Originally Posted by Wizardo
Excellent points. The only thing I would add is make sure you start off slow and easy. You don't want to overwhelm the player. Then just gradually ramp up the challenge until you reach something you're happy with.
Just don't make it too slow and easy. We've been collecting data from Terminal Escape, and only about 3% of people make it to the second terminal (which starts at level 16 out of 60). We are working on an update to try to fix that, but we think there are two things at play here:
- The first is that the game starts out slow and easy, and basically the entire first terminal is slow and easy for a seasoned gamer. It starts to get really challenging after that with the third and fourth terminals being really intense, but people lose interest before getting there.
- The game isn't selling too well so most downloads are from the cracked version. People are more likely to stay with it if they paid for it.