One of the great indie success stories on the App Store was last year’s mega hit Tiny Wings [$2.99] from lone developer Andreas Illiger. While the core gameplay hook wasn’t entirely unique, it was executed to perfection, and literally anybody who was capable of tapping a touch screen could pick up Tiny Wings and get hooked. Beyond just the gameplay though, Tiny Wings had that special, indescribable “something” that allowed players to connect with it on an emotional level, something we noted in our review of the game.

The kind of overnight success that Tiny Wings saw must have come as a pretty big surprise to Andreas Illiger, who seemed to shy away from all the newfound attention. He released several updates for Tiny Wings during the course of the year, but remained mostly silent about any future development plans.

Recently during the A Maze Festival in Berlin last month, Andreas chatted candidly with fellow developer Flow Studio in an interview the company has posted on their blog. In it, Andreas talks about some of the inspiration behind the creation of Tiny Wings, how its sudden rise to the top was actually very scary, and how becoming an overnight sensation hasn’t really changed him. Andreas sounds like a very humble, artistic individual.

Also mentioned in this interview is that Andreas has been hard at work for the last 10 months on his Tiny Wings follow-up, and that it is just a few weeks from being finished. It will again be an iOS title and again he’s developing the game all on his own, but beyond that he isn’t divulging any details about what the game is.

We’ll be waiting anxiously for any more news regarding Andreas Illiger’s latest release, which sounds like it will hopefully be soon, but in the meantime check out the short interview for some insight into one of iOS’s most beloved titles Tiny Wings.

[Via Flow Studio Blog]

  • This is it, forever

    I met Andreas at the Amaze Festival in Berlin, ultra nice guy. Also had a look at his new project but won't say anything about it!

    • ndre

      aaah! just a little "yes" or "no" to the question "does it look great"?

      • This is it, forever

        Of course it does! 😉

  • Fredrik Jackson

    Amazing. Can't wait.

    I saw he said in an interview, a little while ago, that he's working on an iPad version of Tiny Wings, though it's not his first priority.

    • Laszlo Tuss

      iPad version? Maybe it will contain new design or new gameplay? Maybe it feature split screen versus or separate gaming ?

  • Simon Finn

    Great stuff. Tiny Wings was/is such a great game both for the art style and the music. Completely hooked on it when it came out last year and it is always good to dip back into every now and then. Looking forward to see what his new game will be like.

    • numanair

      Totally agree. It's so well executed too.

  • GSport70

    Tiny Wings was is an instant classic! Very addictive and simple gameplay. The art and music pulled the player into its fun yet relaxing world.

    I can't wait to see what is next!

  • Kirkpad

    Oh wow, DO WANT!

  • Mikale

    This makes me happy 🙂