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Hi Strand Games,
Google Play store says i am somehow now am a beta tester because i bought your app.
So here are my suggestions as beta tester for your android app:
I am an Android user. I search for years now for a good tool to play IF comfortably on my mobile device. The existing options (Son of Hunky Punk, etc) are cool, but are all missing some major features, to make IF playable on mobile. I tried every possible option, even playing on DOS-Emulators on Android. Especially the lack of automapping in the existing IF clients is a huge problem when you are not playing on your desk and can't paint maps. Also it was somehow was strange that the only Clients to play MS games mobile ran on old Palm devices, and not on Android.
All that surprises me somehow, because i think the mobile platform should be the perfect base for playing if games. I think there must be a huge market in the play store for well crafted adventure games for intelligent people which play good.
Then i discovered The Pawn as your first MS adaption in the Google Play store. And was surprised. You seem to be the first developers who could make IF adventure games a really good mobile experience. I think you are only some small steps away from it.
So please keep on developing!
So here are some of my suggestions as beta tester:
A Command-shortcut-button-bar - somehow like in SCUMM Games like Maniac mansion etc. The Zcode-App Text fiction uses this. This concept was - as i think - the biggest step to make IF really playable on mobile. Every mobile IF game needs this. Screenshots: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.onyxbits.textfiction
Cooler and more colorful App Icon for the Play Store to directly reach the target audience (the app icon and the name is the only thing is see in the play store!) (Maybe colorful 8bit pixel design? Maybe just a well know screenshot from the game?)
A Dark Theme! (I read in the Forums that you already have this on your list...)
Give me as a new user a usefeul command Cheatsheet in the help menu! Are the MS commands identical to the ZCODE-Commands? Who knows!? Make it like the pflayif-card cheatsheet. Look here, deep linked: http://pr-if.org/doc/play-if-card/play-if-card.pdf (Source: http://eblong.com/zarf/if.html)
Remove both Intro Screens for the app (why intro screen? Its lost time, I know what i want to play)
But keep the short Intro Sound when starting the app (useless but cool)
Also for inspiration: Check out the apps by the rather unknown developer Better.Apps. He transferred some old Amstrad-8bit-Textadventures to mobile. This is mobile IF which is surprisingly good playable: Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Better.Apps
Thanks for reading,
and keep up the great work!