What should I expect to pay a programmer to develop a fairly simple, top-down 2D video game based on my idea.
And the second question is about how long it would take, and I just mean a ballpark figure. 6 months? 2 years? etc...
What I'm thinking of is something sort of like Paperboy, but just a little more detailed.
One programmer? Nine to fifteen months, depending on the platform.
Figure $10,000 per man-month, so $90,000 to $150,000.
That's only for the programming. Art and audio not included.
I'm just wondering how many people I would need to work on it and how long/how much money I should expect it to require...
You should probably have 2-3 programmers and 2 artists. Will also need some audio. Figure total $500,000 to $1M (depending on platform).
I think it could be done in Game Maker. I guess maybe I need to speak with someone in person who knows about this though to be able to describe what I want to do.
See, that's important information you didn't give us before. You want it to look cheap, you can make it for cheap. You still haven't told us the platform, or any other information we'd need in order to give you a good answer. We've had to go on a lot of assumptions.
Edited by Tom Sloper, 19 August 2014 - 06:03 PM.