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How to get into What’s Hot category at US iTunes?

08-08-2011, 10:50 AM
#1
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: USA
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How to get into What’s Hot category at US iTunes?

Hi honorable TouchArcade community,

Did anyone analyze why your app (game) got/didn’t get into iTunes What’s Hot category? Which factor is crucial, the number of downloads or the number of ratings/reviews, or something else beyond our developer’s control?

From our experience, Zepi:Classic HD, which was released 03 August 2011, hit Top Games Paid iPad Apps on 05 August (position #179), and has been in Top Puzzle Paid iPad Apps (#40) for several days, but it didn’t hit What’s Hot category.


Any thoughts?

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08-08-2011, 11:50 AM
#2
Joined: Feb 1983
Location: Barcelona
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Release something that isn't a reskin.

08-08-2011, 11:56 AM
#3
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Originally Posted by Hodapp View Post
Release something that isn't a reskin.
Every time I read Eli's responses, I say "Oh Snap!" in my head... even when he's ripping into me.

Additionally, I like his most recent profile changes. vrbo.com... lol. And apparently he joined the forum before there was internet.

From what I've seen, the "What's Hot" section is generally a hand curated selection of the most popular "New and Noteworthy" games from the past that were featured on the main page (not the sub categories). If you get featured in N&N, and your game is popular there, generally you stand a good chance of getting moved down into the "What's Hot" section.
08-08-2011, 12:01 PM
#4
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Location: Barcelona
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I'm not ripping into anyone, but I'd say the exact polar opposite of "What's Hot" is a reskin of a matching game.
08-08-2011, 03:51 PM
#5
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 1,674
oh nooo.. one of the upcoming projects is a match game


as for whats hot.. bravado is right there.. its more or less the second chance of being featured if you did well sales wise and you can stay alot longer on that list... but i'm not sure if you need to be on n&n

but then again the hole featuring with apple became pretty confusing over time with all the sub section of the big features.. theme features, appstore essentials, staff picks etc. etc.
and the wider they spread their "special" spotlights the less they are usefull.. like for example the completly useless sub categorie features..
08-08-2011, 04:22 PM
#6
Joined: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 245
Stacword Match Day made it into the What's Hot for Eduction software in the UK. I think ratings play a big part in it.

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08-08-2011, 08:49 PM
#7
I set my game Flower Board HD free for a few days and now it reached top 10 Free Puzzle games US Store (for iPad). Does it have a chance to go into N&N or What hot?

Last edited by phoenix_mobile; 08-08-2011 at 08:52 PM.
08-08-2011, 09:32 PM
#8
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Location: Berlin, Germany
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Originally Posted by phoenix_mobile View Post
I set my game Flower Board HD free for a few days and now it reached top 10 Free Puzzle games US Store (for iPad). Does it have a chance to go into N&N or What hot?
do you have iap or iads? something that earns apple any money?
08-08-2011, 10:35 PM
#9
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Posts: 2,026
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr.Ugly View Post
oh nooo.. one of the upcoming projects is a match game


as for whats hot.. bravado is right there.. its more or less the second chance of being featured if you did well sales wise and you can stay alot longer on that list... but i'm not sure if you need to be on n&n

but then again the hole featuring with apple became pretty confusing over time with all the sub section of the big features.. theme features, appstore essentials, staff picks etc. etc.
and the wider they spread their "special" spotlights the less they are usefull.. like for example the completly useless sub categorie features..
Can I beta testing your game my friend?

Ell Tee
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08-08-2011, 10:40 PM
#10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mr.Ugly View Post
do you have iap or iads? something that earns apple any money?
Good question, however, not "any money" but "lot of money" instead, Apple has a long list of N&N games plus games from their partnership developers to consider....

Ell Tee
(aka. Antony)