I am a humble toymaker who hopes to some day make a living by making small games for a niche community of people who enjoy small games. Onwards!
Where can you play games by Darren Kearney (Mind Cauldron)?
My game experiments are available to play for free on itch.io: https://darrenkearney.itch.io/
OBSTACLES is a simple retro game. It is a top-down 2D high-score chaser, which I made in a few days as part of a gamejam. I exhibitied this game at Itzacon 2019 in the vendors area, and GamerFest 2019, Galway and GamerFest 2020, Limerick in their Indie Dev Zone. It was a great experience to be able to see players play the game and get invested in besting their hi-scores with their friends. I have taken a break from exhibition during the lockdowns and look forward to returning when the time is right and I believe it safe to do so.
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Why make games?
Making games is just as interesting and fun as playing them!
I take a lot of inspiration from indie game developers and other folks that have been making a solid go of it. Here’s a list in no particular order: DoomCube, Psychic Software, Squidmonkey Games, Gambrinous, Romero Games, Anna Anthropy, Tom Francis, Terry Cavanagh, Vlambeer, Subset Games, HeartMachine, Spiderweb Software, and my indie developer friends in general.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Adam Nickerson as an inspiration for setting up my own game studio, specifically because of this article on Rock Paper Shotgun: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/10/18/secrets-of-the-developer-who-sold-half-a-million-videogames-youve-never-heard-of-on-steam/