Rebuild now available for Android phones & tablets

Yes, you can now get Rebuild for your Droid Nexus Galaxy Razr Epic Maxx, or whatever you call that thing! But first, an update:

Rebuild in the PlayBook top games
Rebuild in the PlayBook top games
Rebuild’s doing way better than expected on the BlackBerry PlayBook. This week it’s featured and in their top paid games – up there with three versions of Angry Birds (or is it 4 now?). It’s gotten mentions on crackberry.com, blackberrycool.com, and playbookdaily.com.

All of this is so awesome, because the port took zero effort… and I’m rather fond of my new PlayBook.

Rebuild's PlayBook Sales
Rebuild's PlayBook Sales
But even with all this extravaganza, my sales there are just barely matching the current iPad/iPhone sales (where Rebuild is #500 in games, #50 in strategy with a super-minor feature in iTunes – bet you can’t find it). So being a relative nobody on iOS == stardom on the PlayBook? Bummer for RiM, but I’m just so happy to be loved that I’d rather not dwell on that.

Up next: the terrifying Android marketplace. I’d been avoiding Android because of my instinctive fear of all those different devices. Despite all my laboring over the iOS version, Rebuild is still a little sluggish and crashy on the iPad 1 and iPhone 3GS. There are much less powerful Android phones out there and no easy way to target only the ones with enough RAM and CPU/GPU power to run Rebuild smoothly (although I’ve tried using compatible-screens). So it is with trepidation that I announce Rebuild on Google Play.

But apparently that’s not enough. I knew the hardware base was fractured, but I didn’t realize the app market itself was also fractured. There must be 100 different sites that sell Android apps, and each one wants me to upload my binary to them along with screenshots and promo art in different arbitrary dimensions. Many of the Android “review” sites either require you to sell through their store, or charge $200 for a review. Am I really seeing this right?

I’ve submitted to Amazon so I can get it on the Kindle Fire (although for $200 the PlayBook is a massively better hardware deal). But I’m not sure I have the stomach for all these other stores. Have I been naive to only buy apps through Google? Android users – where do you get your games?

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21 thoughts on “Rebuild now available for Android phones & tablets

  1. Hey Northways,

    I actually built an Android appstore from the ground up from a company that shall remain nameless. One publisher that I worked with was Mobihand. If you submit to them once, they in turn will submit you to a bunch of different Android stores. In theory at least. I’ve heard some people have issues with them, but that’s an example of service that can be used to get your Android app out there.

  2. Congrats!

    I never, ever buy anything from any market other than the Google one. I’m an advanced user (my phone runs CyanogenMod) and I don’t even know how to access other markets. Don’t really feel like I’ve missed out on anything other than being preyed upon by unscrupulous middlemen.

  3. I only buy apps from Google Play. I appreciate your work and hope that you continue to develop for Android.

  4. I’ve tried one alternative market (namely SlideME), but the available apps is so poor that I’ve taken the effort to learn how to buy things from the Play Store, even when I’m out of the country and not meant to be able to.

    So yeah, another vote for just the Play Store.

  5. Google play and Qmazon apstore are the trustworth. Stay on there and your focus should be fine. On galaxy 10.1

  6. I just got Rebuild on Amazon the other day. Love it. I hope you continue to update/improve/support it.
    I would probably just stick with there and Google Play. Those are the only ones I look at anyway.
    Look forward to more Rebuild and updates and more games in the future!

  7. Got it from Google Play. Thanks for making the effort to get Rebuild on Android devices. It’s a great game.

  8. I bought off of Google Play (and I only buy off of the Google Play store)

    BTW: I love the game! Super addicting. I hope for an eventual sequel.

  9. Bought your game at Google Play. I don’t dare try out other app stores, with so many stories of malware. Nice game, looking forward to more!

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  13. I was seriously happy when I saw Rebuild had been ported to Android. One of the few purchases I knew was good to go right away.

    It works very well on the Note2 – touch controls on a decent screen size suit it well. No issues found. Kinda hoping Rebuild 2 will sneak over eventually. :P

    As for the compatability issues, thats why Google Play has the refund button on there. I wouldn’t bother with third party markets – or even Amazon. Yet to see an app I wanted that wasn’t available on Play, found Amazon likes to price on the high side for whatever reason.

  14. I’m a flash developer for BlackBerry 10 and an avid fan. I just wanted to say your game performs beautifully on the PB and BB10 and your making lifelong fans of many of us BBRY users :)

    Keep up the great work and thank you for being so inspiring.

  15. I try to buy direct from the developer, unfortunately most of them don’t sell direct. So I generally find a warez version and Paypal the money to the devs.

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