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Calling All Disheartened Developers!

04-28-2015, 01:21 PM
#1
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Under a Raincloud
Posts: 102
Calling All Disheartened Developers!

I'm making a game about how ridiculously hard it is to get noticed in the world of apps nowadays. In my game, you basically have to battle flappy bird clones and one-star reviews.

***NEW***: See this thread for screenshots of the game:

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=260575

The part that will be of most interest to you is that I have a scrolling background of the icons of apps that have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are my own apps, some of them are fake apps. But I thought it'd be fun to open it up to other developers like me who are very proud of their games but never (or barely) got noticed.

So the quick breakdown:

The good:

Your app gets some free exposure!

The unfortunate:

Per what I've heard about Apple's Review Guidelines, I don't think I can actually link to your app from my game. However, I will have a link to my website that will list all of the other developers' apps displayed in my background.

Furthermore, there's a chance my game gets flat-out rejected because I'm displaying apps other than my own. I hope that's not the case, but it could happen, especially in light of the fact that...

The risk:

My game is making fun of Apple. They may hate me (and, by association, you!) for poking fun at them.

So...

If you're still interested, here's what I'd need from you:

1. Your App Icon
-Format: .png
-Size: 512x512 (I'll shrink it down for the various different sprite sheets for the different devices)
-Prerounded, if possible: (Like how it'd look on an actual iOS device) I'd prefer this just to make my job go a little faster.

2. Your App Title
-This may get truncated if it's too long and doesn't fit in my graphic

3. Your App Price
-Hopefully: free, 0.99, or 2.99 so that I don't have to make more art, haha!

4. Your/Your Company's Name
-I'll display this on my website next to your app in the list of Other Developers' Games featured in my background

You can either post these things here on this thread, or you can email me at: thumbsnailstudios --> gmail. If by email, please mention "Icon for BG" in the subject. By posting/email me this information, you agree that you own the artwork and are cool with me sticking it in my game as part of the background.

I have no idea how many (if any) of you will be interested in this. I'll be doing a "first come, first serve" approach since I don't have unlimited texture space. For now, if you have developed multiple games, I'll limit you to just one of your apps. But if hardly anyone is interested in doing this, I'll accept multiple app icons from the same person.

Thanks for your time! By the way, I wish I could promise you that my game will become wildly popular and that your app will in turn receive tons of exposure. But we all know that's unlikely, so this is mostly for fun.

Last edited by ThumbSnail; 04-29-2015 at 12:36 PM. Reason: Added link to screenshots
04-29-2015, 12:34 PM
#2
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Under a Raincloud
Posts: 102
I added some screenshots of my game to the following thread so you can see if you'd be interested in joining in:

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=260575

04-29-2015, 01:01 PM
#3
I don't quite understand how the gameplay works? Do you have any videos?

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04-29-2015, 01:14 PM
#4
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Under a Raincloud
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I don't have any videos at the moment, but I can give a quick explanation. There are, in effect, two modes:

1. Flight Mode: Flappy birds and one-star reviews are falling from above. Tap anywhere and you move in that direction to dodge. If you get hit by a one-star, you die. If you get hit by a flappy bird, you get stunned. If they miss, they just fly off the screen.

2. Stunned Mode: After you're stunned, lots of flappy bird icons pour down from above (which will no longer stun you) and now start piling up. You have to collect a cloud (aka, a download) to resume flight and escape the flappy birds; otherwise you're buried alive and lose the game.
04-30-2015, 11:50 AM
#5
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Under a Raincloud
Posts: 102
Thanks to those who have joined in so far!

Per request, here is a quick video of the gameplay:


Youtube link | Pop Up
04-30-2015, 08:40 PM
#6
Joined: Nov 2014
Location: China / Canadian
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The game idea is good but to get a bit of pay back I am not sure if that is going to get you anywhere.h
04-30-2015, 09:51 PM
#7
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@1stSPIN-

I'm not quite sure what you mean. This certainly isn't meant to be vindictive. It's supposed to be funny and fun, and I hope it comes across that way.
05-01-2015, 09:05 AM
#8
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If you feel in your heart you are doing it for all the right reasons then do it. I believe you just got to keep plugging away and eventually you will be rewarded
05-01-2015, 10:38 AM
#9
Joined: May 2015
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 6
Honestly, regardless of your motivation, the gameplay video posted above is hilarious!
05-01-2015, 08:57 PM
#10
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Just saw your video. Nice!
I didn't have a chance because we are putting the finishing touches on a new game.