The iPhone as a gaming platform: we speak to the Aussie developer of FlightControl

Firemint is the developer behind the extremely popular FlightControl game for the iPhone

Collect3 is one of the Australian iPhone developers that has found success on the App Store, but it isn't the only one. Victoria-based Firemint is the developer behind the extremely popular FlightControl game for the iPhone. GoodGearGuide.com.au spoke to Firemint founder and CEO Rob Murray about the iPhone as a gaming platform and the opportunities that the App Store opens for developers.

How did Firemint come about?

I founded Firemint in 1999, although I didn't hire my first employees until 2003. That was also when we made our first mobile game. We wouldn't consider ourselves an iPhone development company so much as a game studio; the iPhone is just one platform we work on, although obviously it's become much more important to us this year!

Is Firemint development entirely in-house or is it also undertaken by freelancers and contractors? How big is the team in total, and how has this had an impact on the frequency and quality of your iPhone apps and subsequent support?

With the exception of a few contracted services (such as specialist engine sounds for Real Racing), all development happens in our Richmond studio [in Victoria]. We have 35 employees but the team size on any one title can vary from as few as three, as was the case for the release version of Flight Control, to more than 20 for Real Racing, with people joining and departing the project as their skills are needed. We still don't have the bandwidth to pursue all the game ideas we have, but we've got enough people to make sure we only ship top-notch games and support them appropriately after sale, with updates and the odd bug fix as well as running community sites and so on.

Can you explain your current role at Firemint? Do you contribute creatively or technically to the development of Firemint's products?

I'm the owner and CEO of Firemint. My background is in game programming, design and production, but these days I mostly run the business side of things — financial, legal and so on. On our self-funded titles like Real Racing, I also take on the "client" role usually filled by our publishers when we work on external projects. It's rare that I have a chance to get hands-on with a game anymore, I had to start Flight Control on my Christmas break to find time for that!

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags iPhonegamesiPhone 3GSiphone apps

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Hutchinson

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?