Interview: MenZ Studio (March 2016)

Interview: MenZ Studio
This month our interview features the cricle MenZ Studio who creates a big hit action game Virgin Invader!! We hope you enjoy the read!

Thank you so much for this interview! To start things off, could you please introduce yourself to the DLsite.com users?

Hi everyone, this is MenZ Studio. Thank you for your interest and support. XD

How did you come up with your Circle's name MenZ Studio?

MenZ Studio! I think the idea may sound stupid, ha ha. First, MenZ is my nickname. It means hedgehog in my country. Then "Studio," it's my studio for creating games. I don't like the 's, so that is why it is spelled MenZ Studio instead of MenZ's Studio.

What led to becoming a professional game programmer? Was there something that specifically triggered your desire to begin programming?

I don't think I'm a professional programmer because I still lack coding skill and I have only a year of experience. About the trigger, I played many action games on DLsite and lot of AI are stupid (sorry to say that but it's true). Then I started thinking "if I make a game, I will make smarter AI than those games." (I have zero programming skill at that time though :P)

Why did you select DLsite.com to market your product?

DLsite has a large community and I can sell my game on both International and Japanese sites.

Have you ever purchased any products from DLsite.com? If so, who is your favorite artist/Circle and what are your favorite products?

Yes, I purchased products from DLsite. Ultramanbo and Scratch are my favorite Circles. They create very enjoyable action games.

We believe you reside in Thailand and we are curious concerning your perspective of the Anime Game Dojin Community in Thailand. From your vantage point, how is DLsite.com viewed by the Thai Dojin Community?

Many Thai people love games and Dojin. I think Thai and Japanese taste is similar. Lots of people like moe culture. We read Japanese manga and have watched anime since we were kids. I am not sure about how the DLsite is viewed by the Thai Dojin Community because I focus on games more than Dojin. For games, DLsite website is popular for the adult game market in Thailand.

We'd like to congratulate you on your recent game, "Virgin Invader;" it has become a big hit on DLsite.com. Is "Virgin Invader" your first product or have you already produced others as well?

Virgin Invader is my first project. I started learning how to draw and program while making it.

Have you read any of the reviews of your game written by Japanese users?

Yes sure, but by Google translator. The reviews tell me what is already good and what I should improve. So it's very helpful and thank you for your reviews.

The players that are reviewing your game mention that your game has many characters and each character displays multi-functional characteristics and capabilities. When you were designing the game, was this development of your characters intentional from the beginning?

Yes, each character should have their own characteristics and skills. It will make them look more unique and interesting, not like clone characters that just change image or color but their actions are the same. Especially in "Virgin Invader," people are interested in girls and the enemies are cute girls!!!

Can you tell us approximately how long it took you to create your game? Do you have a specific process you use or do you begin just in freestyle?

It took a year and half. The game progress is very slow at first because of my zero skill in both drawing and programming. I have my full-time job so I am making a game in my free time (7pm - 10pm on Mon-Fri and 10 hours + on holidays).

From where do you draw your greatest inspiration to create your products?

I have to admit that my design skill isn't good, so I search websites for character and outfit designs. Then I mix it or adapt it to my own. I might like a top from this image, a skirt from other image and adapt both to fit my characters.

What is the most important consideration when you are developing your products? What element is the most important to you?

Fun and Challenge! I want players to feel fun and enjoy game play, not only for hentai parts, because I create games, not H-anime. You can create your own combos and strategy for fighting. Games should have some challenge, so players will feel more satisfied after clearing each stage.

What tools or software do you use when you are creating your products?

Thanks to Gamer Maker for programming, SAI for drawing and Spriter for animation.

How do you enjoy spending your time when you are not working? Do you have any hobbies or special interests?

I spend my time watching anime and playing games from other game developers. I can both relax and get more ideas.

So many gamers are enjoying your games and they are curious what you have in the works for your next project. Can you provide a preview of what you are working on now for future release? Also, please let us know your goals for your future.

I'm working on my 2nd project now. It's name is "Alchemist Girl Tia." This project is inspired by Gust (Aterlier of Arland and Atelier of the Dusk) and Vanillaware (Odin Sphere and Oboro Muramasa). It's a still action/fighting game like "Virgin Invader." In this new game you will play as cute alchemist girl. You can use lot of alchemist items to help with your adventure. This game will have both loss and victory rewards, so no worry for people who like the "Virgin Invader" style (victory rewards). But this new project is just beginning, so it needs a lot of time before it is finished. If you are interested, you can visit my blog here at menzstudio357.blogspot.com

You have been so very successful in this field. Do you have any advice for new developers to help inspire them?

First, select game types and contents you like and would enjoy making. If you focus too much on income or contents for fans that is different than what you like, you will not have enough motivation to finish the game.

Any message for your fans?

Thank you to everyone who supports my products, especially people who review and test "Virgin Invader." I wouldn't be able to come to this point if I didn't have them. Thank you :D
You haven't tried their works yet? Then check them out now!
MenZ Studio
Title Virgin Invader
Circle MenZ Studio
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Price : 1,836 JPY
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