Interview with Ed Biden About Sudoku Sweeper

Who is behind this idea and how you got into game development?

I (Ed Biden) came up with the idea and coded the game. Ewa Chrusciel did the art, and Nic Nell did the sound and music. I started making games at Kobojo in Paris in 2012, and worked in Berlin for Wooga for 3 years. Now I make indie games and pull together teams as necessary. It’s been a real pleasure working with Ewa and Nic.

Explain the game in one sentence.

Sudoku Sweeper is a minimalist mashup of Minesweeper and Sudoku!

What made you excited about this idea?

Minesweeper and Sudoku are such classic games, each loved by millions of people. Neither work very well on mobile though, so realising that by combining them the result would still have a lot of the magic of the originals, but updated and optimised for mobile was really exciting.

What was your biggest struggle while making this game?

We spent ages getting the art and the style right. It looks fantastic now – simple and clean, but getting something simple that works that well can take a long time!

How long it took you to build it? Do you think you could have finished it earlier, if so why?

The coding took about a month, the art and music about 6 weeks, and polishing another 4 weeks or so. It could have been done faster if we’d been working full time on it, or I was a better coder(!), but not much.

What did you hope for after you’ve released the game and what actually happened?

I hoped to get featured and get good ratings. We got great featuring (thanks Apple!) and our average rating is over 4.5 stars – it couldn’t have gone any better.

What lessons you’ve learned for future projects from this game?

Work with people you really respect on the game concepts you love. Indie games are a great place to be creative, but not a great way to make money! 🙂

How many other finished projects do you have?

Just one – I released a political simulation game called Head of State last September

What’s the biggest advice you have for people who want to work in game development?

Understand the theory of every creative media you can. Read up on the history of art, narrative theory, game design… Games are such a broad and creative medium you can do wonderful things, and by understanding how they relate to more traditional forms of art and entertainment you can make them even better.

Lastly, how video games influenced your life? How your life has changed with them?

Well, I met my wife while working in video games, so there’s that…

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