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Is it worth fixing a bad game?

05-06-2011, 08:05 PM
#1
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Location: Adelaide, Australia
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Is it worth fixing a bad game?

Has anyone had success (i.e. getting a featured in main games category or main categories) after updating their game ?

I have a pretty mediocre game on the app store and of course it hasn't done well. However, I still believe in the basic concept and gameplay (with a few tweaks) and am wondering if it is worth redoing the graphics and icon...

My other idea is to relaunch as appname2 specific to iPad (because of better screen space), but if I do this will it just get rejected as being the same game?

Any advice ?
05-06-2011, 08:39 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Berlin, Germany
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depends on the game.. maybe you can show what you have.

its hard to make a honest judgement right into the dark.

05-06-2011, 09:06 PM
#3
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Really just want to know if anyone else has had success after fixing their games ... obviously looking at redoing the character and objects ...

Last edited by HeliApps; 05-10-2011 at 08:56 PM. Reason: don't really need feedback on what i already know is crappy
05-06-2011, 09:10 PM
#4
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For us in a similar situation, we've decided it's worth giving things an overhaul for a (sort of) major update...not spending too long developing the update though. Then after that I personally would like to work on a new project most of the time...1 app is not enough on the store.

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05-06-2011, 09:14 PM
#5
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well, I have a bad game (actually not too bad). I call it bad cuz it's not fun though with polished graphics.
Now, it's under fixing and has got great improvement.
For my part, it worth fixing. Don't give up!

But as to your game, um....the character looks stupid and unfriendly. The color is dull. You have much room for fixing.
05-06-2011, 10:16 PM
#6
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Location: Berlin, Germany
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hmm well.. the game looks more than rough.. from my pov like an playable prototype /proof of concept rather than something to relase..


question here is if the gameplay is solid enough to warrant spending some serious money into this.

i assume you mean with redoing the assets that you want to hire someone who has the skills to really do something worthwhile..

so it up to you if you feel your idea is worth it..

at the end the best gameplay is worthless if its not put in a nice package.
especialy the iOS market is very visual oriented.


so though descision.. sometimes its better to let a dead horse be death.. and don't jump it all day long to get it running again.. i've seen several projects being poured in too many additional work without getting anywhere

since your game is very rough its an even more tough descision..

i would question myself if i would be even capable of making something of proper quality to alt least get some heads turning.

best of luck
05-10-2011, 03:29 AM
#7
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you'd better find a qualified painter to change the character, really annoying.
And the background color makes me feel hot and dysphoric.
I still wonder how you will design the gameplay.
05-10-2011, 12:33 PM
#8
I would give a resounding "no", its not worth it just imo. You will see some games get featured after a large update yeah, but those are usually only the top dogs, or games that have seen some serious success at some point in their lives (or game companies with internal apple connections).

I think your option 2 is much better... remake the game, maybe add a new game play element here or there, and just release it as an entirely new game -- get another chance for getting featured, another chance for new release buzz, and just another chance at "making a splash."

The reality of updates is that they typically don't do anything for developers unless you already have a large user base -- remember that updates are targeted towards those who already own your game, not new customers. If you don't have a lot of people who already own your game, they aren't going to do much, if anything.

Last edited by Foursaken_Media; 05-10-2011 at 09:48 PM.
05-10-2011, 08:37 PM
#9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Foursaken_Media View Post
I would give a resounding "no", its not worth it just imo. You will see some games get featured after a large update yeah, but those are usually only the top dogs, or games that have seen some serious success at some point in their lives (or game companies with internal app connections).

I think your option 2 is much better... remake the game, maybe add a new game play element here or there, and just release it as an entirely new game -- get another chance for getting featured, another chance for new release buzz, and just another chance at "making a splash."

The reality of updates is that they typically don't do anything for developers unless you already have a large user base -- remember that updates are targeted towards those who already own your game, not new customers. If you don't have a lot of people who already own your game, they aren't going to do much, if anything.
with enough reason!
05-10-2011, 08:54 PM
#10
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Thanks for the helpful response Foursaken Media