Hustlertwo
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The Parenting Simulator, Available on iOS, Google Play and Amazon!

Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:03 pm

This is my second interactive fiction title with Hosted Games, and the first one that was actually somewhat successful (it reached 10,000 installs on Google alone within 45 days). It's free to try with a one-time IAP of $3.99 to unlock the whole thing, and while it's designed predominantly to be a lighthearted look at the ins and outs of parenthood as you raise your kid from birth to age 18, a lot of people have also said it's ended up resonating with them emotionally as well. I'd love for y'all to check it out, let me know what you think, and if you enjoy it feel free to leave a review!

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Please check out my new interactive fiction story, The Parenting Simulator, available on iOS, Google Play, and Amazon!

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lazer
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Re: The Parenting Simulator, Available on iOS, Google Play and Amazon!

Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:23 pm

It's a great game but I think that for a game that's only text, it doesn't deserve to be 4 euros. In my opinion, 1 or 2 euros is enough, as there's not much game play.

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Hustlertwo
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Re: The Parenting Simulator, Available on iOS, Google Play and Amazon!

Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:41 pm

It's a great game but I think that for a game that's only text, it doesn't deserve to be 4 euros. In my opinion, 1 or 2 euros is enough, as there's not much game play.
I've heard cost complaints from others, although usually it's just that it should be free, which isn't exactly a viable comment so long as things like food, mortgages or health insurance are not also free. It's on the lower end for prices by my publisher, which typically range from $2.99 up to $7.99 or $8.99 for some of the longest entries or those that are part of a very popular series. Based on the amount of time to finish a playthrough and the replay value (since you'll usually see, on average, less than a quarter of the total word count in a single runthrough in this one), it was the price they went with (I have the ability to suggest a price but it's still up to Hosted Games what they release it at). I should point out that it was a dollar cheaper at launch, and might have another sale at a later point as well. Almost any CoG or HG title should be purchased at launch if you want a deal, since they always come out at a reduced rate that is as low as it will likely ever be in its lifetime.

I think the issue comes in that interactive fiction straddles the line between a game and a story, so it has to deal with the fact that video games are extremely cheap or free on mobile, but e-published stories are often quite pricey if they're coming from a publisher as opposed to self-published.

Either way, I appreciate you at least taking a look at it!
Please check out my new interactive fiction story, The Parenting Simulator, available on iOS, Google Play, and Amazon!

https://www.choiceofgames.com/user-cont ... sercontrib

    

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