A couple of thoughts....

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A couple of thoughts....
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:34:33 AM »
Hey Kevin,

Had a bunch of ideas this morning on how you can make some more money through the app. What I'm thinking is that the bots can offer you deals, for example - reduce red cards by x if you watch a video ad - or reduce red cards by y if you click a link (which goes through to Amazon, for example, using an affiliate link so you get affi commission). These should be time limited - a bot should expect to be center of attention, so when offered a deal you have maybe 15 mins to respond, else you get a time punishment.

Take a look at Skimlinks, where you should find a pretty easy way to get this set up.

Likewise, would be a good idea to include a gambling concept in the game, for example, a "loot crate" style deal where you can pick a look crate which either contains time off, or adds a lot of time on - you would know your odds beforehand - this is important, because the way gambling works to be effective is that you lose on average, but as you play the odds of winning need to reduce, but the prize and cost increases. So if you choose to play, you get locked in a cycle where you need to continue to play to win back the time you've lost.

As a further thought, I think the bots aren't active enough for small time durations. When you're doing, say 1 day or less - you want an active bot, rather than getting 1 or sometimes no updates. The proactive updates from the bot are the fun part of the game.

Anyway, just some thoughts. As with everything like this, you need to make some money from it - when you are making some money out of it you can justify working on the app to offer more to your users.

Hope this helps. M.

Re: A couple of thoughts....
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 09:54:32 AM »
Thank you for the suggestions @paigeq . While the app makes enough to cover hosting and server costs I have been considering other ways to bring in a little extra. I've been toying with the idea of booster packs of cards that help a lock, but not ruin it, or make it unfair. Coming up with such cards and a nice balance isn't easy

Once I've got the next big update out I will read through your suggestions again and look at other options too.

What I don't want is constant annoying full screen ads every 2 or 3 minutes or heavily pushed in app items to purchase. I think I do it well with the keys. I could have made it annoying and have the app try and persuade you to unlock early every day by purcashing keys and running sales etc. but that would have just ruined the whole experience. They're sold as emergency keys and do ok without me having to push or promote them in the app.
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Re: A couple of thoughts....
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 10:16:27 AM »
Hence my suggestion that viewing the ad is optional. Check out how it is done in Crossy Road, it's not forced and pretty nicely done. Do your pro key holders have a revenue model? If they are making money, then offering them a pro version or subscription which enables them to offer additional stuff to their holdees is another option. Basically - you've got to be able to decent money from it.