For the past 15 months I've been working on an Android app. It's decidedly unserious... cartoons blowing raspberries... but I love it. I've always wanted to publish an app/game/toy/whatever, but despite lots of runs at it I never got all the way to completion.
This time, I decided to experiment with how I thought about what I wanted to make, and how I approached the work I did on it. I decided to embrace my inner 11 year old (who thinks toons making rude noises are hilarious), and I decided that working on it would become most of my time-killing entertainment. Instead of plopping on the couch to watch a movie, I'd code on my app.
At the same time, I treated it quite seriously. I would publish it through my LLC, I tested the thing as thoroughly as I could on every device I could get my hands on, and I tried hard to hit the level of speed, quality, and polish that would make it fun to use.
I also made a couple of choices that didn't really make common "business" sense:
First: I abandoned the idea of using ads to make money about halfway through. Ads in apps bug me. There's no way to get real editorial control of what gets shown to people, and I've never found an ad-supported app where they weren't intrusive. Also, dumb as it sounds, I didn't want to dilute or diminish the experience of playing with the app by showing ads. Instead, I put a limit on the number of imported/created actors in the free version and offered a paid unlock.
Second: I tried to make it a creative tool for other people to use. People can build their own actors, independent of me, with just a graphics program, and share them -- description, links, and attribution included -- in a fairly tamper-resistant package. I'm also going to be giving the full version to anybody who publishes their own character.
It finally all came together about two weeks ago. It's called THPPPT!!!™, and you can get it from the Google Play store for Android or the Amazon app store for Kindle. (Sorry, no iOS version yet!) I'd be pleased if you'd give it a try, and I'd love to hear what you think.
If you're interested, you can see my actor building tutorial on Youtube and find more sample files and instructions on the Bonzotron website.
Thanks and deep gratitude to Razz Terizzi, who designed the three characters I released with, BonesWolbach and matty4z here on DA who gave me permission to use some of their great backgrounds in the app, and to all my friends and family who supported and encouraged me.