So yes, we are two designers from Istanbul who want to make games.
Here is little bit of history in some kind of a blog format.
We started sketching some game ideas back in 2013, while we were busy with our clients. Actually we have another business going on here where we do research and design projects for big companies about how people behave and use stuff.
Since we were 2 designers with almost zero coding/development power, we thought we could get help from other professionals who are good at their jobs, therefore we started our first game project.
An ambitious non realistic project
Our first project, -code named as "Native"- was about digital beings living inside semi physical world who can only be seen through a special app on your smartphone. After struggling for about a year on how to turn this vague idea into an eligible, playable, enjoyable game, we realized it was too big and too complicated for us. Of course it was. And we dropped it. But we loved the name and made it our company name as Play Native Entertainment. (About a year later, Niantic has launched the famous augmented realty game Pokemon GO and shook the world. It seemed like an over night success to most people but the guy had buried 20 years of his life into it. So that concludes how stupid we were thinking about making similar thing.)
Cranks & Goggles
We thought we better restart this quest in "easy" by making something that at least we know a little better (Actually we should have started from tutorials, but anyways). Ugur had an an idea about a racing game that takes place in 20's with customizable cars presented in very minimalistic artwork style. He sketched some artworks and we loved it. We had played so many racing games together, one of us was was an amateur race car driver in real life, things should have come easy.
Aydincan learned Unity and Ugur learned SketchUp. Ugur designed all of the models and levels inside SketchUp, Aydincan put them into use inside Unity. We hired a freelance developer and started building it.
Then it took 2 years to publish the finished game.
"Cranks & Goggles" ladies and gents, is the first racing game that takes place in 20's, in the history racing games that no one really cares about. We see it as a tribute to world of motorsports. It's difficult, sometimes frustrating, it needs its players real driving effort. That's why some people love it and some people hate. We do understand both sides.
After almost 2 years, we are still proud of our selves.