Thursday, October 17, 2013
Reviewer's demand money for this
Over the past few months I have been receiving emails demanding I pay for "reviews" which just show my android apps being played from "reviewers". These "reviewers" claim I will gain more users for my free apps while demanding I pay $150-$500 for them just to make a video exactly like this one minus my voice. Meaning they would only show game play footage, upload it on their youtube channel, and put it on their website. Yes I am aware this is advertising, but they claim it as a review in which is positive and it will magically make instantly more users. When studying the people who actually paid them off I found majority of them did not receive more users, I found that the reviews where entirely dishonest with the website users with being overly positive to a point of lying. Here is a series of emails from just one example:
Re: Get Bus Driving 2d experience rush reviewed and featured on AppEggs Homepage
Business AppEggs <email@example.com>
8/20/2013 3:02 AM
Dan Musial <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I tried Bus Driving 2d experience rush, and I think it will be a big shame if you don’t use a video review to show features, since all of these great features will not be highlighted.
All successful apps have great video reviews:
100 Doors 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1WNAujCMNY
Marble Blast 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbDVugwc62Q
Tap Play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6zV177PkiY
We have helped a lot of developers make video reviews; they are very satisfied with the video reviews and even used them as their official videos on Google Play.
Downloads in the early launch period of an app will decide it’s ranking in Google Play, and for a games app like yours, it is quite possible to become popular over night if you take extra effort to promote your app with video review from third parties.
Would you like to make a video review to help viewers become users?
All the best,
On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM, <email@example.com> wrote:
I am sorry for the delay, $159 is a lot of money, I am dirt poor , no job and barely paying rent, bills, & food with money I get from contests and events. If you want to review it you have fair use to. If you just want me to pay you to do a video you will be disapointed I can't afford it.
Sent from my android device.
From: Business AppEggs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Dan <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:38 PM
Subject: Re: Get Bus Driving 2d experience rush reviewed and featured on AppEggs Homepage
I just thought I’d check if you had received my email few days ago. I wanted to make sure they went through and haven't heard back.
I think ' Bus Driving 2d experience rush ' is very nice, and you should show the great features it has to encourage everyone to download ' Bus Driving 2d experience rush '.
Could you please sent your feedback so we can discuss?
On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM, Business AppEggs <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks for the information you provided.
The design of "Bus Driving 2d experience rush" is excellent. I think it needs videos to highlight its’ unique features.
Video spreads faster on search engines and websites. Your app users can view and share your app in an intuitive way. Most successful apps are using video reviews to enhance their publicity.
The following links show some examples:
The Video review and Text review only costs $159. You video review will online within only 7 business days. Click to check more details.
When do you want the video review online?
On Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 6:53 AM, Dan <email@example.com> wrote:
Sorry for the delay response, I have not been able to access my email for a few weeks, with several different emails.
I would like to make it available to as many users as possible.
The game was part of Microsoft's Keep the cash event, because of issues with registering for windows 8 store I was set back to developing 9 games within a month, June, I currently have it on chrome store, googe play, windows 8 store, and on my site with windows xp & up, mac, and linux builds.
I ended up using construct 2 to make all the games in the event, and it ended up being the 2nd game I had done using construct 2. The game's art work I had made in a couple days, and the game was done in 3 days. It took over a week to publish to windows 8 store, but less than a day to publish to google play and chrome store.
When developing it I was heavily inspired by games like desert bus, I know it sounds silly but its true. I looked at what was wrong with it, and how I could make it more enjoyable to play. Then I remembered playing shareware titles, I can not re-call the name of it but you would try to go as far as possible, and as you went along you would get gas to continue going, I enjoyed that. I also remembered Spy Hunter for NES was that way but with crashing and getting repaired by vans. I also wanted to have a bonus score system if you drove too close to other cars it would reward you with points as you pass them by, kinda like in crazy taxi but not the same at all. I was trying to have those capabilities without completely just doing a copy paste job of the games that kinda inspired and influenced this game.
I never intended to sell bus driver/driving 2d experience rush, nor any of the games involved with the event. It is definitly the most popular games out of the event I made no matter where I put it. But I have yet to get all the games from the event on android or chrome web browser. I am surprized by the out come, I made the game simplistic because I look for simplistic a games myself.
I hope this is enough information you are looking for a game made in such a short time,
On 8/5/2013 11:57 PM, Business AppEggs wrote:
> Hi Dear,
> I'm Sara from AppEggs.
> You may miss my last mail about review for your app, ' Bus Driving 2d experience rush '. I hope my email did not accidentally get into spam :)
> When will you send me the information about ' Bus Driving 2d experience rush '?
> Best Regards,
> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Appeggs.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Daniel Musial,
> I'm Sara, from AppEggs.com.
> I find ' Bus Driving 2d experience rush ' on Google Play. It's a very cool game. I'd love to review for it. Besides, it has chance to be recommended to our homepage.
> Since 2011, 1000 + developers cooperated with us and 3500+ apps have been recommended to millions of visitors. 170+ apps get over 4,800,000 views via our video reviews.
> It will be very appreciated if you can introduce more about Bus Driving 2d experience rush ( e.g. unique selling points compared to other similar products ), or provide the press kit for media.
> Could you send me the info as soon as possible?
> Best Regards,
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Posted by Daniel Musial