We’re winding down our Developer Appreciation Month feature, which today is with the developer of Flying Tiles. Martin Gernegross hails from Germany and developed the game with several mini-games in tact. If you haven’t checked it out you definitely should. There will be a link at the bottom of the interview for you to download it.
1. How did you get started with Windows Phone?
It happened a year ago. A good friend told me about windows phone. So I bought one the next day. It was a HTC Mozart, a great phone! Because of the excellent support from Microsoft, all the developer tools were installed quickly. And the story begins…
2. What phone do you personally use?
At the moment, I have an Omnia 7. I love it very much. The screen has the perfect size and wonderful colors!
But with Windows Phone 8, I’ll buy a new one ;)
3. What was your biggest challenge in developing the Flying Tiles for Windows Phones?
The biggest problem was actually that our game from time to time has been increasing. It came to more and more features and modes. We had not planned that when we started developing. So we had to reprogram major parts of our model sometimes. Now we have the same problem again. We want to publish our game on Windows 8. It should be a uniform system and has to feel the same, no matter which platform you use.
4. Do you have any ideas for any more games on the way that you’d care to share with us?
As already mentioned, we want to develop FlyingTiles for Windows 8. Although we already have more ideas, but there are no specific plans ;)
5. Monetization: in terms of driving revenue, can you tell us about your experience, your strategy, and the overall potential?
We offer a free version with ads and a pro version without ads. The pro version costs 0.99$/€. We don’t have that much users, i think about 8.000 at the moment. The majority uses our free version, but we also have a lot of pro-gamers ;)
77% of our users are from Germany, so the revenue from advertising is not that much. I think the market in the US is much better.
So we hope we’ll get more users in the US and in other countries.
6. What do you want to see in Windows Phone 8?
It would be amazing if Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 really act well together. Also, I hope that the developers are not that limited and also have more freedom in programming. Unfortunately, there are currently some limitations. What is also important to me personally is better hardware. Microsoft has strong competition such as the iPhone for example. The latest Windows phones cannot really keep up with it, but I hope that this will change with Windows Phone 8.
7. Do you develop for other ecosystems and how does Windows Phone development compare to those?
I wrote some applications for windows itself. But they are all for personal purpose. The development is very similar to Windows Phone, so it was very easy for me to get started with it ;)
8. If you could give one tip to fellow Windows Phone developers, what would it be?
Hmm that’s a good question ;) I would say: A lot of developers think “I can write code, so I’ll make a nice app and everybody will use it”. But programming is just a small part of a good app. The most important thing is how you present it. Four important things a good app needs: Good design, good marketing, customer contact and good support.
9. Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
I would give anything to get a Windows 8 tablet like Surface :D
10. (Silly Question) Favorite Olympic sport?
If you’re interested in checking out Flying Tiles and perhaps supporting Martin, you can snag it by hitting the button below. Want to be featured in our Developer Month round up, or have some exclusive news you want published for your Windows Phone app? Let us know!