December 11th, 2017
MASH is a mobile version of Mansion Apartment Shack House, a grade school game that tries to predict your future. Like all the games I’ve discussed in the Apple Considers This a Word Game series, I have no idea how this is a word game.
November 13th, 2017
Touch Arcade is a popular site that covers iOS gaming. They have forums where people discuss games. If you’re making an iOS game, the Touch Arcade forums are a good way to build up a buzz about your game as you’re making it.
If you go to Touch Arcade’s forums, you’ll notice they have two forums for game developers, one public and one private. To join the private game developer forum, you must have a game published on the App Store and ask to be invited. When I released the iOS version of LetterMiner, I asked to be invited to the private forum, figuring I was joining a secret group where people discussed all aspects of iOS game development.
I learned the private game developer forum has very few posts. There have been three posts in 2017, five in 2016, and nine in 2015. The last post that received a reply was in April of 2016. If you’re an aspiring iOS game developer who’s worried about missing out on something in the private game developer forum, stop worrying. You’re not missing anything. There’s more traffic in the public game developer forum.
November 2nd, 2017
Here are LetterMiner’s October download numbers.
- iOS: 11 downloads
- Mac: 2 downloads
The fear I had last month was realized. The download boost that started in the middle of August ended in late September. The download spike wasn’t helpful. All of the iOS downloads were from China, and I did not notice any new people playing LetterMiner.
October 23rd, 2017
Draw One line is a puzzle game where you draw one line to connect two circles. There are no words in the game, yet Apple places Draw One line in its list of free word games.
October 16th, 2017
Minesweeper Board Game is a Minesweeper game. There are no words in it, only numbers. Yet Minesweeper Board Game appears in Apple’s list of free word games and LetterMiner doesn’t.