Category Archives: Interviews

With the arrival of the Choose Your Legends event in Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], we had a rare opportunity to speak with the game's directors and ask them some questions. Most of the talk centered around the development of the game, with some extra questions to try to get at some of the team's future plans for mobile. A big thank you to Nintendo of America for arranging this interview and facilitating it, and to Mr. Maeda and Mr. Matsushita for giving up their time to talk to us today. Before we get to the interview, I'd like to talk a little bit about the subjects...

As you can probably already tell if you read TouchArcade, we really like Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free], which shouldn't surprise many given how popular and fun the game is. Between my weekly Touchstone roundups every Monday and all the other related stories we write, there's often something Hearthstone-related to read on the site. Even though we write about quite a few aspects of the game, we've never talked about the process behind the design of the game's card packs, which are often quite iconic. So, we got to talk to Ben Thompson, Art Director for Hearthstone, specifically about the process behind card pack design, and it was a great interview that covered card packs in general but also the design of the Journey to Un'Goro pack more specifically. We talked about how the team comes up with the card pack concepts, how those concepts are turned into the art we are so familiar with, and much, much more. Enjoy...




RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 005 - Jonathan Schneider from Aggro Magnet Games

Hello, gentle readers! It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Jonathan Schneider of Aggro Magnet Games, the developer behind Vigil RPG [$0.99], an excellent game from 2014 that flew under the radar of many players...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 004 - Raj Dhillon from WaveLight Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Raj Dhillon of WaveLight Games, the developer behind the Demon's Rise series of SRPGs, which consists of Demon's Rise [$7.99] and relatively recent release Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

Hello, friends. Have you been enjoying SteamWorld Heist [$9.99] as much as I have? If so, I've got a special treat for you today. Although the game's developer, Image & Form, is obviously quite busy in the wake of the iOS release of their excellent cowbots-in-space strategy game, I managed to grab their sheriff, Brjann Sigurgeirsson, for a little chat. We talk about the game itself, how it came to iOS, and future plans for the developer on the platform. Many thanks to Brjann for making time for this interview...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 002 - Neil Rennison from Tin Man Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. It's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Neil Rennison of Tin Man Games, the developer behind many of the finest gamebooks on the App Store...

Game of Throne's Kristian Nairn (Hodor!) on 'King of Avalon' and Mobile Gaming

Covering free to play games is always tricky for us, quick one-button ad-based games are easy, but games with PvP battle components typically have incredible levels of depth and strategy that takes an immense amount of time to appreciate (and write about intelligently). For instance, I'm almost a year into Clash of Clans [Free] now and I still am discovering new tricks. King of Avalon [Free] is a game that's pretty similar to a lot of the other free to play titles out there that have you building up armies, joining up with friends, and (if all goes as planned) conquering others. One of the thing that sets King of Avalon apart from others is the inclusion of tons of dragons, so in a way, it sort of makes sense that FunPlus has brought on Kristian Nairn (who you likely know as Hodor from Game of Thrones) to help make King of Avalon a better game...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 001 - Josh Presseisen from Crescent Moon Games

As mentioned in last month's RPG Reload roadmap, we're going to be taking one column out of every month to interview some of the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. It's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. To start this series, Josh Presseisen from Crescent Moon Games has graciously agreed to be the guinea pig. Crescent Moon is perhaps most famous for the Ravensword [$6.99] series of RPGs, but they publish all kinds of games, including the recent Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] and Atomic Super Lander [$2.99]...

Versus Evil is a publisher perhaps most known for helping to bring Banner Saga [$9.99] to the world, but the self-styled indie publisher – and it's a small outfit, comprised of three principals right now, including general manager Steve Escalante – is looking to make a bigger footprint beyond that. They've had a presence at gaming shows such as the PAX events. And the studio has multiple titles from multiple developers in the works, with mobile a core part of their strategy. Guild of Dungeoneering [$5.99] has just released on mobile, Like a Boss is in soft launch, Let Them Come is planned as a cross-platform release, and oh yeah, Banner Saga 2 exists. I spoke recently with Steve Escalante to discuss Guild of Dungeoneering's mobile release, and how a publisher like Versus Evil can find a way to operate on mobile with not just free-to-play games, but also in the risky premium gaming market...

Recently, I was invited to come and visit the headquarters of BlazeGames, the developer behind the new game Battle Champs [Free]. Along with a few other members of the media, I was given a brief tour of their offices located in Shibuya, Tokyo, and got to see a short presentation about Battle Champs. The highlight of the trip was a chance to ask some questions about the game to a few of the team members. Producer Yuji Okada, art director Akihiko Yoshida, and assistant art director Satoshi Matsura all took some time out of their busy schedules to tell me about the new game. As the interview ended up being quite lengthy, I've broken it up into two different parts. Make sure you read the first part of the interview before going ahead...

An Interview With Akihiko Yoshida, Yuji Okada, and Satoshi Matsura from the 'Battle Champs' Team

Recently, I was invited to come and visit the headquarters of BlazeGames, the developer behind the new game Battle Champs [Free]. Along with a few other members of the media, I was given a brief tour of their offices located in Shibuya, Tokyo, and got to see a short presentation about Battle Champs. The highlight of the trip was a chance to ask some questions about the game to a few of the team members. Producer Yuji Okada, art director Akihiko Yoshida, and assistant art director Satoshi Matsura all took some time out of their busy schedules to tell me about the new game. As the interview ended up being quite lengthy, I'm breaking it up into two different articles. Check in tomorrow for the second part...

Hello, friends. Today, I've got something a little out of the ordinary for you. A few months ago in the RPG Reload feature we covered Heroes Of Steel Elite [$3.99], an RPG from developers Trese Brothers. As usual, I reached out to them for some background information, but for a variety of reasons, we couldn't connect for an interview until after the Christmas holidays. I promised in that article that I would print the interview separately later on, and here we are, living and breathing in the world of "later on"...

The fine folks at Venan Entertainment have been on the App Store for a long time, known first for Space Miner [$3.99], and now returning to the App Store with Space Miner Wars [Free], which recently released. I had a conversation with Brandon Curiel of Venan to chat about what they were trying to do with the game, the challenges of selling a free-to-play to a skeptical audience, and their thoughts on recent game update debacles...

SomaSim's 1849 [$4.99 (HD)] saw a new, updated version this week with 1849: Gold Edition [$5.99 (HD)], which compiles the Nevada Silver expansion and a new post-Gold-Rush expansion in 1865. The original 1849 gets the Gold Edition content for free, but this Gold Edition is a new, all-in-one release with all DLC integrated in the game already. I spoke to Matthew Viglione about 1849 Gold Edition, and to talk about some details regarding their next game, Project Highrise...

The new PikPok and Adult Swim Games title Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free] is certainly not what you might have expected when you heard a new Monsters Ate My Condo [$0.99] game was in the works, but it makes sense – with that wacky and well-defined universe, why not explore it in other ways? The studios deciding to go with a competitive card game? That was an interesting move. I chatted with Chris Viggers, product manager at PikPok, about the game...

Down the Mountain [Free] is the latest game from Umbrella, who also developed Boom Dots [Free]. If you played Boom Dots, you might have found it surprisingly compelling. It's such a simple game, and one that is kind of hard to convey the fun of. But it nails the game feel, making every hit feel satisfying, and it's perfect for one-handed, on-the-go play. And Zig Zag Boom [Free], worked on by Sven Magnus of Umbrella, is similar in that it's more fun than it should be. Now, Down the Mountain continues that tradition, applying a bit of a Crossy Road [Free] spin on Q-Bert, with plenty of their own touches. I chatted with Sven Magnus of Umbrella, asking him a few questions about Down the Mountain, how it was made, and about the mobile gaming market as general...

SEGA's latest game featuring their iconic blue mascot, Sonic Runners [Free], finally came out of soft launch late last week, and if the successes of previous Sonic games on iOS are anything to go by, they've probably got a hit on their hands. Opinions have been mixed to say the least, and our upcoming review will likely reflect that, but if nothing else it's pretty interesting to see a mobile-only game coming from the development team that built the series. In the lead up to the worldwide launch, SEGA kindly gave us the opportunity to ask the head of Sonic Team, Takashi Iizuka, a few questions about the game...

The trend you see lately in mobile gaming is for developers to often try smaller projects. They're less risk, and can still pay off big, especially if you get something that gets a fraction of the downloads of a Crossy Road [Free]. Big games are a risk. Big free-to-play games are a massive risk: if you don't have the resources of a studio backed by investors, you may struggle to even be in the same ballpark as the studios below King and Supercell. So, it seems initially like it's a major folly for Fabulapps to try and compete with the big kahunas of free-to-play with their upcoming game Korrigans: Kingdom Wars, currently in soft launch. But they think they just might have what it takes...

'Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities' Preview: As Creepy As You Want It To Be

If anticipation for a game can be measured by the conversation it generates, then over six thousand comments in a Touch Arcade forum thread would suggest that Canadian developers Psychoz Interactive have got a sure-fire hit on their hands with Forgotten Memories. We got our hands on an advance copy of the survival horror game, and chatted with the game's director Georges Paz...

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