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its a mix of stuff, paid images and some freeware. a couple of artists helped me with the icon and characters. i dont draw anything myself. Art is the weakest part of my games, i'm no artist. would recommend shutterstock/123rf for people who can afford to buy art, and freesound for audio.

for free art sources theres allfreevectors.com and many others. would love to work with a professional image artist/VO  artist if there's one around.

z

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let me put this up on the feature requests.

z

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Guides & How-To's / Re: marketing a game on android - QnA
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:07:05 am »
same on google, just saying that the search term weightage given by google is greater than ios, a lot of people miss out on that. Also, major buik of IOS downloads comes from categories, while play downloads major volume comes from organic search listings.

Not advocating people should make trash games, just saying that a similar amount of effort/planning needs to be put on marketing the game too. a great game that doesnt appear in the top 20-50 on any search results will not work (which usually happens with a lot of droid indies).

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Guides & How-To's / Re: marketing a game on android - QnA
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:41:58 pm »
also, for the 'company tag on icon' thing - it kinda works w.r.t. I2IR (impression to install rate). existing users that like your games immediately recognize new titles on the mobile search listings and install, without worrying about whats in-it.  e.g. i download all com2us games, glu games and quite a few of the mobage games on droid. just to see what they are like, as com2us games always have quite a bit of depth, and glu is a frontline 3d game studio.

So if im searching 'rpg' and theres a 'com2us' logo on an icon (the smily face) - i literally dont even read the name of the title, i just install it.

2 year data says that the install rate (IR) improves by around 4 to 5%  (CTR x ir=i2ir), due to these tags, which is a LOT, esp. for games that are being pushed by advertising. If the tag is artistically crap (or if the general perception about your brands games is negative) it can also have a negative effect. which is why most starter brands dont use it.

My recommendation would be to use it, if you enjoy PLAYING (not making, playing) your own games. if youre still learning the ropes and experimenting with game design, don't use it yet (you can always do it later).

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Guides & How-To's / Re: marketing a game on android - QnA
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:25:35 pm »
Valid point Rob,
Most of the games are basically a set of 30 to 40 core algos/screens re-skinned for different popular kids themes. This way dev. takes substantially lesser time, but each game has to be done from an art perspective ona  fresh theme. Most of these games are kids kitchen games and 'how to' games.

I personally do not agree with the reskinning method, but it does have an advantage w.r.t. reducing dev. time and increasing title reach over multiple search volumes/genres.

Also, android is more than 80 % of the mobile market now, and varies drastically from flash and IOS w.r.t. its marketing strategies.
I started this thread because i felt that there's a lot of good content here on the new games posts that doesn't make it very far in android, due to the reasons listed. willing to contribute in any way i can to make that happen :)

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Guides & How-To's / Re: marketing a game on android - QnA
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:12:24 pm »
all relevant questions saadiq.
The numbers guy  is the guy that ensures that the product is planned out to be commercially viable prior to getting into the design/dev. phase. Effort hours  are defined (e.g. for a first droid indie game, it shouldn't be more than a months worth of work, scope can be increased as you get better at what you do). Other broad metrics like target session length, k factor (virality), estimated ARPDAU/DL are chalked out. most importantly, for a start-up game to be visible at droid, it cannot create its own search recognition, it has to relate to terms already popular on the market. So a set of 10 to 20 base search terms need to be found that relate to each other and will have a decent search volume on droid by game release date (and are not completely saturated in terms of listings/competition either).  Google is all about ASO, unlike IOS and flash.

so a short answer to your question would be that the marketing guy has nothing to do with the content of the game, he just sets some realistic expectations on what will be the projection of the games performance, and how he/she will ensure its commercial viability using those numbers. a bit of tweaking in the marketing material (pre install items, title, description, creatives, ASO, even promotion ads their copy and their usage of colors) all effects CTR and game install rate.

e.g. if you've made a game about a bee, the marketing guy wont tell you to go back to the drawing board and make it about a monkey (thats the bitching guy, not the marketing guy :)). But he might tell you a search friendly name for the game, and how to do the pre-install marketing material, help you with your target keyword set, imrpove your CTRs, ad placements, and suggest decent in-app monetization.

In case of most indie games, the game is already done, so im not expecting to change scope etc. midway. this thread is about advice for how to market a prepared product. Aligning ASO (app search optimization) early before you start a game, doing some STA (search term analytics) is important, but itf it hasnt been done early, it can still be tweaked a bit before the release. The content of the game has nothing to do with it, content only effects session length/frequency.

Usually when we get into making a game, we dont consider how we will ensure its visibility to the mass market, and thats what makes most great games fail. Been playing games for a while, and i can name tons of underdog games that never made it to the big time because people never knew they were there until it was too late. Sierra, MPS, and a ton of such companies etc. ended up closing down and other companies buying their IP. EA makes a living off this frequently repeated error :)

At android, success is tied up to search term recognition. at this thread, am looking to help w.r.t. visibility and monetization for pre-prepared games, not looking to tell what 'the next indie game' should be like, that's your call all together.  Also, good advice is always free, so ask away :)

Hope this helps,

z

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Guides & How-To's / marketing a game on android - QnA
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:00:00 pm »
peace guys.
was just going a bit through the new games forums, and i've seen that a lot of people have questions regarding data and monetization . Ive been doing digital marketing for more years than i can count, n i thought it would help putting in some free advice where its needed.

For people who need professional help with monetizing and promoting their games, drop me a pvt. message. for general questions, feel free to post here.

Some basic terms you need to know about app monetization/marketing (ad network based or in-app purchases):

Basic Terms
DL -downloads
Impressions - number of ad impressions made in your game
Sessions - one active duration of the app (start to finish)
session time - avg. duration per session
avg. sessions per install  - (droid industry avg. is 2.2)
avg. session duration - 2 mins.
favored ad monetization type - banner (admob works best)
ERPM (est. rev. per 1000 impressions of ads) - varies between 1 to 2 USD, depending upon search terms targetted in your game (yes its context sensitive).
CTR - click through rate  - % of ads clicked by users (you only get paid 99% of the time on admob if people click the ads, else its free ads) - portrait CTR is 2-3% avg. landscape is .8% to 2% avg.
ARPDL - avg. rev. per download - for an ad based monetization model this is 0.02 USD avg.
ARPDAU - avg. rev. per daily active user - this is usually half of ARPDL (unless your game is really sticky/addictive).

Theres tons more but ill stop  here for now.

Whats needed to survive as a mobile apps developer(droid)
Depending on your country of origin, you need to make at least 20 to 100 dollars a day (minimum) to continuously make games. to do that (using the data given above)  , you need to server at least 10000-50000 impressions of ads in your games in a day.
these would require at least 5000 to 25000 daily installs. Usually it takes an indie/SME eam 6 to 12 months and around 10 - 50 games to reach self sufficiency (done it twice before for two brands, doing it again). once you have 5 to 10 games, cross promotion using interstitials (chartboost) can help bump your new games in the rankings. push power gets stronger as you make more and more games.

example success stories of indies/SMEs ive helped out as a consultant can be seen first hand on their droid stores (100+ apps on both brands, homegrown from 2 to 3 people to 50+ HR and multi million revs annually, less than an years worth of effort) .
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=ICAW+(I+Can+And+Will)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Nutty+Apps


Resources Needed
All you need to get started is a dev guy, an art guy, a bit of exp. with sound editing and a network management/analytics guy (thats usually missing, which causes money issues). You also need basic hardware (assuming youre reading this at an online forum, id say you have a pc, a steady internet connection and a mobile device thats droid).

Questions welcome! Feel free to add me at LI - pk.linkedin.com/in/zohaibhisam/

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let me know if you need any help with marketing it. have a lot of experience with marketing apps as products (droid only, not IOS).
z

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just hit 1000 dls in 8 days - TY stencyl. ratings appreciated!

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iPhone / iPad / Android / Re: Football Monkey
« on: July 05, 2014, 11:23:11 am »
the google play link isnt working. can you pls post the corect one? tried searching for it but theres tons of monkey football games n i cant find yours. do post market link again, thanks.

z

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heres another guy who's about to implement this on droid. Lets see how it goes (basic leaderboard, social network sharing).

Just asking - is the friends list thing/social login in operation yet? (will work with this either way, but a few yesses  would really make me prioritize this).

z

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doesnt seem like anyone has been able to make it work for 3.1. Cant upgrade till someone can verify. goodbye sound atlases :S

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thanks neo. the load time is because of the sound loads. i put them in a separate atlas to make sure they loaded after the company splash screen, but since i compiled it with 3.0 i didnt have honor sound atlases. wont happen next game onwards as im moving to 3.1 now (3.1 was released during dev and i didnt want to move midway).

thanks to all the people who made it possible, esp. the guys who made stencyl/plugin teams.

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hi guys,
first id like to appreciate the effort put in by the two guys mentioned above on creating a multiplayer plugin for stencyl (Nuggetta).
Was just going through a lot the posts regarding posting data to/from a web server, and ive noticed that MdoteDot n sadiq have done a lot of work in this regard (Nuggetta, parse).

If you guys could take what youve learned so far, and try n apply it to amazon web services, it could really take this platform to the next level.  If someone were to develop even a most basic extension that uses an AWS account (starting with mobile only, Droid, IOS), stencyl as an engine would really come into the front-line w.r.t data structures and multiplayer gaming.

Feedback appreciated. All the best!
http://aws.amazon.com/mobile/getting-started/


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iPhone / iPad / Android / Game #2 - Candy Maker (Android/google play)
« on: June 27, 2014, 12:50:51 am »
Hi everyone. My second game just went live on Google play. Its called candy maker, its a minigame for Kids, but has a lot of good art and sound production value in it. Must check for people new to stencyl, speaks a lot on its power as an effective engine for media intensive games.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clanstory.candymaker

Its basically a candy making/sharing game with a  judges rating system. feedback appreciated!

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