I caught up with David to find out more about him, Undercoders, and what drives him to produce such great titles:
Since we started Undercoders we’ve done a little bit of everything, but I guess the genres we’ve covered most have been action (such as the recent Retrola k ase or Angry Ramos), puzzle (Battle of the Elements and iSpot Japan were two titles we had the luck to publish on Nintendo DSi) and quizzes (our Video Games Quiz saga has around 7 sequels!).
On the personal side I’ve always been a big fan of platformers and JRPGs, but having less and less time to game recently I’ve abandoned RPGs and I play fighters instead.
Truth is, the original Ola K ase was more a joke than a game, that we programmed in a couple of days following a silly ongoing joke we had around. Its popularity took us completely by surprise and we found out that people were achieving crazy scores, so I always thought it would be a good idea to take that game mechanic and make a full-featured game.
I’m a big retrogaming fan and love drawing pixelart, so I recently started making mockups of a retro version of Ola K Ase mixed with some of my favourite classics. We thought the result was hilarious and maybe it could work as a real game, so we started making it a real game.
Q3. What makes Retrola different from other platformers? What special features are there?
Since it’s a touchscreen based game we wanted to keep the simple controls, but at the same time give it all those things we love about our favourite platforming classics: challenging stages; different worlds with a game map; a storyline; an original soundtrack enemies with personality; boss fights etc. Unfortunately most of these things seem to lack in the smartphone market, so we thought it would be great to have them back in Retrola K Ase.
Q4. The trailer hints that there may be Street Fighter 2-like boss fights – is this true?There are boss fights indeed, but the Street Fighter homage is more on an aesthetic level. Boss battles are actually similar to those found in Alex Kidd in Miracle World, but non-random and with a more contemporary twist 😉