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Gave up on games, wrote a biz app!

12-10-2010, 08:49 PM
#1
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Cupertino
Posts: 53
Gave up on games, wrote a biz app!

Wrote 2D and 3D games, had a lot of fun. No money. Trying our luck now with business apps, less fun more money?

If you have time, could you give some feedback / comments on the review thread:

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showth...threadid=75824

We're adding game mechanics to some business activities, allowing users to create a private network & "check-in" to locations for recognition and awards.

--yarri

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playNgive LLC - social gaming on the iPhone
Company Info
AppStore: Sumo Tap (2D Multiplayer fun) Circus Blast (3D Puzzle Shooter)
Coming Soon: Pictahunt! (Turn-based Social Word Game)
12-12-2010, 03:43 PM
#2
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Cupertino
Posts: 53
By the way, is anyone else doing this, developing both games & business/productivity apps? Are you releasing under separate companies or publishers or not worrying about that?

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playNgive LLC - social gaming on the iPhone
Company Info
AppStore: Sumo Tap (2D Multiplayer fun) Circus Blast (3D Puzzle Shooter)
Coming Soon: Pictahunt! (Turn-based Social Word Game)

12-12-2010, 06:45 PM
#3
It's good to diversify.

Strife: Quest for the Sigil - FPS/RPG blend of action!
12-13-2010, 02:59 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Cupertino
Posts: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by originalcopy View Post
It's good to diversify.
No doubt. I've actually enjoyed using some of the game technology for the business app, and could imagine bring more social aspects to a game again one day.

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playNgive LLC - social gaming on the iPhone
Company Info
AppStore: Sumo Tap (2D Multiplayer fun) Circus Blast (3D Puzzle Shooter)
Coming Soon: Pictahunt! (Turn-based Social Word Game)
12-16-2010, 03:59 PM
#5
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: xor eax, eax
Posts: 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by yarri View Post
By the way, is anyone else doing this, developing both games & business/productivity apps? Are you releasing under separate companies or publishers or not worrying about that?
Yep. I used to develop games as a hobby, and business apps during my daytime job.
After three games I decided to write a productivity / travel app - and it was a good decision.

Whether you develop games or apps, if you manage to finish it, it will be a joyful experience.

Last edited by Carlos; 12-16-2010 at 05:08 PM.
12-17-2010, 01:33 AM
#6
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 179
Both your travel app and games looks very good.
Is the travel app selling much better then games?
12-17-2010, 05:36 AM
#7
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Italy
Posts: 1,452
keep in mind that games are by far the most popular category in the store.
So, you might sell well if you have a very good app idea, but in general it's not a "better" market than games.
12-19-2010, 11:57 AM
#8
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: xor eax, eax
Posts: 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by simfrontier View Post
Both your travel app and games looks very good.
Is the travel app selling much better then games?
Thanks. Well, the app started off better compared to my games. But it's rather a niche app, therefore I expect ups and downs.
Btw, 3D Jingle Bells has got good sales lately, being a seasonal game.

Last edited by Carlos; 12-19-2010 at 12:05 PM.
12-19-2010, 03:47 PM
#9
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 659
I think it's pretty hard to make money on software in general if you just want to make money easier way would be by building a website.
12-19-2010, 04:57 PM
#10
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: xor eax, eax
Posts: 755
If you keep developing quality apps, you will be rewarded. It might take some time, though.