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    > 1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    Yes, I use the related apps but I find reviews to be much more helpful

    > 2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    Yes and yes, but the category is very limited because of the number of false positive

    > 3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    Everybody likes good graphics, but at the end of the day itís game performance, thought out controls and playbailit y that matter the most. For instance I tend to play Zombiville/Battleheart/Alien Invasion over Blackstab because blackstab is too slow and the UI is difficult to use.

    > 4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    Depends on the complexity of the game. Most complex games however have the first level as a tutorial. Also most games have very poor documentation so reading is not an option.

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    I donít mind paying for a good game/application. I buy a lot of apps.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    NO

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    Both

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    I download from all, but I only buy games from the Market.

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    No

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    Yes.
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    1. It's pretty hard to discover good stuff, I usually just rely on suggestions from sites and friends.

    2. I almost never search, I just use recommendations and the home page of the market app.

    3. Most annoying issue is poor performance. Second most annoying is bad UI.

    4. Instructions? What are those?

    5. When it's cheap (1$ or less but I live in Romania) and it's awesome fun. Usually if there's no demo I don't think about it.

    6. No.

    7. Depends on the experience. Most are single player.

    8. Market.

    9. Who cares about scores? And if I do care I'd rather like to tell them about it live.

    10. Always. I just email them the market link.
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    I usually don't use the Market to "discover". I know what I'm looking for or hear about apps from AC. Never had too much luck discovering in the Market.

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    Don't play a ton of games but the ones I do play friends have recommended to me.

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    If it force closes, I delete it right away and rarely give it another chance. I don't care about the graphics if I like the game. But if it FC, I'm gone.

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    Instructions.

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    If it is $1.99 or less and has good ratings, I'll buy it just to support developer. If it is more, I want to play a free version first. If I like it, I am willing to pay.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    Never, I'm a germaphobe and a little paranoid about privacy concerning my phone.

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    Usually play single player but enjoy some multiplayer.

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    Only Market. Once from Amazon. Nothing against Amazon's App Store, just like my apps in one place.

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    I never do that and generally hate seeing other people's scores. I would however send a score directly to a person I know actually cares if there were a way to do that (SMS, Email, etc.).

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    Yes, frequently.
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    Good to know that there are developers asking for feedback!

    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market? - No

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games? - Yes

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics? - Force close, stutters and lags

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it? - Wing

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games). - Eye-catching game concepts (Portal)

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round? - No

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games? - Single player

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar? - Android Market

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites? - Yes

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends? - If it is as of question number 5
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    Quote Originally Posted by go6 game View Post
    Hi

    As an android apps developer I would be very interested to get some feedback on the following points:

    1. I usually search Top Grossing and other TOP categories. It would be great to see last added. Usually android sites gives inspirations on searching for new games and suggest games that are good for try.
    2. Rather on recommendations.
    3. Force close and in game purchasing. I rather buy through Market
    4. Usually just wing it.
    5. If not too expensive and has a good idea, not too complicated the usage and the screen is not too messy.
    6. No. Never tried.
    7. Multi is good. But better is the game could be played both ways.
    8. Android Market
    9. Yes, if i can omit it if i want and not mandatory
    10. Always


    Thanks for your patience - I'm sure a lot of developers would love to know this stuff and maybe improve user experiences!
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    1. I rarely stumble upon new apps in the market.
    2. Usually recommendations
    3. Lack of documentation on how to use the app
    4. If instructions are available, I read them
    5. If I enjoy the game and the price is a good value
    6. Occasionally, but I mostly stick to single player games
    7. Single
    8. even split between Amazon and Android Markets
    9. I do not like that type of feature. Also opposed to open feint because of their statement that I do not like to have fun because I do not use their service. I have been known to pass on an app because of open feint.
    10. Frequently, especially if it is a paid app.
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?

    Only if I'm search for a particular app. App's that allow other to compete with each other should be group together.

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?

    Both.
    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?

    force close.

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?

    Just wing it at first.

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    PSP

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?

    NO!

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?

    Multiplayer.

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?

    Android market.

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?

    Yes.

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?

    Yes.


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    1. Not really.
    2. Recommendations that come from various android sites.
    3. Force Closes
    4. Wing It.
    5. When its 99 cents and gets great reviews. Otherwise it needs to be a blockbuster to pay more than a buck.
    6. Minimal
    7. Single
    8. Android Market
    9. Doesnt add one way or another.
    10. Yes
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    Not really, if I'm looking for something in general that does something like ??? , I often have ~ 3 pages of junk to search through.

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    recommendations.

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    most lack replay. As for tech issues, I hate when a call comes in, closes the game without saving your progress.

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    Demo stage FTW

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    Gotta have a free version to try first. Won't buy if I can't try to see how well it works on my device.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    No

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    Single

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    Mostly Market, but do check the amazon free app daily.

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    no

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    yes
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    1. Somewhat, but the sheer number of apps can be overwhelming and sometimes a search returns
    pages of results.
    2. both
    3. the most annoying thing is when the game doesn't live up to the description and/or reviews
    4. I usually wing it but it's nice to have instructions available when needed
    5. My max is probably $5 and that has to be a killer game that I really want. Most of my purchases are $2.99 or less.
    6. no
    7. I like online multiplayer card games and such, but for platformers, puzzle, rpg etc. I prefer single player for my phone and tablet.
    8. Android Market and Amazon
    9. no
    10. yes
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    1. As others have said, the new market makes it harder to notice new apps.

    2. If someone I know recommends a game, I'll definitely check it out. I also look at the reviews, but take them with a grain of salt.

    3. Not having a clear way to quit the game.

    4. If it appears to be very well done and is a good value.

    5. If there is a concise demo, I will check it out, unless the game is self-explanatory.

    6. Very rarely.

    7. Single player, and especially ones that make it easy to stop. (not going on forever)

    8. Pretty equal between Market and Amazon.

    9. Not really. I don't want everyone to think that all I do is play games.

    10. I'll always spread the word about a good game.
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    1. Not really. I discover all my new apps through blogs.
    2. Both, but not equally
    3. Some games are not compatible with all phones.
    4. Wing it, unless I can't figure it out. I want a causal gaming experience not an in depth process.
    5. Other than best selling games from other platforms...rarely if ever.
    6. No, in fact, I have never even heard of the concept.
    7. Single
    8. Android Market, though I use all three to price compare.
    9. Of course! thought its not essential in my purchase of a game.
    10. Generally.
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    1. To a point. Nothing rarely ever pops out at me though.
    2. I look around the market for something that catches my eye.
    3. Games that are too big in file size.
    4. Wing it.
    5. Depends on the game.
    6. No
    7. Single player
    8. Android Market
    9. I don't ever upload, but it is nice to have the feature.
    10. I mention them, but I don't ever "recommend" games.
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    - No. I rely on web sites like AC for discovering new stuff, or recommendations from friends.

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    - Almost 100% recommendations. Occasionally the "people who bought this app also tried these:" feature.

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    - FC, and bad/unusable controls

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    - Instructions

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    - If a game is well done it's worth paying for, but I tend to stick to the sub $3 range considering there are so many good games out there for that price.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    -Nope, never

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    - Single player

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    - Mostly market, some Amazon, one or two from GetJar. I only BUY from the market though, but I have taken advantage of Amazon's Free app of the day on several occasions.

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    - Absolutely hate that feature. If Facebook is required it's an instant non-starter.

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    - Absolutely!
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    1. Not really. I do like that they updated the sort to "Top New Paid and Free" - that really helps. I actually have found my favorite new apps here on Android Central.

    2. Both. I usually read the user reviews before I d/l any app to see if its worthwhile.

    3. if it is a server based game (Fightin' Words) and the server times out so the board does not update. Force close (when it happens - rare for me)

    4. I read them if they are presented to me at the beginning of the game.

    5. It would have to be a top favorite game for me and one that has more levels, bonus rounds then the free version. I can deal with ads on the free versions.

    6. no.

    7. Both. Multiplayer for Scrabble-like game is a must. Otherwise I prefer single player.

    8. Currently Amazon due to the Free App of the Day. If the Android Market had the same - I'd be all over it.

    9. no. I don't use Facebook.

    10. Yes, if they have an Android device.
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    1) Not at all, have to keep up with multiple Android websites to find the newest goodies.

    2) I'll check out recommendations from my friends on Google+, only ever search for "RPG" to find new games.

    3) Apps running in a window with black bars all around, ie not full screen. Games without controller support.

    4) Never

    5) I will usually find the apk through other means, and if I like the app, I buy it when it updates.

    6) Never

    7) Single Player

    8) Android Market

    9) No, hate having my feed filled with games my friends are playing that I have no interest in.

    10) Yes, very often.
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    New apps are hard to find! There should be a search in the app directory for new apps or new apps since.......

    I usually browse for new stuff. If you search for a specific title you get so many "promoted apps" it makes the search almost useless!

    I usually wing it and go read the instructions if I need to!

    I do not mind paying for software that I want or need. I consider $3 for a program very reasonable!

    Not really a big gamer but do enjoy Angry Birds and Suduko
    Most downloads run great for me!

    Not really a big gamer but do enjoy Angry Birds and Suduko. Do not like fast games, too old for that!
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    1. generally speaking, yes
    2. I rely almost exclusively on searching for apps that I've read about or were recommended to me outside the market; I will occasionally search for an app based on a general description or task I'm trying to find, but not often
    3. for a phone-based game, I want something that can be played for as little as 1-2 minutes at a time just to fill in gaps in my day; also, my phone is a tool that I use all day long, so I don't want to flush 50% of the battery life away on games if I have to be productive for the rest of the day on the same battery charge
    4. usually wing it at first, if it's not intuitive I'll check out the how-to/instructions
    5. if it meets the criteria in #3 above, and to alleviate annoying ads
    6. no
    7. single
    8. mostly Android, some Amazon
    9. no
    10. yes
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    Unless an app is featured on the main page, in a top 10 list, or recommended, it is very hard for me to discover new apps.

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    Yes I primarily rely on recommendations and features.

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    Unnecesary permissions (makes me not trust it), and no exit button (i.e. the only way to get out of the game is to press the phones home button.)

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    I read instructions, but I prefer tutorials that are built into the game (i.e. the first level or two are tutorial levels)

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    I usually only pay for what I consider high-end games (for example gameloft games, not "casual" or "time-waster" games), and usually only when they are on sale.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    No

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    I prefer single player, but having a multiplayer option is good.

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    Ranked in order of where I get most of my games:
    Android Market (60%)
    Amazon Free App of the Day (30%)
    Gameloft (9%)
    GetJar (1%)

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    No.

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    Yes.
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    1. I find it very easy, but I spend a great deal of time looking through Android forums like those on Android Central and Android Police.
    2. I rely on recommendations to find new games, then I research them.
    3. Usually force close due to incompatibility.
    4. Wing it =)
    5. If it will hold my interest for more than a week or 2.
    6. Not usually.
    7. I prefer single player.
    8. All 3.
    9. Iím indifferent to that, but I donít usually allow games to access my Facebook information.
    10. Absolutely. Spread the wealth.
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    Not that easy, I use Appbrain

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    Recommendations from popular blogs.

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    When it does not support my device.

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    Wing it

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    I would pay just for multiplayer option.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    No

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    Multiplayer

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    Android market

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    Yes

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    Yes
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    1. I discover new apps everday. I find searching a random thought or app leads me to tons more that I wasn't even looking for. I find myself using the new marketplace more than appbrain.
    2. If I don't have a particular game in mind I usually go to the recommendations. Or the free app of the day on Amazon market.
    3. Force closes are always annoying, but I my most annoying feature is a lack of 'ease of use'. When I move a stack of cards in a solitaire game I don't want to have to struggle to pick a specific card and move it exactly right to the next column. In other words, ease of use, and smooth interface are key.
    4. I like to read the instructions, sometimes after I try it first, but I like to have an idea what I'm getting myself into.
    5. If I play the free version and get hooked.
    6. No, the only multiplayer game I play is words with friends and that doesn't count for this.
    7. Single player or versus a computer.
    8. Most of mine are from Android market, but like I said before, if there's a cool game for free on Amazon I'll get it.
    9. I don't like to share my scores, mostly because I HATE seeing my timeline filled with other people's scores and I don't want to annoy my friends, because they don't care either!
    10. I do if we're talking about phone apps. I'm in the cell phone biz, so I recommend games to customers all the time. I put my favorites on an app sheet I created for new Android customers or those looking for something new. I'm a little app obsessed!
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    Yes
    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    Recommendations are how I've found the majority of my games
    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    Force close and
    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    I usually wing it until I get stuck, then refer back to instructions find out what I missed
    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    I'll pay for RPGs and FPS type games, but only if there isn't a micropayment system involved.
    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    Yes, but not on a normal basis
    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    It depends on the game and its competitive/cooperative features
    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    Roughly 50/50 Android Market and Amazon
    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    No Preference on this since I don't really use facebook
    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    Yes
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    1. Do you find it easy to discover new apps on the Android Market?
    A: I primarily use search in the market for a specific title, and web search on my regular computer to find out if there's an android game like something I've played before.

    2. Do you rely on recommendations or do you search categories to find new games?
    A: I almost never browse the categories. I might look at promoted games in the web Market.

    3. What is the most annoying problem with a new game e.g. force close, poor graphics?
    A: Terrible navigation and user interface. Graphics can be rough, as long as I can understand them, but flow of the game UI must be good to keep my interest. There are a number of games I really want to play but the user interface annoys me so badly I stop pretty quickly.

    4. Do you read the instructions on how to play or just Wing it?
    A: Instructions are fine, but optional in-game tutorials and tips are welcome.

    5. When would you pay for a game? (Other than mobile versions of best selling PC/PSP etc games).
    A: To remove ads, get cloud sync & backup (for restoring to another device! see Majesty as a perfect example!), and if possible trim the permissions an app wants from me.

    6. Do you play games where multiplayer involves passing the handset round?
    A: Nope.

    7. Do you prefer single player or multiplayer games?
    A: Asynchronous multiplayer features are my favorite. Being able to play not-in-real-time is key for my lifestyle. I do like single player, though.

    8. Where do you download most of your games i.e. Android market, Amazon, GetJar?
    A: Android Market exclusively.

    9. Do you like games where you can upload your scores to Facebook or other websites?
    A: I don't use those features.

    10. Do you recommend games you like to friends?
    A: Yes.

    Utterly Unsolicited Comments:
    I just want to say that the cloud sync/backup from Majesty is a great example, the gold standard of how games should work. I also play Life Is Crime, so that is another cloud-sync'd game that means no matter what happens to my handset, I can keep playing later when I get a new one, and my accomplishments aren't lost.

    I was addicted to My Country for a while and if *they* got cloud sync and backup, yeah, I'd be in deep trouble and addicted to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by go6 game View Post
    Might want to consider making a survey for this so that you don't have to read each and every reply...just a thought.

    1. Yes...but usually I just try to find SOMETHING new, rather than something GOOD.

    2. I search...but again, I usually just want something to keep me entertained for a few days.

    3. Force Close

    4. Both. I lean towards winging it though...most games are pretty intuitive though.

    5. I would pay for a game if it's going to be continually worked on and improved (DLC and bug fixes...etc)

    6. No, I hate people touching my phone.

    7. Both

    8. Android Market

    9. No, but high scores among a list of in-game friends is always nice.

    10. Yes
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