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AppStore Lists-How does it work and how to get featured?

11-17-2009, 03:52 AM
#1
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AppStore Lists-How does it work and how to get featured?

Hi everyone,

How does an app get featured in each list(specifically:what's hot and new and noteworthy) on the appsotre?
Also, who chooses which apps are on "the best dirt racing game, archer game"? and why are those (dirt racing, archer games) featured and not.. say.. the best music instrument for example?

Cheers
11-17-2009, 04:03 AM
#2
Apple decides who is featured. There isn't a clear-cut method of getting featured and Apple doesn't notify the developer.

We were featured under 'What's Hot' and it is a complete mystery.

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11-17-2009, 01:06 PM
#3
There's also some good info on a previous thread: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=14134

Basically, it starts with making a good app (and you can see what Apple currently likes to get a sense of what they are looking for), some luck and getting exposure.
11-17-2009, 06:02 PM
#4
Well yeah, but I think almost all developers think they have 'a good app' that is worthy of being Featured. And some apps that SHOULD be featured, aren't.

If Apple actually provided us some info on why we were featured- hell ANY FEEDBACK AT ALL- it would be helpful.

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The artist: randall schleufer
Twitter: @FlickittyiPhone

Last edited by Flickitty; 11-17-2009 at 06:08 PM.
11-17-2009, 08:10 PM
#5
Joined: May 2009
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I have no idea exactly how it works but here is my recent experience.

A week or so ago, when Ground Effect had been out for five days it appeared on the "what's hot" list on the App store on the phone. This is under Featured/What's hot then you have to click the "hot new games" button above the top of the list so maybe not the same as being fully "featured". I didn't even know that button was there until Lazrhog tweeted about it.

On checking the games on the list it seems they may all have been that week's highest new entries. This seemed unlikely as Ground Effect wasn't selling that many copies but looking at the charts, it was the highest new entry in Racing games even when it was at about 40.

The list was changed to all new games this morning. Some of them are definitely big risers from the week before (I can't be sure as I obviously wasn't watching all of them) though at least one is older than Ground Effect so I may well be completely wrong about this.

As Ground Effect dropped off this list, it, and several of the others from last week's on-phone "Hot new games" appeared on the iTunes What's Hot list though several others were added that weren't from there.

As I said, I could be wrong but it seems the "What's Hot" lists at least might not be entirely down to arbitrary decisions from Apple.

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11-17-2009, 11:24 PM
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Zombie Karts was placed in both Hot New Games and New and Noteworthy. It was in the former for about 1 week. It's still in the latter (about 2 weeks thus far). I wasn't notified, other than the big sales spike. As it stands, I'm super appreciative that Apple featured the game.
11-17-2009, 11:26 PM
#7
I think the only real formula for getting featured is making a great app/game. Remember this is Apple so how it presents on the iPhone and makes the iPhone/iTouch look is really important. I don't have any evidence but I'm pretty sure if you're game has mediocre graphics/visuals it's not going to get there easily no matter how great/useful your game/app is.

Timing might play an important role in this too. By timing I mean what else has been released that week? Depending on the week you release your game you're game is going to be up against a pool of other games, meaning with any luck (for indies at least) you're going to want to be released on a slow week.

If you do get into New & Noteworthy you'll be there for 3-4 weeks, Hot New Games is 1 week (this will most likely change over time)

just my 2 cents

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11-18-2009, 12:24 AM
#8
Joined: Oct 2009
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By timing I mean what else has been released that week
is there where I can find out the release schedule for iphone apps?
11-18-2009, 01:18 AM
#9
It's been said that being featured on TouchArcade seems to help. Indeed, what happened with my game supports that theory.

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11-18-2009, 02:26 PM
#10
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Originally Posted by Eric5h5 View Post
It's been said that being featured on TouchArcade seems to help. Indeed, what happened with my game supports that theory.

--Eric
Hey Eric,

how exactly did you get featured on TA?