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How did CraftedBattle become the top paid app in US?

01-29-2013, 11:52 AM
#1
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How did CraftedBattle become the top paid app in US?

This app seems to be the hottest app on the app store at the moment:
http://www.appannie.com/app/ios/craf...ate=2013-01-29

But the game looks unpolished and certainly does not have a wide appeal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...bdnk9fYMA#t=9s

Googled the app, the company and its creator and I can't find any traces of marketing. The app isn't even Google-famous, and according to AppAnnie, it hasn't been featured in any countries.

So how has it gone up the charts?

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01-29-2013, 12:42 PM
#2
Joined: Nov 2009
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-oopsie, double post-

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.

Last edited by Vovin; 01-29-2013 at 12:56 PM.

01-29-2013, 12:47 PM
#3
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 8,638
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Originally Posted by markleung View Post
This app seems to be the hottest app on the app store at the moment:
http://www.appannie.com/app/ios/craf...ate=2013-01-29

But the game looks unpolished and certainly does not have a wide appeal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...bdnk9fYMA#t=9s

Googled the app, the company and its creator and I can't find any traces of marketing. The app isn't even Google-famous, and according to AppAnnie, it hasn't been featured in any countries.

So how has it gone up the charts?

Simple. Paid reviews. Also riding the Minecraft wave. Once the boulder rolls downhill, it's nearly unstoppable. Also out there: thousands of Appstore customers, which are dumb enough to buy before informing themselves about an app's quality, no matter which.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.

Last edited by Vovin; 01-29-2013 at 12:58 PM.
01-29-2013, 12:55 PM
#4
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 143
I was looking at this game a few days back on appannie and C-apps previous games. He even posts on TA. Well at least he's trying, and his games seems to be improving. Maybe someone can get C-apps to talk about it. I'm interested to hear more about it.

He's got the icon,screenshots, user generated content going for it. The reviews seem to all think it's a MP minecraft FPS game. Most reviews seems forgiving, and giving it 4 stars hoping for a MP update.
01-29-2013, 01:20 PM
#5
Seems absolutely legit for people who like Mine Craft type games.
01-29-2013, 03:12 PM
#6
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 90
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Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
Simple. Paid reviews.
I haven't paid for reviews. I haven't even paid anything for marketing.
The App has interesting concept and some unique features. Which iOS-shooter provides map editing? Another thing is the icon, this it what you look at first when you see an app on the Appstore. It shows a block which reminds of Minecraft and it shows guns. You can easily imagine what the game is about just from the icon. This is what I think but I can't even explain to myself how it came to this success.


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giving it 4 stars hoping for a MP update.
The multiplayer-mode is now a high priority.

Last edited by C - Apps; 01-29-2013 at 03:26 PM.
01-30-2013, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by C - Apps View Post
I haven't paid for reviews. I haven't even paid anything for marketing.
The App has interesting concept and some unique features. Which iOS-shooter provides map editing? Another thing is the icon, this it what you look at first when you see an app on the Appstore. It shows a block which reminds of Minecraft and it shows guns. You can easily imagine what the game is about just from the icon. This is what I think but I can't even explain to myself how it came to this success.

Ok, no paid reviews. Was the app featured somewhere? Or is it featured as a gift on sevices like FeaturePoints or AppCasher? Or on Gnome Escape?

Don't get me wrong, btw. - I was generally talking about how an app can raise in the charts even if it's only mediocre. Quite some devs use the things I mentioned, like paid reviews. Or cloning concepts which are popular.

Again, I never tried your app, so no offense was intended.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.

Last edited by Vovin; 01-30-2013 at 11:53 AM.
01-30-2013, 12:08 PM
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Joined: May 2011
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Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
Ok, no paid reviews. Was the app featured somewhere? Or is it featured as a gift on sevices like FeaturePoints or AppCasher? Or on Gnome Escape?
Nope.
02-02-2013, 09:34 AM
#9
Did any of the app review sites review the app and helped it gain exposure?

Get your Android game reviewed on Games Reviewer.
02-05-2013, 01:46 AM
#10
If he wanted to tell you he would have told you by now lol

Don't we know by now it's mostly luck!

And even if he did buy his way up....would he tell you? Probably no.

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