Hey there, I'd like to provide some feedback just as requested from one of the developers behind this project.
I'm going to categorize my feedback into "General" and "Suggestions".
At first I would like to sum up everything that the project in its current state offers.
With using Indiexpo you are getting a variety of features like:
- Upload + free hosting of your games
- Customizable game page
- Optional Indiepad support
- And many more specific features...
With that said, the feature that really stands out, is the "Indiepad" feature.
This feature allows users to install the app, scan in a QR code and play your game(s) using a fixed control scheme.
There is one thing that surprised me the most and that's the latency.
Measurements on a 6000 kBit/s connection using the Android app showed, that the average latency between
input and execution is at about ~255ms, which in my opinion is quite impressive.
I like the idea of having the option to easily setup your smartphone to act as a gamepad a lot.
It has great potential but it still requires a lot of work from the developers in order to standardize this.
These are only some suggestions which should/could be implemented in the future:
- Improving the design and security of the website
There are several ways to improve the design in my opinion, also using insecure http in 2016 is really bad!
The whole website should be upgraded to HTTPS as soon as possible, options to sign in using social networks would be nice as well.
- Customizable controls inside the app
Let the dev's create custom control schemes for their games.
The end-user should also be able to customize the dev's control scheme if he/she doesn't like it.
- Indiepad support for C2 desktop games
This would be a great alternative for users that don't own a gamepad.
Pretty much everybody owns a smartphone, why not use it as a gamepad right?
- More features for the "Points & Levels"
One idea would be to have a feature were users can use points to unlock ingame items (basically a form of ingame currency).
For C2 specifically this could be done using a plugin, same goes for the desktop Indiepad idea above.
Again those are just some things that came into my mind while testing everything out.
We can talk about the details of everything in our Discord as usual. (>Totally not promoting it here<)
~ Thanks and feel free to share your opinion about my post below.