All this was done whilst holding down a full-time job and the demands of being a parent to two young children. My main development time started once the kids were in bed and would go on until after midnight.
Whilst it took a bit of effort, it was certainly a fun experience.
My main aim was to see if I could actually code iOS games, but seeing as I have an AdSense account, I decided to monetise them using AdMob.
The last two games I made also had an in-app purchase option to remove adverts.
At the time of writing this post, they’ve served up over 2 million adverts, giving me a good return on my time investment.
I’ve served up over 2 million adverts from my apps.
My first game was a simple golf game. It was similar in design to a game called ”Stick Hero” made by Ketchapp games. Instead of a pushing a stick over to the next island, you had to hit a ball to it.
Here’s a screenshot:
Sales were OK, and it reached number 2 of the arcade charts in…Malawi!
For a brief period, it was more popular than Candy Crush.
Several more games followed, and I developed a template I used to speed up development.
My final two games were word games, the one I spent the most time on was called: Word Goblins – Movie Tour.
Compared to my first game, this one is more complex. It contains levels, worlds and challenges.
Here are a couple of screen shots:
The main game screen.
Each land was themed, and I programmed the game to easily add new worlds and expand it.
Sadly, when I released this game the app charts seemed to have a problem, and new games weren’t being listed. I think Apple were in the process of changing their algorithm, and by the time it was corrected, my games were way down the released list.
As I was being cheap, I didn’t actively promote them. Although one of my reasons for this was that the iOS game environment is a highly competitive one, and whilst I enjoyed making my games, I didn’t think they would be able to compete with the larger (read better) app game companies.
Still I think it’s a fun little game, so feel free to give it a bit of love and have a go.