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FishMoto - I need beta testers (iPhone game)

So I'm trying to make a living making games -- I started a company (Overpowered Games) and I'm working toward getting my first iPhone game released within the next month or two. Right now it's just me working on the game alone, but I have a bit of help with the music.


You play as this cute character -- it's an electric catfish hooked up to a special motorbike with crazy stretchy shocks. I'm actually holding a simple contest where you can get in the credits and receive a promo code for the game (A WHOPPING $2 VALUE) if you come up with the name for the character.













The game is a physics bike simulator, but the bike has insanely stretchy shocks and objects can pass through the body of the bike. All you have to do is avoid hitting the fish bowl, rescue all the ziplock baggy fish, and reach the finish. The game starts off fairly simple but the later levels can be quite challenging as they utilize the crazy physics. While the initial release will have at least 30 levels, I'm hoping it sells well enough to warrant me putting in the extra time to release the level editor and let you create/share custom levels online.

I'm looking for beta testers who would be most likely to give feedback -- tell me what they don't like, what they think might need changing, etc.
  • You’ll need an iPhone 3GS (or 3rd generation iPod Touch) or newer
  • You do NOT need to jailbreak your device
  • It’s all very easy — after being accepted and registering your device(s), you’ll get an email when I upload new builds — simply click the link on your device and you’ll download/install the beta automatically
  • I’m going to try and upload new builds about once a week
  • The game supports Game Center and it'd be helpful if you'd make an account (it runs on a separate server from published games)

You can sign up to be a beta tester here: http://bit.ly/f3VBxB (I'll probably take 10-15 people from genmay)
edit: BE SURE TO REGISTER YOUR DEVICE AFTER YOU SIGN UP -- I CAN'T INCLUDE YOU IN THE NEXT BUILD IF YOU DON'T REGISTER A DEVICE

Let me know what you think! Suggestions etc are welcome
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Interesting games. My first suggestion is to update the clock icon. Good luck!
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not for the iPad?

probably later
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People in the computer lab at high school used to play a game that looked exactly like this. The level design is exactly the same as yours and so is the way the wheels/shocks stretch out like that. The only difference I can see is the catfish and yours looks much more fancy in the art department. I assume this is where you got the idea? If not, this is a creepy coincidence.

Edit: It was 10 years ago so I don't quite remember the title. Something Mania. Bike Mania? I tried to Google it and it showed a game that had similar physics to the game I played but the levels were more realistic. The one I played a decade ago had fantasy levels the same as yours.
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Elasto Mania -- was a popular game in our computer classes, too

I'm trying to capture that market on iPhone, but I'm also hoping the cute character will bring in more casual players
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To give a more detailed comparison --

-FM shocks are a bit stretchier than Elma's and the wheels are a bit smaller -- I wanted to focus on the crazier aspects of Elma
-FM has continuous rotation vs Elma's single 'pushes' so you have more control over the bike
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lol back when I was a kid games like this were free on some flash games website
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lol back when I was a kid games like this were free on some flash games website

Welcome to the iPhone game market. Even the most successful IOS game, Angry Birds, is just a clone of a similar flash game and it's making hundreds of millions of dollars.
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My Advice: Ads + Free
Or Free + compelling in-app purchase
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My Advice: Ads + Free
Or Free + compelling in-app purchase

planning on going $1.99 full version and free + ads lite version
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Some gameplay footage I quickly threw up

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Sorry for the crappy video quality. Blurred it in an attempt to hide the banding. Anybody have any tips for recording off-screen iPhone footage?
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Interesting games. My first suggestion is to update the clock icon. Good luck!

yeah almost all of the HUD elements are going to be replaced
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