Instant Apps for Games on Google Play

Instant apps are supposed to be a big win. I need to give it some thought. Many developers are seeing  improvements in user acquisition with the “Try Now” button in the Google Play store.

One of the challenges is figuring out what the Instant App should show. See minute 7 for an example of a mini-game.  Another pattern is “Game Highlights” as an instant app.

And for those interested in Unity … about 9:30 into the video. They talk about their Unity plugin. That is supposed to be available in the “coming weeks”.

Some links:

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Wing Leader – The Olympics for Bees

With the Winter Olympics on now, what better time to try the Wing Leader game on Android.

Wing Leader is a simple racing game for the whole family. Bees race to the hive, collecting nectar from flowers along the way. You race an AI bee on four different courses, but compete worldwide on time. Your goal is to be the fastest bee in the world … the Wing Leader.

The game is available on Google Play.  Click here:

SPEED AND SKILL
In Wing Leader, speed is not the only factor in winning. Being first to the hive does not guarantee victory in a race. Your bee must collect nectar from flowers along the way. The hive expects a full load of nectar to be delivered. Anything less than that and penalty time will be added to your finish time. The winner of the race is the bee with the lowest adjusted time.

Wing Leader racing is a bit like certain Olympic events that combine time and bonus or penalty time. In the Biathlon in the Winter Olympics, for example, if an athlete misses a target at the shooting range, they are penalized either by adding a minute to their time or by having to ski a penalty loop. In Wing Leader, a 5-second penalty is added to the finish time for each unit of nectar under the expected nectar of 10 units.

WING LEADER – THE OLYMPICS FOR BEES
To be Wing Leader, your bee has to be the fastest bee in the world. On the screen, it is you against an AI bee, but what’s really important is your time, relative to other people playing the game. Check the leaderboards to see where you stand on each of the four courses. Then check the Wing Leader leaderboard. The bee with the lowest, average time across all courses is the Wing Leader.

In this way, Wing Leader is similar to the Olympic skiing events in which there is a combined score of two or more different events to determine the winner.

FUN FOR ALL AGES
Wing Leader is fun for all ages. Adults and children will enjoy the challenge. Your bee visits flowers to collect nectar and avoids obstacles and enemies. Wasps and spiders are particularly annoying, and frogs … well, frogs are always amusing, but they can get in the way.

Children as young as five can play and have fun. For them, it is not about competition. They will enjoy collecting nectar and getting to the finish line ahead of the AI bee. The controls are simple and consist of buttons for Up, Down, Slower, and Faster.

USE YOUR GOOGLE PLAY GAMES ID
Your overall game experience is better when you sign in with your Google id. You will be able to see up-to-the-minute world record times within the game and on the game leaderboards. You will know exactly where you stand in your quest for the Wing Leader title.
However, you are not required to sign in. You may also play offline. If you play without signing in, there will still be world record times displayed to you, but they won’t be current. The times shown will be the records as of the time the app was last updated.

NO ADS AND NO IN-APP PRODUCTS
Do not worry about ads and in-app products. There are none. Just play the game and have fun.

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Wing Leader Game is in Amazon App Store

Be the fastest bee on an Amazon device. The Wing Leader game is now on the Amazon App Store. Leaderboards, achievements, and saved games are handled by Amazon GameCircle.

To install: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076VZ7NTQ

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Wing Leader Game Released on Google Play

The Wing Leader game is now available in the Google Play store. Version 1 was released on September 26, 2017.

Wing Leader is a simple racing game for the whole family. Bees race to the hive, collecting nectar from flowers along the way. You race an AI bee, but compete worldwide on time. Your goal is to be the fastest bee in the world … the Wing Leader.

To get the game, go the Google Play store: Wing Leader on Google Play

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Some Thoughts About App Review Websites

App review sites … Waste of time, so says this author:  “Mobile game review sites are a waste of time”. However, the last comment says to try Nate and Howard on Twitter.

I thought it was interesting reading, but I wonder how much things have changed in the four years since it was written.

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Wing Leader Game – Early Access

The Wing Leader game is now on Google Play. Wing Leader is a family-friendly racing game, in which bees race to the hive, collecting nectar from flowers along the way. Your goal is not just to win races, but to be the fastest bee in the world … the Wing Leader. To try the Early Access release of the game, go here: Wing Leader on Google Play.

For more information about the game, visit the Wing Leader blog.

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Wing Leader Featured on Gamer’s Edge

As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on a new game. It’s called Wing Leader. It is a family-friendly racing game. Bees race to the hive, collecting nectar along the way.

Recently, the game was featured on the Gamer’s Edge website. The article there tells the story of how Wing Leader was developed. See “Having an App-etite for Creation: At the Heart of a Game.” While you are there, enjoy some of the other content creator articles being featured this month on Gamer’s Edge.

For more information about the Wing Leader game, see the developer blog on Tumblr: Wing Leader on Tumblr.

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