First in the series of development articles, I will collect some alternative stores I have found beside of the Android Market.
If you are a Android developer and you have tried to sell/distribute an app or game on the Android Market you know the problem: the game is listed somewhere far down the lists. No one even notice you game and so no one is downloading it.
There are some things you can do about it:
I found that this is mostly a waste of money. Sure, you get some exposure and some people will download your game. But in the most cases this will not pay out.
Trying to get reviewed (or buy a review)
Not as easy as it seams for a small indipendent game studio. The big sites are ignoring your requests, the small pages tend to request money for their reviews nowaday. Still, you should try it and send your game to as many sites you can find in your favorite search engine.
Ignore and just develop another game
This is always a good idea. But still, you should do some marketing!
So what should I do?
One thing I found very promissing is adding your game to other stores. Android Market is not the one and only. Here is my short list of stores you should give a try. I also add my first download figures for Marbleution.
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There is also an Opera App Store (5). I have also tried Pdassi and Appoke but got no download from them.
Additionally, there are a bunch of stores directly taking the app info from the Android Market after you release it there. I made the experience that this automatic mechanism sometimes fails. So it is a good idea to check if they list your game. Some of the most importand of this kind is AppBrain and AndroidZoom.
It is to early to give a final vote. On some stores Marbleution is just added and on others it started two weeks ago. I will update my conclusion when I have some more detailed numbers…