Strange Days Down under

Discussion in 'Public Game Developers Forum' started by Jason Stark, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Jason Stark

    Jason Stark Active Member

    Jun 5, 2012
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    Noosa, Australia
    After much hard work, disappointments and a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, our family-based indie studio has been thrilled to watch our first game, "Run Fatty Run" zoom up the Aussie charts during the past few days.

    It was a pretty awesome moment to hit the top ten but we were dumbstruck to see it settle at a respectable #3 on iPhone and #2 on iPad, just underneath Angry Birds Space HD.

    And then, late last night, just for a few special hours we overtook Angry Birds and the icon representing the "Games" category on iPad in Australia was an overweight man in a pink shirt.

    We like to think there's a big red panic button at Apple, just for when things like that happen. :)
     

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  2. obscenemedia.com

    obscenemedia.com Active Member

    Hi Jason,

    That's amazing news!! For those of us who are just starting out, do you have any tips, suggestions, etc.?
     
  3. HeliApps

    HeliApps Well-Known Member

    Congrats.

    What changed to make it go up the charts ?
     
  4. Jason Stark

    Jason Stark Active Member

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    For us the catalyst was a feature on the awesome Aussie video game show, "Good Game: Spawn Point". People seemed to like the fact that we press-ganged our kids and made them work for us. :)

    http://www.abc.net.au/abc3/goodgamesp/transcripts/s3590467.htm
     
  5. Jason Stark

    Jason Stark Active Member

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    DO
    - press-gang your children into working for you (This one might be particular to us. :) )
    - be nice to your fellow indies, even the cranky ones
    - play a lot of games. It's surprisingly easy to forget this.
    - learn about marketing
    - learn about accounting
    - learn about business
    - find someone else to do the marketing, accounting and business
    - realise that 90% of marketing is making friends and keeping them
    - find someone to tell you that your ideas suck when they suck.
    - find someone to tell you that your ideas were good when you can't remember that they were.
    - get some sun every now and then.

    DONT
    - leave the marketing until the end, even though you'll really want to.
    - be mean. This is a rule many people forget.
    - compromise your vision for money. There are a lot of people out there better at making money than you but your vision is yours alone.
    - complain that life is unfair. Everyone already knows.
    - ever, EVER give up
     
  6. phongtt

    phongtt Well-Known Member

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    Congrats and thanks for sharing! :)
     
  7. MHille

    MHille Well-Known Member

    pressure from above

    I thought there was some massive weight above JiggleSaw stopping it going up the charts, I just didn't expect it to be wearing a pink shirt :).

    Grats on the game and that awesome spot on channel 2. Marketing that money can't buy.

    I hope it translates in to some paid bills.

    Matthew
     

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