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    sunbow

    Hi,

    I am a game developer from Munich, Germany. I just released my first game for the WP7: Bubblebreak

    But nobody cares about it  Sad
    It's lost in the list of crappy puzzle games.

    So I wonder how my game could come to Laura Foy's "Hot Apps" Series.

    What do I have to do? Or is it enough to have such a great game as Bubblebreak? Wink

     

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    ManipUni

    Your app has serious advertising issues. I've read the description and seen the screenshots and really have no idea what the game might be like. The description is confusing as hell.     

    The award-winning game Bubblebreak combines several concepts of classic arcade games in an innovative way.
     
    Don't care. Why is this the first line? I'm tempted just to stop reading here. 
     
    Unlike the models BubbleBreak has a circular playing field without walls.
     
    Unlike the models? What? What are "the models?"  
     
    Bubbles can be shot from any direction into the bunch in the center.
     
    Seems straight forward enough. 
     
    The color of the shot Bubble can always be selected by the player.
     
    What role do the colours play? 
     
    If three or more bubbles are getting connected, they pop out of the bunch and fly around. Then they can be thrown back into the playing field.
     
    So if three or more are connected they fly out and then are put back into the playing field? What is the point in that? Aren't we just back where we started? 
     
    As soon as all colored bubbles are abolished the level is completed.

    Wait so colours are back? And I thought after I destroyed bubbles they reappear? How would that ever result in "all coloured bubbles [being] abolished?" 
     
    It gets harder after each level, because then the player has one Bubble less to shoot or another color is added.
     
    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?! What is the purpose of the colours and now I have limited amount of bubbles to shoot even though the above suggests the amount on the field is infinite?  
     
    Many different level-designs and collectable specials keeps the game interesting.
     
    But all of the screenshots show identical circular levels... Also what do the specials do? What purpose do they serve?    
     
    Also why is this game in Trivia? And what is it the screenshots are meant to convey to me?  
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    cbae

    , sunbow wrote

    Hi,

    I am a game developer from Munich, Germany. I just released my first game for the WP7: Bubblebreak

    But nobody cares about it  Sad
    It's lost in the list of crappy puzzle games.

    So I wonder how my game could come to Laura Foy's "Hot Apps" Series.

    What do I have to do? Or is it enough to have such a great game as Bubblebreak? Wink

    Try posting a comment in the latest episode of her show here.

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    sunbow

    Hi ManipUni,

    thanks for your criticism.

    I changed the description, but it will not update until I submitted a new update of the game. However, here is the new text:

    Bubblebreak is an innovative match-3-game. You have to shoot colored bubbles to match three or more bubbles with the same color. If you achieved this, the matched bubbles become colorless "ghost-bubbles". As soon as no colored Bubble is left, you solved the level.

    Unlike similar games, the bubbles can be shot from any direction into the center, because the playing field has a circular shape.

    You have a limited amount of Bubbles to shoot. All Bubbles left form a "bar" which can be moved along the border of the playing field.
    With this bar you are able to boune the popped "ghost bubbles" back into the playing field. They will become a normal Bubble with the color you have chosen then.
    If you bounce often you may need to shoot less Bubbles to solve a level.

    An early version of this game won the first place of a game-design contest at XnaMag.de.

    Features:
    - 10 Levels
    - 11 Specials
    - 28 Achievements
    - Online Highscore

    Do you think, this is a better description?

     

    @cbae: thanks, i will do this Smiley

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    ManipUni

    @sunbow: Yes. That is like night and day better. I'd certainly try your game based on that description. Good work! 

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    cbae

    @sunbow: You could also tweet her @lfoy, but I'd limit it to those two methods. You probably don't want to seem like a stalker. I recall, that in her show, she mentions how she heard about the app that she's showcasing, so watching one of her shows might give you a hint about the best approach to take. Good luck.

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    AdamWheatley

    Did anyone figure out how to get onto HotApps? Or at least the correct submission route?

    Here's a hot app!!

    Alien Escape

     

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    Ian2

    A comment after watching one of the shows is a good way to get her attention. 
    I would imagine that sending her a big bunch of flowers would also get her attention (though probably not result in an app review).

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