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 Erwin Del Rosario took his first Java programming class while in college at the University of Guam. It wasn't until years later that he began brushing up on Java as a hobby, eventually becoming a self-taught application developer. His most recent game - Paper Pig - has gotten acclaim from all over the world.   

"I saw all these different apps on the iPhone and Android and I said, 'I want to see if I can do that!' I guess you can say I was bored," he laughingly admitted. The game took roughly six months to develop, with the help of his wife. In fact, the story behind the game stemmed from their relationship. "The premise of the game is you have to save your monkey friend you're a little pink pig, your monkey friend gets kidnapped by these wild pigs," he recalled.

His favorite animal, the pig, overcomes obstacles to save his wife's favorite animal, the monkey. The monkey is the character that brings color and life to the entire game.  "She does leave him something behind, a little item, a feather, so you pick up the feather and start flying; basically you just move left and right dodging the trees, each day it gets a little faster, each day an enemy pops up, and it gets more difficult," he said.

The premise is to try to stay alive as long as possible in a jungle environment made up of wild pigs, snakes, bats and coconut trees, characters and scenes he said were heavily influenced by his childhood in Guam. The game was released last August.  "Within a month, I started getting all these replies, like, 'I want to review your game, I want to put it in our website,'" he said.

"What surprised me the most is a lot of countries that don't even speak English or where English isn't their primary language started playing the game picking it up and leaving reviews. Like, it got really popular in Russia. I was surprised."

Paper Pig is already available on the Google Play Store will be released on iOS later this year. Del Rosaior also has plans in the works for a new game to be released in the coming year.

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