Taptitude: Best game, or bestest game?

brandon.furtwangler

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Ok, I'll admit I'm one of the creators of Taptitude...but I really do think it's one of the best free games on the platform (WP7). What do you think?

Our goal is to pack so much value into a single game that it becomes everyone's must-have app. To achieve this goal we go about things differently than other games.

First, we update every week with a new mini-game. We're currently at 33 mini-games and several dozen game upgrades. These all tie together with online leaderboards and meta-game features like collecting stars and buying upgrades with coins.

Second, we listen to user feedback and rapidly incorporate it into the next update. I'm not talking about a single new feature two months later...we are constantly adding new features on a weekly release cycle. This is the reason I started this thread, to hear what you think, where we should go, etc...so the game can get that much better.

Finally, we don't care about the money, we just want to make a great game. Seriously...the three of us have good paying full time jobs and this is just a hobby project we work on at night. All the ad revenue goes to food, beer & server costs. This means we don't have to sell out and stuff it full of pandas and ninjas to attract downloads. We can focus on what gamers really want...making the game fun/addicting.

Please, tell me what you think of the game (good or bad), and how we can make it better. We're always open to new mini-game ideas, upgrade ideas, and anything else that will take this game to the next level.
 

dirtbikr

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Just wanted to let you know I play the game a ton! Thanks for pushing out the updates, it really keeps me coming back. I don't have any suggestions off the top of my head, but I have to say that whichever one of you came up with the coin toss minigame is on my **** list. :D It is such an evil implementation. I get up to a decent number of coins, play the game, and lose them all.
 

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Thanks dirtbikr. What you say about the heads up mini-game is 100% accurate. It's totally evil. We needed a money sink :p Get the lucky charm upgrade and you'll increase your chance of winning.

If you think of any upgrades that would be cool post back here. We have 10-20 ideas for the next few weeks but after that we're looking for our users to make suggestions.
 

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Taptitude

I love Taptitude. For a bunch of very simplistic games, it has great variety and it uses the touch screen in unique ways.
The ONLY problem I have with this game is that my girlfriend keeps stealing my phone to play coin miner! (Must be something about the diamonds? ;) ) Are you going to make it available on any other operating systems?
 

brandon.furtwangler

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Thanks Arturius.

At this time we're exclusive to Windows Phone 7. Your best option is to buy your girlfriend a windows phone 7. It's going to get really good with mango, so she'll enjoy the upgrade.
 

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Let me know what you think furygoalbrtis39. We have a big update coming out on Tuesday. Save those coins so you can get lots of new upgrades coming soon. The easiest way to earn coins is in the coin miner game.
 

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Its a brilliant app to download.

And when I say Brilliant, I too also mean the amount of content you get for downloading this (free!) app.

There's a game (or two) for everyone, there's a coin collecting feature, there's a ranking section. I think the only thing your missing is shop and maybe to show name of the highest ranking individual for each game.

And what's great about the app is that the games are so easy to pick up and play. That's what I live about your app. Its so simple to play, but there's an unbelieveable amount of content to play through.

Loving your updates. Keep up the good work!

Need to go and start earning my coins again after "flipping it all away" grrrrrrr
 

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Thanks for your feedback pokedmund.

What are you requesting when you say it's missing "shop"? We have the "upgrade store" in each level (and options menu) where you can purchase various things with your coins. Were you thinking of something else?

You also mentioned showing the name of the highest ranking individual for each game. Are you saying we should call it out beyond the (World) leaderboard?

Do you have suggestions for new mini-games? Are we missing a particular style of game?
 

SheriffRego

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Taptitude is my favorite game on Windows Phone.
The upgrades are such a great idea. It makes this game addicting.
I just miss a +10 button for the heads up game.
And there is one thing that annoyes me in Coin Miner. Since the latest update you fall out of the ground onto something that looks like a tree when you have dug really deep. Then there are blocks out of stone or metal that I can't destroy. Are they unbreakable? Is this the end of the game? Because then I always have to wait for about 10 minutes until I am out of time.
 

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So far I am getting a kick out of this game. Very well done. There is one feature I would be extremely interested in.

I will never be on the leaderboards and I don't really care to be. However, my wife and I like to compete against one another. It'd be awesome if there was a friends list where you can see each others high scores for each game and even better still if you could get alerted when one of your scores had been beaten.

That'd keep us in that game constantly!

Regardless, fun game.
 

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In the Coin Miner game, how do you get past the grey blocks in the water? Also, how do you use the Auto Drill?
Love the game... totally addictive!
 

brandon.furtwangler

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Great feedback, thanks everyone.

Regarding Coin Miner, sorry there is a bug in the current version (will be fixed by 8/31) that prevents you from getting deeper than the grey blocks near the tree/fish. We have some great new coin miner upgrades coming out at the same time as the fix to make up for the bug.


SheriffRego, while we will have a fix for this bug, do you think a "suicide" upgrade would be valuable? It would basically take away any remaining time so you can claim your loot...

nyquistjack, we are planning on having a better user system where you can track other players. It may be a bit before that's ready though.

Flyingcow, the autodrill (and megadrill in v3.6) are used in coin miner to make mining faster. The best way to use the autodrill is to drop 2-3 per column in every column. This will cause you to break all the blocks on the screen & collect lots of loot. When you get down to diamonds and chests, you may want to drop 5-10 in the same column. MegaDrill is used in a similar way, but is much more powerful (and expensive).
 

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What are you requesting when you say it's missing "shop"? We have the "upgrade store" in each level (and options menu) where you can purchase various things with your coins. Were you thinking of something else?

ACtually, I was thinking about something else when I said shop. My bad :)

You also mentioned showing the name of the highest ranking individual for each game. Are you saying we should call it out beyond the (World) leaderboard?

It was just a thought, but I was suggesting to have the name of the highest ranking player (in each game) to be show at the "3..2..1...start!" section. It might be nice (or not so nice) for some people to see what and who has the highest score for each game before they jump in?

Do you have suggestions for new mini-games? Are we missing a particular style of game?

How about Casino games like Black Jack (21), Roulette, poker?

Oh, and someone mentioned before about having an +10 section for the heads up game. Even better, add a function where you can put how much you want in.
Also, do I always have to be kicked out of the heads up game? I would love to stay in after I've lost.

p.s. I've just lost 1,700,000 coins on heads up. Thanks guys!
 

brandon.furtwangler

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It was just a thought, but I was suggesting to have the name of the highest ranking player (in each game) to be show at the "3..2..1...start!" section.

We talked about doing this before and will likely get around to it (or something like it) eventually.

How about Casino games like Black Jack (21), Roulette, poker?

Yes. Coming soon. We've been shipping the card sprites for a while without using them (just lazy) but we definately want more casino games. We need to mix them in with other game styles because not everyone is into that type of game.

Oh, and someone mentioned before about having an +10 section for the heads up game. Even better, add a function where you can put how much you want in.
Also, do I always have to be kicked out of the heads up game? I would love to stay in after I've lost.

I think we can swing both upgrades (or something like them) in the next week or two.
 

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I have an idea. How about a "Sell All" choice when your trying to sell things. Or make it so that we can change the number of how much we want to sell. Because currently I have 204 mega scribbles that I got from mining and it won't let me sell more than 1 at a time lol. Also the luck charm doesn't work. I had it turned on and flipped 49 coins and got 25 tails and 24 heads. Then I flipped it a 50th time and it was heads so my luck is still pretty even. That should be fixed so 3 out of 4 times its heads or 3 out of 5 or something. Thanks :)
 

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