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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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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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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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Your App, Drowned in a Sea of Apps

Your App Lost in a Sea of Trash

[Original “King of the Trash Hill” (via)]

Yes, that is your app. Yes, way, way in the back. No, you wish it was that one sticking out on top. Yours is stuck somewhere a mile deep, next to the carcasses of flippy, flappy, fluppy, floppy birds (Yuck…) and buried under Kate Upton’s breasts (Mmmmmm…) and a FORTY MILLION DOLLAR ad campaign (Um… what?).

It’s not an uplifting picture, but it’s the reality you face when releasing an app. And it’s something you need to be aware of from the very start of app development, particularly if your goal is to make any money. Just how exactly are you going to stand out in that ever-growing mound of apps?

The answer is:

You need to be best friends with a supermodel and have 40 million dollars to burn. But if you have supermodel friends and 40 million dollars to burn, why are you making apps? Seriously, go be Batman.

So, uh, what about those of us without those kinds of resources?

The answer is:

It’s already too late. In the time it’s taken you to read this post, another truckload of apps has already been dumped into the App Store. Even if you’ve poured your heart and soul into making your app sparkle, it will never be noticed by anyone. It has already died.

This is because you have an even bigger problem:

– No one knows you exist.
– No one cares you exist.

If people don’t know you, they’re not searching for you. If they’re not searching for you, then it really doesn’t matter how good your app is or how much time you’ve spent making it the best it can possibly be. It will never be found.

So how do you get people to notice you? How do you get people searching for you? How do you get your app included on some “Best App Ever” or “Top Apps of All-Time” list? Just what is needed for your app to rise from the depths of the trash heap, plant its flag at the peak, and boldly declare, “I am the King of All Apps”?

Super Sevens King of All Apps

Super Sevens, the “King of All Apps” – See how it sparkles?

Beats me. I can’t help you there. No, really, I have no idea. All I can do is share with you my failings so that you can save time and effort by not doing the things I did since clearly none of have them worked.

Consider this an introduction to: How to Develop an App for Free (Because You’re Not Going to Make Any Money Anyway).

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Simple Sevens for iOS Now Available on the App Store

Simple Sevens for iOS by Jeffrey Derrenberger (ThumbSnail Studios) is now available for download on the App Store for free!

Download Simple Sevens for free on the App Store
Simple Sevens is the classic version of the card game “Sevens”.  Take the game for a spin, try out the easy controls (double tap or drag), and get a feel for the different difficulties (7 in total, ranging from very easy to very hard).  And then consider getting Super Sevens, “Sevens” to the extreme with all sorts of customization options (up to 10 different suits) and challenges (such as double deck mode).

Simple Sevens Mid Game
There’s even an Easter Egg in Simple Sevens where you can try out one of the game types from Super Sevens.  Click on the ThumbSnail on the Title Screen.  Then click on the ThumbSnail on the About Screen.  This will let you play a game with 6 suits, 5 players, and an 8 as the midpoint.  The AI type is randomly chosen to be Casual or higher.

Simple Sevens End Game
Simple Sevens requires at least iOS 5.1.1;  thus, any iPad, any iPhone 3GS or newer, and any 3rd generation iPod Touch or newer

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Simple Sevens for Android Exclusively on the Amazon Appstore

First of all, for those who happened to look at Simple Seven’s Amazon page the first day it went live… Simple Sevens is definitely NOT rated “Mature”.  That was some weird glitch that has since been fixed.  I mean, yes, the seven of diamonds logo is sexy, but it ain’t that sexy.  Anyways…

Simple Sevens by Jeffrey Derrenberger (ThumbSnail Studios) is now available for Android exclusively at the Amazon Appstore for free!

Download Simple Sevens for Android on the Amazon Appstore
Simple Sevens is the classic version of the card game “Sevens”, a card game particularly great for kids.  But Simple Sevens can be fun for adults, too.  Play against The Friendly for a relaxing game, or take on The Merciless for more of a challenge.

Simple Sevens Players
Simple Sevens can also be thought of as the Lite version of Super Sevens.  In fact, there’s even an Easter Egg in Simple Sevens where you can try out one of the game types from Super Sevens.  Click on the ThumbSnail on the Title Screen.  Then click on the ThumbSnail on the About Screen.  This will let you play a game with 6 suits, 5 players, and an 8 as the midpoint.  The AI type is randomly chosen to be Casual or higher.

Simple Sevens End Game
Simple Sevens requires at least Android 2.3.3.

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