Updated Pinball Sandbox with Simpson's Theme Fan Game:
I also tweaked the flipper and ball for better finite control and added some grit to the ball so you can aim it very accurately. You can really control the ball about as well as in real pinball now with a little practice.
The game scoring and missions are still in development but you can see where I am headed.
I am working on the editor and also a mobile version and flat screen editor version for people that want to design their own games.
I have a website set up now so I can start promoting the game and sandbox editor when it is finished:
When I get this finished the user will be able to choose between several themes I create which will be different playfield layouts from easy to extreme and several fun sport themes including soccer, baseball, ice hockey (puck instead of a ball), football, golf, and bowling and others I come up with.
The user can also create their own playfields using the components I create and drag and drop them in place and change their colors and sizes. Assets will include everything found in a traditional pinball layout with lots of lights and bumpers and buzzers for affect plus specialty assets like sport players, zombies and chutes and ramps.
I will also include lots of decals so the user can personalize their games and choices of room wall and floor and other ambiance assets.
This is designed so anyone with no design skills can easily create a pinball game layout in minutes so they can play and share their games with their friends or for an advanced user that wants to design their own assets to be uploaded to the game.
I plan to have a free demo version available that will allow only one pinball creation to be saved and limited assets to wet the users appetite.
The full version will include many more assets and 6 save slots and the ability to lock a design so your kid brother can't edit it later and other features.
This will be a stand alone game and also considering HTML5 version for online play and a mobile version and of course make it available on Kongregate and C2 arcade directing people to my website.
After I get both free and full versions complete (about a month from now) I will set up a website where I will have both available and advertise the heck out of them on all the many pinball forums and I will have free online play of the many theme games I create and maybe a forum so people can share their theme designs.
I am not trying to get rich off this game and I think $5 is a fair price for the full version and I will sell it from my website and make it available through other sources like Amazon games and maybe Steam but those sources take more of the money and I have experience and accounts set up for selling and promoting my own stuff already.
I also think I will create videos (I have experience) that demonstrate how to create playfields for best affect and introducing new themes I and users create and new assets as they are designed. Videos are another stream of revenue and I can also sell new asset PAK files I create.
So that is my game design and marketing strategy.
Would you pay $5 for a full blown pinball sandbox editor with those features?