Doing flips for Jury’s Honorable Mention winner, Deedema!
The competition was close but Deedema bagged the award for jury’s honorable mention at the 15th International Mobile Gaming Awards! Their game, Flipping Filip was one of the 153 games nominated in this years edition. We approached Deedema Game Studio Producer, Moin Samadi for an interview.
Congratulations on winning the award for Jury’s Honorable Mention! How is everyone feeling?
Thank you very much, it was a wonderful moment for us, we couldn’t believe it, as you know our game was not a complete version (just a chapter) and the other nominees were very strong, I like most of them and especially “Florence”.
How did you come up with the story of Flipping Filip? What was your inspiration?
The modern society encourages us to act different roles as good citizens, good employees and of course superheroes. The idea came from a dedicated employee who hardly suppressed himself which another himself came out, this double-sided man is like a double-sided jacket and just a sneeze bring the employee to the superhero!
The art-style is inspired by Americans 30s/40s comics and European animation like “Pampalini the animal hunter”, “Mr.Hiccup” and “Professor Balthazar”.
What did your team enjoy most about developing Flipping Filip?
We(me and Mehdi) are actually Animators, so the most enjoyable part for us was creating the world of FlippingFilip (The way they look like, talk or walk).
What were some of the challenges your team faced during game development?
The most challenging part for us was to keep the feeling of characters in the game world, the challenge was(and is) to giving the players freedom and at the same thing restrict and guiding them to the story with funny and believable characters.
Your game is a puzzle adventure that aims to give players a new kind of experience. What do you hope players discover from Flipping Filip?
Filip is a very familiar and also strange character, we hope the players can experience and enjoy the dual world of Filip.
About Filip and Pilif, do they know the other exists?
Filip knows about Pilif, he disturbs his peaceful life so Filip wants to get rid of him somehow, but Pilif doesn’t care about Filip.
What’s next for the Flipping Filip team? Any news we can look forward to?
FlippingFilip is transmedia, our animations are 2d hand-drawn and they are expensive/time-consuming. we are looking forward to finding investors and publishers to finish the game and the whole project. we just did a chapter(vertical slice) of the game that will tell us Filip story, Now we are working on the web-series which tell the Pilif adventures and maybe a comic book about Miss X(the villain).
Last question! What advise can you give for people aspiring to get into game development?
My only advice is: Trust your feeling, don’t care about stats!
We would like to thank Moin and everyone at Deedema for doing this interview with us! Congratulations again on your well-deserved win and we hope to see more of Flipping Filip in the future. 😀