What forums can teach us

Here at Gametrender one thing we know is our Android games, it’s our bed and butter and day to day business. However when we started to explore the forums we were in for a pleasant surprise.
Obsessed with new, better, more and the fact that new games come out at such a ridiculous pace means that so many great games become swamped under the deluge of titles that arrive on a seemingly second to second basis.

The Android market its often criticised for its lack of filtering and search unfriendliness so it becomes so hard to find what we might enjoy. In the name of Research gametrender recently set off to explore some of the wilder reaches of the internet. It reminded us very much of a certain locale in Hyde Park, London. In the park is an area called Speakers Corner, here on a small raised platform anybody can climb up, whenever they wish and harangue the crowds with their opinion, whatever it may be. Well the forums, and there are many hundreds of them are just like this with everybody having their own personal soapbox to climb aboard and shout from.

However from a gamers perspective they are pure gaming gold. All the little hidden gems that we might have missed can be found there, whether the forumites opinion on what is or is not a good game is irrelevant, as the android market is so happily filled with freeware that once you’ve got a games name you’re only seconds away from having it on your phone. That’s why I’ve found and enjoyed obscure titles like Wordwrench, Barr, Buka and Trapped.
Very likely those are games that for me would have been buried forever in the markets vaults, but a little but of digging has led to some great, and free, fun.
Just remember though in the fast paced gaming world that amateur opinions are great but Gametrender will always be there to provide you the customised service that you need to find the best games and apps that suit you.

Where from here?

So a game on the market where to next . Well now that I’m starting to see the other side of the gaming spectrum I’ll keep updating you and tell you how it goes. Already seeing some insight into how things work on the market which I’ll tell you about. Also trying something different with the app and aggressively marketing the app  via ebay, gaming forums and review site. All an interesting insight into the world of mobile gaming and plenty of information about marketing . So lot’s more stuff to write about in subsequent posts!

Just remember gametrender.webs.com

Oh and of course please download!:

Hangman Mania! https://market.android.com/details?id=air.ferreiradevelopment.hangmanMania&feature=search_result

A Helping Hand

As promised here’s the update on our latest marketing drive. If you recall we were offering to ‘optimise the language’ of apps that were translated badly from a foreign language into English. Our first client was Kidga.com . With over 14 games on the Android market he wasn’t doing too badly for himself. However doing my research he stood out like a sore thumb because of how badly his app descriptions were worded.:

 ”Original Description:
Try new gameplay in match3 style game. Beat highscores.
Train your logical thinking in a new fascinating game. Its something between match3 game and puzzle game. Slide gem on another gem of the same type to create new supertype. Two or more neighbouring gems of the same supertype (depending on level) would be removed.
Challenge other gamers in pursuit of highscore.
In case of any issues, please, mail to support@kidga.com”

As you can see first impressions would show that he seriously needed to get some professional help. So help we did:
”Try this new and fascinating ‘Match3’ style game. Compete at your best and you might just beat the highscores. Maybe!
If you’re a logical thinker you can only get better with this app, if you’re not then what better way to get that brain training? In a unique fusion of a ‘Match 3’ and puzzle game this will draw you in as you frantically smash those gems together to get the elusive supertypes. As the levels progress the supertypes smash together and get erased gaining you a higher score and a shot at the leaderboards.
In case you have any issues please mail: support@kidga.com”

Over the next few weeks I’ll be mailing him and others back to see if the language fixes helped them at all. From my side of things the campaign had got off to a roaring start with gametrender.webs.com now an official partner of Kidga games and linked in his apps.

A Kidga game.

This is one of Kidga games many games that I’ve helped to optimise.