My Land Tips and Tricks

Whether you are just getting started with the epic farming simulation My Land or you are a seasoned pro, this tips and tricks article will give you some ideas on how to turn your land into a thriving and profitable business venture!

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  1. Plant a Tree – At the very beginning of the game, plant a few evergreen trees in random spots throughout the map.  You don’t need a lot, maybe just five or six.  The reason is that trees are the cheapest and easiest way to raise the attraction level of your land, without raising your property tax value.  They also spread automatically on their own.  The only downside is that they take a long time to grow.  Planting a few of them early on will let you avoid spending big money if you want to plant a forest later in the game.  And you can always just build over them if they get in the way.
  2. Don’t Go Grass Crazy – In step one, I mentioned that trees will spread on their own over time.  But grass is a lot faster and more aggressive in spreading, and can crowd out trees and kill forests before they are even able to take root.  Try to keep your grass contained into fenced in areas where you actually need/want it to grow.
  3. Start With Crops – It may be a lot more profitable in the long run to raise livestock, but they are slow to mature and expensive to maintain, especially at the beginning of the game.  Start out with a couple of cheap crops like Wheat and Corn and get a cash flow routine going before moving in to livestock.

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  4. Watch Your Livestock Population – Some animals, particularly cows, can go into crazy breeding mode when confined in a small area.  If you have too many cows in a small area, the grass on the land will not be able to feed them all.  When you have uncontrollable breeding taking place, you should sell the older animals to make room for the younger ones.  Also keep an eye on the sell value of your animals.  Do not let them sit around for a long time after they reach their peak value.  You are only wasting money feeding them at that point.  Don’t let your animal populations get out of control.
  5. Save the Attractions for Last – Visitor attractions like sidewalks, toll booths, and pizza stands are fun to build, but if the attraction rating on your land is below 50%, you will never have enough visitors to pay off the initial investment.  Before trying to build visitor accommodations, use evergreen trees and water to increase the attraction rating of your land.

Got more tips?  If you have some other strategies and ideas that have worked for you, please share them in the comments below so that other people can take advantage of your experience!  If you haven’t tried My Land yet, check out the official My Land website below for download links on various platforms.  Now go out there and start working your land!

My Land Website: http://www.ape-apps.com/apps/my_land/

 

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Play the My Land Beta Today!

My Land is a brand new open ended sandbox farming and land management simulation game from Ape Apps, and is now open to the public for playing and beta testing from Ape Web Apps:

http://www.ape-apps.com/webapps/my_land/

The web app is fully playable on desktop PC and all major mobile devices.

In this brand new Sim Farm inspired simulation game from the makers of the award winning god simulation My Planet, you begin the game with a blank plot of land and $5000.  From there, it is up to you to make it your own.  You can create a farm with crops and animals, or you can create a commerce area with side walks and pizza stands, or you can create a nature park with lakes and trails.  The choice is yours!

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The My Land beta is open for all for free, cross platform, from Ape Web Apps.  The final game will be widely available next month on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.  Feel free to reply to this post with bugs you find in the game.

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June 2014 Revenue By Platform

In my previous Revenue by Platform update, I indicated that I was hoping to expand my iOS business, as well as try to continue to diversify my income away from a heavy Android dominance.  Are those efforts paying off?  Here is the chart of my Revenue by Platform numbers for June 2014.

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So I am starting to see success on the iOS front.  However, this success is coming at the expense of my Web, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 businesses, which all saw declines in June.  Android on the other hand continues to grow, and now accounts for 83% of my overall revenues, it’s highest share ever.  I really feel uneasy about the bulk of my income all coming from the same source, but with Android’s completely dominant and growing position in the overall market, changing this revenue trend will be easier said then done.

My biggest concern right now is with the two Microsoft platforms, Windows Phone and Windows 8.  I am still holding out hope for Windows Phone revenues, which have started showing some signs of life recently.  I actually have a slew of large game updates in the Windows Phone store right now, but they all require Windows Phone 8.1, which is only just now starting to trickle out to users.  I am hoping that by August and September I will start to see those efforts pay off in some way.  I am a little less hopeful about Windows 8.  I have never been able to achieve financial success on that platform, and the trends are getting worse, not better.  I will continue to release software for the platform, largely because Windows Phone apps can now be ported to Windows 8 with almost no coding changes required.  From a business perspective though, Windows 8 and the Windows Store have been dead in the water for me.  Maybe some people are seeing success on the platform, but I am not one of them.

Web revenues are also not where I think they ought to be.  As I said in prior posts though, the web as a whole is rapidly declining in favor of mobile apps.  People just flat out prefer apps.  I must be the only person in the world who prefers web, but it is what it is.

Finally, I think that iOS is my biggest hope for increasing non-Android revenue share.  Games seem to do reasonable well on the platform, so I will continue to release games for iOS in hopes of greater revenue diversification.

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Top 5 Apps for June 2014

I am out traveling this month so my Monthly Revenue report for June will be delayed by a couple of weeks, but I was able to put together my Monthly Top 5 apps by usage (not revenue) for last month.  So without further delay, below are the top used Ape Apps (along with platform) for June 2014:

  1. PDF Document Scanner (Android)
  2. RAM Booster 2014 (Android)
  3. Strobe Light (Android)
  4. Lie Detector (Android)
  5. WiFi Booster 2014 (Android)

As you can see, there is little change over last month’s numbers, the only exception being that WiFi Booster 2014 has replaced Mongo Madness for the #5 spot on the list.  Mongo Madness is a year and a half old at this point though, which is ancient in game terms.  Seeing as it is getting pretty long in the tooth, it might be getting close to time for an update or refresh.

Also unchanged is the fact that Android is completely dominating the field.  I am hoping that anything I have written for one of the other platforms will be able to make this list someday.  I do like Android, but I hate having the majority of my income rely on a single platform.

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Honeybee Hijinks v1.1 Update Released

Great news, the v1.1 update has just been released for the ultra addictive infinity flying game Honeybee Hijinks!

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The newest release ads performance improvements, increases the game difficulty level, and ads a new competitive high scores listing!  Get it now on the following platforms:

Android on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ape.games.hbh

iPhone/iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/honeybee-hijinks/id818841816?ls=1&mt=8

Windows Phone: http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=9a208925-eca1-46b1-ae76-da612853fa03

Windows 8/RT: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/honeybee-hijinks/93e3ffdd-c28c-4780-8fdb-3212abe7f728

What are you waiting for?  Go for the top score and get Honeybee Hijinks today!

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Finger Paint v2.0 Update Released

Finger Paint, the definitive mobile painting app for kids and adults of all ages, had just been updated to v2.0 and is now available for free on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 8, online from Ape Web Apps!

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Finger Paint is an awesome finger painting application that is fun for kids and adults alike! You start off with a blank canvas, your imagination, and 30 fun colors to choose from.  Finger Paint works great on phones and tablets alike, and is a great way to kill time in the waiting room at the doctor or during a boring meeting at work.  Turn your boredom into creativity with Finger Paint!  Changes in v2.0 include:

  • Updated tool and paint selector graphics
  • Added 20 new colors to choose from
  • Slight tweaks to brush sizes
  • On screen tool displays are now hidden while you are drawing on the canvas

Upgrade to the latest version of finger paint today, or if you do not have it on your device yet, download it now from the links below!

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Helios File Manager v1.2.4 Update Released

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Helios File Manager, one of the highest rated file manager apps on Google Play, has just been updated to v1.2.4 and is now available to download direct from both the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store!

Helios File Manager is a highly advanced and ultra easy to use file browser app for Android devices.  It brings the raw power of desktop computing into the palm of your hand in a simple and intuitive interface that even Grandma can understand and use.  Changes in the v1.2.4 update include:

  • Bug fixes
  • SDK Updates
  • Kit Kat(+) devices now have themed status and navigation bars (looks really nice)
  • Can now move/install the app to SD card
  • Expanded the file icon set for new file types

When you are ready to switch to the Android file browser app that is centered around you, you need to upgrade to Helios.  Available now on an Android near you!

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Defogger v1.1 Update Released

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Sitting bored in class? Wasting away at work waiting for the clock to run out? Counting down the seconds until your kid’s grade school musical is finally over? Well never fear, the ultimate cure for your boredom has arrived! It’s Defogger! Defogger covers your device screen with a thick nasty condensation that you have to clear away with your finger. It’s more fun than it sounds.  v1.1 has been updated with bug fixes and performance improvements.  Get it today for Android on Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ape.apps.defogger

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RAM Booster 2014 v1.1 Update Released

RAM Booster 2014, the most advanced free memory booster on Android today, has just been updated to v1.1, and is now available to download on Google Play and the Amazon App Store!

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RAM Booster 2014 is so powerful yet easy to use, there’s no wonder why it’s the highest rated memory management app on the market today.  Every Android device can benefit from using RAM Booster 2014.  But don’t just take our word for it, check out what the users have been saying:

Jorge Maza

Extraordinarily good Compared to any other application this is the best. I have also installed Clean Master, the use and immediately after use this free app and I still at least 15% more memory. Test it and give me the reason

 

Suraj Temkar

Aggressive app-killer I have played with a bunch of ram boosters including clean master . Trust me, nothing beats this.. and no app can get as simple, as user friendly look than this one.. :) Love it!

 

Ashish Dhyani

Simple., light and fast!! Thumbs up for the developer for making it simple and light. It really performs well, most importantly it does not take much memory space.

If you’re using an Android or a Kindle device, then you can’t afford NOT to be using RAM Booster 2014.  Download it today and see what all the fuss is about.  Available on Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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Alien Forums v1.2.1 Update Released

Alien Forums for Android has just been updated to v1.2.1 and is now available to download from the Google Play store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ape.discussions.alienforums

 

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Alien Forums is an online discussion forum community where like-minded people can come and discuss anything related to the existence of extraterrestrial beings.  Topics up for debate and discussion include UFO’s, alien sightings, crop circles, ancient astronaut theory (ancient aliens), government coverups, conspiracy theories, alien races, and more.  Basically, anything alien related is fair game.

If you love aliens, UFO sightings, ancient astronaut theory, or anything in between, you should probably join this epic online community today.  Alien Forums is available online, or as a mobile app on Android and Windows Phone.

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