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Old 10-06-2013, 11:10 AM
HansPinckaers HansPinckaers is offline
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Default En Passant - Chess against Friends (by Hans Pinckaers) [Universal]

Hi all,

A year ago I was playing chess with my friends and I got frustrated by the quality of those games. So I decided to try to do it better. Now my project has finally launched on the App Store. My goal was to create a multiplayer chess game with taste.

So far the number of downloads haven't been so high, do you guys have any tips on marketing?

Try it out; it's free on the App Store.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/en-passant-chess-against-friends/id641111989?ls=1&mt=8



Thanks!

Hans
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:49 AM
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Velcome to TA!
I love chess and this app looks good and simple for pure chess.
Have you contacted any chess blogs or websites?
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:03 PM
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Congratulations Hans! This game seems to be beautiful and neat!
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:35 PM
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Velcome to TA!
I love chess and this app looks good and simple for pure chess.
Have you contacted any chess blogs or websites?
No I didn't contact chess blogs yet, I tried to get reviews of general game blogs, but I didn't succeed. Will definitely try that thanks!
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:34 PM
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Very well done Hans! Love it.

I have already emailed some suggestions for the game itself; regarding marketing - you know this, it's all about eyeballs:

So why not implement high scores lists and achievements? By doing that at least it becomes easy to rate your game and people can compete a bit more aggressively. It is possible to integrate those things tastefully.

Letterpress did a clever thing for sharing games: made a html5 based game player online, making tweeting games pretty damn cool. You could do the same. And at the same time, allow sharing the moves list in the PGN format.

Additionally, my opponent have problems with the thin lines used for the pieces. Maybe having current and a filled set would improve the mass appeal? I don't have a problem, but my buddy wouldn't have purchased the game without me pressuring him.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:42 PM
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Wow, this looks beautiful, my 8 year old has just joined a chess club and we have tried many apps to help her learn but they have all either had a way too difficult AI or have had too many heels and whistles that took away from gameplay, this looks to be exactly what we need, I'm dloading now.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:19 PM
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This looks nice, but surely the King/Queen graphics are the wrong way around? Was very confusing at first, and I could only assume the game didn't know how to set the board up properly, which is hardly a great first impression.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:46 PM
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This is just checkers with horses right
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:40 AM
L.Lawliet L.Lawliet is online now
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This is actually pretty good I have to say. The design and interface is nice. Honestly I think you should cut down the purchase to 99 cents. $3 is a lot to ask for most people seeing how the price is high but they all think it's just another chess game when they could by some big action game for $3 on ios. I think just making it cheaper so everyone can pick up and play it would make it more popular. Just my opinion however.
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