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Strange Days Down under

09-17-2012, 09:03 PM
#1
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Noosa, Australia
Posts: 33
Strange Days Down under

After much hard work, disappointments and a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, our family-based indie studio has been thrilled to watch our first game, "Run Fatty Run" zoom up the Aussie charts during the past few days.

It was a pretty awesome moment to hit the top ten but we were dumbstruck to see it settle at a respectable #3 on iPhone and #2 on iPad, just underneath Angry Birds Space HD.

And then, late last night, just for a few special hours we overtook Angry Birds and the icon representing the "Games" category on iPad in Australia was an overweight man in a pink shirt.

We like to think there's a big red panic button at Apple, just for when things like that happen.
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Jason Stark
Disparity Games
09-17-2012, 09:11 PM
#2
Hi Jason,

That's amazing news!! For those of us who are just starting out, do you have any tips, suggestions, etc.?

09-17-2012, 09:27 PM
#3
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Posts: 111
Congrats.

What changed to make it go up the charts ?
09-17-2012, 10:29 PM
#4
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Noosa, Australia
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeliApps View Post
Congrats.

What changed to make it go up the charts ?
For us the catalyst was a feature on the awesome Aussie video game show, "Good Game: Spawn Point". People seemed to like the fact that we press-ganged our kids and made them work for us.

http://www.abc.net.au/abc3/goodgames...s/s3590467.htm

Jason Stark
Disparity Games
09-17-2012, 11:06 PM
#5
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Noosa, Australia
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by obscenemedia.com View Post
Hi Jason,

That's amazing news!! For those of us who are just starting out, do you have any tips, suggestions, etc.?
DO
- press-gang your children into working for you (This one might be particular to us. )
- be nice to your fellow indies, even the cranky ones
- play a lot of games. It's surprisingly easy to forget this.
- learn about marketing
- learn about accounting
- learn about business
- find someone else to do the marketing, accounting and business
- realise that 90% of marketing is making friends and keeping them
- find someone to tell you that your ideas suck when they suck.
- find someone to tell you that your ideas were good when you can't remember that they were.
- get some sun every now and then.

DONT
- leave the marketing until the end, even though you'll really want to.
- be mean. This is a rule many people forget.
- compromise your vision for money. There are a lot of people out there better at making money than you but your vision is yours alone.
- complain that life is unfair. Everyone already knows.
- ever, EVER give up

Jason Stark
Disparity Games
09-17-2012, 11:23 PM
#6
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 307
Congrats and thanks for sharing!
09-17-2012, 11:55 PM
#7
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 55
pressure from above

I thought there was some massive weight above JiggleSaw stopping it going up the charts, I just didn't expect it to be wearing a pink shirt .

Grats on the game and that awesome spot on channel 2. Marketing that money can't buy.

I hope it translates in to some paid bills.

Matthew

My iOS games: JiggleSaw
My Blog: JiggleSaw development