Interview with Ryan Carag about Cat Bird

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

I was behind the idea and development. Julien Mier did the score for the music and sounds. I started getting serious into gamedev around 2-3 years ago, but I’ve never actually finished a project until now. It was usually small projects for game jams and such.

Explain the game in one sentence.

Cat Bird is an adorable puzzle-platformer in an epic quest to get home.

What made you excited about this idea?

I love challenging platformers, so I decided to make something simple with lots of polish. it was also something I was confident in finishing in a shorter time-frame compared to more ambitious ideas or long-term projects.

How has this game changed from the original plan/vision/design?

It changed quite a bit. At first I had jump mechanics where the character would have to ‘recharge’ his jump, but it was quite difficult to come up with fun level ideas. So I switched it up to a hover mechanic and it was much easier to manage design-wise.

What was your biggest struggle while making this game?

Level design was probably the hardest. My process was to make a rough of each level, test, and work on the next level. At the end I would go back and add in all the proper tiles/decor/effects to beautify the area. It’s a daunting task once you finish all the levels and realize you still need to add in the final touches.

How long it took you to build it?

It took me 4 months to complete.

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

I was hoping for an Apple feature, and that happened! 🙂

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

I’ve learned what it requires to finish a full-fledged game, so future projects I’ll have a basic idea of what’s needed(monetization, purchases, marketing, etc.).

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

Start out simple and perhaps try out for game jams. Also, I’d recommend always sharing your work on social media.. even if it’s just simple little things.

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

I had my greatest nostalgic moments playing video games, especially in MMORPG’s and DOS games(Used to play a bunch of those). It’s really the main getaway I had for fun, and still is today. 🙂

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