Saturday, 11 January 2020

The 2020 is here!

Happy 2020, everyone!
Let's start right away with a nice devlog to talk about what's been recently added to the site!
Then, at the end of this devlog, we will also talk about what's coming next!
First off, let's talk about the goals we'd set ourselves last year and what came of them.

  • More events like Egg Hunting -> No Egg Hunting(s), but we had more games with a leaderboard system!
  • More exclusive games, FREE as always! -> DONE! And the last one for 2019 was Ultimate Reality
  • Continuining to improve the Recommended Area in the Home Page (it's very important for us) -> DONE!
  • More games with online functionalities -> DONE!
  • Improvement of the News Area -> DONE! Now it's easier to add images and youtube videos, since a few weeks ago we improved the Markdown system!
  • More comments on the latest games -> DONE! Thanks to the recommendation algorithm 
  • More ways to use indiepad -> DONE! With new buttons and the indiepad screen for mobile phone- read more below!

What did we add this year?

  • New logo!
  • Area Events & Challenges -> Added the 'Latest Champions' list
  • (Inspired by Reddit) Icons when clicking on the Download button if it contains an external link or file name
  • When adding links to images, gifs and youtube videos in the comments and in the News Area, the website will display them automatically!
  • New ANTI-SPOILER funtion in the comments (and in the news)
  • Online status in User Pages
  • Subscribers lists (like Instagram's) 
  • Indiepad: new Home button (to go back)
  • Improved the Search Area's SEO
  • Added a chart exclusive to recently uploaded games (less than 30 days), only visible to developers, so they can see how their games are doing, compared with new ones
  • Trending Games tab
  • Improved the Ukranian and Polish translation of the website, thanks to @Wolod and @Soulrender

What have we done lately?

  • Indiepad on the screen when you play an indiepad game on your phone!
  • In the homepage you can now see the 3 latest indie games to gain over 1000 players!
  • Players List (only for the games' authors), accessible by clicking on the Player Counter on your game's page!
  • Rating filters. Now you can only rate a game if you already downloaded it, your account is more than 10 days old, and your level is higher than 2.

Coming soon?

  • Website available in yet another language: Persian!
  • "From Dev To Dev". A series of technical articles written by more experienced users by looking at more promising games. The first will be by @FrancescaDeVivo, the artist for Fantastico Studio's games
  • Making the indieconsole even better
  • New blog posts about a few statistics of the site, comparing 2019 to 2018

What are our goals for 2020?

  • Focusing on the players
  • Supporting more developers or small teams putting their games up on Kickstarter
  • Making user experience on the mobile site different from the desktop site's
  • Raising the site's 'gamification'

Will we be able to do all this? Keep following us and we'll find out together!

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Tips and tricks to new developers from expert indie devs

Hi indiexpors! 
Few days ago we contacted several developers to share an idea. And they liked it.
In the next weeks we will publish here, several tech-reviews with tip and tricks (and also what it's working or not, and why), about interesting indie games recently uploaded on indiexpo.
In the last period we released a new feature on indiexpo that is like the "trendings" on YouTube.
It shows the hottest games uploaded.

The tech-reviews will be written by other indie devs/3d artists/pixel artists/game designers/composers/etc. of other games uploaded on the website that had positive feedbacks and a lot of players.

Just one review from each indiedev.
It will be a nice reading to learn something new and to know new games and ideas.

From dev to dev.
The first posts will be released from the artist of The Blind Prophet, the developer of Knightin'+, the pixel artist of Fantastico Studio and others.
Stay updated and follow the blog!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Updates! Notification-Icons, a new Area in Homepage and Trending Games!

Recently, we tackled the 'game rating' topic  It will not be immediate, but some 'limiters' will be gradually implemented, regarding things such as how long the user's account has existed, the user's level, etc.
A ranking system is something other sites lack and therefore we aim for it to be as clear and honest as possible. These changes will require effort, but they are necessary. It will take some time and some testing, but they are in the works.

Social Network & Marketing. In the next period, we will focus our 'marketing resources' on Facebook (the best social for a Desktop audience), to promote games that belong in the 'middle tier' on indiexpo.

What updates have been made to the site? 
First of all, you might have noticed new icons in the Notification area, that should make visualization more immediate.

In the homepage, we added a new mini-section, showing three random games that have recently gotten over 1000 players (still in testing stage, we're trying to see if people like it and use it).

Trending Games. By visiting the pages of games uploaded in the latest 30 days, you might have noticed 'Trending Games' written in some of them- indicating that that game is receiving a lot of attention when compared to other games uploaded in that timeframe.

Thanks to the help from the author of Knightin'+, the website has been entirely translated to Ukrainian. The translation, previously only 78% done, is now complete! And the new visits from Eastern Europe are already increasing!

Monday, 2 September 2019

Continuing to grow up! New LOGO!

Hey guys! This was a very HOT summer!
A lot of new cool indie games to play! Totally FREE!
And new game developers and streamers are now on the website!
It's incredible what this website is becoming!
We were born not too long ago just to link several communities and to share and upload our games easily and fastly.
And now every month we are adding new features, new games, new ideas! It's fantastic!

Now indiexpo has a new logo.
Modern, easy, clear and cool.

Under this brand we will continue to make indiexpo great!

But, what are the latest updates? What about the future?

  • At first we want to refresh the blog and help the developers, so we are going to focus on that- with a complete analysis and QA of the games recently uploaded on the website;
  • we updated the indiepad app, with a new button called "Home" to go back  to the Select Area;
  • it's improved the SEO of the Search Area;
  • we supported directly several good developers that uploaded very cool games!
  • we added a chart exclusive to the games uploaded recently (30 days), visible only to the developers, so they can see how their own games are going, compared with the new entries;
  • we helped a few Kickstarter campaigns receive founding!
Continue to follow us also on our socials! And join on Discord to be part of this!

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Where are they from?

Indiexpo's userbase is growing! As you know, the site is offered in 18 different languages, which makes it easier to find on many search engines from all around the World.

The passion for gaming reaches both young and adult people- and since it is hard for a very young boy to know english, if the syte is translated in their own language they can discover new games much more quickly and easily!

But where do all these passionate users come from? In order to answer that question, we want to show you Indiexpo's Stats regarding this topic.

From 01.01.2019 to 06.30.2019. The top 10.

As you can see, Italy comes in second place, because the website was born in Italy, and so the first games were all only available in italian

We added Hindi just a few months ago, but you can see how it already is in 4th place.

Brazil has always been around the top of the rankings. Russia has been going down, which is rather strange, since it had previously been 5th.

If you are an "indiexpositor", you should know we are also working to show this kind of statistical information in your Statistic Area.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Subscribers List and new Subscribe Button!

Hi! Just few new things to show!
We improved the design of the website, changing also the Subscribe Button!
Here it is the new one:

A new feature is the Subscribers List! Clicking on the subscribers number (near the players) you can see who is following a game. Like on instagram. Very easy

We are also improving the recommended algorithm in the home page, trying to suggest also the popular games of your favourite genre and of your language (observing your previous download and comments)

There are also two new interesting games that have the Score System of indiexpo!

  1. Endless Combat Dungeon (for the retrogaming lovers)
  2. Overlord's New Mansion (platform)

If you are logged, you can send your score in the online leaderboard automatically! Very easy and fast!
Try to be the BEST!