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Hello

 

recently I developed few games for mobile devices in the style of the Ketchapp games: 

 

- Simple premise, maximal fun.

 

Just like those games, I took most of unnecessary things out so the games were stripped to basics.

 

With basics I mean the games was about avoiding to fall a platform like ZigZag.

 

However, my games end up pretty boring, despite having sweet graphics.

 

Im not sure what factors I need to take into account to make the game simple but addictive, tense.

 

I know that the question is a bit broad, and the topic my not be in the right forums but still, Im not 

 

trying to make a complex racing game, nor a RPG adventure.  Why do all my simple games and up

 

being boring?

 

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Hi Tom 

 

thanks for the extensive answer, I need to reread your text a few times to grasp all the details you mentioned.

 

However:

 

Im a bit discouraged. Im a decent software developer and I have solid skills in Unity.

 

I published this game on Android:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mirzaonmobile.crazycar

 

Compare it to, lets say this:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ketchapp.zigzaggame&hl=hr

 

Why is my game, the upper one, so boring? 

 

If you see, both games, ZigZag and my game, have the same premise, and that it to prevent 

the main charated from falling off narrow platforms.

 

So why is my iteration so boring...and the ZigZag game so insanely addictive?

 

Regards

Mirza

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Just from looking at the images I would say ZigZag looks more interesting than yours. Perhaps it's the car, I have nothing to back this up but I would guess that limits the audience too (though that wouldn't necessarily make your game boring) where as the style of ZigZag looks to have more general appeal. The collecting diamonds looks like it helps too. Perhaps you have distilled it too much.

 

Who says it's boring? You, friends? I think it's quite hard to say why some of these games become insanely popular and others don't. Expectations influence our future experiences and looking at ZigZag's screenshots they do look more appealing (and thus I would expect to enjoy it more) than your screenshots.

 

Why not make it look more fun? Maybe make it look like a toy card on a cartoonish track. Maybe have a pursuer (police car) which is constantly gaining on your car and have simple speed boosts scattered around that driving over helps you maintain your lead. Hopefully that would add a little excitement.

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Thanks for the answer. 

 

Who says it boring? Im saying that...any the low download numbers :-)

 

Again, this helped me a lot.

 

Mirza

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Thanks for the answer. 

 

Who says it boring? Im saying that...any the low download numbers :-)

 

Again, this helped me a lot.

 

Mirza

 

Low download numbers don't necessarily mean it's boring, it's just undiscovered. It'll probably take quite some time before someone takes the time to comment on your game and confirm if it's boring or not.

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Just judging by photos for a few seconds (like a real phone game shopper!)...

ZigZag is named "ZigZag". Your game is named "Car Survive". ZigZag sounds better.

ZigZag's photos suggest some creativity in level design. They, well, zig zag all over the place. It also looks like there is some sort of collectible. Your photos have a straight segment, and a slightly bent segment.

The car doesn't really fit in. Is it animated? If that's your "sweet graphics", I'm sorry. I don't see anything sweet about it. ZigZag uses a little lighting ahead of where the ball is moving. It has a UI. The thicker path helps fill the screen a little more, and gives some depth to let you know the path is high off the ground.

In the end, if it makes you feel better, I wouldn't play either of them.

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>>  I took most of unnecessary things out so the games were stripped to basics.

 

less is not always more.

 

>> However, my games end up pretty boring, despite having sweet graphics.

 

not as sweet as zigzag. (personal opinion)

 

>> Why do all my simple games end up being boring?

 

perhaps because they are too simple?

 

>> Why is my game, the upper one, so boring? 

 

hard to say without playing both games, but it appears to be simpler - perhaps too simple.

 

>> Who says it boring? Im saying that...any the low download numbers :-)

 

i'd say they have a better name and the game looks like more fun based just on the screenshots,  that could account in part for your download numbers, with the rest accountable to lack of time since release of your title (IE undiscovered as Nanoha says), and lack of marketing on your part.

 

never try to go head to head with the competition until you have the superior product. you'll just lose. that's a basic rule of thumb in any business.

Edited by Norman Barrows

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@OP:

Have you tried playing, and analyzing the zigzag game, ie trying to understand what it does differently? What is the thing that makes it fun (if you'd take it out there would not be fun).

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