Jan 15

Meet the finalists of the Google Play Indie Games Contest in Europe

Posted by Adriana Puchianu, Developer Marketing Google Play

Back in October we launched the 2nd edition of the Google Play Indie
Games Contest in Europe, with the aim to identify, showcase and reward indie
gaming talent from more than 30 countries. We were amazed by the innovation and
creativity that indie developers from the region have to offer.

Selecting just 20 finalists has once again been a huge challenge. We had a lot
of fun playing the games that will go on to showcase at the Saatchi
Gallery on February 13th in London. Without further ado, we are happy
to announce the Top 20 finalists of this year’s edition. Congratulations to the
finalists and thanks to everyone else who has entered the contest.

A
Planet of Mine

Tuesday Quest

France

Bridge
Constructor Portal

ClockStone Softwareentwicklung GmbH

Austria

Bury
me, my Love

Playdius

France

Captain
Tom Galactic Traveler

Picodongames

France

Core

FURYJAM

Russia

Flat
Pack

Nitrome

United Kingdom

Fern
Flower

Macaque

Poland

I
Love Hue

Zut!

United Kingdom

Jodeo

Gamebra.in

Turkey

Kami
2

State of Play

United Kingdom

Kenshō

FIFTYTWO

Russia

No
More Buttons

Tommy Søreide Kjær

Norway

Old
Man’s Journey

Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH

Austria

Broken
Rules Interactive Media GmbH

Developster

Germany

The
Big Journey

Catfishbox

Ukraine

The
House of Da Vinci

Blue Brain Games, s.r.o.

Slovakia

The
Office Quest

11Sheep

Israel

Unbalance

TVEE

Turkey

Undervault

Andriy Bychkovskyi

Ukraine

yellow

Bart Bonte

Belgium

Check out the prizes

All the 20 finalists are getting:

  • A paid trip to London to showcase their game at the Final held at Saatchi
    Gallery
  • Inclusion of their game on a promotional billboard in London for 1 month
  • Inclusion of their game in a dedicated Indie Games Contest collection on the
    Indie Corner for one month in more than 40 countries across EMEA
  • Two (2) tickets to attend a 2018 Playtime event, an invitation-only event
    for top apps and games developers on Google Play
  • One (1) Pixel 2 device

They will also have the chance to win more
prizes at the final event.

Join the Google Play team and the finalists at the final event:

Anyone can now register
to attend the final
showcase event for free at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 13
February 2018
. Come and play some great games and have fun with indie
developers, industry experts, and the Google Play team.


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Jan 12

Android Excellence: Congratulations to the newly added apps and games

Posted by Kacey Fahey, Developer Marketing, Google Play

Kicking off the new year, we’re excited to welcome our latest group of Android Excellence apps and games. These awardees represent some of the best experiences and top performing apps and games on the Play Store and can be found with other great selections on the Editors’ Choice page.

If you’re looking for some new apps, below are a few highlights.

  • EyeEm: A great photo editor app with a full suite of filters and tools to make your pictures shine. Learn style tips from their community and even sell your images through the EyeEm marketplace.

  • Musixmatch: Check out Musixmatch’s updated app while learning the lyrics to all your favorite songs. The app is compatible with many of the top music streaming services and you can even follow along with your Android Wear device or on the big screen with Chromecast support.
  • ViewRanger: Plan your next hiking adventure by discovering new routes and trail guides with ViewRanger. Check out the Skyline feature using your phone’s camera to identify over 9 million sites across the world through augmented reality.

Here are a few of our favorite new games joining the collection.

  • Fire Emblem Heroes: Nintendo’s popular strategy-RPG franchise is now reimagined for mobile. Fight battles, develop your heroes’ skills, and try various gameplay modes for hours of exciting gameplay.

  • Lumino City: Explore the charming papercraft style world in this award-winning puzzle adventure game. The beautiful scenery is all handcrafted.
  • Old Man’s Journey: Gorgeous scenery, an immersive soundtrack, and deep emotion help you uncover the old man’s life stories while you solve puzzles and shape the landscape to determine his future.

Congratulations to the newly added Android Excellence apps and games.

New Android Excellence apps New Android Excellence games
1tap

Acorns

Airbnb

Blink Health

Blinkist

Clue

Ditty

EyeEm

Fabulous

IFTTT

iReader

Journey

KKBOX

LinkedIn

Mobills: Budget Planner

Musixmatch

Shpock

Stocard

Video Editor

ViewRanger

YAZIO

YOP

Agent A

Bit Heroes

Bloons Supermonkey 2

Dancing Line

DEAD WARFARE: Zombie

Dragon Project

Fire Emblem Heroes

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow

Idle Heroes

Last Day on Earth: Survival

Lords Mobile

Lumino City

Modern Combat Versus

Old Man’s Journey

The Walking Dead No Man’s Land

War Wings

Explore other great apps and games in the Editors’ Choice section on Google Play and discover best practices to help you build quality apps and games for people to love.

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Android Developers Blog

Jan 08

Android Developer Story: Jelly Button Games grows globally through data driven development

Posted by Leticia Lago, Google Play team

For Jelly Button Games, understanding users is the key to creating and maintaining a successful game, particularly when growth relies on moving into overseas markets. The team makes extensive use of Google Analytics and Google BigQuery to analyze more than 3 billion events each month. By using this data, Jelly Button can pinpoint exactly where, when, and why people play their highly-rated game, Pirate Kings. Feeding this information back into development has driven active daily users up 1500 percent in just five months.

We caught up with Mor Shani, Moti Novo, and Ron Rejwan — some of the co-founders — in Tel Aviv, Israel, to discover how they created an international hit and keep it growing.


Learn about Google Analytics and taking your game to an international audience:

  • Analyze — discover the power of data from the Google Play Developer Console and Google Analytics.
  • Query — find out how Google BigQuery can help you extract the essential information you need from millions or billions of data points.
  • Localize — guide the localization of your app with best practices and tools.


Android Developers Blog

Dec 26

Top Ten Best Free iOS Games of October 2013

Top Ten Best Free iOS Games of October 2013

Its the month of Halloween and just like always i am back with a Top Ten List.  This month i will share with you a few of the best Free iOS games of October 2013.  While this list is not official, bear in mind that this is based on my personal view but at the same time if you feel like something is a miss, please share the same in the comment section below.  Without any further a due, lets now take a closer look at the Top Ten Best Free iOS Games of October 2013 which are really addictive to play.
iPhone
10. The Room – Pocket (Horror)

09. Giant Boulder of Earth
08. Madden 25 (Sports)
 
07. Gang Lords (Open World)
 
06. Pocket Trains (Simulation)
05. Dots (Puzzle)
 
04. Color Zen (Puzzle)
03. Pixel This (Puzzle) 

02.  Fifa 2014 (Football/Sports Simulation)

01. Clash of Clans (RPG)
There were a few others i played which were quite addictive as well, but i think the list above are better than those.  Hope you liked the list.

What are your thoughts about the Top Ten Best Free iOS Games of October 2013?

Gaming,Cricket,WWE and lots more

Dec 24

Android Developer Story: Vietnamese games developer Divmob finds more users with localized pricing on Google Play

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Based in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, games developer Divmob has grown quickly from an original team of five people to 40 employees since
it was founded three years ago. Divmob now has over 40 million downloads across
its various titles, including the popular game, Epic Heroes War.

Watch Ngo Van Luyen, CEO & Founder at Divmob, and his team explain how
introducing sub-dollar pricing in various markets resulted in a 300% increase
in daily transactions, and increased the number of paying users threefold.

Find out more about local pricing models on Google Play

We recently introduced new features in the Google Play Developer Console to
help you meet local expectations when setting prices, to make purchases more
attractive to your users. The Developer Console will now automatically round
pricing to local conventions in each market, and you can also set up pricing
templates to manage pricing across multiple currencies more efficiently, and
easily make bulk changes to the prices of multiple apps and in-app products in
a single click. Learn more about the improved local pricing tools.


Android Developers Blog

Dec 08

Power Great Gaming with New Analytics from Play Games

By Ben Frenkel, Google Play Games team

A few weeks ago at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), we announced Play Games Player Analytics, a new set of free reports to help you manage your games business and understand in-game player behavior. Today, we’re excited to make these new tools available to you in the Google Play Developer Console.

Analytics is a key component of running a game as a service, which is increasingly becoming a necessity for running a successful mobile gaming business. When you take a closer look at large developers that do this successfully, you find that they do three things really well:

  • Manage their business to revenue targets
  • Identify hot spots in their business metrics so they can continuously focus on the game updates that will drive the most impact
  • Use analytics to understand how players are progressing, spending, and churning

“With player engagement and revenue data living under one roof, developers get a level of data quality that is simply not available to smaller teams without dedicated staff. As the tools evolve, I think Google Play Games Player Analytics will finally allow indie devs to confidently make data-driven changes that actually improve revenue.”

Kevin Pazirandeh
Developer of Zombie Highway 2

With Player Analytics, we wanted to make these capabilities available to the entire developer ecosystem on Google Play in a frictionless, easy-to-use way, freeing up your precious time to create great gaming experiences. Small studios, including the makers of Zombie Highway 2 and Bombsquad, have already started to see the benefits and impact of Player Analytics on their business.

Further, if you integrate with Google Play game services, you get this set of analytics with no incremental effort. But, for a little extra work, you can also unlock another set of high impact reports by integrating Google Play game services Events, starting with the Sources and Sinks report, a report to help you balance your in-game economy.

If you already have a game integrated with Google Play game services, go check out the new reports in the Google Play Developer Console today. For everyone else, enabling Player Analytics is as simple as adding a handful of lines of code to your game to integrate Google Play game services.

Manage your business to revenue targets

Set your spend target in Player Analytics by choosing a daily goal

To help assess the health of your games business, Player Analytics enables you to select a daily in-app purchase revenue target and then assess how you’re doing against that goal through the Target vs Actual report depicted below. Learn more.

Identify hot spots using benchmarks with the Business Drivers report

Ever wonder how your game’s performance stacks up against other games? Player Analytics tells you exactly how well you are doing compared to similar games in your category.

Metrics highlighted in red are below the benchmark. Arrows indicate whether a metric is trending up or down, and any cell with the icon can be clicked to see more details about the underlying drivers of the change. Learn more.

Track player retention by new user cohort

In the Retention report, you can see the percentage of players that continued to play your game on the following seven days after installing your game.

Learn more.

See where players are spending their time, struggling, and churning with the Player Progression report

Measured by the number of achievements players have earned, the Player Progression funnel helps you identify where your players are struggling and churning to help you refine your game and, ultimately, improve retention. Add more achievements to make progression tracking more precise.

Learn more.

Manage your in-game economy with the Sources and Sinks report

The Sources and Sinks report helps you balance your in-game economy by showing the relationship between how quickly players are earning or buying and using resources.

For example, Eric Froemling, one man developer of BombSquad, used the Sources & Sinks report to help balance the rate at which players earned and spent tickets.

Read more about Eric’s experience with Player Analytics in his recent blog post.

To enable the Sources and Sinks report you will need to create and integrate Play game services Events that track sources of premium currency (e.g., gold coins earned), and sinks of premium currency (e.g., gold coins spent to buy in-app items).


Android Developers Blog

Dec 06

New Developer Features in Google Play Games

Posted by Greg Hartrell, Google Play Games team

Mobile games are on fire right now; in fact, three out of every four Android users are playing games. Earlier in the year we launched Google Play Games — Google’s platform for gaming across Android, iOS, and the web — to help you take advantage of this wave of users. Building on Google Play Services, you can quickly add new social features to your games, for richer game experiences that drive user acquisition and engagement across platforms.

Today we’re announcing three new features in Google Play Games that make it easier to understand what players are doing in your game, manage your game features more effectively, and store more game data in the Google cloud.

Game services statistics in the Developer Console

Now you can see stats about your game’s player activity in Google Play Games right in the Google Play Developer Console. You can see how many players have signed into your game through Google, the percentage of players who unlocked an achievement, and how many scores are posted to your leaderboards.

Game services alerts in the Developer Console

Did you mangle the ID for an achievement or leaderboard? Forget to hit the publish button? Do you know if your game is getting throttled because you accidentally called a method in a tight loop? Fear not! New alerts will now show up in the Developer Console to warn you when these mistakes happen, and guide you quickly to the answers on how to fix them.

Double your Cloud Save storage

Cloud Save is one of our most popular features for game developers, providing up to 512KB of data per user, per game, since it was introduced. You asked for more storage, and we are delivering on that request. Starting October 14th, 2013, you’ll be able to store up to 256KB per slot, for a total of 1MB per user. Game saves have never been happier!

More about Google Play Games

If you want learn more about what Google Play Games offers and how to get started, take a look at the Google Play Games Services developer documentation.

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Dec 05

Tuning your apps and games for long screen devices

Posted by Fred Chung, Developer Advocate

In recent months, there’s a growing trend for handset makers to ship new devices
with long screen aspect ratio (stretching beyond 16:9), many of which also sport
rounded corners. This attests to the Android ecosystem’s breadth and choice.
Pixel 2 XL and Huawei Mate 10 Pro are just two of many examples. These screen
characteristics could bring a very immersive experience to users and they take
notice of apps and games that don’t take advantage of the long aspect ratio
screen on these new devices. Therefore it is important for developers to
optimize for these screen designs. Let’s have a look at related support
provided by the Android OS.

Optimize for long aspect ratio screens

Most apps using standard UI widgets will likely work out-of-the-box on these devices. Android
documentation details techniques for flexibly working on multiple screen
sizes. However, some games and apps with custom UIs may run into issues due to
incorrect assumptions on certain aspect ratios. We’re sharing a few typical
issues faced by developers, so you can pay attention to those relevant to you:

  • Certain sides of the screen are cropped. This makes any
    graphic or UI elements in the affected regions look incomplete.

  • Touch targets are offset from UI elements (e.g. buttons).
    Users may be confused on UI elements that are seemingly interactive.

  • For full screen mode on rounded corners devices, any UI elements
    very close to the corners may be outside of the curved corner viewable
    area
    . Imagine if a commerce app’s “Purchase” button was partially
    obstructed? We recommend referencing Material
    Design guidelines by leaving 16dp side margins in layouts.

If responsive UI is really not suitable for your situation, as a last
resort
declare an explicit maximum supported aspect ratio as follows. On
devices with a wider aspect ratio, the app will be shown in a compatibility mode
padded with letterbox. Keep in mind that certain device models provide an
override for users to force the app into full-screen compatibility mode, so be
sure to test under these scenarios too!

Targets API level 26 or higher: Use android:maxAspectRatio
attributes.

Targets API level 25 or lower: Use android.max_aspect meta-data.
Note that maximum aspect ratio values will be respected only if your
activities don’t support resizableActivity.
See documentation
for detail.

System letterboxes an app when the declared maximum aspect ratio is smaller
than the device’s screen.

Consider using side-by-side activities

Long aspect ratio devices enable even more multi-window use cases that could
increase user productivity. Beginning in Android 7.0, the platform offers a
standard way for developers to implement multi-window on supported devices as
well as perform data drag and drop between activities. Refer to documentation
for details.

Testing is crucial. If you don’t have access to one of these long screen
devices, be sure to test on the emulator with adequate screen size and
resolution hardware properties, which are explained in the emulator
documentation.

We know you want to delight your users with long screen devices. With a few
steps, you can ensure your apps and games taking full advantage of these
devices!


Android Developers Blog

Nov 08

Google and Ideas United Announce Infinite Deviation: Games Program Winners


Posted by Kate Brennan and Mathilde Cohen Solal, Google Play and Daraiha Greene, CS in
Media

Google Play is committed to empowering new and existing voices in gaming.
Earlier this year, we hosted the Indie Games Festival and sponsored the Girls
Make Games summer
camp. We also announced
a collaboration between Infinite Deviation and Google Play.

Infinite Deviation is an
initiative created by Google Computer Science (CS) in Media and Ideas United in order to
tackle issues of representation in computer science. The collaboration between
Google Play and Ideas United brought the Infinite Deviation program to gaming,
called Infinite Deviation:
Games. The program invited game designers from all backgrounds to pitch an
original mobile game concept that resonates with underrepresented audiences.

Today we are excited to announce the three teams selected for the Infinite
Deviation: Games development program.

A select panel of industry experts reviewed applications and chose the top three
ideas. The judging panel included Colleen Macklin (Founder and Co-Director,
PETLab), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Senior Creative Director, Plants vs Zombies), Molly
Proffitt (CEO, Ker-Chunk Games), Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia (Founder and CEO,
PlayWerks), and Sarah Thomson (Global BD Lead, Indies, Google). These judges
scored and delivered personal feedback for each submission, with the three
highest scoring games moving into further development.

Here’s a closer look at the three games we’ll be funding and supporting
development over the next six months:

Historic Gay Bar Tycoon

Mo Cohen & Maria Del Castillo Infantas – Queermo Games

Historic Gay Bar Tycoon (name pending) starts you off with a brand new queer
bar in the 1920s. This game explores the role bars played in LGBT history. Will
your bar survive revolutions, epidemics, and the rise of dating apps?

Queermo Games is pretty much what it sounds like: a scrappy and small indie
game developing team just trying to make more LGBT games. Conveniently, they are
also next door neighbors. Maria is a queer Latina who handles the art and the
music, and Mo is a non-binary Jewish queer who tackles the programming and
writing. Together, they also work on another longer-term project called Queer
Quest with their buddy Hagen.

Burn Ban

Harrison Barton & Morgan Rowe – Pride Interactive

Burn Ban is an interactive visual novel in which you assume the role of
Twig, a mentally ill queer girl. After showing destructive tendencies to cope
with the death of a close friend, she is sent to Camp Sisquoc, a summer retreat
for misguided students. After attending the camp for a few days, her dead
friend’s online social media page mysteriously starts posting again, and Twig
and friends are set with determining the mystery behind the posts.

Pride Interactive is currently made up of two developers, Harrison Barton
and Morgan Rowe. Pride Interactive was started as a student game team, and is
now continuing on to develop independent projects. Pride Interactive endeavors
to further their mission of creating a more diverse environment in the industry
through games that deal with serious themes, and diverse character driven
narratives.

Ghost in the Graveyard

Adnan Agha, Vivian Allum, and Armand Silvani – Ghost Stories

Ghost in the Graveyard is a story-driven mobile mystery game where you snoop
through your missing brother’s old phone to try and find him. “Can you find a
missing person when all you have is their phone?”

Ghost Stories is a three member team from NYC with a mission to create
genuine and unique experiences that connect with players. The team consists of
Vivian, the lead designer and programmer, Armand, the artist and writer, and
Adnan, the programmer and resident ghost. They’ve previously published a school
project to the Xbox One and are thrilled to be able to work with Infinite
Deviation to publish to Google Play.

You can find more information about the program at InfiniteDeviation.com/Games.
Congratulations to the three winners and thanks to all the people who have
entered the competition for their continuous work to push the boundaries of
gaming design and providing a unique voice to the industry.


Android Developers Blog

Oct 24

New Tools to Supercharge Your Games on Google Play

Posted by Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager of Google Play Games

Everyone has a gaming-ready device in their pocket today. In fact, of the one billion Android users in more than 190 countries, three out of four of them are gamers. This allows game developers to reach a global audience and build a successful business. Over the past year, we paid out more than $ 7 billion to developers distributing apps and games on Google Play.

At our Developer Day during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) taking place this week, we announced a set of new features for Google Play Games and AdMob to power great gaming. Rolling out over the next few weeks, these launches can help you better measure and monetize your games.

Better measure and adapt to player needs

“Player Analytics has helped me hone in on BombSquad’s shortcomings, right the ship, and get to a point where I can financially justify making the games I want to make.”

Eric Froemling, BombSquad developer

Google Play Games is a set of services that help game developers reach and engage their audience. To further that effort, we’re introducing Player Analytics, giving developers access to powerful analytics reports to better measure overall business success and understand in-game player behavior. Launching in the next few weeks in the Google Play Developer Console, the new tool will give indie developers and big studios better insight into how their players are progressing, spending, and churning; access to critical metrics like ARPPU and sessions per user; and assistance setting daily revenue targets.

BombSquad, created by a one-person game studio in San Francisco, was able to more than double its revenue per user on Google Play after implementing design changes informed during beta testing Player Analytics.

Optimizing ads to earn the most revenue

After optimizing your game for performance, it’s important to build a smarter monetization experience tailored to each user. That’s why we’re announcing three important updates to the AdMob platform:

  • Native Ads: Currently available as a limited beta, participating game developers will be able to show ads in their app from Google advertisers, and then customize them so that users see ads that match the visual design of the game. Atari is looking to innovate on its games, like RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, and more effectively engage users with this new feature.
  • In-App Purchase House Ads Beta: Game developers will be able to smartly grow their in-app purchase revenue for free. AdMob can now predict which users are more likely to spend on in-app purchases, and developers will be able to show these users customized text or display ads promoting items for sale. Currently in beta, this feature will be coming to all AdMob accounts in the next few weeks.
  • Audience Builder: A powerful tool that enables game developers to create lists of audiences based on how they use their game. They will be able to create customized experiences for users, and ultimately grow their app revenue.

“Atari creates great game experiences for our broad audience. We’re happy to be partnering with Google and be the first games company to take part in the native ads beta and help monetize games in a way that enhances our users’ experience.”

Todd Shallbetter, Chief Operating Officer, Atari

New game experiences powered by Google

Last year, we launched Android TV as a way to bring Android into the living room, optimizing games for the big screen. The OEM ecosystem is growing with announced SmartTVs and micro-consoles from partners like Sony, TPVision/Philips and Razer.

To make gaming even more dynamic on Android TV, we’re launching the Nearby Connections API with the upcoming update of Google Play services. With this new protocol, games can seamlessly connect smartphones and tablets as second-screen controls to the game running on your TV. Beach Buggy Racing is a fun and competitive multiplayer racing game on Android TV that plans to use Nearby Connections in their summer release, and we are looking forward to more living room multiplayer games taking advantage of mobile devices as second screen controls.

At Google I/O last June, we also unveiled Google Cardboard with the goal of making virtual reality (VR) accessible to everyone. With Cardboard, we are giving game developers more opportunities to build unique and immersive experiences from nothing more than a piece of cardboard and your smartphone. The Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity enable you to easily build VR apps or adapt your existing app for VR.

Check us out at GDC

Visit us at the Google booth #502 on the Expo floor to get hands on experience with Project Tango, Niantic Labs and Cardboard starting on Wednesday, March 4. Our teams from AdMob, AdWords, Analytics, Cloud Platform and Firebase will also be available to answer any of your product questions.

For more information on what we’re doing at GDC, please visit g.co/dev/gdc2015.

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