Synesthetic, the App Store and making a living

Discussion in 'Public Game Developers Forum' started by Alex Dantis, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Hercule

    Hercule Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2010
    I disagree on the price point.
    I don't see a buyer comparing before buying an Ios game at 2$...
    Buying a game on the applestore is an impulse buy.

    99% of the time, buyer look at your icon and at your screenshot. If it looks like fun, he bought it.

    By reducing his price, he will only reduce his income.
  2. Jason Stark

    Jason Stark Active Member

    Jun 5, 2012
    Games Developer
    Noosa, Australia
    It's weird, but if you have a look around, pretty much any monetisation model can be successful -

    "Ski Safari" - a simple endless runner with a straight up $1 purchase.
    "Temple Run" - a free endless runner with in-app purchasing.
    "Ravensword" = a niche RPG with a $7.50 price point

    Although planning your marketing alongside your game sounds very sensible to me.
  3. When I was talking about icon graphics, I was talking about the icon, not the graphics in the game. The game graphics are very good on my new ipad.

    My personal view is that a new icon would help.

    I can see where you are trying to get the game to sync with the music which the other games really don't do, but there must be some way to make it less bumpy and smooth it out a little. I think making the music visualization in the background like in beat hazard would help.

    And I did forget one point in my analysis, it would be nice if the collision sounds were changed. Right now, my music stops and almost has a hiccup sound when it hits something. At first, I thought it may be a bug, but a clang sound would seem better to me. If you are listening to music, it wouldn't seem like you would want it to go mute and a weird sound if you are a music lover. I dunno, maybe some would prefer this, but personally I would rather have a loud clang sound, and music with no interruptions.

    Anyway, just giving you my 2 cents worth. Hope it helps in any small way, and good luck, I hope your next project goes as well as you may hope. :)
  4. #24 Connector, Aug 6, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2012
    I think for most buyers though, a game at 99 cents will attract more impulse buyers. I think how the itunes store works nowadays, most buyers will buy games at 99 cents, but if games are priced more, they will do more research, or not buy off impulse.

    Also, there is competition at the higher price point from two competitors, so a lower price point may cause more sales.

    But if it is niche market, and only a small dedicated market exists, then perhaps a higher price point would be better. But if this game is going to be popular, it needs a lot of sales now, and recommendations either by reviews or word of mouth. So I personally think a lower price point would be good for now. You could raise the price if it did start selling like hotcakes...

    Don't want to put Alex on the spot about this, but would be curious too if there were any plans to run a temporary free in the future to promote sales. I know Boost 2 does temporary frees once in a while, and the iphone version of Supersonic is free, only the hd version is premium.

    No need for an answer on this part cause I don't think any developer likes to talk about price points on a public forum, but using a free app a day promotion might help.

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