The Game Analyzer is an excellent tool to make sure your games and game concepts have an optimal feature-set throughout their lifecycle. In this article we're going to go through the three main steps of working with Game Analyzer:
- Creating a new game
- Filling in the features
- Calculating POWERSCORE®
Creating a new game
You can input all your games and concepts into the service and keep your portfolio up-to-date in the rapidly changing mobile game markets. Access Game Analyzer easily from the left-hand side navigation bar from “My Portfolio,” and to create a new game or game concept just click “Add New Game.”
Start by inputting some general information about the game:
- The name of the game
- A short description (optional)
- The development stage of the game. This DOES NOT affect the game’s revenue potential index score. Instead it is only used to add the game card to the right slot in your game portfolio.
- The visibility of your game in your account, i.e. whether or not you want other users in your company to see the game analysis.
After everything is filled out, click “Create Game and Continue” to get started with the actual analyzing process.
Filling in the features
The first step is to define your game’s FOUNDATION. This includes fundamental aspects of your game/concept, such as core game and meta game types and how the game is played (i.e. is it more of a fast-paced game with an emphasis on speed & reaction or a slower paced game where logical puzzle solving and strategizing are more important). Select the appropriate choices for your game by simply clicking “Yes” or “No” or in some cases selecting the right answer from a drop-down menu.
Our RPG-game’s core focuses on tactical fighting, and its meta game is all about beefing up your team of characters. Speed, aiming or steering are not needed for success – it’s all about optimizing your team and using the right tactics to defeat your enemies!
To know exactly what feature choice to select, we strongly recommend checking the DEFINITIONS for each feature, so you have a clear understanding of what the feature covers and what it doesn’t.
This is important because mapping the game’s features right is crucial for the accuracy of the outcome of the analysis. Access any feature’s definition easily by clicking its name.
In the Feature modal, you can see extensive definitions for each feature together with examples from various games.
If you’re still a bit unsure about what you should choose, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer support by clicking the Intercom bubble at the bottom left corner of the service. We’re here to help!
Once you’ve completed mapping the Foundation category for your game, you can start inputting the rest of the 200+ features. All features are grouped underneath nine feature categories (e.g. “Social Elements”) and you can fill them out in any order you like.
The Foundation category is now completed and we’re ready to move on!
If you find our feature categories a bit confusing, you can use the tag-based approach to fill out the features as well. Just click on any of the tags in the tag cloud (e.g. “Characters & Units”) and you get a list of all features related to the chosen tag:
You can choose the approach that suits you the best – it doesn’t affect the analysis results in any way. And remember: your analysis progress is automatically saved, so you don’t have to do everything in one sitting.
After you’ve filled out all the features for your game, you can finalize the analysis. This is done by clicking the “CALCULATE POWERSCORE” button in the top right corner of the view.
All the features are now filled and we’re ready to calculate the score…
What happens is that the so-called “DNA” of your game will go through some serious number crunching through GameRefinery’s sophisticated model and algorithms. As a result, you’ll get a revenue potential index for your game (POWERSCORE®) to indicate the concept’s commercial potential on the market.
…and the results are in!
Now that the analysis is ready, you can start delving into the results by clicking the “Show Full Analysis” button. It takes you to a comprehensive analysis page, where you can find various insights about your game, its feature-sets revenue potential, strengths and development areas, competitive environment and much more.
Each tab here can be clicked open to access even more insights on the subject.