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Biggest turn offs in game titles

11-25-2015, 04:12 PM
#1
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Biggest turn offs in game titles

I was just inspired to open this thread when I spotted the new Tappy Golf thread in the main forum (sorry David Horn!).

What words in a game title will instantly put you off a game, even before you've seen a screenshot, app icon or description? For me, there's at least the following:

Tappy
Flappy
Zombie
Match
Defense (Yep, sorry Shovelware Games, I just don't get on with tower or lane defence games, or American spellings!)
Friends (social integration alert)
Game (really shouldn't need to put this in the title)
Endless (partly endless runner fatugue, partly a dislike of overly descriptive titles)

I'm not saying there aren't good games with these words in the title, but they definitely all sound a warning in my brain when I see them.
11-25-2015, 04:34 PM
#2
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Free
PvP, usually means some fort of free to play game.

Even though there are some good games with these in the title, it's still a turnoff: Block, Square, Ball.

Last edited by coolpepper43; 11-25-2015 at 05:16 PM.

11-25-2015, 05:05 PM
#3
Free - since it means iap filled
11-25-2015, 05:45 PM
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I think we already have a thread like this. I remember my reply being along the lines of "titles with more than 4 words..." Something like that.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
11-25-2015, 05:46 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SherlockEB View Post
Free - since it means iap filled
Yeah, but then when i see free now, the first thing that comes to mind is to check what the gameplay is. Chances are, if it's a twitchy-type game, or a quick fix one, it may just be ads, in which case i'd look for an ad remover or something.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
11-25-2015, 05:53 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
Yeah, but then when i see free now, the first thing that comes to mind is to check what the gameplay is. Chances are, if it's a twitchy-type game, or a quick fix one, it may just be ads, in which case i'd look for an ad remover or something.
Yes, I really love some of those twitchy games. A lot of them have an ad remover as the only iap which makes it a premium game.
11-26-2015, 04:44 AM
#7
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There might be another thread, I find it hard to search for general discussion topics.

I'd also add Episode to my list, as I'm too impatient to wait for new episodes which may never come.

Pixel tends to instantly get my attention though.
11-27-2015, 12:49 AM
#8
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The sad thing is devs need to sneak as many keywords into their titles as possible since they rank higher than regular keywords and drive downloads. Apple needs to set a character limit on titles at like 20? So you don't have titles that are like:

flappy best free game ever threes endless runner : the angry bird best free game
11-27-2015, 01:50 AM
#9
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some people might find it's annoying while we used too many common words for the title. However, like touchmint said, as the dev we really need to put as many keywords as we can for the search term. Those words that sounds annoying in fact, bring more visibility while user is looking for an app on the app store.
With those common words, we wish if some user might intrigued by our apps accidentally through the searching and give a try for it.
If the game is big enough, said like an adventure game, platformer game, sure it's pretty much easier to choose the best title, no need to include those keywords on the title.
However, if the game is pretty small and it comes from unknown dev who doesn't have any experience to promote their game properly. Use this kind of term will the only option.
More info can be search https://searchman.com/
Sorry for my English

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11-27-2015, 06:09 AM
#10
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"Free" hands down