November Newsletter Is Out!

Hello TutoTOONS friends! Getting ready for holidays and celebrations in advance is very important for many businesses, right? Gaming industry is not an exception. Halloween is over, time to start crafting your Christmas game! And the best part is - we’ve added some very cool new features that will make it even more special! Read more: Subscribe: Past issues:

October Newsletter Is Out!

Hello TutoTOONS friends! As every month, we’re bringing you the latest news from TutoTOONS. In this issue, learn about the new features that will help you create realistic cooking games and cup fill up effects! Read more here: Subscribe: Past issues:

Little Dinosaurs Are Here To Foster Kids Creativity

Extinct and not like any other living being, dinosaurs are the imagination engines for kids, as explained by Jack Horner, an American paleontologist and consultant for Jurassic Park films. New game “Life of My Little Dinos” by artist and teacher Oksana Ryabinina is here to help kids discover the fascinating dinosaur world! Sneak Peek at the Game Life of My Little Dinos features 10 educational mini games that show kids and toddlers the fun life of four baby dinosaurs. Children will have a chance to explore and play in different locations like forest, mountains, desert, emerald cave and river. Arcade mini games (flying, running and fishing) will develop children motor skills, and creative activities (cooking, drawing and dress up) will reveal kids artistic talents. TutoTOONS: Hi Oksana! Tell us more about yourself. Oksana: Hi, I’m a 2D artist from the sunny city of Odessa (Ukraine). I love to draw and cannot imagine my life without creativity. By education I am an artist and a teacher. Creating cognitive and educational games - for me, this is an excellent implementation of my specialty! I worked at school for 3 years, teaching fine arts. When children play, they learn and remember information much better than listening to a story. Life of My Little Dinos is a creation of your own or did you have someone to help you with the game? I worked with my husband Gregory. The concept of the game belongs to him, he developed GDD, created character animations and built the game. We also voiced our cute dinos. Recording sound effects and making voice overs by ourselves was really fun. The most difficult part of the work was taken by my husband and I was able to focus on creating beautiful graphics of the game. What made you work with TutoTOONS from the beginning? I like working with TutoTOONS. For me as an artist, it gives an opportunity to discover the full potential of the project. Development of icons and promotional products, locations and characters - such diverse tasks make me grow and develop professionally. Tell us more about your dinosaur game. The game Life of My Little Dinos is a world of fun adventures with dinosaurs. It helps kids improve their concentration and attention skills, develops logical thinking and memory, and fosters their creativity. The game has 4 main characters - little dinosaurs that need help. Kids will have to collect food and make fruit salad with juice, go fishing in the river, draw pictures with colored chalk on a rock, solve puzzles, clean up and decorate the emerald cave, create a dinosaur nest, run a marathon, fly home, and dress up dinosaurs how they like. WOW, that’s a lot of activities. How long did it take to make this game? We worked 2.5 months. As a result, we have an excellent game with 10 wonderful mini-games. It’s not the first game that you made with TutoTOONS. What was different this time? A new game, a new world of adventures and characters. I really liked creating contrasting landscapes such as the forest, mountains, and desert. Creating the game was a lot easier. Now we knew all the details about the creation process and this allowed us to focus on the quality of the game. What do you think is the most important thing in game creation? Share a few tips for game creators. First, think carefully about the plot and characters of the game - they should be attractive and interesting for the player. Next, it is necessary to choose the right style for graphics. Use a variety of bright colors. The most challenging step you had to take when you were creating Life of My Little Dinos. In game development, there are many challenges. It is worth doing a bit of a break from work, get coffee, and then they are quickly resolved. Developing the main screen takes most of the time because you have to show the diversity of the game and its atmosphere. And the difficulty, I would highlight the step of creating icons for the game. Needs a whole science! It should be as simple as possible and maximum attractive. A good icon is a 70% success of the game. If you could define TutoTOONS in one sentence… This is a great system for creating games! What are your future plans with TutoTOONS? We have many ideas for games, and my husband and I are now actively discussing them. Among them, there is an idea to continue making games with dinosaurs. We plan to create funny and good children’s games with TutoTOONS. Any final thoughts? Creating games is a fascinating and interesting work. TutoTOONS has established an excellent system, where everyone can try one’s hand at game creation. Try it and you will definitely get it! Thank you for a wonderful interview! Prepare yourself for some epic dinosaur adventures and get the Life of My Little Dinos from your app store now! App Store: Google Play: Amazon: Follow dinosaur adventures here: Blog: Facebook: Twitter: G+:

6 Steps to Get Your Game to the Top

With just a little of your time, you can make your game more successful, reach new players and increase your game revenue. Use these 6 creative steps to promote your game and connect with your fans. Spread the Word About Your Game It’s no secret that game marketing is one of the most important parts in game development. These short tips will explain you how to do the basic promotion for your game. For more advanced options and details, simply search the web - you will find plenty of useful information about game promotion. Game promotion can be started even prior to its release. Here’s a short scheme what can be done before and after your game launch. Pre-Release Create a blog (you can use it as the main informational page for your game). Use social networks (where you can repost blog posts). The most important ones: Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+. Start posting content related to your game (sketches, ideas, short gameplay videos, etc.), repost from other TutoTOONS users and topics that might be interested for your target audience. Post-Release Promote content about your game through forums, YouTube channels, bloggers, Twitter users with the same target audience. Ask TutoTOONS community for promotion. Ask your friends to help share your posts. Example: LightDrop Games Facebook: Twitter: G+: YouTube: Now, let’s have a closer look at each of the pre- and post-release promotion steps. Pre-Release Here I am going to give you some basic advice on how to promote your game before it is released. This way you can reach new people who will be the first to download your game and spread the word about it. 1. Blog Blog is the first thing that you need to start when you are going to promote your game on the internet. Use your blog as the base for your posts. Your social media posts should lead to your blog, and vice versa. If managed right, a good blog can bring you your first players and fans who will share information about your game. The most popular platforms to start a blog: WordPress Blogger Tumblr 2. Social Networks Once you have a blog, it’s time to set up social media profiles. You will use them to connect with your players and fans, and direct them to your blog. The most important networks to use are: Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Here is a very comprehensive article that covers social media profiles from A to Z, written by Evan LePage, a blog specialist for Hootsuite. I’ve selected some of LePage ideas and tips that will motivate you and help to promote your game. However, reading the whole article will give you an in-depth look at the most popular social media channels. “Your Facebook profile is one of the largest social media profiles on the web. Since Facebook is also the biggest social network on the planet, with 1.3 billion users, it’s important that people are able to quickly find you and connect.” “Take the time to fill out all sections with care, as customers and prospects will turn to them frequently. You also have the opportunity to write a lengthy “About” description of your game. Use this space to show visitors who you are, what you do and why they should care.” Suggested image dimensions: Profile picture: 180×180 px Cover photo: 851×315 px “Whether it’s a personal or branded account, Twitter profiles are exactly the same for everyone. This should be an advantage, since you don’t need to learn different processes if you’re building a profile for you or your business. That isn’t to say these profiles don’t require effort. Just like the network’s approach to social media as a whole, Twitter profiles are a test in brevity.” Suggested image dimensions: Profile photo: 400×400 px Header image: 1500×500 px “Many people are quick to brush off Google+, when in fact it has some of the most passionate social media users today. Add the fact that Google+ profiles have a role in Google search results of your name or brand, and you shouldn’t need any more reason to work hard on your Google+ presence.” Suggested image dimensions: Profile picture: 120×120 px (minimum) Cover photo: 1080×608 px 3. Posts & Content Let’s proceed to another important question - what should I post? First, you should know your target audience. It’s very important because you want to post content that will be interesting for your game fans and followers. If you made a game for kids like many other TutoTOONS creators, your target audience is parents. They are the ones who will download your game for their kids. Example of content that might be interesting for parents: interesting facts about games for kids, how games help kids (improve kids reaction, foster kids imagination and creativity, develop motor skills, etc.), and similar. Second, do not forget to share and repost content of other TutoTOONS game creators and team members, as well as news from interesting contributors to game industry. And third, prepare game-related content while working on your game. It can be sketches of characters or game levels, finished game scenes and graphics, sneak peek gameplay videos - all the nice and interesting things that you created. Post-Release Once you have your blog, social media accounts are ready and your game is about to be published, it’s time to focus on promoting your game. 1. Share Content with Your Target Audience By now, you should already know who is your target audience and what they like. Best way to reach them is to share information in places they visit online. For example, you can target online forums where moms and dads share parenting information with each other. Try to post and offer parents a new interesting game for their kids in which, e. g., kids can learn something new. But be nice and friendly, online communities don’t like spam in their chats! Another way to promote your game is to contact people who influence your target audience, and share your content through them. Examples of places to share your game info: Mom bloggers ( Educational games on Twitter ( 2. Promotion through TutoTOONS Community We all have a common interest in creating quality games, promoting them and ultimately earning more revenue. If one TutoTOONS game becomes popular, it promotes other games, and so on. That’s why all community members are encouraged to help each other and share content of each other. For this purpose, we have #games-marketing channel in TutoTOONS Slack where you can share your information and encourage others to re-share it. And, of course, do not hesitate to share information of other team members. ;) 3. Promotion through Your Personal Network You most-likely have some personal social profiles already, so why don’t use it to promote your game? Sharing information with your personal network is the easiest way to get the first followers and reach people who might be interested in what you are doing. Write a nice email about your game (introduce it, add links to App Store and Google Play, some screenshots, link to video, etc.) and send it to your friends, family and contacts once the game is released. Quality game reviews and good ratings are very important for your game discovery and downloads. How to get reviewed? Simply ask your friends for help! Make sure they leave a positive comment about your game and help you get to the top. Written By Iurii Znak

Creator of “Tiger and Bugs” Will Show You That Mobile Games Can Be Made with Pencils and Paper!

Tiger and Bugs is the only TutoTOONS game made using hand drawn illustrations instead of computer graphics. Let’s hear more about the creation of this game straight from the author, talented Lithuanian artist Eglė Celskytė. TutoTOONS: Hi Eglė, nice to meet you! Tell us about yourself, what do you do, what are your interests and hobbies? Eglė: Hello! I am a self-taught artist. I create paintings and decorate T-shirts. I‘m interested in many handicrafts: knitting, sewing, can do decorative postcards and often experiment with new materials. I also like everything related with health, healthy lifestyle, natural healing ways, nature. Nature always inspires me. Plants and animals are visible in many of my works. Eglė’s artwork: How did you find out about TutoTOONS and decided to create your own game? I know TutoTOONS for about a year. Last spring I tried out how it works but at the time, I had no plans to make a game with this tool, mostly because I do traditional drawing and not digital. This spring I had more free time, so I decided to make a game. My friend encouraged me to do this. I created graphics for one of his games, so he told me he will help to move pictures from paper to computer screen. Then I started to think about what game could I do. So you had some game development experience from before. Tiger and Bugs is the first game that I created but not first that I illustrated. Some time ago, I made illustrations for a memory type game. It wasn’t big and it didn’t take much time to draw all objects. Tell us the story behind Tiger and Bugs. How did you come up with game idea and storyline? Now I don’t exactly remember why I have chosen this topic. I think that I saw a tiger picture somewhere and I thought that it would be great to create a game about tiger in the jungle. It could be fast and fun game. When I was thinking why this little tiger should be running in the jungle, I got the idea that tiger can be insects collector and his purpose in this game is to catch various bugs and butterflies. Tiger and Bugs is the only TutoTOONS game made entirely of hand drawn graphics. Tell us more about the making of the game. What steps did you take from game idea to the final game version? Once I refined the idea, I imagined the finished game clearly on my mind. I only sketched a few scenes on paper only to not forget them and then started to draw objects with colored pencils. After that, I had to learn how to cut scanned pictures and finally put them in a game the way I imagined. Also, I had problems finding good tiger sounds, so I ended up recording them myself. In our experience, recording sounds for games is really fun, everyone should try it :) How much time did it take to make this game? All objects were done in a few days and it took about two weeks to cut them. The game was finished after a few more weeks. But I couldn’t finish everything quickly because I also had to prepare all the marketing and promotion images – icon, ads, screenshots, banners… So everything took about 2 months. What, in your opinion, is the most important thing in game creation? I think the most important is to enjoy the process because when it is interesting, it‘s a pleasure to make it. What would you advise for other artists who decided to create a game with TutoTOONS? Analyze the possibilities of TutoTOONS before starting to make a game. Because if you know what you can do, ideas come by themselves. Are you planning to create more games? Now I have ideas for two games, one of them soon will be ready to assemble into a game. It will be different from Tiger and Bugs. Graphics are still created by hand but coloring is done on computer. Looking forward to seeing your new games. Thank you for taking some time to answer our questions! Thank you TutoTOONS for such a great opportunity! Grab your smartphones and tablets because it’s time to play Tiger and Bugs! App Store: Google Play: Amazon:

June Newsletter Has Arrived!

Hello game designers & artists! Time for monthly news from TutoTOONS! This time we sent you some exclusive images of the new TutoTOONS design that will go live very soon, update on our latest achievements and special tips straight from game designers. Enjoy! Read the newsletter here: Subscribe: Past issues: