Interview with The Northern Bureau

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The Northern Bureau is a talented indie studio from Manchester UK. Zpapp Bird is the latest Android Game released by this studio.

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Updated:May 23rd, 2013


Interviewed by: Emily Wong
Developer: The Northern Bureau

Android Park: The Northern Bureau is a talented indie studio from Manchester UK.  As a two-guy development team,  Martyn Norman & his brother have started their development work for around one year.  Zpapp Bird is the latest Android Game released by The Northern Bureau.   Today let’s get to know this young developer & their game.

Android Park: Would you please introduce yourself to us and our readers?

The Northern Bureau: Hello everyone,  my name is Martyn Norman from Manchester UK, I’m one half of The Northern Bureau Games, my background is in Digital Design. The other member of my team is my brother, it’s very much a creative vs code relationship with my brother doing the back-end development..

Android Park: How do you start your career in designing or developing mobile game? Is there any interesting story which happened at the beginning of your gaming career

The Northern Bureau: We started developing simply because it was possible. Mobile gaming has given indipendent developers as chance to develop and market games on a budget, Similar to the games industry during the Sinclair/ C64 era. I’ve always been interested in gaming and the psychology involved in gaming.

Android Park: How long have you been engaged in gaming industry? Are you enjoying in working in this industry? What makes you most excited in designing or developing a mobile game?

The Northern Bureau: We’ve been developing for around a year, it can be fustrating and rewarding at the same time. The most rewarding parts of the design process are the initial idea and publishing. Getting good feedback on something you’ve been working on for a long time is great

Android Park: Since Android and IOS are the two major mobile platforms that people use now, how do you think about the development future for these two platforms?

The Northern Bureau: Just when you think everything has been done, someone comes along with something suprising. I think technology drives software, when graphine eventually makes a commercial appearence, software will change and develop symbiotically.

Android Park: Tell us the story about this Android game.  What inspired you to make such an Android game ?

The Northern Bureau: The Zpapp bird was an invention of my six year old nephew, he was inventing and sketching animals, the Zpapp bird just stood out. I would have loved it if someone made a game from my idea when I was six. I’m not sure if it will come back to haunt him when he is older but it’s a pretty cool story he can tell his kids.

Android Park: Do you have something special to say to our readers and your future fans ?

The Northern Bureau: We’ve made a free Smartphone Game Design Guide.  For everyone who is interested,  you may read it via following link:  Smartphone Game Design Guide


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