Software Passport (Armadillo)

I use Armadillo to security wrap my games on It’s pretty much industry standard for Indie developers, although the portals use their own security wrappers. One of it’s advantages is that it’s compatible with Plimus and BMT Micro, two well known payment providers. This means that when you sell a copy of your game, Plimus/BMT automatically send the customer an unlock key that is compatible with your Armadillo wrapper – this is cool.

Note that you can’t get away with the basic version, you need the full version because it supports 60 minute trials. It’s actually not very easy to use either and has a bewildering array of options, plus you have to make your own nag screens in HTML etc. This was very time consuming for me and I had to ask a few other people for help – but the end result is good.

It was around £160 for the full thing. I *have* made that money back selling my games on my own site, but not by very much margin – although the margin will increase with time and the forthcoming re-release of Easter Bonus. I also see it as an investment for my future games – however, now that I’m programming for BFG, that may not be applicable any more anyway!

If you can’t afford the time or money to invest in Armadillo, then don’t sell it on your own site. Selling games on your own site is a lot of work and needs marketing skills etc. Plus, if you don’t do it right, you’ll never make your money back! Just go straight to the portals who’ll security wrap it themselves. Then you can focus on your next game instead of getting mired in post-development admin/marketing hell 🙂

4 Responses to “Software Passport (Armadillo)”

  1. Richard Says:

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  2. Chris Says:

    What is the cost for softwrap?

  3. Grey Alien Games » Blog Archive » Quick Armadillo Summary Says:

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  4. Richard Says:

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