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Nikki And The Robots Is To Be Stopped Due To Low Sales
by liamdawe January 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm , Views: 2757
Nikki and the Robots an indie platformer with cute graphics is going to be stopped due to low sales of the story Episodes.
Sad to see this:
QuoteWe – the Joyride Laboratories – released the Story Episodes to our game Nikki and the Robots in September. The good news is that we got some really good reviews and customer feedback. People seem to like the game and appreciate the work we put into it. The bad news: we didn't sell as much as we had hoped.
Because of that we have decided to stop working on the game. That also means there will be no further Story Episodes. We would like to apologize to all the people who bought the Story Episodes in hope of further episodes. We shared that hope, but we always knew there was a chance it wasn't going to happen. We are sorry and hope you still enjoyed the game.
The first game, the engine and art are open source, you can find the source info here. They have released story Episode 1 for pay what you want and that's where their low sales have come from.
Looking at their sales they got a total of €4520.67 before any deductions (the largest from Linux too), to me that is a quite low for more than 1 person to live on and develop games.
KIAazeBut the main thing I'm surprised about, is that they never got onto Desura, except for a small announcement there, i.e. no game page.
Releasing on Desura might not have helped their sales. My Dirk Dashing and Rick Rocket games have had minimal sales on Desura, despite generally positive comments and reviews.
I agree more promotion might have helped, but it seems to be a lot harder for indie games to get exposure these days - at least in my experience. They might very well have been submitting their game to various sites, like I have, but running into the same result I have been - nobody wants to report on my games.