Nikola Garabandić, Developer in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
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Nikola Garabandić

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Unity Developer

Location
Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
Toptal Member Since
September 26, 2022

Nikola is a Certified Professional Unity developer and a Certified Unity instructor with over five years of experience building Unity-based games in various genres, from hypercasual to full-fledged multiplayer first-person shooter games. The biggest game that Nikola has worked on was Isonzo; it took over three years to be developed and was released on Windows, Linux PS, and Xbox in September 2022.

Portfolio

WW1 Game Series
C#, Unity, .NET, Gaming, Communication, C#.NET, Unity3D, Game Design, Game AI...
Mentava, Inc.
Unity, Gaming, Communication, Flutter, iPad, GitHub
Playground Labs
C#, Unity, C#.NET, Unity3D, Game Design, Game AI, Scrum, Agile, Trello, Kanban...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Windows, JetBrains Rider, Discord, Unity2D

The most amazing...

...and advanced project I've developed is the AI for Isonzo; I had to ensure that the bots would react appropriately to all the scenarios in the game.

Work Experience

Unity Developer

2019 - PRESENT
WW1 Game Series
  • Made an AI system from scratch in which bots would appropriately react to each and every game scenario.
  • Built the entire settings system to be as performant and intuitive as possible for the other developers.
  • Fixed memory leaks and optimized code in various systems, even those I wasn't in charge of.
  • Ensured that all the music behaved according to the composer's vision.
  • Discovered and fixed a lot of intermittent issues that were lingering all the way back from Verdun and Tannenberg.
Technologies: C#, Unity, .NET, Gaming, Communication, C#.NET, Unity3D, Game Design, Game AI, FMOD, Scrum, Agile, Favro, Kanban, Photon Unity Networking (PUN), Photon, Multiplayer, Architecture, Responsive Design, Game Development

Senior Unity Developer

2022 - 2023
Mentava, Inc.
  • Was part of the core team for the Learn2Read app that helps kids aged 2+ how to read.
  • Wrote the code for the app functionality and was mainly focused on helping and delivering the best Unity practices for the rest of the team recently introduced to Unity.
  • Solved some more complex tasks, which involved writing custom shaders for certain parts of the app.
  • Untangled some issues and bugs that were intermittent or/and that required extensive Unity experience in order to be solved.
Technologies: Unity, Gaming, Communication, Flutter, iPad, GitHub

Unity Developer

2022 - 2022
Playground Labs
  • Rapidly prototyped a drone racing game that was outsourced to a 3rd-party company.
  • Prototyped an unannounced Web 3.0 title that was supposed to be launched this year, but management decided the game should be postponed indefinitely.
  • Learned several new Unity Multiplayer frameworks during that process, including Photon Quantum and Fusion.
Technologies: C#, Unity, C#.NET, Unity3D, Game Design, Game AI, Scrum, Agile, Trello, Kanban, Photon Unity Networking (PUN), Photon, Multiplayer, Jira, SQL, Architecture, Responsive Design, Unity2D, Mobile Games, Quantum, Game Development, GitHub

Unity Developer

2018 - 2020
Polyspice
  • Continued and finished the development of the game, Beat Cancer.
  • Spearheaded the prototyping of a game that became known as Planet Rabbit two years later.
  • Managed junior developers, including onboarding, explaining the codebase, and overseeing their game development progress.
Technologies: Unity, C#, .NET, iOS, Mobile Game Development, Gaming, Communication, C#.NET, Unity3D, Game Design, Game AI, Scrum, Agile, Trello, Kanban, Jira, SQL, Architecture, Responsive Design, Unity2D, Mobile Games, Game Development, GitHub

CTO | Unity Developer

2017 - 2018
Stick & Rope
  • Managed several developers who, after I left the company, successfully managed to finish and publish the games all by themselves.
  • Completed several games from the prototyping phase to the live ops phase as the only developer.
  • Rapid-prototyped dozens of games with the CEO deciding which games we should continue working on based on how fun they are.
Technologies: C#, Unity, TypeScript, .NET, iOS, Mobile Game Development, Gaming, Communication, C#.NET, Unity3D, Game Design, Game AI, Scrum, Agile, Trello, Kanban, Jira, SQL, Architecture, Unity2D, Mobile Games, Toon Boom, Game Development

Isonzo

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1556790/Isonzo/
After the AI lead left, I was appointed to that spot to start working on improving bots and making new systems from scratch for them as well as adding new behaviors. I also worked on several other systems.

SYSTEM CONTRIBUTIONS
• Spawning system
• Player classes
• Making and fixing tools for mappers and game designers
• Progression/unlock system
• Points-and-perks system
• Character controller system
• Creation of new features for the internal trailer tool system (it was used for recording trailers)

My final contributions included rewriting the entire game settings logic to be as clean and as performant as possible.

Beat Cancer

https://polyspice.com/beat-cancer/
This is the game that was my first freelance gig done for the Danish studio called Polyspice. On this project, I was in charge of adding new features, such as new weapons and a separate section in the game called Comedy Club; this was necessary to complete the game. I also heavily experimented with Firebase remote notifications and cloud functions, but that feature never went live.

Tap to the Moon

https://tap-to-the-moon.en.aptoide.com/app
Tap to the Moon is the first game I developed when the studio was officially formed. I was responsible for prototyping the game. After we validated the prototype, we took on mechanics which were fun and started building other parts of the game. I also added new level segments, the UI, shop, and IAP.

Verdun and Tannenberg

https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/5227/WW1_Game_Series/
Verdun is the first fully-fledged WW1 Game that got published on Steam all the way back in 2013. I joined the team in 2019 to help finish Tannenberg's development and add new enhancements to Verdun. Although the games are now mainly in the maintenance stage, they were actively under regular development until mid-2020.

Languages

C#, C#.NET, SQL, Java, Python, C++, C, JavaScript, TypeScript

Frameworks

Unity, .NET, Unity3D, Photon Unity Networking (PUN), Photon, Unity2D, Spring MVC, Flutter

Tools

GitHub, Trello, Jira, Toon Boom

Other

Gaming, Communication, Favro, Multiplayer, Architecture, Mobile Games, Game Development, User Behavior, Game Design, Game AI, 3D Games, 2D Games, Responsive Design, Quantum, Mobile Game Development, iPad

Libraries/APIs

FMOD

Paradigms

Scrum, Agile, Kanban

Platforms

Firebase, iOS

2014 - 2018

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Faculty Of Technical Sciences - Novi Sad, Serbia

SEPTEMBER 2021 - PRESENT

Certified Unity Instructor

Unity Technologies

APRIL 2021 - APRIL 2024

Certified Professional Unity Programmer

Unity Technologies

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