Skipping Reaper?

This is keyed out, still needs some tweens and the final art work. Back to the frying pan.

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Letter Quest In-App Purchases and Revenue

We’ve spent a lot of time trying to find an in-app purchase strategy that is both fair to players, and makes us some money. When we first launched Letter Quest, we went with a very simple IAP model of a $1.99 gem doubler, and some gem packs. The issue with that was that we were very fair with the gems that players earn as they play, as we spent a lot of time balancing the game…so of course very few people actually bought the gem doubler. We honestly expected that might happen. Several nice players bought it anyway and then toggled it off, just to support us. The game was free, and because of that we were able to get over 100,000 players in the first few weeks after release on iOS, and around 5,000 players on Google Play. In a later update, we added in a bonus shop that contained several optional weapons and letter tile sets. We charged $1.99 for all of this bonus content, and gave it away for free to anyone that had previously bought the gem doubler because we wanted to do something nice for our “early adopters”. We also added in an option that let players donate $0.99 to us. We did much better with this new strategy, since the new bonus content looked good and was desirable to players. The donate a dollar didn’t do very much, but we didn’t expect it to – we added it because many players asked us for it, saying that they’d love to donate a dollar to help us out. A huge thank you to those players, and to all players that have purchased something! Unfortunately we still haven’t made very much money with the game. We’re going to be doing a full-disclosure post once we can find the time, and share all of the sales stats with everyone in the hopes that it will be useful to some other indie developers. But for now we can tell you that we’re not making anywhere near enough to continue doing this for much longer. One of us has been doing this full-time for a year now with no pay, and the other part-time while working a full-time job. I’m (Mark/Code Bandit) the one that is doing this full-time. We’ve made a bit of money, enough to cover our legal fees and software expenses, but honestly that’s about it. I haven’t made anything for my year of time at this point, which is pretty scary. So we’re trying a bunch of different things in the hopes that we can make some money and continue to support this game, and make more games (one of which we’ve already started). First up, in the next update we’re going to be adding another hero/playable character. At that point, the bonus shop will include an optional character, six optional weapons, and five optional tile sets. The weapons can now be leveled up. The heroes can also be leveled up, and gain unique stat boosts at each level to further differentiate them from each other. We’re going to bump the price of the bonus shop to $2.99 or $3.99 since it’s a huge amount of content. We’re also changing it so that players can see all of the content in the bonus shop before purchasing it. And Grimm and his default weapon will be upgradeable even for free players, the hope being that they’ll enjoy how all that works and will want to pay for the bonus content. The next update also includes a fourth star type for each stage, a crystal star,...

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New Hero Preview

Art Bandit here. It’s been too long since I last posted. So what I’m going to be doing tonight is give you a preview of the NEW Reaper coming to the Bonus Shop.   The plan is that she is going to have a ghost dog with her helping her out. Feedback is welcomed. Well back to the frying pan. Addition: Here’s her Victory...

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Mr. Ghost’s Journey

Help Mr. Ghost escape from Grimm’s mansion! Earn gems along the way to buy unique accessories for Mr. Ghost on his flappy journey! Mr. Ghost’s Journey features: ● Lots of unique accessories like glasses, a beanie, a pipe, and more! ● One-touch gameplay – flap Mr. Ghost’s little wings until he’s free as a bird! ● Super difficult – hard to learn, even harder to master! ● Twitter integration – tweet your best score! ● 3 leaderboards – compete with your friends! ● 10 achievements Mr. Ghost’s Journey is the result of the first-ever Bacon Bandit Games “Peanut Butter and Game Jam” – a 24-hour Game Jam where we build whatever we can in 24 hours. The game is a side-story for Mr. Ghost – one of the monsters in our first full game, Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey. Mr. Ghost’s Journey was released on Google Play on March 13, 2014, and on the App Store on March 25, 2014. Meet the hero of Mr. Ghost’s Journey, Mr. Ghost! Here you can see him listening to his favorite music (classical, in case you were curious!)....

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Affiliate Program for iTunes

I recently saw the topic of the iTunes affiliate program come up over on My-Indie-Story. First off, that site is fantastic, and if you’re a mobile game developer you should definitely check out all of his articles! He’s very transparent with his revenue, and gives very detailed breakdowns about what works, what doesn’t, etc. Now back to affiliate programs. Up until now, I never really knew what that even meant. After reading up on it, it turns out that you can make money with iTunes just by sending people there with special affiliate links. Basically how this works is, you provide special URLs to take people to products in the App Store, and if they buy anything, you get paid a commission! It’s pretty sweet! At worst you’ll end up making little or nothing, so you’ve really got nothing to lose! For Bacon Bandit Games, we now use affiliate links on our website, twitter, facebook, in our custom in-game ads, and anywhere else that we can. In a few months I’ll update this post with the revenue we’ve earned from the affiliate program! On Review For Dev they published an article back in 2012 about how to sign up for the iTunes affiliate program. While very helpful at the time, those steps are now outdated due to several changes in how the affiliate program works. It used to be that you had to sign up for multiple different sites to cover different countries, integrate all of those into georiot (more on that soon), etc. As of April 1, 2014, all countries for the iTunes affiliate program will be handled through PHG. Thankfully, it’s way easier to sign up now than it was a few years ago. Here’s how: Sign up for the iTunes affiliate program at http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply If everything goes well, you’ll eventually get an email saying that you were accepted into the affiliate program. In that email there will be an alphanumeric “Affiliate ID”, you’ll be needing that soon! Log in to PHG at https://itunes.phgconsole.performancehorizon.com and set up your payment details so that you can get paid once you’ve made some money! Sign up for a GeoRiot account at http://www.georiot.com/home – the site explains why you want to do this, but in short it’s because even though you’re now part of the iTunes affiliate network, you’ll still have the issue of sending people to the wrong store frequently. For example, say you put a link to a product in the US iTunes store, but someone from a different country clicks on it – they’ll get an error. GeoRiot takes care of all of this! Now sign in to GeoRiot, click Affiliate, then “Connect an affiliate program”, and then enter your Affiliate ID/token from step 2. This will connect your PHG affiliate information to GeoRiot. You should now see a huge list of countries, all having your PHG Affiliate ID. Now you’re ready to start creating affiliate links! To make a PHG affiliate link, you need to add your affiliate ID at the end of the URL. Here’s the affiliate URL I used for our game Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey in the US App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id836458509?at=11lvAL To make your own link, use: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id00000000?at=AAAAAA where 00000000 is your product’s App Store ID, and AAAAAA is your PHG Affiliate ID that you got in step 2 In GeoRiot, click on Links, then paste your link into the “Add a link” box. You can even create a custom URL, here’s my custom URL for Letter Quest http://georiot.co/letterquest and for Mr. Ghost’s Journey http://georiot.co/mrghostsjourney. That’s it! Just use your GeoRiot links anytime you want to link...

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