September 11th, 2017
Choices: Stories You Play is the mobile gaming equivalent of reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You play through a story and make choices to control the direction the story takes.
The only way Choices: Stories You Play could qualify as a word game is that the stories you play have words in them. By that logic almost every adventure and role-playing game in the App Store would be classified as word games. This game belongs in the adventure game section of the App Store.
September 4th, 2017
August was the best month yet for LetterMiner downloads.
- iOS: 900 downloads
- Mac: 10 downloads
The 900 downloads for the iOS version is especially good considering I had only 53 downloads from January through July.
August 24th, 2017
I recently checked the download stats for the iOS version of LetterMiner and noticed a big jump in downloads. The following list of download stats shows how dramatic the jump is:
- 45 downloads in January
- 8 downloads from February 1 to May 7
- 0 downloads from May 8 to August 12
- 7 downloads from August 13 to August 16
- 331 downloads from August 17 to August 23
I have no idea how I went from nobody downloading LetterMiner for three months to getting over 300 downloads in a week. I know Apple had nothing to do with it. You still can’t find LetterMiner by browsing the App Store. No one mentioned the game on Twitter. I didn’t get a spike in traffic to this site. A YouTube search for LetterMiner turned up nothing. There was an increase in my tweet impressions starting on August 17, but the number of impressions wasn’t much higher than the impressions I had some days in May and June when no one downloaded the game.
August 21st, 2017
The first sentence in the game’s App Store description says Key of Back Rooms 2 is a puzzle game. Why is it in the word game list? Key of Back Rooms 2 is as much a word game as LetterMiner is a trivia game.
August 15th, 2017
If you browse the word games in the iOS App Store, you will find a Free Games category. I browsed through the free games to see where LetterMiner appeared on the list. I discovered that LetterMiner was not on the list of free word games even though LetterMiner is a free word game.
When browsing the list of free word games, I discovered lots of games that have no business being classified as word games. This discovery inspired me to create a series of blog posts spotlighting these games to point out the absurdity of Apple categorizing these games as word games. The series starts with the game What if..
What if.. is a game where you answer Yes or No to a question about a hypothetical situation and see how other people answered. The question starts with a What if that describes something positive and ends with a But that adds a downside to the situation. The following example comes from a screenshot on the iTunes page:
What if... You got a magic printer which could print real money But... You need to wear a kilt and no underwear for the rest of your life.
This sounds like an interesting game to play with a group of people. But the only way you could classify What if.. as a word game is to say the questions contain words. But if you’re going to use that logic, almost every game would be considered a word game, rendering the category meaningless.