This article is about how to prepare ahead of time for a new game app.
I will discuss the following topics: What you should do before publishing your game, what to include in your “game manual,” and even some tips on how to get people interested in playing it. I hope that this article gives you some ideas on how to promote and market your games better than ever before.
Before you publish your game, make sure to do the following:
1. Test your game thoroughly
Get buddies and family members (preferably hardcore gamers that will give you honest feedback) to playtest it for you. Watch them closely as they play to see what works well, or not so well, in your game. Make changes accordingly before publishing it. This is also a great time for graphic artists to come up with new graphics based upon the suggestions given by the testers.
2. Familiarize Yourself with the Gameplay
If you’re not familiar with how the game works, it’s going to be difficult to play effectively. Make sure you understand the basic controls and goals of the game before you start playing. This will help you avoid any confusion and make the game more fun. Write out a “game manual” which consists of basic instructions on how to play your game along with tips about scoring high points and other important information players should know. Also include screenshots from the game taken during certain stages of gameplay to illustrate your points.
3. Create a Trailer
Your trailer is what will persuade people to check out your game. Make sure it’s high quality and catches people’s attention. If you don’t have video editing skills, consider hiring someone to do it for you. In addition, be sure to include the following in your trailer:
- A brief description of the game
- The type of game it is (i.e., first-person shooter, puzzle, etc.)
- The controls
- What type of player the game is designed for (casual, hardcore, etc.)?
- Some cool action sequences or graphics from the game
4. Set Up a website
Even if you’re not ready to launch your game, it’s a good idea to set up a website. This will give people something to look at in the meantime and will also help you build anticipation for the game’s release. Your website should include the following:
- The game’s trailer
- Screenshots from the game
- A brief description of the game
- The type of player the game is designed for
- The release date (if you know it)
- Contact information (i.e., email address, phone number, website address, etc.)
5. Make a Facebook Page
Set up a Facebook page for your game and start promoting it early. This will help create awareness for your game and generate interest among players. In addition, post regular status updates on your page to communicate with players.
6. Set Up a Twitter Account
Twitter is another great way to keep in touch with your fans and get the word out about your game before its release date. Follow other relevant gamers, gaming news sites, YouTube channels, etc. so you can become part of the conversation when it comes to video games. It’s also a good idea to use hashtags (#) while tweeting because they allow people who are searching for certain words or phrases to easily find what they’re looking for. For example, if you tweet #newgame #video #games then people who search for “New Game” or “Video Games” will be able to see that tweet.
7. Choose Appropriate Settings
Some games are best played on a PC or console with specific settings, while others can be played on your phone or tablet without any problems. Make sure you’re aware of what devices and settings the game require so that you can set everything up correctly before starting to play.
8. Stock Up on Supplies
Some games require special supplies in order to play them (e.g., game tokens, playing cards, etc.). Make sure you have everything you need before starting the game. This will save you time and aggravation later on.
9. Read the Instructions
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to actually read the instructions before playing the game. Many mobile game app development companies come with detailed instructions that can help you play better and avoid any unnecessary confusion.
10. Plan Your Time Wisely
Some games can be quite addictive and can suck up hours of your time without you even realizing it. Make sure you’re aware of how much time the game will require so that you can plan accordingly. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling to meet deadlines or fulfill other responsibilities.
11. Familiarize Yourself with the Controls
Even if you’ve played a game before, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the controls before playing again. This will help you avoid any mishaps or embarrassing moments while playing in front of others.
12. Prepare Your Environment
Some games are best played in specific environments (e.g., dark rooms, noisy areas, etc.). Make sure you’re aware of these requirements and prepare your environment accordingly. Otherwise, you might not be able to enjoy the game as much as you should.
13. Organize Your Time
Many games require long periods of play in order to achieve the desired outcome. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself playing for hours on end without taking any breaks. Make sure you’re aware of how much time the game will require and plan your time accordingly. This will help you avoid any unnecessary fatigue or stress.
14. Connect with Other Players
Many games allow players to connect with one another in order to compete or cooperate. If this is an option, make sure you connect with other players as soon as possible. This will help you get a better understanding of the game and make the experience more enjoyable.
15. Have Fun!
This is the most important tip of all: have fun! The whole point of playing games is to enjoy yourself, so make sure you let loose and have some fun while playing.
The tips provided in this article should help you prepare ahead of time for a new game app. No matter what kind of device or setting the game requires, it’s important to have everything prepared before playing so that you can have fun and avoid any unnecessary stress or fatigue. If you’re looking for more ways to improve your gaming experience, check out our blog about how games are changing with technology!