There is no easy way to play the Croatian version of the game Belote online. With the start of the pandemic in 2020, me and my friends just wanted to play the game. The whole country then went into a lockdown, and there was no easy way to do so. There are some alternatives but all of them lack simplicity and support for phone screens.
There's many online multiplayer card games, and now add one more to that list! It was challenging to build intuitive UI, allow players to easily connect with each other, and support web, iOS, and Android devices.
The game can be played with strangers online, or with friends that join room with a password. This was not the case at launch and players could only play in rooms they created or their friends told them to join.
For spreading the word about our app we had two plans. On one fo them we spent months, and on the other one we spent a few minutes. Guess which one was more successful.
It's not all doom and gloom since we still have a passionate community of players interested in the game and in it's development. However, as far as the app launch goes, it wasn't what we expected it to be.
Ever since the first post on r/croatia, the game has consistently been in the top 20 card games on the App Store. We posted a few times since for major app updates and were given a whole bunch of karma in return. 🥳
- There are around 1000 daily active players
- The game has been downloaded 10 000+ times (App Store + Google Play + Huawei App Gallery)
- There are currently 30 000+ users registered in the game
- More than 250 000 matches have been played
- There are around 5 000 matches played daily
We're working on making it even easier to play with new people. The game is also missing sound, which is coming in the next update.