Universal [Soft Launched] Nodeshifter - A Roguelike Arcade Game

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  1. bottledgalaxy

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    #1 bottledgalaxy, Aug 13, 2020
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    Ok so full disclosure we are new to the community and this is our first game. Sincerely appreciate any feedback! We would also love any testers that may be interested.

    We pushed a lightweight version of the game to the UK, Canada, Australia, and Mexico but the Global push won't be until end of August or early September- so if you want to test and you live in one of those countries please email us ([email protected]) or chat so we can send free tokens. Any other countries please also email us (or DM/post here) if you want to test and we can send the TestFlight link.

    Ok on to the fun stuff!

    Story: It’s 1986 and Earth is under attack by a swarm of aliens invading through the computer! Become a pilot of the most secretive and advanced DARPA project to help rid the planet from these pre-internet beings!

    Playstyle: Nodeshifter is a fast-paced roguelike arcade where each run is unique and challenging. The game is simple to play and perfect for short stints of pure bliss or the obligatory “restroom break” time. Each run you will have the opportunity to upgrade your ship which makes smashing aliens easier.

    Mechanics: At the center of your screen is a Hex that must be protected from waves of incoming enemies. To accomplish this goal, you have a Node which moves along a predetermined orbit. You control the direction of the node and the size of the orbit. Destroy enemies by smashing them with your node.

    The Team: There are 3 of us who just love games. We're out of Central Florida and all have much more boring day jobs.

    Our Twitter handle is @nodeshifter and would love to have some follows!

    Pricing Model: Still trying to figure out a monetization model. We started out with a paid version and now we are thinking ads… perhaps both? Feedback on what the community has seen as effective would be amazing!

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    Some art so you can get a feel of the vibe
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    Some of the permanent upgrades you can get... cassettes
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    An enemy example
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    You can subscribe on our website to be notified when we launch, check it out and please share your feedback!

    https://nodeshifter.com
     
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  3. bottledgalaxy

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    Hey, thanks for your interest, just sent the invite. Let me know what you think!
     
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    Just sent it Kevin, let us know what you think!
     
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  6. Jstorm

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    I’d rather choose the aliens to take over the Earth if I have to watch ads.
     
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    Good thing we haven't chosen that route yet! We are actually thinking about having 2 different versions. One paid upfront and another one free with ads. I know a lot of games choose to do an IAP to remove ads, but that just sounds like too much work when you know you dislike ads already. What are your thoughts?
     
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    While I am happy that you are considering the premium and the free with ads versions, will ads only really worth maintaining? I don’t know how much ad views you need to earn a dollar, but if you are going to have two versions, you might want to put some work to add remove ads IAP in the free version with the same price tag as the premium version.

    Those who started with the free version are not likely to go back to the store for a premium version, but might purchase the ad removal IAP.
     
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    ... I guess you don’t need a premium version if you are going to put remove ad IAP. Brain fart early in the morning.
     
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    Ohh definitely. IF we go down the free route, there WILL be an IAP to remove ads. We'll just have a standalone app as well.
    We have no idea how much ad views you need to earn a dollar either unfortunately. This is our first game so we are learning as we go. But we soft launched over a week ago and we got 0 sales. So that's what is making us think about the free version...
     
  11. bottledgalaxy

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    Well, I don't know about that... some people might steer away from Free games altogether thinking that they are ad based?
     
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    Well, sorry to hear that you had 0 sales so far... but with so many apps being added to the AppStore each day, you kinda have to promote your game somehow so that people know that your game exists in the first place. I think this forum is a good place to start.
    At the least you are guaranteed to get a sales from me.
     
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    Thank you for the support! I hope my comment didn't come out as I was whining about not getting sales haha, it was just an observation that is making us re-think our monetization strategy.
     
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    i like your game, more i play and more i am better.

    it's true you need to promote your game somewhere, and i think too toucharcade is a good place to do that
     
  15. bottledgalaxy

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    That's great to hear! Any feedback? Recommendations? Critiques? Anything is welcome!
     
  16. Jstorm

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    I will just wait until the game is globally available.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Just played a bit and i think it’s a great game! Not so easy and yet not so hard and super simple to play!
     
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