Before running head first into creating a game with Stacey I decided to look at Apps already selling well within an App shop. For convenience I chose the iStore, as it was much better laid out and had their most popular games already listed. Looking at the top 3 of each I took note and looked at what trended and what kind of APP appealed in the selected category.
The Android store on the other hand was set out:
Current Caller ID
World Series Poker
Bike Race Free
Best Selling Games
Angry Birds (Space)
Asphalt 7: Heat
Needless to say I feel that creating for the iStore would be a much wiser option both aesthetically and commercially. However its not through the store that the system needs to be decided on but the systems themselves! IOS or Android?
IOS or Android?
I was curious over what was currently more popular on the market. iPhone or Android as it would be sensible to create for one in particular, from there if we there was popularity present and a demand for the game cross to other platforms then we would develop it for Android, PC, iPad etc etc. So using the wonders of the internet I found a site which reviewed the IoS compared to the Android system and as of the 28th of September 2012 statistics show that in terms of Market...
ANDROID PHONES 52.2%
iPHONE 5 IoS 33.4%
Androids sell better within the market, thats mostly due to the range of mobiles using the Android system compared to Apples solo range.
Phone Review then suggests that A phone expert of Android loyalty prefers iPhone Apps to Android ones.
- less fragmentation
- developers receive payment
- less piracy
- more coherency in store
Creating for Android also means coding for 50 different screen sizes as its created to work across a range of mobiles. Finally in general lead developers create for IoS over Android!
(Source PhoneReview.co.uk )
In conclusion after presenting this lovely information to Stacey we decided it was best to create for IoS!~
After we had come to decide our System I researched into controls as there's no point creating something if the controls would not be applicable to it! There's some clever controls for Apps available so theres plenty of choice in game styles.
APP Game Types
We'd decided our system and looked at controls, the next step for us was to look at Types of games we could create, and our audience. In theory with the audience games are more likely to reach a broader group of people however for the sake of the pitch and to show we're understanding our market we will be narrowing ours down to show we're targeting a niche market.
Initial Game Ideas.
In which the player has to manoeuvre their crocodile for as long as possible without their crocodile imploding.
The controls would be as if you were rolling your croc, so a tilt function or a touch and drag control would possibly work quite nicely.
A little different from what we were looking at but what about an app that lets you leave notes in the area your in? A wall looks like its got nothing on, but with the app if someone has used the app and left a message there the players phone will alert them there's a hidden message close by. You take the original persons message and leave another. The thing possibly needed for this is to try and monitor whats being left to both safeguard the game and the players. Making sure no one is abusing the constraints of the game for illegal purposes/ leaving personal info etc.
Instead of sending a text you can draw an image and send it quickly and securely to someone who also has the app install in a kind of quick picture manner. The picture can be created from touching or even on and android that uses a stylus (e.g. Galaxy note)
Users would receive a user name of their preference and could see a list of who also had the app our of their contacts as well as Facebook or Twitter making it accessible from social networking sites also. This would be a private app between you and your chosen partner unless the players decide to share..
The user would also have a choice of block background colours and a basic set of colours to work from, so that there is less to program and quicker loading times onscreen.
Particularly entertaining conversations could be saved and posted to your phone/ Social media platform of choice. So you can share your experiences on the app. It would not be for profit and be ran from donations received.
Linking up Ideas
In the end we decided on using Stacey's game concept of a colour cat with a lobster bib on that fights seafood enemies who are trying to steal the colour from the world. We both really liked the idea and decided it would be even more humorous and outlandish if colour cat carried round a kitchen knife despite the face she has claws and fangs. At this I drew a pretty basic biro drawing of our cat which Stacey seemed to like, despite this we decided to take CoCat away and create some concept ideas for her and run with our favourites.
COCAT CONCEPT ART
In the end we ended up with a cat pretty much similar to how I drew her the first time in Stacey's notepad. I think in the end we decided that it's simplicity would appeal to the audience and also be simpler to animate and be recieved by the audience on a small device such as the iphone.
Stacey did some fantastic concept art for CoCat, which we did manage to incorporate into the final game design. Such as the rainbow eye'd black cat.
We decided that Cocat should have 1 main enemy, and maybe a few different kinds of baddy that could be level co-ordinated. In response we decided to keep our old baddy the lobsters linear and designed 2 extra baddies to get some understanding of how the would look and attack our protagonist. We also decided 1 Boss was enough for now although Stacey wanted more it was decided that it was best to keep the concept simple for now.
The Lobsters were simple enough, we wanted them to have little moustaches, as if they were lamely disguised, to look at how they could act within the game I created some short repeat animations to understand how they could work.
To the right here could be a form of attack for the lobster, with a quick cut to the opponent its, simple and effective...
When hit the enemy would explode in a barrage of confetti.
The sky mice
The idea is when you get within suitable reach the mouse attacks with a long range gun, the cat will have to use a power-up (yarn) to make a boomerang to get the mouse, it will also appear only when CoCat is close enough to it.
LEVEL CONCEPT ART
This was the first Level that I created with the game in mind, mostly to gain an understanding of how We were going to layout the background and platforms as well as to test colours
We decided however to create 7 levels, 3 each and one final with I ended up creating (Mecha Level)
Here are the 3 I created concept art and vague layouts for...
Mecha Level Concept/ Layout
We decided that we'd got for 32-bit style music, Stacey found a good website that randomly generates it and in theory that would ideally mean we lower our budget.
Planning the Pitch
To help us create a good presentation I looked at how best to present a games pitch so that we could create our work to focus on what was needed and not get too caught up in what was unnecessary.
- Present high level concept art first and one sentence to describe the idea. Start with the whole idea before going into the details.
-Be professional, be serious
-Understand why we're creating the game, know the core game concept what elements support that.
-Know budgets, ask for more than slightly comfortable with
- Timeline dates of completion (we estimated 6 months roughly)
- Look @Competitors (Angry Birds, meat boy)
-Find a specific target audience (Female/Male in the 20-30 bracket)
-Stay with your limits.
-Stay to the point.
-Business is business
-Tie it in
-Prototype of game play is golden
-Joshua Dallman, Garage games
To help our client visualise our idea I created a presentation for us to use as a run through with our idea. Can be found below, it had our main points on each slide and only needed to expand on them when we spoke in turn so that we didn't repeat or cause confusion.
Hindsight can be a wonderful thing and as such to make this more successful one of the many otherthings I'd of done in retrospect is I'd of checked my font wasn't going to revert to arial. :'(