By @SimonCocking. Gazzapper Games Indie Game Developer: Arcade Apps for Android. Just published ZX Spectrum Game Code Club Book  


Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

Gazzapper Games are a retro-inspired Game Studio that creates fun arcade-style games for Mobile and PC platforms. We mainly focus on the Android platform as it is a more open framework to develop.

How are you different?

Our games try to incorporate some oldschool cool in the form of limitations that came from the older 8-bit and 16-bit systems which I grew up with. To achieve the correct aesthetics you might need to fix the resolution to a very small size so that the game is authentic looking or you might limit the palette to 4,8, 16 or 256 colours. Other more obscure methods are adding scanline filters to simulate a CRT TV tube or adding phosphor burn effects etc.

It all goes to giving the user the feeling of playing a miniaturised version of a retro game on mobile, by simulating authentic graphics and original hardware properties.

Why will the company / product do well?

Our latest game ‘Zen Blocks’ for Android has a retro feel to it, but it is totally original and designed specifically for mobile devices. It is an addictive game that mixes elements of Tetris and Match Three games.

Where are you based?

We are based in North Dublin and also work out of the CoCreate Offices in Dublin City Centre.

When was the company launched?

I am an entrepreneur and original formed the Studio in 2013 but only released our first mobile game in 2014. I am also working on other side projects including a software Start-up to help generate additional revenue.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

We are approaching 2 millions downloads on Playstore for our apps. We have a title that has been in the Playstore charts for the last 2 years and we hope to create more games that people can enjoy. We even got one of our apps featured by Google a few months back.

Last November I published a book called the ZX Spectrum Games Code Club. It was a side project that grew legs after I discovered interest for the book by retro gaming fans.
It is a book with twenty games to type-in using BASIC using either old hardware or emulators installed on a PC. I was delighted when it made #1 Bestseller for Game Programming for most of December. The main audience were parents that wanted to teach coding to their kids for Christmas. I amazed that the book was beating Minecraft and Python books in the same category for that period. I believe that BASIC coding language still has a lot of uses for teaching people that might be afraid, or put off, by the complexities of modern languages. The book is available to buy on Amazon now.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

In a word Gamers. Although the retro gaming audience is niche, it covers a wide age range and old and young alike enjoy the simplicity of retro gaming mechanics. With retro titles there are usually a few core controls to master as opposed to those on the Xbox or PS4 which have more complex controls.

Tell us about your team?

I am primary developer / designer but I do contract and outsource some work and music work to other game devs. If a game became a big hit, that would require some additional staff to help with the workload. But for now, I am keeping it Lean.

What are you long term plans for your product / company?

To keep on enjoying the work and also to develop some other products that generate revenue. Striving to create more apps that become popular and are enjoyed the world over.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

I am not an Apple-head, I love Android especially my Google Nexus 7 II.
But I do also have a soft spot for my iTouch. It has a terrible camera resolution but its my go-to-device for Podcast listening.

My other gadgets would be my Bose SoundDock, but I am also looking forward to the ZX Spectrum Next computer that is coming to Kickstarter soon.

What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

I wish I had better drawing tablet. I lost my Bamboo pen a while back and a new one costs the same as the Tablet itself. So, I am on the lookout for better option for digital art drawing.

How do people get in touch with you?

You can find us on
Twitter: @Gazzapper

Our apps on Playstore:

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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