FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDENVER, CO (March 11, 2013) — Glass Bottom Games LLC, an independent developer of mobile and PC video games, is happy to announce the release of Jones On Fire to Android devices. It’s available on GooglePlay, with other marketplaces soon to follow, for $1.99 - all with no in-app purchasing (IAPs) mechanics of any kind.
“Free-to-play (F2P) didn’t work at all for us,” Megan Fox said. “We thought we’d ticked off all the necessary boxes to lead to a successful F2P game, but it would seem right now, we’re only a critical success. The numbers aren’t good at all. The only way we could turn it into a F2P success, is if we had the ~$25k to advertise our way into the top grossing charts.”
“The idea with switching to $1.99, and removing all IAPs, is that if the conventional wisdom with respect to F2P being the way to go doesn’t apply to indies - then what else doesn’t apply? Most will happily tell you that Android users don’t monetize, that they don’t pay for games, and yet indies recently have consistently reported higher income from Android, often substantially higher, and with fixed single-price games. I’m inclined to believe their experience applies more to us than the rest of the conventional wisdom, so, we’re going to try it.”
Megan Fox went on explain why IAPs are being removed, rather than just the game being set to not-free. “For me, it’s an ethical issue. I simply don’t believe you should double dip. Either you put a price on the game, or you make it free with IAPs, period. That’s why the Android build has no IAPs period, and we’ve got a patch in the pipe to remove them from the iOS version - though IAPs purchased pre-patch will continue to function. Even if Jones On Fire still fails, it’ll at least fail as a fun, honest, ethically-balanced game.”
Still got questions? Then head on over to http://www.glassbottomgames.com/projects/jones-on-fire/ for more kitty-saving facts than you could possibly desire.
###About Glass Bottom Games LLC:
Glass Bottom Games LLC is a Denver-based independent developer of PC and mobile-device video games, such as Jones On Fire and GRAVITAZ. Founded by industry veterans in 2011, Glass Bottom Games creates exciting, new player-centric worlds where interactivity, exploration, and choice matter.