Conventional wisdom says that expensive iOS and Android games don’t sell, but in a speech at GDC, Mikio Watanabe, COO of shmup developer Cave, frankly stated the exact opposite. In a presentation entitled “Japanese Retro and Social Games on Smartphones,” Watanabe gave advice to developers looking to port their companies’ legacy IPs to the rapidly blossoming smartphone and tablet markets.
His advice? For starters, keep the games running at a good clip instead of focusing too much on graphical clarity. “When games are running quickly, the human eye misses tiny imperfections in the visuals,” he noted, encouraging developers to try to shoot for an average of 50 FPS or better. To increase the profitability, he encouraged developers to include unique and interesting DLC to spur in-app purchases.
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