4. How long did the animated cutscenes take compared to the game development (I mean, that could be a great stand alone animated short)?
To be honest, the story was a big challenge for us. It took way longer than planned to produce.
I personally have a very deep passion for cartoons in general and would love to work on a cartoon in the future, so the quality of the story cutscenes was important to get right for me. We started out with very little story at the start, but after game testing, it became obvious that players craved a story alongside the gameplay. Luckily, Pär, who did the soundtrack for the game, and Vibe, who did the sound effects, really hit it out of the park with their work on the story too, and it all came together great.
5. How did the decision come to be, to make the game from the ground up for touch with native tap and swipe controls versus a more port based control set up with other platforms in mind?
We fundamentally believe that a game must be designed specifically for the form factor and native input controls on the platform that you’re releasing it on. So we made sure that the game would play well on touch devices of all sizes and that the controls are comfortable and synchronized with the level design.
6. What goes into the design decision of fewer longer levels versus more shorter levels, and how you decided on the more expansive level challenges of Oddmar?
We made trials with many different level sizes. We found that it didn’t really matter that much, so some levels are shorter while some levels are longer. Instead of focusing too much on the level length, we try to focus on unique level features. We introduce new types of challenges for the player in a rapid fashion for instance as rolling rocks, balloons and rivers. This design approach leaves the player with a feeling that anything could happen next. It’s a challenge to design the levels this way because you have to make sure that the player understands all the new mechanics. That often led us to remake the levels and challenges after playtesting. For example, the first level changed 4-5 times during the development both in art and level design.