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Long Runs

I took Dare the Monkey on the road last year, visiting many expos across the country and getting valuable user feedback. I noticed that the better players were counting the number of lives they’d lost trying to clear all the levels in each game world. It was all about bragging rights for them as they […]

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Coin Dash

Way back when I started working on Dare the Monkey my intention was to make a game with nine increasingly difficult levels and that was it. However, about a year and a half into the project I started to think about ways to keep the player interested for longer and from that the Coin Dash […]

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Don’t Be Spammy

I talked the other day about increasing retention and session times with the aim of generating as much ad revenue as possible. One thing I didn’t mention however was that I’m also planning to reduce the frequency of ads I actually serve to the user. But wait a minute, wouldn’t that actually generate me less […]

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Downloads Ain’t Enough

I mentioned in my previous post that I wanted to extend the overall time someone will play Dare the Monkey for. But why is this important you may ask? Read on to find out.

What Can A Publisher Do For You?

Recently I covered my thoughts on self-publishing vs. getting a publishing deal. Today I’m going to spend a bit more time covering some more benefits of working with a publisher.

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Publisher vs. Self Publish

With Dare the Monkey fast approaching completion I find myself with a dilemma that many indies no doubt have: should I self-publish or seek a publisher?

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Finding The Best Solution For Each Problem

Dare the Monkey is a huge undertaking and sometimes I need to find different solutions to problems depending on how much time I have available for a particular task.

Run It Like A Business

More often than not there’s very little financial reward from developing an indie game. The market is so saturated that even a top quality product isn’t always guaranteed to make much money. For this reason I’d recommend that all indie developers run their projects like a real business even if it’s just something you’re doing […]

Accept Help But Don’t Rely on It

Over the years I’ve started many game projects with friends that didn’t get very far. They’d fizzle out pretty quickly and I’d be left scratching my head wondering why another great idea hadn’t gotten off the ground. This pattern has repeated itself time and again for me and from speaking to others, it seems to […]

Can You Work From a Coffee Shop?

Is it feasible to use your local coffee shop as an office? You always hear stories about cool indie developers getting together with their buddies and working from coffee shops. I work at home but have always thought it might be fun to get out and try working from some other locations from time to […]