Shift – One Month Post-Mortem and Future Plans

Greetings folks!

It has officially been one month today since I released my new game Shift (now available on the Google Play store for all Android devices), and boy, is there a lot I’ve learned and want to share.

Personally, launching this game has provided me with a sense of validation, as while I was promoting my game I received a lot of positive feedback towards the game concept. So no matter how this game fares, I am 100% proud to showcase this game as part of my library.

With that said, watching other people play your game gives a new sense of perspective, and I’ve received a lot more feedback that I will be implementing into the game. So here’s some plans for the immediate future:

  • I will be reevaluating the first 50 levels or so of the game. I’ve noticed that the learning curve is a lot more steep that I assumed, and it appears that it may be leading to frustration and uninstallations of the game. Finding a balance is a delicate thing, so the next update will have a revamped opening set of levels, that will hopefully provide a learning curve more accessible to players. Whether or not that is enough remains to be seen.
  • More platforms! Right now the Android platform is a great start as a gaming platform for shift, but I will commence work on a PC port as well. The ultimate goal here is to create a similar game, but with exclusive levels to the version (which is possible due to the larger screen size).
  • A graphics update. Not sure what exactly I’m going to change, but a graphics refresh will be in the works as well!

Nonetheless, this past month has been a hell of a lot of fun. Big thanks to a whole bunch of people:

  • My Beta testers (who are appropriately credited in the game).
  • The folks at the Capital Gaming Expo who helped me out with a booth on short notice.
  • The Toronto Gamedev community for embracing and helping promote the game (here’s looking at you torontogamedevs.com!)
  • Anyone who has played the game.

I’m still here, and am not going anywhere. Follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook!

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Capital Gaming Expo Roundup

Capital Gaming Expo Roundup

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Capital Gaming Expo in Ottawa, ON to celebrate the release of my first video game release, Shift.

This was a first for me in many ways: first solo game, first solo booth, first solo demo of a finished product. The only part that made me nervous was the thought of whether or not people would like the game.

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I’d say it went pretty well.

Nearly every person that came to the booth had a positive response to the game concept and design. If they didn’t right away, their opinion would be swayed by the time they left the booth. As soon as the first set of demos was done, I was flying high the rest of the weekend.

The Capital Gaming Expo is the first indie video game show I’ve been in a while, since Gamercamp actually. Sidebar for those who don’t know: Gamercamp was a special indie video game showcase held in Toronto where a bunch of studios would get together and showcase their games in a unique and intimate setting.

This expo had indie developers from all over Ottawa, as well as outside of it. I have to give credit to the Hand Eye Society, for if it wasn’t for their newsletters, I wouldn’t have found out about this in the first place.

For it’s first incarnation under new ownership, I’d say that the expo was a success overall from what I could see. As a solo booth I had minimal time to roam, but it looked like other booths were having a good time showcasing their stuff. I sure as hell did.

A special thank you goes out to everyone who came to chat with me at the booth. It gave me a sense of validation that I am on to something with this game, and a sense of enjoyment watching you all play it.

To the Capital Gaming Expo organizers for putting this show on, thank you for having me!

So what’s next? I’ve applied to more expos and conventions in the GTA area so you may see me around. I’ll keep working on Shift creating more levels, game modes and fixing bugs along the way.

I will put a photo album up on the Facebook page, so head there for photos from the expo.

Until next time!