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Development of iPhone/Android/Wp7 games - what is the cost?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SyZygy, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Hey there,

    lately I had a few things in mind regarding the mobile games market, and although the whole concept of my game would be interesting and easy to monetize, I still can't find a proper price list for the development of it.

    I found a bunch of game developers and most of them are throwing numbers like "150$/h, which could be around 25.000$ to 75.000$ in the end for only one platform". But the problem which I have is that I personally don't think that one needs 75 000$ for that job. But, maybe I'm wrong?

    So, did any of you guys and gals try to play on that market? What prices did you get?

    It would be a classical 2D platformer.
     
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  2. bk071

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    I haven't tried that but $75000 for an app is out-fucking-rageous.

    Try outsourcing the development to some third world countries like India/Pakistan etc - its a bit hard to find a developer with great work ethics but its quite possible. And that could cut your cost a GREAT DEAL!

    Also, get yourself out of USA market - take a look around yourself, finding a developer locally would be the best thing.

    PS: I've sent you a message on skype regarding this.
     
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  3. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Got a way better price, tnx Barry!

    To other members, the price ranges from 2 000$ to 10 000$ on the Indian market
     
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    IKbentim Power Member

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    Make sure to set up a good contract making you the full owner of the app and the source etc.
     
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    Hey, just a quick bit of advice:

    Spell EVERYTHING out for them! Every Indian programmer I've dealt with is by-the-book... don't assume they know what you're talking about. Make sure all your ideas are in the spec and in a way that cannot be misunderstood.

    Do a search for balsamiq... it's got a 3 minute learning curve and they just added capabilities for the mobile platform as well. It's free too with a nag message every 5 minutes.

    My Best Advice:
    If you really want to save yourself some headaches... hire the $150/hr guy to write up your specs... and pay the other guys to create it for you.
     
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    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Some good advices, tnx guys ;)
     
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    One of my friend required an Android app for his project (student project) and he gave me the responsibility to find Android developer (yes, he was cheating by not doing the project himself; blame the Indian education).

    I asked another friend of mine to hunt for an Android developer who can develop basic app under $300. We got one who can do it for such a price. I know, this is a really basic app but you can find talented developers in India. I think $1000-$2000 is what professional Android developer charge here in India. Everyday dozens of Android companies are sprouting out of nowhere. The competition is great; prices are probably the best.

    Of course hiring Android developers online can be a bit tricky. We don't really work our ass off because we don't have to deal with you every day. But seriously, anyone in India can venture into Android development, and outsource the work to countries like US, Europe will be definitely able to make a fortune. ;)

    Edit: Have nothing to sell here because I am not a programmer. You have given me an idea to start outsourcing mobile app development to foreign countries. ;)
     
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    Another idea might be to contact a CS student at a near by university. College kids are always looking for some extra cash.
     
  9. kokoloko75

    kokoloko75 Elite Member

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    Build iPhone games in HTML5/CSS3/JS, with a web developer.
    No lags on iPhone 4/4S, but forget iPhone 3G/3GS...
    Beny
     
  10. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Then I'm cutting down almost 60% of the market, not such a good idea
     
  11. kokoloko75

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    Mobile applications build in HTML5/CSS3/JS can be very easily ported to Android or Windows Phone.
    It depends of the weight of your code, but even if you lose some devices owners, you will get two more platforms for almost not a dollar more.

    One web developer will be able to build the app for three platforms, with almost the same code.
    Also, there are tons of free HTML5/CSS3/JS frameworks, ready for mobile applications development.

    One example, Sencha Touch :
    Code:
    http://www.sencha.com/products/touch/
    (It's general and not specific to game development)

    Beny
     
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    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Hm.... ok, did not know that, seems like a smarter idea then :) Tnx mate ;)
     
  13. crashdi

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    When that game is done...can we see a demo of that .apk :)
     
  14. NikosX

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    hi there OP,

    i am a professional iOS, Android game developer (I got a whole team of course). the costs would be anything depending on the size of each project. so if you hear 50k or 200k its pretty normal for AAA game titles for mobile devices.

    you can send me a pm regarding the project you have so we can talk pro here.
     
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    India has some talented developers and they can surely develop some great apps.

    Post it on freelancer.You will get an rough idea on what would be the cost around.