Old School Gamer Magazine chats with the solo developer of “The Adventure of Magical Girl,” 自由の渡り鳥, AKA Windward Birds, who lets us know what inspired his old-school 2D JRPG and how anime played a huge influence on the development process.
Learn more about the game here.
Old School Gamer Magazine: How was this game born?
Windward Birds: This game was created from some of the supplemental details from my previous game, “The Legend of Bean.”
Old School Gamer Magazine: What was development like?
Windward Birds: In “The Legend of Bean,” there’s a part of the map that is not open, which was formed in my mind and a story like this derived from it.
Old School Gamer Magazine: What makes this game special?
Windward Birds: Three adorable girls and a joyous story.
Old School Gamer Magazine: What games influenced this one the most?
Windward Birds: That would only be the previous “The Legend of Bean.” When I watch Japanese cartoons, I often see some lovely girls acting in ways that make people do not know whether to laugh or to cry, who are really cute and make me feel cheerful. I want to convey these kinds of joyous stories in games.
Old School Gamer Magazine: Any fun stories or wild moments during development?
Windward Birds: During development, I myself was often teased by the plot, which was very fascinating. There were always so many interesting ideas. But I had to end up working round the clock in order to catch up with the scheduled release date.
Old School Gamer Magazine: Do you think preserving older gameplay mechanics in new games is important?
Windward Birds: I think different players hold different views toward game mechanics. I’m really fond of old game mechanics.
Old School Gamer Magazine: Who will enjoy this game the most?
Windward Birds: I can’t guarantee anything. But I really like these kinds of games. Maybe people who prefer Japanese animation like me will be fond of this game.
Old School Gamer Magazine: Bottom Line, why must someone play this game?
Windward Birds: One of the characteristics of this game is that it brings happiness to players, but it will also have players burst out laughing.
Old School Gamer Magazine:How do you want this game to be remembered?
Windward Birds: That it will allow people to experience the ease of watching Japanese animation through playing games.
Old School Gamer Magazine: What’s next?
Next, I will focus on developing an RPG game that integrates Western wilderness and fantasy. Tentatively named “Wild Ranger: Gun X Dragon.”
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