iPad Hiqup on special offer of $0.99 until end of September

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  1. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    I only realised this site had a forum today, I've been subscribed to the RSS feed since it was launched. Thought I'd just pop in a quick message about Hiqup, my peg-jumping puzzle game (it's so much more than peg solitaire with bombs, teleports, blackholes and other features!) which is on sale until the end of September for $0.99 instead of $1.99. For more information, and a video of the game play, please see the following website:

    http://www.hiqup.co.uk/

    Or jump to it directly in iTunes using the following:

    Hiqup

    http://linktoapp.com/Hiqup

    PS. Hope it's OK to post this here. If it isn't I'm sorry mods, please delete and I won't do it again. Promise.
     
  2. different

    different Well-Known Member

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    I was actually considering this at £1.19, but £0.59 was enough to push me off the fence!

    Nice little puzzler there, the addition of the classic boards is a nice touch, but it is the addition of new board shapes and pegs that is more interesting. Coupled with an achievement system (I'm a sucker for these!) and it's a very replayable game.

    Graphics are smooth, and iPhone integration is very good. It's a steal at 59p, good job. :)
     
  3. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    Thanks different. The achievement system is there so everybody can feel like they're progressing, even if they're not completing each board fully, although on the higher levels getting a bronze is tougher. There's nothing as bad as getting a game, only to find it's impossible to get past the first level, especially when it's for casual gamers.

    Glad you like it :)
     
  4. crunc

    crunc Well-Known Member

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    As far as whether or not this type of post is appropriate, it (IMHO) absolutely is, but only as long as you plan to interact with your users here. If it's just an advertisement, then I say no. But, hey, I'm not a mod. :)

    As for your game, I haven't tried it, and must admit that I probably won't, even at only 99 cents, but that's only because the concept isn't terribly appealing to me. The game looks like it's well done, though. I hope you'll put out some more games. Anything in the works?
     
  5. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    More than happy to interact :) Like I said in my first post, I've been subscribed to the RSS feed on this site since day one and never realised there was a forum here. I'll be sure to stick around and interact, don't worry about that.

    No problem, I'm sure it's not everybody's cup of tea! I have another idea in the planning stage at the moment and will most likely start dev work on it in early October, once I'm happy with the premise.
     
  6. AznChaos

    AznChaos Well-Known Member

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    IMO I love it when there devs come here and post about their price drop. It really helps to know that the price is dropped cause I don't have time to check through every app to see if theres a price drop. I'm still kinda pissed that I missed the Gaia price drop cause I never knew about it (I so woulda bought it at $0.99).

    But anyways loving the app so far.
     
  7. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    It's difficult for devs to get the word out, especially for smaller entities and individuals, but it seems like touchArcade are cool with it so that helps a lot and over the last 24 hours it's become obvious to me that it gets a lot of traffic. Visibility is everything on this platform as it's being built on high volume, low prices - that's a huge problem for people like me, without a pit of money for advertising and promotion :)

    I'm sure there are some wonderful games in the app store that nobody knows about because getting it in front of potential purchasers is difficult. Publicity is a requirement for any venture but when each sale is for so little, it becomes even more important to get as much of it as you can! The iTunes app store doesn't make it easy for you to be found so you have to look elsewhere.

    Glad you like Hiqup :)
     
  8. davidmdowning42

    davidmdowning42 Well-Known Member

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    I bought the game like I said I would and posted a review in the store under "Liker". It really is a well-polished little game. I have to ask, did you actually conceive all of the little puzzles? I couldn't imagine coming up with that stuff.
     
  9. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    #9 moopf, Sep 19, 2008
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    Thanks, glad you like it!

    Yeah, I had to conceive all those puzzles which took quite a while. I have a stack of graph paper full of doodled boards with the workings out for each of them, and plenty of pages of ones that didn't work so well or were discounted :)

    The only way I could do it was to draw them out and work them out on paper before adding them into the game. The biggest challenge was rating how difficult the boards were and I went through a process of printing out images of all the boards, arranging them in an order and tweaking them to get into a gradual increase of difficulty.

    But doing all this means that I can 100% say that you can get gold on each board :)

    EDIT: Do reviews take a while to appear? Can't seem to find yours, I presume it's on the US store?
     
  10. davidmdowning42

    davidmdowning42 Well-Known Member

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    #10 davidmdowning42, Sep 19, 2008
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    Hmmm, I've had trouble posting them before. It seemed to work, but I thought there was some kind of review process that delayed it being posted. Should be up by now. I'll try again tonight from iTunes rather than on my iPod. Ain't easy to pry the real computer out of my wife's hands though.

    P.S a suggestion: This game should have a "restart" button on the opposite side from where the "pause" button is. I know that once I hit "pause" I can restart, but then I have to look at the "board details" again before I can keep playing. I'm not satisfied with the lesser medals so I restart the level A LOT, and I imagine lots of people would. I want a button that just pops all the pieces back to their original places immediately.
     
  11. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    No problem, thanks for the suggestion. It would have to have a confirmation screen after touching such a Restart button though otherwise it could get annoying if you accidentally touch the restart button. But it could by-pass loading up the board details, sure. I'm putting a list together of changes for the first update.
     
  12. moopf

    moopf Well-Known Member

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    Just thought I'd bump this. I sent in an update for review yesterday which includes the following changes:

    1. New option to show the top status bar whilst playing Hiqup
    2. New option to turn off the background animations
    3. Tweaked piece selection code for greater accuracy
    4. Level 3, Board 6 now has medal requirements in correct order
    5. Reset button added to game screen for quick restart of a board without having to view 'Board Details' screen

    See, I'm listening :) By the way, Hiqup is still $0.99 until tomorrow when it will go back to its normal price of $1.99. Get it whilst it's cheap.

    Cheers
     
  13. davidmdowning42

    davidmdowning42 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome. I can't wait.
     

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