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The New and Improved Super Hearts: Double Deck Cancellation Chaos Version 1.2!

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Hi, Mom (and the two or so other people who play my games)!  I just wanted to let you know that Super Hearts: Double Deck Cancellation Chaos was recently updated.  So what’s this big update?

It no longer cheats!  Oops!  When playing in games where the jack of diamonds is worth -10 points, the AI would cheat and play that card at illegal times.  That sneaky ThumbSnail!  Who knew that he was really a ThumbShark?  Well, now he’ll have to beat you fairly.

This update has been applied to both the iOS and Android versions.

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Take Climby Charts to the Top! Now Available for iOS and Android

Climby Charts: Buried Alive in the App Heap is now available for free for both iOS and Android!  Download it, play it, laugh, and tell your friends.  Let’s get Climby Charts onto the Top Charts!  (How hilarious would that be if that actually happened?!)

Climby Charts: Buried Alive in the App Heap

Don’t let Climby Charts get buried alive on its very first day!  Grab it now:

Download Climby Charts on the App Store!

Download Climby Charts for Android on the Amazon Appstore

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One Day Until the End of the World

Well, maybe not.  BUT!  Climby Charts: Buried Alive in the App Heap does come out tomorrow for both iOS and Android devices!  Can you make it into the top charts?

Climby Charts - Death by One-Star Rating

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Climby Charts Coming Soon for Android

Climby Charts: Buried Alive in the App Heap is coming soon for Android!

Climby Charts for Android

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Updates to Just About Everything Made by ThumbSnail Studios

Over the last week or so, most of my games were updated.  Here’s a list of all the changes:

Super Sevens

Super Sevens

1a.  For iOS (Version 1.4):
-Added a link to my new game “Super Hearts” on the title Screen.
-Fixed a bug that could happen at the end of a round.

1b. For Android (Version 2.1):
-The Amazon promotion is now OVER.  You will no longer receive 60 Amazon coins for downloading this game.
-Fixed the bug just mentioned.

Simple Sevens

Simple Sevens

2a.  For iOS (Version 1.3):
-Added a link to my new game “Super Hearts” on the title Screen.
-Fixed a bug that could happen at the end of a round.
-Now includes homemade, guilt-inducing ads!

2b.  For Android (Version 2.0):
-Added a “Super Button” which lets you sample some of the features of Super Sevens (a random game with 6 or 7 suits, 6 as the midpoint, and 5 or 6 players).
-Added a link to my new game “Super Hearts” on the title Screen.
-Fixed the bug already mentioned.
-Now includes homemade, guilt-inducing ads!

Super Hearts Mocking Game of War

…as well as humorous ads mocking Game of War!

Super Hearts:  Double Deck Cancellation Chaos

Super Hearts

3a.  For iOS (Version 1.1):
-The number of moons shot now saves and updates correctly on the Stats screen.

3b.  For Android (Version 1.1):
-The number of moons shot now saves and updates correctly on the Stats screen.

Super Hearts Free:  Double Deck

Super Hearts Free Icon

4a.  For iOS (Version 1.0):
-Now out on the App Store!

4b.  For Android (Version 1.0):
-Now out on the Amazon Appstore!

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Super Sevens on Amazon: Last Chance for Discount

Super Sevens for Android qualified for the Amazon Developer Select program earlier this year. If you purchase this app on Amazon, they give you 60 Amazon Coins in return. Thus, in effect, it’s like the app is 30% off.

However, Tuesday (March 31st, 2015) is the LAST day this promotion will run.

So if you want to get a deal on Super Sevens for Android, act before Wednesday!

Download Super Sevens for Android on the Amazon Appstore

Here’s the notice from Amazon: “All apps qualifying for the Amazon Developer Select program prior to February 15, 2015 will continue to receive their mobile ad impressions, Amazon Coins, and AWS credits benefits through March 31, 2015.”

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Super Hearts Free for iOS and Android Out Now!

Download Super Hearts Free for iOS on the App Store
Try out some Double Deck Cancellation Hearts with “Super Hearts Free: Double Deck,” out now for both iOS and Android!

Download Super Hearts Free for Android on the Amazon Appstore

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Super Hearts: Double Deck Cancellation Chaos for Android Shuffled into the Amazon Appstore

Super Hearts (by ThumbSnail Studios) is also available on the Amazon Appstore today!

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And, once again, my app is rated Mature despite clearly marking every option for “All Ages”…  Seriously, Amazon?  Out of curiosity, I looked up some other apps and discovered that other dangerous and lewd games like “Solitaire” are rated Mature as well.    So at least there’s a consistent stance taken against all card games.

Thus, even though you might feel like the AI is beating you up by giving you two queens of spades at the same time, there is actually no violence in this app.  Nor foul language, sexy babes, drug use, etc.

Super Hearts (for All Ages!) for Android available exclusively at the Amazon Appstore!

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Double Deck Cancellation Hearts

I’ve got a new game coming out shortly that’s based on a more exciting version of the classic card game “Hearts.”  In Double Deck Cancellation Hearts, when a card matches another card on the table, they both “cancel out” and cannot win the trick.  However, their penalty points still count.  This makes for some very interesting situations:

Super Hearts: Two Queens Canceling Out
As pictured above, this means that something as lowly as a six of spades could end up winning BOTH queens of spades!  That’s 26 penalty points in a single blow!  That’ll drop you out of first place real quick.

You’re never quite safe in Super Hearts: Double Deck Cancellation Chaos!

Coming soon!

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How To Make A Profitable First App

More than likely your first app is not going to be profitable.  Actually, more than likely all of your apps are not going to be profitable.  The developer fees alone make this goal unobtainable.  So what’s a rookie developer gotta do?

First of all, you must spend absolutely nothing during the development stage.  Anything you spend here will not be recovered.  This means all the tools you work with need to be free.  This mean you need to do everything by yourself (or know people willing to work for free).  This means you already need to own a computer (or have excellent ninja skills to stealthily hide in your local public library beyond closing hours for late-night coding sessions).

Best Spots to Hide in Public Library

I hope you can wall crawl…

 Now that you’ve wisely concluded to develop your first game at no (monetary) cost to yourself, you must decide which app store you’re going to publish your app to.  This is absolutely critical.  This choice alone will likely determine whether or not your game is profitable.  Here are your best three options:

#3.  The Apple App Store

Signing up for a developer account here will set you back a hundred dollars as well as whatever tax they charge.  So let’s just say the total cost to you is:  $110.  On top of that, Apple will take 30% of whatever you sell.  To put this into perspective, if you are selling your app for $0.99, you are going to need to sell 160 copies of your game just to break even.  Or if you sell your game for $1.99, you’ll need to sell 80 copies of your game.  That’s doable, right?  Hahahahahaha!  Sorry, I used to think like you.  But unless you have a hundred friends and an incredibly large family, this isn’t going to happen.

#2.  The Google Play Store

Signing up for a developer account here will set you back twenty-five dollars as well as (so I assume; I haven’t actually done this) whatever tax they charge.  So let’s just say the total cost to you is:  $27.50.  On top of that, Google will take 30% of whatever you sell.  To put this into perspective, if you are selling your app for $0.99, you are going to need to sell 40 copies of your game just to break even.  Or if you sell your game for $1.99, you’ll need to sell 20 copies of your game.  That’s much more doable, right?  Hahahahahaha!  Sorry, I used to think like you.  But unless you have a hundred friends and an incredibly large family, this isn’t going to happen.

#1.  The Amazon Appstore

Signing up for a developer account here will set you back… nothing!  No taxes, no fees, no cost!  Woo hoo!  Now, keep in mind that Amazon will still take 30% of whatever you sell.  But to put this into perspective, if you are selling your app for $0.99, you need to sell only one copy of your game to come away with a profit of $0.69!!!  Finally, something that’s doable!

Thus, the only way to make a profitable first app is to:
-spend no money on its development
-release it on the Amazon Appstore
-find one person in the universe to buy it

Best of luck!

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