By Kevin Ngoh
The internship programme provided me with the opportunity to learn and create, beginning with how to reskin an app and monetizing it. Over the past three months, I have reskinned an app from creating new characters to editing code. The end result is Mr. Techy, a single player game which involves the player avoiding obstacles in the way, including annoying bosses and spikes!
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
In the beginning, it took some time to decide on a game to work on. After a week of analyzing applications on multiple sites, we decided on Down (The original name of the app). Initially, I told Soon Seng it would be a piece-of-cake to reskin this app. Oh boy, was I wrong.
It turns out the app that we bought was run on Unity. The game was a 3D-Modelling based game which made things hard as I had no knowledge in 3D-Modelling. To overcome that obstacle, I headed online and learned everything through tutorials as well as experimented with my own 3D models. I eventually created a whole set of my very own customized 3D models.
Due to Trademark, we couldn’t use the Star Wars theme for our game. Therefore, the Google PlayStore did not approve our game. Due to that issue, we had to come up with a whole new theme and create a new batch of characters. A whole months worth of planning and building had to be scrapped.
In the second attempt, I made new minimalistic characters, centering on the theme, “Mr.”, which I interpreted as “easy and simple”. Brainstorming for weeks made me realise that everyone wants things as simple as possible. Thus, I built models based on that idea! If you want to know what Mr. looks like, download the game! Upon finalizing the characters, I resolved other issues like background music and icons before finally posting the game.
Feel free to download the game from google app store. You guys can look for Mr. Techy or download it from this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=The%20Techy%20Hub&hl=en