Interview with Gabriele Ferreri an Android Game developer


Interview with Gabriele Ferreri an Android Game developer

In this the 2nd of our Android, Windows Phone and iOS application developer series of interviews we would like to welcome Gabriele Ferreri the Italian Android game developer and inspiration behind the Fifteen Puzzle X Android game to the interview chair.

Interview with an Android Game Developer

Being rather new to the app development scene Gabriele is going to answer questions about what motivated him to become an Android game developer and a few questions about his background, motivations and what he hopes the future may hold.

So here we go!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an Italian ASP.NET C# Developer. I’m 34 years old and I like to play soccer and watch movies. I’ve worked for a long time in Southern Italy (where I was born) and after 2 years in Milan and one in UK I’m currently working remotely for a UK company.

I like to write about my interests and have had a few articles published on codeproject.com about ASP.NET (C#), Ajax, Javascript, Silverlight and Sql Server.

Why an Android game developer and not iOS, Blackberry or Windows Phone?

As a game developer Gabriele has created Fifteen Puzzle X which is available on Google Play

Gabriele created Fifteen Puzzle X which is available on Google Play

As Android is open to a lot of devices it gives me the possibility to reach a lot more people. Developing for devices with different screen resolutions is an amazing challenge one which I enjoy!

I will never create iOS games/apps because I don’t like the way they lock everything in. Blackberry is for the best part dead. Windows Phone is actually not that popular but maybe in the future I may think about creating some apps/games for it.

So is this a business or a hobby?

To be honest I haven’t decided yet, at the moment though it’s definitely a hobby. For me its early days I’ve only had my first Android phone for a short while.

What motivated you to create this specific game?

About 6 months ago I received my first Android phone (LG Optimus Me) and I started to think about creating my first app or game. When I was child I remember a very popular game in Italy called Fifteen Puzzle (the plastic one) and I decided to create a reproduction of that game.

Using the small amount of experience I’ve had with Blender and YafaRay I put together all the resources needed for the game, so it would look nice and realistic. When it came to coding I was looking for a good framework to use so I could make Fifteen Puzzle X useable on multiple resolutions without having to code all the details.

Using the small amount of experience I’ve had with Blender and YafaRay I put together all the resources needed for the game, so it would look nice and realistic. When it came to coding I was looking for a good framework to use so I could make Fifteen Puzzle X useable on multiple resolutions without having to code all the details.

After a bit of investigation I decided to use an amazing open source framework that simplifies everything, one that would also give me the opportunity to test my game on a desktop without an emulator or real device: badlogicgames.com
After a bit of struggle to learn how to use it I started to create the game. It was amazing to do it because it was challenging and fun to code it. I created it in my free time I really enjoyed doing it.

Gabriele has a dedicated blog for Fifteen Puzzle X called Megasoft78 on this site he goes in to some detail about the game and provides links to a video and an article about the origional plastic version of it.

Gabriele has a dedicated blog for Fifteen Puzzle X called Megasoft78 on this site he goes in to some detail about the game and provides links to a video and an article about the origional plastic version of it.

What does the future have in store for you as a game developer?

I think I will continue to develop for Android because it’s fun, but maybe in the future I will consider creating games/apps for Windows Phone

Final Thoughts

Thanks’ Gabriele for agreeing to be our 2nd app/game developer interviewee and for giving up some of your time. From everyone here at the Pre Pay As You Go Blog we wish you the best for the future and hope your answers and approach to app development can help to encourage others to create great apps for us all to enjoy!

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In the next few days we will be publishing a review of the Fifteen Puzzle X game so remember to come back and check it out!

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  • https://www.facebook.com/fengschway Michael Fleming

    I read both parts of the interview and enjoyed the insight into this young developers mindset. Thank you for the excellent article, and the excellent game in Fifteen Puzzle. It was also popular in America when I was growing up in the 70′s. It is a nice addition to my very limited game repertoire.

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