Self-taught man makes DS game in five years … solo!

This is a really inspiring story for would-be programmers out there. Bob’s Game is a Nintendo DS title made by one man — on his own — over the course of five years, with all programming knowledge learned along the way.

Robert Pelloni started work on the game when he was 20 years old, and the original version was intended for the Game Boy Advance. Upon the DS’ arrival, however, he switched gears to make the game work with the touch screen interface.

This game is a sort of masterpiece for me. I’ve invested well over 15,000 hours into this game’s development over five years. That is no exaggeration. All concepts, story, code, sprites, tiles, music, samples, fonts, etc. were created entirely by me from scratch.

… I’m proud of my work, and I’m sure that shows-
I have a lot of passion for what I do. I believe that in some cases “too many cooks spoil the broth.” In my opinion, the best games are the ones designed by one guy with a vision. In this case, it can’t be any more pure or true than that.

With 20 hours of gameplay, over 200 hand-drawn sprites, dialog and weather effects, it’s an incredibly impressive effort and one that definitely needs to be rewarded with attention. If you want to support this guy’s hard work, feel free to Digg it here.

What do you think? Impressive feat, or do you reckon you could do better?

Jim Sterling