Here are some slightly out of the box suggestions that could possibility make you some more money.
First off, the artwork is great and I really appreciate it. With the recent update the card display more of the artwork which is nice, but it’s still apparent that we can’t see the full original work.
A neat in-game feature would be to include a gallery button somewhere where players could just view a nice high resolution image of the original artwork without any text or card graphics on top of it.
Many video games have this feature where you unlock an artwork gallery. The Batman Series games unlock 3D models of the characters for example.
I also suggest that you take your artwork and make merch out of it. This could income posters on website like Hero Complex Gallery.
Or you could use an on-demand printing house that does t-shirts, mousepads, coffee mugs, etc. like Redbubble.
I would personally buy a mousepad, possibly a poster or coffee mug.
I would recommend keeping the branding or text a minimal on posterart but for T-shirts you want to put you brand on them to promote the game app.
Additionally, you can add a button inside the app to your merch store.
Seriously, though, your artwork is great, you could really make some extra cash hooking up with a print-on-demand print shop and it would cost no initial investment beyond the time it takes to setup the store and upload the graphics. I imagine the project could be done by a single person in a week.
My next suggestion is to follow in the tradition of Dungeon & Dragons, Anime, comic book artwork and classic fantasy artwork like Frank Frazetta and bring back the chainmail bikini!
NOTE: I’m not talking change your art style, I’m saying make more hot warrior babe cards!
Please do a whole settlement as female Amazonian inspired Kingdom in a bishoujo art style.
bishoujo just means “beautiful girl”, you don’t have to be gratuitous about it but even DC comics and Marvel have some really hot superheroines as a standard and many of your cards are kind of hideous looking monsters.
You have to understand that geeky gamers like hot babes and cosplay and all that stuff and I would be willing to bet that your target demographics is mostly male geeky gamers, probably older ones too.
Add some expensive endgame armor that looks really freaking neat but basically has the same stats are the Dragon Armor. People might work towards some rare costumes even if they don’t give better bonuses but just look cool, it’s a status thing…
Game Mechanic Suggestions;
- Nerf the &&&## webspinner! God &$*# it! Seriously! it’s the most overpowered card in the game! The handling is real simple;
a) Add “and silence self” to the card just like you nerfed the Silent One card or
b) Add “and end turn” so that no combos cause an extra turn or
c) Change it so it divides in gem spam into two colors like Jarl Firemantle to lower the potential of chaining turns.
d) Add a few cards into the game that basically anti-webspinner cards and people can have a build that will defeat it easily. Like really really easily to discourage people from using the green spam/goblin build.
- The idea of adding team bonuses was a great idea but boy did you guys screw up by opening the door to exploiting this by haviing builds with multiple used of the same card. I fought one guy that had four dragons; 3 Venoxia and 1 Celestasia. As a result the team bonuses gave each character 2 extra magic and an ungodly amount of extra attack and health. This made their gem spamming attacks always get combos and turn chains. This build is unbeatable if anyone of the cards just fires off once, afterwards it’s chain attack after chain attack.
There are similar issues with other team bonuses; another guy has three webspinners!
I recommend you make it so you get no team bonuses when you use cards of the same kind.
- Add an elite key with an even higher chance of getting an Epic card but make it a high end PVP award, very rare. This would encourage people to play more.
- A long term project might be to add some type of real time tournament with in-app leader board and weekly competition w/ prizes to encourage people to play more. This would have to be more interesting than the winner just being the one that played the most games. I don’t know exactly how to implement it but something along the lines of you enter the tournament and work your way up the leader board with one guy the top (king of the hill style). You only get play until you lose once. Retreat, disconnection or exiting the game before you lose the match counts as a loss. The leader might have an opportunity to revenge and take his spot back but otherwise, everyone is disqualified once they lose.
Anyhoo, I hope do the merch thing. If you add an in-app link to you merch storefront, then it’s going to be seen several thousands of time every day and I am sure you will sell some stuff.