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    Hey guys!
    My name is Jonathan Glass and I just wanted to introduce myself.
    I run Toolhead Games and am excited for our first Android game release in the play store!
    As a new developer I've been finding it very difficult to get noticed in the play store.
    Even posting an introduction on here that included a link to my site ended up getting deleted.
    So what are some sites or resources you guys use to find new games?
    There has to be a better way.
     
  2. Jonny Kansas

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    First, welcome to the forum!

    Second, I find most of my new games via reviews/etc from android-related sites, or by accident while browsing the Play Store.

    Occasionally, I find a new game via word of mouth.
     
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    Welcome to DF
     
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  5. toolheadgames

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    Thanks for the warm welcome guys!
    I got your message Jeffrey and I definitely hear where you're coming from.
    I run a forum on a music site of mine and it's hard enough to keep spam out let alone tell who is a legitimate user. I'm definitely not a hit and run kind of guy though. I'm in it for the long haul and especially more so if I keep getting good advice like I already am on this thread alone.
    On that note to Jonny Kansas...could you tell me some of the sites you're referring to?
    I think the biggest problem with android games market is there is little to no quality control. Anybody can make any garbage they can think of and release it with little to no testing. Thus the play store has become saturated with nonsense and google is not helping with the algorithms they use.
    I'm definitely the type of person that takes pride in my work though. I would rather create something that is fun with replay value than a quick gimmicky app.
    That said I do look forward to hearing opinions and preferences from other users.
    Good to be here guys.
     
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  6. Jonny Kansas

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    Aside from this forum, I follow several sites via RSS feed and twitter.

    Droid Life, Phandroid, Android Authority are the more android specific sites I frequent. I also sometimes find games/apps to try from articles on Gizmodo (even though they're HEAVILY in favor of Apple products there) and the Verge.

    Other than that, it's kinda just trial and error. I browse the store and check out screen shots and videos. Your best bet to grab my attention is a great looking icon and name. That's the first step for me. If that doesn't get my attention, I don't go further. After that, if the description is lacking and/or the screenshots/videos don't show gameplay and graphics clearly so I get an idea of what I'm getting into, I'm out after that as well.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum...good luck with your app / game development.
     
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    Ha ha I suck. Welcome to the forum.
     
  10. FoxKat

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    Also don't forget the Amazon app store. There is also a free app of the day promotion for paid apps that gets your name and product out there quickly. Yes, you give up a small portion of profit on those who download the game during those promotions but it's only one day and the reviews are worth the small number of freebies.
     
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    Just tried the game. Three things...

    First, if there's one thing I can't stand it's being blasted at full volume by the music from a video game unexpectedly when it starts. I had to scramble in a panic to then turn down the volume and it took several seconds before the volume control would even respond. All that time I was being blasted by the music. Perhaps a splash screen to "adjust your volume", before the music starts? Idk, something.

    Second, after you hit "Play Game" it starts by showing ads for other games that can be downloaded but the screen size is incorrect and so the "X" to exit wasn't readily obvious at first. I began flipping by the ads and couldn't figure out how to get past it then noticed the half circle at the top right and figured it out. See screen shot below.

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    Third, in the middle of the game I got a phone call. After the call my screen went black but the music continued. I couldn't regain control of the game or even the phone at first. I tried hitting the back button but nothing happened. Eventually I was able to get to the home screen but even going to the home screen and back to it from the list of running apps kept taking me to the intro have title screen for about a half second and then right to a black screen while the music continued. The game was also still running in the background as I heard my player get killed. The back button did nothing. After maybe 6 attempts I was taken to the start screen where you hit "Play Game", probably because I got killed.

    Hope these tips help.

    P.S. I was bummed because I was on a roll and racking up points... Could have beat ollie's 72 with ease! :( Lol :p
     
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  12. Jonny Kansas

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    [​IMG]

    The ads before I could play had the x clearly visible.

    I got rapid fire right before I died. That would've been fun.

    Takes a second to adjust to the controls, but I like it.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
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