iPad BLAST! - Now Free

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPad Games' started by Daylater, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Daylater

    Daylater Active Member

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    Hey all,

    I've got good news and not so good news. Unfortunately our team has seen some rough roads during these tough economic times and we are postponing all development for a while. It sucks, but it's reality...

    The good news is that we're making BLAST! Free until we get things back in order and can properly finish our 2.0 development. So please enjoy!

    Thanks for all the support and feedback. We hope to be back in production soon, so look for our new games and updates in the (hopefully not to distant) future!

    - Daylater
     
  2. Fletch

    Fletch Well-Known Member

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    Best of luck to you and your team....I just looked up your game on iTunes, but it is still listed as 99 cents...
     
  3. darkhorse

    darkhorse Well-Known Member

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    Its up now, try again.
     
  4. iTouched_You

    iTouched_You Well-Known Member

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    It's still 0.99
     
  5. darkhorse

    darkhorse Well-Known Member

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    Okay, click on the actual game icon while you're on that screen and it'll show the free price.
     
  6. ericxd

    ericxd Well-Known Member

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    lol i thought i got scammm
     
  7. Sorry to hear things aren't too good atm Daylater. I hope you recover soon with what ever issues you have. Guess I'll have to be a bit more patient with the update.
    All the best.
     
  8. Daylater

    Daylater Active Member

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    Wow... just as a testament to anyone who doesn't believe in the power of Free... We nearly matched our lifetime sales overnight by setting the price to free.

    Nice to see people at least playing the game :)
     
  9. Chiller ONE

    Chiller ONE Well-Known Member

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    For a free game this is pretty nice...
     
  10. PointOfLight

    PointOfLight Well-Known Member

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    I hadn't actually heard of this until I saw your post saying you were giving it away for free. Personally, I find this every bit as amusing as The Corsair from PDAMill, which up until this point was probably my favorite portable shooting game up until now. It's really a shame that you couldn't even sell it for 99 cents.
     
  11. Silver Orange

    Silver Orange Well-Known Member

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    Downloaded, Thank you! Looks like a fun game, too bad development has to be postponed:(
     
  12. Daylater

    Daylater Active Member

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    ...We just broke the top 50 free apps for both Action and Arcade :)

    silly.
     
  13. PointOfLight

    PointOfLight Well-Known Member

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  14. spiffyone

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    Hmmm.

    Perhaps the generic title had something to do with this game getting lost in the shuffle. Sad that it happened to such a good game. I've been enjoying it for a day now, and was surprised that such a "full" game, for a gallery shooter, was barely noticed. Then I did a quick google search of "BLAST! iphone", and kept coming up with other apps (mainly Bonsai Blast and another app titled "Blast!!"). Seems that might be a reason that games like this get lost in the app store. So many similar sounding titles leads to consumer confusion.

    Was there ever a "lite" version released?

    I'm sorry to bring these things up, especially when you guys are experiencing difficulty, but I have this desire to know why some games that are quality don't do well on this platform and as I look at examples I'm coming to a basic understanding that sometimes getting lost in the shuffle happens because of "simple" things (in hindsight) that could've been done to raise consumer awareness or avoided to decrease consumer confusion. I'm sure you thought this through already on your own though.
     
  15. PointOfLight

    PointOfLight Well-Known Member

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    I agree with SpiffyOne (like the name, by the way). While the name is quite accurate in more than one sense, it's pretty easy to gloss over as well. I think you should rebrand the game as "Destroy All Elves!" and see if you have any better luck.
     
  16. Daylater

    Daylater Active Member

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    #16 Daylater, Feb 12, 2009
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    Live and Learn

    Well, the title was meant to be generic and descriptive at the same time.
    The holiday subtitle was only ever intended as a "theme". We had, and still have a lot of content and features we want to include. The next theme was going to be "BLAST! - Carnival" and would have been a more generic base for the game. We also had a lite version in the works, but wanted to release it along side our 2.0 update.

    As far as other apps named similarly, We were the first (other than bonsai blast). We actually attempted to contact apple in regards to the "blast!!" app which clearly infringes on our name, but were never able to get a response. There is really no way (that i know of) to get proper support regarding that sort of issue.

    Regardless, i'm very pleased to see the game getting exposure now. It was always a labor of love (we're only a 2 man team working in our spare time) and never intended to get rich... It's not dead, just on hold.
     
  17. PointOfLight

    PointOfLight Well-Known Member

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    A carnival theme would be awesome, assuming you're talking about playing in and amongst the rides. I could easily see a merry-go-round scene, a Ferris wheel scene, and a hall of mirrors scene. Can't wait to see you guys get back to this some day.
     
  18. spiffyone

    spiffyone Well-Known Member

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    Descriptive is good. Generic not so good.

    The problem with picking something generic you wind up with something too generic and thus something that gets lost amidst the other similar sounding generic titles.

    You should shoot for something descriptive and unique. Not so unique as to be confusing in and of itself, but something unique enough that consumers immediately think of your product as soon as they hear or read the name.
     
  19. inferi22

    inferi22 Well-Known Member

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    update without holiday theme
     

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