Mistwalker’s Hironobu Sakaguchi Talks About Developing For iOS

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Party Wave is available now and the surfing game is also Mistwalker’s first title for iOS. Hironobu Sakaguchi known for epics like The Last Story and Final Fantasy wanted to make a game based on one of hobbies. While those games are targeted towards core gamers, Party Wave feels like it was designed for a broader audience. I asked Sakaguchi what’s the secret to developing a game anyone can jump into and play.


"By playing Party Wave, players can learn rules and techniques step by step without realizing they are learning it and they will be skillful naturally so that they can challenge higher stages and face a strong opponent like a boss," Sakaguchi answered. "It’s almost the same feeling of action RPG. I think it is important to offer a game format so that at the end, game players are filled with a sense of accomplishment because they cleared all the challenging stages."


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Sakaguchi has been developing video games for a variety of platforms starting with the NEC PC-8801 then moving on to the NES and now iPhone/iPad. Curious about the differences, I asked him what are the pros and cons of developing for iOS.


"I think the number 1 pro of iOS games is that game creators can easily and instantly deliver their games to game players worldwide. The price is both a pro and a con. I feel $1.99 is an exceptional value. However, at the same time, because of its reasonable price, many people can play it. It is such a pleasure to see many people playing the game I created."


If you want to play Sakaguchi’s latest game, you can get Party Wave here.

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