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iPhone: A developer moans...

11-23-2008, 04:42 PM
#1
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Scotland, UK
Posts: 567
A developer moans...

Just to show its not the gamers that get to groan here's one from a developer...

So we launch our new game All Stars Darts onto the App Store and it does real well in the first couple of days going top 30 in many European App Stores and top 75 in the US. The game hasn't cost a fortune to make but we plan to use any profits to add new features such as a tournament mode, new game rules and perhaps even online multi-player if we think people want it.

All good? Well almost. It occurs to me that next to having a great game and great visibility the next most important factor is those first two or three reviews. All good in the UK and US where we have 5 reviews all at 5 stars but hang on what's this? The first review in France is some guy who has given one star and has left a review of less than ten words saying the game should be free!

Well excuse me Mr Frenchman but no developer (even the home based guys) are charities. It takes a hell of an effort to make a game, and in some ways the simple ones can often be harder than the more complex ones. The game is only a dollar after all!!!

Bottom line - iPhone gamers are spoilt for choice and right now are getting massive value for money. I've played darts games that don't come close to the playability and production values of All Stars Darts retailing for $35 on DS, $10 on mobile and even more on console! Don't let greed take over. If gamers demand free games then thats what you'll get - but don't expect any quality!

I know I'm preaching to the converted here but just wanted to let off steam...

Last edited by Paul@Tag; 11-23-2008 at 05:03 PM.
11-23-2008, 04:45 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posts: 1,401
Why are u posting here mr. Paul? I don't see no Frenchmen here...

11-23-2008, 04:45 PM
#3
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: CANADIA
Posts: 443
hmm the french

Take what comes from france with a grain of salt. The french people dont even like the french. The love their cheese with lots of whine.
11-23-2008, 04:47 PM
#4
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Orange County, California
Posts: 167
So what's the problem here??
11-23-2008, 04:51 PM
#5
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: high above the din
Posts: 31
You should invite the reviewer to send you more "input" on what he didn't like, then post his stupid and misinformed rant on your website.
11-23-2008, 04:52 PM
#6
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: In My Head
Posts: 3,358
That must be frustrating, It is a great game and deff doesn't deserve 1 star...
11-23-2008, 04:58 PM
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i depise the french
11-23-2008, 05:03 PM
#8
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 2,326
hmm

Quote:
Originally Posted by applesauce25r624 View Post
i depise the french
racist much? hope ur not american JK
11-23-2008, 05:04 PM
#9
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,268
Quote:
Originally Posted by applesauce25r624 View Post
i depise the french
how do you depise anyway?
11-23-2008, 05:32 PM
#10
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 398
Quote:
Originally Posted by mek View Post
how do you depise anyway?
Must be a French word or something? haha