10 months? 1600 hours? Less? Or was it more? Somehow I lost track of the time spent on developing this little time travel game for iOS. The Way Home surely took longer than originally anticipated, but the result is quite satisfying.
The Quantum Leap TV series was the inspiration, when Bleau and I embarked in this adventure. We both grew up with this show and were fascinated by all the trouble Sam Beckett got into. Quantum Leap had a good diversity of topics, that few TV shows touch upon these days.
Fast forward a few years and our minds were set on making an iOS game. Our second one. Throw in a few other ingredients: iOS development experience, Cocos2D experince, knowing a thing or two about visual design, marketing experience, curiosity, dedication, personal savings and more creative ideas than King Kong can handle and our humble game studios was ready to start the development of a new time travel themed iOS game.
As independent game developers we both wore many hats to ensure a smooth proccess. One of the central tools of our arsenal is Trello, which allows us to structure and keep track of the huge number of tasks and ideas that come up.
While The Way Home was in the App Store for quite a while, our biggest milestone is marked by the launch of the hardcore levels, where Dex is the main protagonist. Dex is Will’s best friend and both of them are to blame for playing with a time machine, sparking the domino of adventures in which Will is stuck and must solve to get back home, in his own time line.
"Use the force, Lu..! Erm, use the Slow Powerup, Will!"
"Grab that Time Pill!”
"Quick, dodge the angry mob!"
"E=mc…what was it? Sounds so familiar!"
"Becoming a taxi driver in New York City is no walk in the park.”
These are only a few of the lines which appear in the stories from The Way Home. I giggled everytime Bleau showed me a new episode he wrote and I hope people will fancy playing the adventures as much as we did creating them.
Not matter how many or how few games you have installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, do give The Way Home a shot and don’t forget to share it with your friends if you enjoyed it.
If the picture I sketched above is still unclear, download the game or check out a trailer to see some action: