Letter Quest Video – by Twisted Inc

Today we have an excellent video by the very talented youtuber Twisted Inc. You can check out more of his awesome videos on his youtube channel or follow him on twitter. He’s also looking for more indie games to do videos of, so if you’re a dev with a cool game drop him a line! We want to say a sincere thank you to Twisted Inc for making this video, we really appreciate it! I especially loved the part where he’s trying to guess the treasure chest word, had me and my girlfriend laughing!...

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Our Experience With Steam Greenlight

Letter Quest has been on Greenlight since April 11, 2014…which is an interesting date, since it also happens to be the first day of PAX East 2014. Unfortunately we overlooked this fact when we added Letter Quest to Greenlight. It’s funny, when you’re getting a Greenlight page ready, you pay attention to all the details – a nice trailer, quality screenshots, a concise description, etc…and then you forget to do a thorough search for major gaming events that are currently happening! Oops! We’re doing okay on Greenlight now, although after 95 days on there we’re still only 52% of the way to the top 100, as you can see here: Based on other devs that have been kind enough to share their Greenlight stats, we’ve seen that a lot of titles get around 7,000 – 10,000 visitors in their first day or two on Greenlight, just from traffic on Steam. We only have just over 9000 total, after 95 days! We’re assuming that is the effect of launching on the first day of PAX East – our first few days didn’t bring in very many visitors. We’ve been doing okay since, but it’s certainly a long process. Letter Quest is a word game at its core, and as such doesn’t seem to appeal to a large portion of the people that vote on Greenlight. We have a demo and link to it in our Steam description, but that doesn’t seem to make much difference, most people never click to try the demo. We’re trying to find a way to get more people to try the game, because almost everyone that plays it gets hooked and really enjoys it, even people that don’t normally like word games. Luckily we got a bit of a boost in visitors and votes when we put a Letter Quest demo on Newgrounds a few weeks ago. The demo has been played over 25,000 times as the time this was written, which is fantastic! It also managed an average rating of 3.96/5 from 780 votes, which we’re told is really, really good for a demo on Newgrounds, since most players downvote demos on there simply due to them being a demo (most Newgrounds players expect full free versions of games). The official launch of Letter Quest on PC and Mac is happening on July 22, 2014 and we’re hoping that helps with Greenlight votes as well. Every copy of the game will come with a Steam key if/when we get onto Steam. Also, right now we’re only selling the desktop version via Humble widgets on the official Letter Quest site. Once the full release of Letter Quest happens on July 22, we plan on selling Letter Quest on several different stores, and hopefully that will help with sales and Greenlight votes! Hopefully in the next month or so I’ll be doing a new post on how we got through Greenlight and will be bringing Letter Quest to Steam! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and if you have a moment to spare please consider voting for Letter Quest on Greenlight: Vote on the web by clicking here Vote on Steam by clicking...

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Choose Your Words Carefully (Part 2)

Last time I talked about how important the wording of your “buy now” button can be. Today’s post is similar – it’s a quick tip about how it’s very important to pay close attention to the wording you choose to use on a game’s landing page! When designing the Letter Quest landing page, we tried our best to follow the tips outlined in Emmy Jonassen’s wonderful landing page design post – thank you so much for posting that Emmy! One thing the article doesn’t talk about though, is how to word the various parts of your landing page. We started selling early access versions of Letter Quest on July 1, 2014. And in three days, we had three different people ask the same question – “if I buy the early access version, does that include the final version too?”. We were a bit put off by the question at first, thinking “wow, we’d be some really evil devs if it didn’t include the final version, does anyone actually do that?”. A quick read of the text beside our Humble widget pointed out the problem. At the time, the first bullet point beside the widget read: Includes early access to Letter Quest on PC Hmm, no wonder people were confused – we didn’t actually outright say anything about it including the full version. We assumed that was a given, but we then realized that, in a time when many devs try to nickel-and-dime players in any way possible, we shouldn’t assume anything. So we updated the wording to: Includes early access to Letter Quest on PC now, and the full game when itโ€™s done Much better! No confusion there! We also mention that it includes a Steam key if/when we get onto Steam via Greenlight. So please do be very careful about your wording when you’re trying to sell something!...

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Acceptable Words in Letter Quest

When making Letter Quest, we wanted our target audience to be everyone, from young children all the way up to the elderly. As such, we spent a lot of time making the game accessible and “safe”, which included many tweaks to our word list. Letter Quest uses a custom word list curated by us manually, from a variety of different sources. NSFW (“Not Safe For Work”) words, such as “sh*t”, were intentionally removed by us, along with racial slurs. If potentially offensive words have an alternate, non-offensive meaning, we generally left them in (ex: “faggot“, which is an alternate spelling of “fagot”, and means “a bundle of something”). We have tried very hard to make a game that is safe for people of all ages, so we felt that this was the best way to handle it. Our word list is currently over 190,000 words, which is actually huge for a word game! As this page explains, there are only just over 170,000 words in the entire Oxford English Dictionary. We have most of the words from the Oxford English Dictionary in Letter Quest, last time I checked (aside from the offensive ones mentioned earlier). The rest of our words are, for the most part, British words. There are many, many more British words that we’re considering adding to the game’s dictionary too, we’re just not familiar with which of them are racial slurs and/or insults, so need to do some research on that! If you come across any words that aren’t accepted by the game, and you believe they should be, please let us know and we’ll be sure to add them!...

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Opening Steam to a Greenlight Page (Easier Voting!)

We’ve had Letter Quest on Steam Greenlight since April 11, 2014. Once you get taken off the front page of Greenlight, you’re on your own for trying to get people to go there and vote…it’s really difficult! The Newgrounds demo that we recently posted has helped out a lot – we’ve gone from getting around 10 “yes” votes a day on Greenlight, to around 40! That’s a huge jump, since the only thing that changed was the Newgrounds demo. One thing that is very difficult is actually getting people to vote – it’s tricky because most people don’t ever log into Steam in their web browser, instead they are actually logged in to Steam. This tip is absolutely not my own – it’s from a wonderful Gamasutra article. You can see the tip at the bottom of the article, where it says “Update:”. The original person that created this solution is the developer of Black Annex, and you can see his post here. Here’s the summary: if you want more votes on Steam, you need to make it easier to vote. The easiest way for most people is to vote in the Steam app. So you create a special link that opens Steam directly to a Greenlight page, here’s how: You first create a tiny php file containing the following code: <?php header('Location: steam://url/CommunityFilePage/248089760'); ?> Where “248089760” is the ID of your Greenlight page. Then you simply point people to your php file in a browser, and it will open Steam to your Greenlight page! One thing you can do to make this cleaner is to create a URL that redirects to your php file, we used http://greenlight.letterquestgame.com (try clicking it if you have Steam running on your computer!), which looks a lot more friendly. Also, it’s nice because our main page for Letter Quest is at http://www.letterquestgame.com, so most people tend to trust that greenlight link more because it’s on a recognized domain name. Good luck on Greenlight everyone! We’re currently 45% of the way to the top 100 – it’s a lot of work but we’re hoping we’ll eventually get...

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Exporting Your Best Word as an Image

For quite a while now, we’ve had the ability to export a picture after a battle in Letter Quest on mobile, and post it to twitter. Each image features the best word that was spelled, the damage it did, the character you played as with the weapon and letter tiles you were using, and the stage background and monster you were fighting. People really seemed to enjoy this feature, and we were happy with it. Now that Letter Quest is also on desktop, we wanted a way for players to export their best word as an image, even though we’re not using twitter on desktop (if someone has a nice solution for integrating twitter into a desktop game, we’d love to hear it!). So we simply added a button at the end of each battle, and it lets you save an image of your best word. You can then post it anywhere you like – facebook, twitter, your own site/article, anywhere! Here’s what it looks like after a battle: And here’s a couple examples of some exported images: This functionality will be in the final release of Letter Quest, which is currently available in early access – and every early access copy will be upgraded to the final version for free when it’s available....

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