Fang Talks

Coding with your clogs on.

THIS JUST IN, slowpoke news alert!

So as I was working on that pet plant simulator, a couple of people (my dad being one) told me that I could make it into a small app for mobile devices, make it cost about a Dollar, and roll in the dosh. And, well, that seems like a pretty sound business model! I mean, just think about it, what are those apps and mobile games all about? I personally find it stupid, but the majority of people these days roll with it.

Mobile games are all about spending a short three minutes while waiting in line, on the bus, or whatever. You can play a little, and get a reward with relatively little effort (beat a level, unlock new stuff, etc.), which is what makes them so attractive and keeps people coming back for more. My plant pet sim, as you may have figured, fits into that format really well. Just like a real plant, it doesn’t need that much attention. Just a minute or so to water it. And then later you come back, and see it’s grown a little, along with a sweet little “level up” effect (which I implemented today, check it).

juicy as fuck

The language I’m making it in doesn’t run on iOS or Android though, so I’ll probably have to port it over. Shouldn’t be too much work though, since all the logic will be figured out by then already.
But yeah, such quick and easy things (to make) can really hit the spot easily, I think. The mobile market is already heavily saturated though, so that’ll be a bit of a problem.

Anyway, it’s Friday night, so I’ll be off.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 06/04/2013 (6:50 AM)

    There are tons of ways to make this more addicting, tons of little tricks and psychological things you can do to make people keep coming back and staying on the app for more than 3 minutes.

    Making an app was one of my projects but it eventually got dropped as I realized that my programming knowledge was too limited. The ideas are still around, just waiting to be implemented once I can get around to learning all the coding needed.

  • 05/04/2013 (10:14 PM)

    I think that’s a pretty good idea really and you should do it. Make sure it’s at least passable though if you’re going to do it.

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