09
Apr
deflecticontiny

We've enjoyed Deflecticon, the 3D variant on the classic Pong game with some fantastic graphics and totally warped perspective. In a sad turn of events, though, the developers have stated that they will no longer be able to support the game. Given this situation, they're making it available entirely for free in an as-is state. Pretty cool, devs!

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While obviously we wouldn't expect this of everyone, it is nice to see one publisher be up front about the fact that no more updates will be coming, so if something doesn't work it will not work forever. Also, since you can't make a game free on the Play Store and then charge for it later, there's no way to reverse this decision without pulling the app entirely.

It actually makes me wish you had a donate button somewhere, MeteorPixel. Very courteous move indeed.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Alex Flynn

    Would have been SuperGoodGuy if they released the source as well

    • twopointline

      I'll be honest I did consider it but.... It's very bad, no version control, some very lazy sections hah and almost no comments. It's what you get when you work for yourself as a more of a hobby than anything :)

      If I have time I might neaten it up. The one thing I did plan on doing was a series of code snippets about problems we faced and tackled with android but again... These things all take time.

      Hope you enjoyed the game.

  • Dude!

    Was any reason given for this? looking at their Play Store page it seems the game had very few downloads, maybe that's the reason?.

    It's a shame, Google should really try to promote more small/indie game developers - they ARE publishing great android games, but sometimes they need a little push.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The reason given was:

      [Note: Now completely free!]

      Due to being unable to support this application we feel it is unfair to continue to charge for it. We are now making it fully available for free. We will not be supporting this app further unless circumstances change.

      [End of note]

      • marcusmaximus04

        I think he's asking why they were unable to support it, not why they made it free.

        • Dude!

          Yeah, that was what I was asking. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

          What I am asking is: does the decision to make it free since they are unable to support it is due to poor sales and, therefore, not having the financial incentive/backing to keep supporting it?

          Deflecticon Lite (their demo version) had 10.000- 50.000 downloads in the last 30 days, while the full, paid version, had 1.000-5.000. It seems like a really low numer for the paid version...

          • twopointline

            Hi I'm one of the developers who worked on deflecticon (we were a 2man team), the truth of the matter is... I ended up getting a job! I really enjoyed making the game and for me it was never really about the money (sure you dream of possible over night game angry birds style) but really I just wanted to make a game, something I would enjoy and prove to myself I had the skills. In the end those skills finally got me a graduate job and now I find myself at a place in my life where I can't dedicate the time to keep working on the game. I will add though that the multilayer add actually very nearly complete! So maybe one weekend I'll get around to it :)

    • Mike Reid

      Google virtually refuses to even answer emails from small devs such as myself. If a customer has a problem, Google tends to require the customer to contact them; I can't submit an issue on their behalf.

      To some extent, I can see a move like this as "sticking it to" Google.

      Google makes 30% (42% markup) on every sale, so they hate to see a paid app go to free. I'm surprised they even support that, LOL.

      Besides making an app free, the closest to removing an app is to "un-publish" which is not well documented. But this screws everybody who purchased and needs to re-download. Actually this option seems a bit surprising too; for all I know only free apps can be un-published. I would never try this on a paid app, IMO they must be allowed to live forever.

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        Yep. "Play Store developer support" is a sham for small developers. They won't even reply to your issue mails, even when sent through their forms (which is another pain). They replied to one of y mail 3 months after one of my app was suspended. And even that one was a generic mail and didn't address my issue at all.

  • Matthew

    Never heard of the game until now, installing...

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Is that FantomenK I am hearing?!

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Wow, so generous, downloaded and gave it a 5 star review. Other developers should take example such as Half Brick.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    I too wish they had a donate button.

  • Robert Boyd

    Great Game!Thanks MeteorPixel.

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