Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Story behind Super Sphere

A few weeks after we started working on Super Sphere, I told Jeno about this documentary called 'Indie Game' which I had heard good things about. We immediately put it on download and started working on other things. Super Sphere was never meant to be a game. Until a week ago, it wasn't even called Super Sphere. We simply called it the ball game. I was the last person to join our team of three and Jeno was teaching me the basics of Unity. He gave me a task and I kept meddling with it, as I tried to understand the workings of the Game Engine. The core idea of Super Sphere accidentally came to existence when I casually told Jeno that the task I am working on was a game in itself. And he agreed.

Anyone who has heard about the much debated 'Video Games as an Art form' controversy which raged on many forums and especially on Roger Ebert's blog should have formed an opinion by now. I leaned towards Ebert's argument that Video Games can never be considered an art form in the same breath as Films or Music. But after watching 'Indie Game: The Movie', my opinion was thoroughly shaken. Game developers like Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes spoke so very passionately about putting a part of their own self into the games and characters they were bringing to life. Turning their vulnerability, their fears, their desires.. into a game. I am not sure about Jeno and Irfan but I hadn't the slightest idea that games could also be a form of art. I speak about this whole idea because 'Indie Game' was a real eye-opener and has changed the way we look at game development altogether.

So we threw a few ideas around to see what stuck. We learnt the importance of proper planning and communicating our thoughts better to our collaborators like graphic designers and musicians. In my opinion, the time we spent on Super Sphere was definitely a time well spent, irrespective of the game's success.

After undergoing countless changes in design and game play, Super Sphere is finally out on Google Play Store. It can be downloaded for free.

Download SuperSphere.apk: http://www.multiupload.nl/GD7XO3IROJ

Download from Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.highbrow.football