Converting a video game into a Blindfold Game

When I was searching the web the other day, I noticed that there were many websites where programmers offer to sell you their programming code for a game for $25 to $100.  Programmers do this as an alternative way to make money.  Instead of trying to make the game app successful on the App Store, they sell it to other companies, and let those companies sell the app.

iPhone with video game

This is popular for many “Flappy Bird” style games.  When Flappy Bird became a hit, hundreds of programmers realized how easy it is to create.  Many programmers re-created the program, put their version on the App Store, and hoped to make thousands of dollars per day from ads, just like the originally Flappy Bird programmer did.  But, just like for most apps, there was too much competition, and very few people downloaded their app game.

I looked at the types of game that I could purchase programming code for: clones of Flappy Bird, Candy Crush, Angry Bird and hundreds of others.  Most of the games were inappropriate to convert into an audio game, but I did find a few card games.

Many of the people that sold programming code also offered their services on a website called Freelancer.com.  Their idea was to both sell you their game’s programming code and then the programmer would any changes you want.  I posted a query for the game Crazy Eights, and received two dozen offers, ranging from $10 to $2000.

I narrowed the offers down to four Chinese programmers, with offers in the $100 range, and contacted each of them.  I asked them to convert their visually oriented app into an app that puts the name of the card on the screen instead of its picture.   For example, instead of showing you the pictures of 5 cards in your hand like this:

hand hold playing cards

I wanted the programmers to simply show on the screen the words: 10 diamonds, 6 clubs, 9 hearts, 8 spades, Q hearts.  If they could make that transition, I could easily convert their code into an audio game.

More tomorrow…

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