iPad How important is "multiplayer" to you?

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When you buy games, how important is "multiplayer" and would you pay more for it?

  1. Multiplayer is great, I can see myself paying more for it

    53.3%
  2. It's nice, but I won't pay extra for it

    24.0%
  3. I don't care for it

    22.7%
  1. byteclub

    byteclub Member

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    As a developer, I'd be very interested in the wisdom of the fine Touch Arcade crowd when it comes to the following question:

    When you buy games for iPhone/iPod Touch, do you consider multiplayer features important? (obviously, doesn't apply to all games). If so, if you had two similar games (think various versions of chess, tic-tac-toe or even Bomberman vs Bomber Online), would you pay more for the one that supports multiplayer vs the one that doesn't?

    Thanks in advance for your input :)
     
  2. sam the lion

    sam the lion Well-Known Member

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    It depends on the game. If the game has a solid singleplayer mode it can be not so important, while a tic-tac-toe does not make sense to me without the online. Actually I am tempted to buy Uno solely on the basis of the multiplayer feature.
     
  3. ourfinesth0ur

    ourfinesth0ur Active Member

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    Multiplayer adds a huge amount of replay value to a game. Once you finally beat the game you can spend that time just playing casually with people. People are always more fun and challenging to play than AI any day. If I was going to put money into a game on the app store, it would definitely be one with a fun multiplayer aspect to it. Think of what games like Galcon would be like without the multiplayer aspect to it. I can safely say that the games with multiplayer are the ones I always end up coming back to play in between classes.
     
  4. ourfinesth0ur

    ourfinesth0ur Active Member

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    I believe that this "can" be true, but I would go as far as to say (most) games could benefit from a well done multiplayer for the very reasons I stated.
     
  5. Skateboard313

    Skateboard313 Active Member

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    Honestly that's the first thing I look for about a game because that's what ultimately makes the game stand out! It's what makes me feel playing the game worth while because there's always 100% replay value
     
  6. VWXYZ

    VWXYZ Well-Known Member

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    If a developer rreleased 3 version:

    Lite (free, demo)
    Full (payed, full version)
    Super (payed ekstra, with multi-player)

    I know quite a few games I would be willing to pay the ekstra for the multi-player, even games where I wouldn't be interested in single player.

    I have a lot fo people to play with you see ;P

    I prefer local multiplayer on a single iPod, but the other work too
     
  7. Sierra275

    Sierra275 Well-Known Member

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    Very true. You either have to make a very, very good single player, like Hero of Sparta, or come up with a very good multiplayer concept (UNO)or just very good multiplayer (Galcon). Sparta has an awesome single player mode. It's everything you could want in such a portable game for $9.99. UNO is, well, online UNO. Can't get better than that. Something I should bring up is that iShoot would absolutely flourish with a online multiplayer mode. *hint*. So it really depends on what kind of game you're looking to create.
     
  8. Maeks

    Maeks Well-Known Member

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    Means very little to me as a Touch user with little access to wi-fi. But I think it's a good feature, since I am in the minority probably with wi-fi coverage (and the iPhone...)so I think some games could really benefit from it.

    However, I loathe when games are online only. It comes off as half a game to me.
     
  9. synagence

    synagence Well-Known Member

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    For me ... most of the times i tend to play games is when my data connection is less available....

    If i have a good data connection i'll be on web or twitter etc
     
  10. LizArd

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    I am one of those who couldn't care less about multiplayer games. I enjoy playing with my friends but not with random people. More than that I actually play games to relax instead of competing and I like my quiet time when I play.

    BUT - I know a lot of people love multiplayer games!
     
  11. HouseTreeRobot

    HouseTreeRobot Well-Known Member

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    here's what I'm wondering, (I might post a poll in fact) for a game that DOES have multiplayer (racing/action games, or even simple card games tic/tac/toe etc) how important is "online" multiplayer?
    or would you usually just play with people nearby?

    From what I see & hear with the iphone/touch, I suspect it may be that people just want to play with those nearby. But maybe thats due to not having too much availible to play worldwide yet?
     
  12. ChrisJefferson

    ChrisJefferson Well-Known Member

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    I do a lot of my playing on the bus or train, when going places, so my signal is often variable, and I need to stop quickly to get off :) So multiplayer is not so useful.

    I don't know how well a turn-based game, where you could pick up and stop again would work on the iPhone, I used to play some in facebook, but they got annoying when people took days to take their turn.
     
  13. Jorlen

    Jorlen Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I use my iphone on the go when I have like 5 minutes or maybe 10 minutes here and there to play, so for my situation, obviously multiplayer has no purpose.
     
  14. jupiter21

    jupiter21 Well-Known Member

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    i think multiplay could help game like BIA, but in general its more important to have offline multiplayer. but it really depends on the game...
     
  15. Diablohead

    Diablohead Well-Known Member

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    Multiplayer on an iPhone should be quick and easy I guess, unlike console games where you can sit through an entire 20 minute match with the iPhone you are probably better off playing quick 2-3 minute online games just in case you have to leave the train or are only on a coffee break.
     
  16. Lunchbox

    Lunchbox Well-Known Member

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    im not to fussed seen as i dont have wifi lol
     
  17. ericxd

    ericxd Well-Known Member

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    multiplayer is great
    but only do it IF the dev is going to do it RIGHT
    no point of playing multiplayer when ur spiking like hell...like bomber online i dont even bother playing online cause it lags so much and i use WIFI at home for it still lags
    so until this problem is fix
    dun bother with multiplayer!
     
  18. RM imagery

    RM imagery Well-Known Member

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    As said, it depends on the game. But me and my friend love playing Vector Ball with wi-fi multiplayer on our own phones. sweet.
     
  19. byteclub

    byteclub Member

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    It's awesome to hear all of your opinions, sounds like it all comes down to what games we are talking about and whether it's implemented well or not. I personally find Galcon online gameplay very enjoyable. On the other hand, games like Strategery or Lux Touch could be so much better if one could play against real people.
     
  20. coconutbowling

    coconutbowling Well-Known Member

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    Lux Touch would be hard to do multiplayer (wifi). It would take forever to choose countries.

    btw, I love Scramboni
     

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