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Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:05 pm
by psj3809
quantum wrote:Minter makes £1.75 per copy so must need to shift at least 1,000 every month while it's his top game, that's hard work... I wonder how long he'll go on doing it?
Yep its sad to hear, its crazy as people seem to like free games but then spend a fortune on freemium games ! But theyre the types to moan its not 69p when an app comes out and its not freemium !

I buy games instantly theyre released, i'm 40, i dont care if i wait a fortnight the game might be 69p instead of 1.99 ! I'm quite happy for the dev to get more of my money. But way too many people seem to wait for price drops and then moan when nothing new/innovative comes out in the future (as these devs dont seem to be making much).

Hope Minter carries on with his games on iOS

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:57 am
by psj3809
Another game came out last night...

Ms Splosion Man
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183556

I didnt know anything about it, apparently its a great X-Box platformer, just downloading it now. £1.99 but from what i've seen of the youtube videos of the original game it looks great

And another....

Fester Mudd
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183523
Only 69p, seems to be a good 'lucasarts' point n click homage. Downloading now, nice small filesize as well

But PLEASE check out Star Warfare Black Dawn which i mentioned earlier...
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183314

Loving it, Borderlands clone, tons of missions so far, nice graphics, has IAP's but theyre very lite, theres tons of coins to get so i havent had to buy one IAP. Really loving this, yeah its only March/April but game of the year so far. Lots of people are raving about it on Touch Arcade, great to have borderlands in the palm of your hand

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:13 pm
by DreamcastRIP
psj3809 wrote:Another game came out last night...

Ms Splosion Man
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183556

I didnt know anything about it, apparently its a great X-Box platformer, just downloading it now. £1.99 but from what i've seen of the youtube videos of the original game it looks great.
The game apparently includes a humorous dig at Capcom for their shenanigans in ripping off 'Splosion Man with their MaXplosion game. :mrgreen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27Splosio ... ontroversy

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:46 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
I hope the new price point works out for LLamasoft as I've always been a fan since my Vic 20 gaming days.

If am being honest, he hasn't used social media that well to publicise his products - mostly his twitter is about feeding animals for example and he doesn't interact with his followers - maybe he need a separate feed for his games? The potential is there and the games are good, but I think he maybe needs to 'play the game' a bit better.

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:24 pm
by The Beans
psj3809 wrote:Star Warfare - Black Dawn
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183314

Well this came out last night, very surprised as i think its really good. Never really played Borderlands at all but this is like the iOS equivalent. Bit of an action RPG game, you accept missions, go off and with a first person view you have to kill x number of baddies or pick up certain packages.

You then get your reward, pay for extra guns, level up and use other skills etc.

For the price i think its excellent, really enjoying it
Yep, it's excellent. The fact it's so cheap makes it double excellent. It does borrow heavily from Borderlands but that's no bad thing for me. Great shout.

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:51 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
Star Warfare looks fun, but my ancient touch ipod doesnt look like it will run it :(

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:19 pm
by psj3809
Timothy Lumsden wrote:Star Warfare looks fun, but my ancient touch ipod doesnt look like it will run it :(
How old we talking? iPod 4 apparently works okay

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:37 am
by Joey
Two days ago i discovered Ticket to Ride.

Can't stop playing it.

Help...

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:26 am
by psj3809
Duke Nukem 2
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=184183

This is the old old game before it went to an FPS. This is the old version when it was an action platformer, well worth picking up, controls are good, old skool graphics, takes me back to the early 90's with this one

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:05 am
by CraigGrannell
psj3809 wrote:Hope Minter carries on with his games on iOS
Likewise, but here's what he said to me on Twitter yesterday:
that's partly why I'm off to pastures new. 2 years on the App Store ended up actually costing me money :(
(That was in response to my point about the App Store never featuring his games, even in retro round-ups.) The new Android Gridrunner page also points at a change of direction for Llamasoft. Back to bigger projects carries with it more risk, but then it looks like Minter hasn't fared that well on iOS, which is a crying shame. Gridrunner in particular at 69p is a steal (frankly, if anyone who owns an iPhone and iPad on this forum hasn't bought a copy, you should be bloody ashamed of yourself), and even on my insanely packed iPhone, I've still got almost all the Llamasoft titles installed.

I always love it when an indie gets an unexpected yet deserved hit. Zach Gage had been doing wonderful iOS titles (a highlight being the fantastic Halcyon for iPad) but getting nowhere, resigning himself to being a struggling New York artist. And then: SpellTower. BOOM! Suddenly, he's in that wonderful position of being able to think, work and experiment. I just wish Jeff had had the same experience—even a couple of hundred thousand sales for a Gridunner or a relatively piffling 50,000 for Goatup 2 could have done the job. But the former remains brutally ignored, even by shooter fans and the latter has barely gotten any coverage, although Edge at least gave it an 8. (Nothing last time I checked on any of the big iOS gaming sites though.)

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:25 am
by psj3809
^Yeah its a shame, also too many people seem to wait for a price drop. I mean in the year 2013 people wait to save a pound or 69p ?!? Are things that bad ? Then all we get is freemium crap as indie devs cant afford to release games sadly.

Anyway onto happier times, a few games are coming out of the woodwork in New Zealand, these will hit the UK at midnight tonight....

The Older Brothers
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=184197
LOVE the look of this, an old skool platformer, by indie devs, no IAP's, watch the video, it looks great

Badland
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=184198
Dont normally like 'runner' style games but this looks amazing, great graphics, simple gameplay

Slayin
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=184201
Just arrived (midnight tonight), love the retro style graphics and controller, i'll pick this up later, hopefully its decent

Rico
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183141
This has already been out a week and i've mentioned it before but please take a look, a really nice retro style platformer

Fester Mudd
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=183523
Again have mentioned this, but check it out, a very nice homage to the old skool Lucasarts point n click games

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:37 am
by CraigGrannell
psj3809 wrote:^Yeah its a shame, also too many people seem to wait for a price drop. I mean in the year 2013 people wait to save a pound or 69p ?!? Are things that bad ? Then all we get is freemium crap as indie devs cant afford to release games sadly.
Even on the YakYak forum, someone was moaning about the price of Goatup 2, saying it wasn't an impulse purchase. I do sympathise if people genuinely can't afford that, but for most people it's just the comparison with unsustainable pricing.

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:39 am
by DreamcastRIP
CraigGrannell wrote:
psj3809 wrote:Hope Minter carries on with his games on iOS
Likewise, but here's what he said to me on Twitter yesterday:
that's partly why I'm off to pastures new. 2 years on the App Store ended up actually costing me money :(
Gutted. :(

The single most dominant factor for why I bought an iPhone in the first place was the news that Llamasoft were to release new retro-style games on iOS.

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:48 am
by Darran@Retro Gamer
That's really sad news about Jeff. We just reviewed GoatUp2 and given it 90 odd% It's a fantastic game that's well suited to iOS. Amazed his stuff isn't doing better than it is :(

Re: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:02 am
by CraigGrannell
It's worth noting that Llamasoft hasn't stated online that it's no longer going to do any iOS games, but it looks like—for the near future—it won't be working iOS-first. Instead, the Android page states larger PC/Mac projects that might then end up on mobile. Given the nature of the industry right now, that's got to be a risk, but then if they're not making enough money, it's worth shaking things up and seeing what happens.

Right now, Game Center's showing under a thousand Goatup 2 players. Goatup looks the most popular title, at around 5.5k. Staggeringly, Gridrunner only has a smidge under 4k, which is depressing. These don't equate directly to sales, of course, because deletion of a game can take with it GC details, but it showcases Minter's not been able to crack the App Store with a full-on hit.

The App Store curators really don't help, of course. Devs can really be helped with those round-ups in the App Store, but, as far as I recall, only Super Ox Wars ever made one of those lists, including ones about retro games. There's a new one on the UK store now, grouping a bunch of platform games. No Goatup 2 but a slew of one-thumb games that don't even belong in the selection. Annoying, to say the least.