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Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:01:39 am »
Dear all,

I invite you to check out Solitaire Whizz, my new compendium of solitaire games written with DragonFire SDK!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solitaire-whizz/id630340539

The app currently includes 16 solitaire games, including favourites such as Klondike and FreeCell, as well as other fun but slightly lesser known games. Please do check out the app, and if you don't find your favourite game, suggestions are always welcome for future updates!



[Edit: This post edited September 2013 to show new graphics added in Version 1.2]

Enjoy!

Neil
« Last Edit: September 25, 2013, 01:55:34 am by coffeymex »

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 08:17:23 pm »
interesting! I would suggest a few things though, if you dont mind.
Firstly, add my favorite! Spider Solitaire :D Invest a few bucks into graphics, you could tell they are programmer art, and if you dont want to then make the cards more friendly. Their corners are wayyyyy to sharp! Round them off, make them a bit glossy and that would be already huge improvement. And last, this is a tough cookie.. Bump the price down. I know you think you should get rewarded for your work, and I agree. But, think about it this way... How many solitaire games are out there? Many. Most of them will have either a free version or be $.99 - $1.99
I dont mean to put you down or anything! I'm just trying to give you a few friendly advises that will make your app be even better :)
Check out my app.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/secret-color-code-free/id599474594?mt=8
 Yes, the graphics are made by me, but it took me around 2.5 weeks to complete them.

All best, and good luck with the sales!

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 07:58:06 am »
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Obviously part of the rationale was to get version 1 "out the door" and then take on board suggestions from the wider community. I'll think about the corners of the cards -- an idea I had in the long run was to allow the user to choose between different decks, so I could easily have one with sharp and one with rounded corners.

Again with the price point, my expectation-- as with other apps-- is that it will take a few weeks to work out what in reality is the appropriate price. My personal feeling with the $.99 price is that this is great for a large studio with the resources to advertise an app to the level where getting millions of sales is a realistic possibility. But for a small developer selling a more specialist app, a more realistic aim is to try and sell a few thousand copies at a higher price point, and in addition $.99 really gives you "nowhere to go" in terms of special offers. Obviously time will tell whether that philosophy works for this particular app-- so far, sales look like they could actually be quite reasonable, but it's very early days.

I agree about the graphics -- I decided that what I had was "good enough" to get version 1 out the door, but I expect to include more professional efforts not too many updates down the line if the app sells well enough. (The card images, on the other hand, are licensed from a professional source-- there was no way my graphics programmer skills would extend to them!)

Spider is actually one of the games I'm considering for an imminent update (there'll inevitably be a small bug fix update as one or two niggles come to light) -- watch this space!

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2013, 08:17:44 am »
alright, sound like you do have a plan. All the best of luck! Btw, would you mind sharing your sale stats? Its ok if not. I get about 10 downloads on the free version of the game per day and about 2 downloads a month on the paid one. But since I did not understand completely how the iAds work its not making me much money... Im going to actually get rid of the paid version and disable the ads in the free one. Another app is up for review right now with a much better tactic.

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013, 06:10:22 pm »
Just to mention that Version 1.1 of Solitaire Whizz has been released to the app store. The update includes one or two small changes and bug fixes.

From the App's web site I'm also giving away a few promo codes in return for a Tweet or Facebook like: http://www.solitairewhizz.com

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2013, 11:11:13 am »
curious though, do you manage to get a few thousand sales ? i'd be gard pressed to eech a few thousand dl with a free game :)

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Version 1.2 with more games and better graphics
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 10:51:44 pm »
Responding in part to comments here and by other users, Version 1.2 of Solitaire Whizz-- which was released to the App Store today-- now features much improved graphics as well as additional solitaire games.

Here are some typical screenshots now:



iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solitaire-whizz/id630340539

Hope people agree that the new graphics are an improvement! Any other feedback always welcome!

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 10:28:11 am »
very nice! yes the graphics are much better now. good luck with the sales!

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2013, 01:58:20 am »
Version 1.3 of Solitaire Whizz was released the other day. In case any fellow Dragonfire users would like to check it out, here are a couple of promo codes:

  HNK6KJ3K3KY4
  KHKAY4FPH9M7

The total number of games included is now 24.

I notice that Apple turned this round very fast (just a few hours between uploading the binary and having it reviewed and accepted in the App Store) -- I'm guessing because of the release of iOS 7 they're stepping things up a bit to get updates out the door!

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 02:22:02 am »
The latest version of Solitaire Whizz has just been released to the App Store. In case any fellow developers would like to check it out, a couple more promo codes:

  HMYJA9JA7PRT
  PXAFPWFTLETE

Enjoy!

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2013, 09:50:48 am »
Version 1.3 of Solitaire Whizz was released the other day. In case any fellow Dragonfire users would like to check it out, here are a couple of promo codes:

  HNK6KJ3K3KY4
  KHKAY4FPH9M7

The total number of games included is now 24.

I notice that Apple turned this round very fast (just a few hours between uploading the binary and having it reviewed and accepted in the App Store) -- I'm guessing because of the release of iOS 7 they're stepping things up a bit to get updates out the door!

wow nice! congrats on the release and that is really good news. I need to do an update for my game but have been too lazy

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Re: Solitaire Whizz: New compendium of solitaire games for iPad
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2014, 10:03:20 pm »
The update to Solitaire Whizz released the other day includes 4 new games, including Poker Solitaire, bringing the total up to 28. For any fellow developers interested in checking it out, here are a couple of codes:

  K4JMYET3LHTF
  JFRR49EE9J4P

I also have a couple of free solitaire apps available: see www.soilitairewhizz.com