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Room for another zombie/ninja game?

08-17-2011, 01:45 AM
#1
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Room for another zombie/ninja game?

I was exploring ideas for a new project and noticed that there is an extraordinary number of zombie games in the app store. Is this a fad that is similar to the vampire trend in hollywood?

First off, no disrespect to any developer, i mention this all in fun, but why are gamers so fascinated with zombie & ninja games? Maybe its developer like myself that look at the success of zombie games and say, lets jump on the bandwagon...

I joke, but I wonder if certain themes carry a perceived level of fun or acceptance, drawing more attention to themselves? Just thinking out loud...

Anyway, has a zombie ninja game been done yet? I think that's gonna be my next project...
08-17-2011, 03:22 AM
#2
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well, people got tired of LOTR and scifi and horror was the next thing in line. Zombies became the new cool thing a few years ago and it's just winding down a bit now.. but I believe there's gotta be about 50 or 60 zombie ninja games out there, at least..

it's all pretty tired by now but i think we've not seen an end to such things for a long time yet, and people will still tend to gravitate more toward that then some of the other topics I mentioned above..

08-17-2011, 10:53 AM
#3
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zombies are lovely and ninjas are cool.. hobbits are neither.. so go for it
08-17-2011, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by headcaseGames View Post
well, people got tired of LOTR and scifi and horror was the next thing in line. Zombies became the new cool thing a few years ago and it's just winding down a bit now.. but I believe there's gotta be about 50 or 60 zombie ninja games out there, at least..

it's all pretty tired by now but i think we've not seen an end to such things for a long time yet, and people will still tend to gravitate more toward that then some of the other topics I mentioned above..
Zombies and Ninjas are still pretty popular, IF (and what a big IF it is) you have something new to bring to the table. Otherwise, pick birds. They're the in thing right now.

Or cats.

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08-17-2011, 11:00 AM
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Haha, I gotta agree that birds are growing more popular

I personally think zombies/vampires are overused, and a lot of opinions I keep reading on gaming websites suggest the same. Might be time to move on and find a new obsession. May I suggest turtles? They never get enough love.

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08-17-2011, 11:16 AM
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These are themes, and it makes it easier in some ways to design a game with a strong theme. Zombie, Ninja, Vampire are big themes. This is not surprising to see them often. They are there for a long time in the video game industry. The only difference is that before there were not many games. ex: Resident Evil (Zombie) CastleVania (Vampire) Metal Gear Solid (Ninja) Other are of course, Aliens, Cowboys, Pirates... It's just a case if you found Ninjas and Zombies on the top, you could find Aliens or Cowboys instead.

If you want to make a game with Ninjas and Zombies, go for it.

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08-17-2011, 12:24 PM
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Birds, pigs, ninjas and zoombies, yes they're all over used! Here's my take on it.

From a marketing perspective, you gotta think about what'll go on your App Store icon as that will be your only source of marketing to most users. You have 2 seconds to grab their attention with whatever is on that icon and 1 second to convince 'em to click on it. When it's hot, it doesn't necessarily mean its a good thing. With "hot" you're also running the risk of "ahh just another zombie game.... skipppp!" Are you willing to take that risk?

I'm not saying that it won't succeed in anyway, just saying, plz consider these points of view.

Like previously mentioned, if you're going to introduce overused characters, might want to introduce an underused gameplay lol. And that could be harder than it sounds.

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08-17-2011, 01:13 PM
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Icon doesn't really have a major part to catch the attention of the customers.

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08-17-2011, 01:19 PM
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Icon doesn't really have a major part to catch the attention of the customers.
Au Contraire

I for one scroll fast through the app store top 50. If an icon catches my eye I click. If it doesn't it's quickly forgotten.

The icon is like a banner ad IN iTunes.

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08-17-2011, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackharon View Post
Au Contraire

I for one scroll fast through the app store top 50. If an icon catches my eye I click. If it doesn't it's quickly forgotten.

The icon is like a banner ad IN iTunes.
there are better icons in the top 200

It's just about exposition. (and quality of course)

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