In order to launch my game, I first had to make sure that I had a Google Play developer account setup. This required me to pay a £25 fee to setup the account and fill in a few forms. Once I had got the developer account, I began uploading AABs (Android App Bundles) to the Google Play Store to test my game. I first began uploading them to the internal test so I could test my in-app purchases, advertisements etc.
A few days before I decided to launch my game, I let someone test my game without any input from me and received quite a bit of feedback from this test. The main points were:
- They were not sure what they should do at the start of the game
- They didn’t know how to navigate to the settings
- They didn’t know what the numbers in the UI indicated
Therefore, based on this feedback these are the changes I made:
I decided to add a small tutorial to the first few levels of the game to introduce the players into the game and let them know what they should be doing. (https://gyazo.com/d9f2c2f46924ae378041e0227000c480)
I made sure that the settings icon was always visible and decided to not use a collapsed menu anymore:
I added some text around the numbers in the UI to indicate what level the user is on or how many bombs are remaining in the level:
Then on the 29th October I launched my game onto the Google Play store. Once the game had gone through the Google Play review process, I contacted some people to get them to try out my game. So, on Twitter I tweeted out my game with some hashtags to try and get some attention (https://twitter.com/kieran2307/status/1189479516642656256). I also posted on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kieran-townley-256313157_hex-disarm-apps-on-google-play-activity-6595265384142643200-lNsw/), on my Instagram story and sent it to the rest of the Unity team at my place of work. Over the next few weeks I will gather as much feedback as I can and then make changes to my game based on that feedback.
All the feedback I gathered has been added to this Google Sheets document: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D1RvDZEozLfUjMt0P-3qOIJf-GW5H02qZXLYnIZZE1g/edit?usp=sharing
Here is a link to Hex Disarm on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.KieranTownley.HexDisarm