am also proud of the fact that during these 10 years I have never given up, despite the fact that many of my friends did not believe that this game would ever be created.
I want to release the game for more platforms, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), PS5? In fact, I am constantly improving something in the game, currently working on saving the game in the cloud. In the new year, I am starting work on an expansion pack that will be almost as big as the current game. So, it's a big challenge for me, but fun!
The best thing for a developer is the positive feedback. This drives us to keep creating the game :) Social media sharing is very welcome, because it increases the range to reach more players and more feedback :)
Almora Darkosen is a retro style hack and slash, role-playing game set in a fantasy world. Explore the huge Almora Island with different locations:
fields, swamps, forests, dark forests, towns, crypts, caves, deserts, and others...
The game will keep you playing for hours!
☆ Original retro atmosphere.
☆ Long story of Almora Island.
☆ Quests: Over 100 Quests, including Main and side quests with a long story line. Gain more experience, reward items and gold from NPCs.
☆ Items: Over 1500 different items, swords, axes, shields, helmets, armors, pants, boots, gloves, rings, stones, potions, herbals, minerals, keys, tools and many other… Includes: basic items, enhanced, rare, unique and legendary.
☆ Mining and digging: Search for minerals like iron, silver or gold ores. Dig some hidden chests and explore whole island with hidden places.
☆ Crafting: Craft Your items, upgrade it to enhanced, rare or unique. Make new mixtures, battle or defensive essences, special keys, discover new items, repair broken gear and more! There is over 300 item combinations.
☆ Inventory with deposit: (Diablo style)
☆ Mercenaries: Hire a mercenary and fight with monsters by his side. Keep him alive, share with him potions and upgrade him to higher level. Mercenaries are very helpfull, usually are stronger than you.
☆ Monsters: Fight with bosses and different monsters with special abilities: flying, crawling, summoning other monsters, casting spells, poisoning, reborning, healing, disappearing and more…
☆ Boats and portals: If you have enough of walking, you can always use a paid boat. You can travel to places you previously discovered.
☆ Minigames: Play Almorian mini games for gold and tokens in the Taverns and hidden places. Collect Almora Tokens to craft better gear and items.
☆ NPC: talk with all NPCs with their stories and quests.
☆ Skills: Use active and passive skills. You can choose Your skill path, fire or poison, Use the healing skills to heal You and Your mercenaries. Choose what kind of combat do You like, melee or distance.
☆ Game knowledge book: In-game encyclopedy: List and statistics of all discovered items. Monsters statistics and descriptions. Crafting book with listed all discovered items combinations.
And many others...
Game is free with Ads:
You can turn off the ads by buying the Premium Account. Additionally there are some extra features with Premium Account:
( It's not Pay To Play! You can finish the whole game without Premium Account )
☆ No ads in whole game
☆ Access to mini games
☆ Access to encyclopedy ( items/monsters/crafting )
☆ Crafting preview on crafting table
Categories: Game, Role Playing
Date: December 27, 2021
About developer: The interviewee, Grzegorz Borkowski, was born in Poland in 1985. He is a pro ... Read more
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