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Paint it Back

09-18-2013, 11:50 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 82
Paint it Back

Hello everybody!

I'm announcing the existence of a soon-to-be released game called Paint it Back.

The art from the art gallery has disappeared. You need to "paint back" the
lost paintings by using logic as your paintbrush.

-140 paintings to solve.
-14 rooms to unlock.
-18 achievements.
-6 individual player profiles on one device.
-iCloud sync: play on one iDevice, continue on another.
-iPad: play in either landscape or portrait mode.
-Endless "Mystery Masterpiece" challenge mode.
-Logic puzzles you may also know as nonograms, picross or griddlers.

I'm releasing this as a free download - but NOT as free-to-play. It's more like "free-to-TRY." I'd prefer to just charge $2.99 and be done with it, but I want as many people to see the game as possible, and realistically, that $2.99 would turn away a lot of players.

So with the free download, you get to play the first 31 paintings. If you want to keep playing, you can pay $2.99 to unlock everything in the game. No further in-app purchases of hints, cheats, coins, or whatever!

I also give the option of spending $0.99 to unlock just the next 44 paintings.

I'm curious to hear what people think about this pricing model.

About me - I used to work at Popcap for a few years, a few years ago. Now I'm indie and making games under the company name of Casual Labs.

I'm Ed, by the way. Glad to meet you, Toucharcade forum!
09-19-2013, 12:50 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 23

Looks kinda cool! Looks more cool on the iPad than the phone. Pricing model feels a little like a paywall, which I'm never a big fan of, but if you're up front about it it seems like a reasonable way to do it. Just don't spring it on people without warning! You could also do something like have different packs of paintings you could buy so that there are some choices - this would make it feel less like a paywall and more fun I think. The paint it black idea is nice. Best of luck to you!

Becky, UX / Creative Dir @ Radiant Wolf aka TorboKat
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Last edited by torbokat; 09-19-2013 at 12:52 AM.

09-20-2013, 03:19 PM

The game looks really nice. We are developing an iOS game too, and thinking about the same pricing model.

I think this kind of pricing is fair and better than the usual buy some content 'free to play' model. 'The Walking Dead' used a similar pricing model.

Maybe we can share some experiences, when our games will be released.

Last edited by psj3809; 09-20-2013 at 03:59 PM. Reason: Spamming their game
09-20-2013, 09:29 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 836
Looks cool - I like these kind of puzzles - when I'd the release date?
09-21-2013, 06:30 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 82
Team Super Puck: Yeah lemme know how your launch goes. I think this pricing model is very fair - the player gets to try the game out for free, so they don't have to pay money to see how a game plays. And there's no free-to-play never-ending purchase shenanigans.

Dazzlemi: I'm hoping to release within the next 2-3 weeks.
09-23-2013, 11:16 AM
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 82
If a few of you want to try out the latest beta of Paint it Back, send me a message and I can add you to Testflight.

If you like Picross, then I think you'll probably like Paint it Back.
09-25-2013, 01:08 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 836
I've been loving playing the beta... Can't seem to get enough... You know "just one more puzzle"
09-30-2013, 07:16 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 836
I'm having strategy problems with "Leopard Skin Lamp" middle left and middle right (normal) 10x10. All small numbers. How should I approach this kind of puzzle ?
09-30-2013, 08:01 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 82
I just played the middle left and middle right sections to make sure they could be solved without guessing - and they can. All of the paintings in the game should be able to be solved without guessing on normal or pro.

Check out these screenshots of how I started each section and see if you can figure it out. Those painted squares and x's aren't guesses.

Middle left section - the very first thing I painted was the two squares in the row of 6.
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Middle right section - I started by painting what I knew has to be painted in the 4 3 column, then put that one X down.
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If you need more tips, let me know.
09-30-2013, 08:51 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 836
Yes that helps, but, what was your reasoning to start where you did ? The logical reason. I was guessing at a few places, those weren't the same as yours.