On all versions of Nitrome.com, Nitrome placed a box on the site which would hold small images called advertisements. These advertisements, unlike third party advertisements, were made by Nitrome and for the purpose of promoting a sequel to a popular game, an recently released page or function, a link to a trailer, or similar content. These advertisements do not count towards Nitrome's revenue, nor are they used for making money, but for promoting a game or page. They are never animated, and are just an image. Nitrome may have three to four advertisements around the site at a time, the advertisement box randomly picking an advertisement (usually a game).
The advertisement boxes are the area in which the ads are located. Over time, they were moved to different places, but would stay in that place no matter what page of Nitrome's site the player was on.
The original Nitrome 2.0 ad box was shorter and wider than the current one. It had a header above it labeled "NITROME."
During the original Nitrome 2.0, the advertisement could be found on the bottom of the left side of the page, under the Top games.
Nitrome.com 2.0 update
This updated box was very similar to the original 2.0 box, except that it was taller and a bit narrower.
On the updated 2.0 site, the ad was placed above the top games instead of below. It was still on the left hand side of the site, just on the top instead of the bottom.
The following advertisements are in order of the date they were released
This advertisement was placed on the Nitrome 1.2 site, asking Nitromians what Nitrome game they would like a sequel to be made up. Upon clicking the ad, the player would be directed to a page where they could vote for a sequel.
The Hot Air 2 ad was one of the very first ads that Nitrome put on their site. It appeared only in the very early stages of Nitrome 1.2, and it announced the upcoming release of Hot Air 2. The ad could not be clicked on, but was simply to look at. Nitrome took it off the site for good after Hot Air 2 was released.
A few months later, Nitrome released another Hot Air 2 ad that linked to a page about the upcoming Hot Air 2.
Want to make games?
In 2007, Nitrome released ads for job applications for Actionscript and Pixel artist at their new London office. One ad showed a picture of a Paint Blower, while the other one featured a brain. Clicking on either ad would result in linking the player to Nitrome's job page.
Origins of the first ad are unknown. In 2009, Nitrome released an ad about the new Fire Cup in B.C Bow Contest. Clicking on the ad would link the player to the game.
In 2010, when Nitrome first announced they were making a iOS game, they posted an image of a iPod with a question mark in the middle. A new ad was later released that revealed the mystery iOS game to be Super Feed Me. Around the same time, there was another ad advertising the Super Feed Me website. It showed a picture of the Venus fly trap inside a iPhone, reaching its neck out of the screen.
After the third Icebreaker game was released in December 2009, Nitrome put up an ad to publicize it. The ad showed a red clan viking on ice in the middle of the words "Ice Breaker The Gathering." "Out Now". The ad would link to the game. Another advertisement with a hunter clan Viking was also posted.
After free papercraft downloads were announced, Nitrome released an ad that showed how simple it was to make a papercraft. It also encouraged Nitromians to make papercraft. The ad was linked to the freebies section of the shop.
The website developer ad was put on Nitrome briefly when Nitrome had an open job for a website developer. The image in the ad was the same one used on the Jobs page. Clicking on the ad would take the applicant to the jobs page.
The Nitrome Enjoyment System ad was an ad that said "Old Nitrome", and when clicked on, would link to a image of the Nitrome Enjoyment System (NES)
Nitrome shopThe Nitrome shop ad was placed around the site when the Nitrome Shop was launched. The ad is the banner for the Shop, with slight modifications.
iPhone Programmers Wanted
The iPhone programmer advertisement was placed around the site in 2011. The ad was for making it known that Nitrome wanted an iPhone programmer.
C++ Programmers Wanted
The C++ programmer advertisement was placed around the site in 2013. The ad was for making it known that Nitrome wanted an C++ programmer with objC skills. It appears very similar to the iPhone programmer advertisement, except larger and with different text.
Level builders wanted
The level builders wanted ad was put on to advertise the Level Builder job application for Nitrome. The picture was of a monkey in a robot machine, holding up tile blocks.
When Nitrome released their updated version of their blog in 2011, they also released an ad about it. The ad showed Cuboy saying "Extra! Extra! New Nitrome blog released!" and continued to list off some new features. Clicking on it would link to the blog.
A Facebook advertisement was placed on Nitrome.com in 2011 to promote Nitrome's Facebook page. The picture consisted of multiple portraits of Nitrome characters (to go with the word Facebook).
The Twitter advertisement on Nitrome.com was placed to encourage people follow Nitrome on the social networking website Twitter. It included birds from Nitrome games as well as some blue birds not seen in any Nitrome game.
The Nitrome 2.0 ad was posted around the site when Nitrome.com 2.0 was launched. It was to tell people about Nitrome.com 2.0, and featured Cuboy, with a speech bubble talking about Nitrome 2.0. Cuboy is shouting, "Nitrome 2.0 is here!" and then lists some new features about the new website design.
Coming Soon....The coming soon ad was placed on Nitrome to advertise a new part of the website yet to come. This was to advertise Nitrome 2.1.
The winter games ad was added on the Nitrome website in 2011, to advertise Nitrome's winter themed games. When clicked, the ad would link the person to the Winter games section of their games. This was an updated version of the old winter games advertisement used in 2009.
Best of 2011
The Best of 2011 ad was added to Nitrome at the begining of 2012 (January). This ad would link the person to their blog post when clicked on. The blog post was about some of their games that were nominated on the Jay is Games website. On the advertisement were some of the nominated games.
The Pixel Love advertisement was shown every week to advertise Nitrome's new game that they nominated for their Pixel Love in their blog. Every new pixel love game would the image for the previous ad. The first Pixel Love game (Super Puzzle Platformer) did not have an ad. When clicked on, they would link to the Pixel Love game that could be played on the Nitrome website.
On December 12 2012, Nitrome updated their site, adding several larger ads to their website. These ads included ones for new Pixel Love games. The first Pixel Love game to undergo a transformation in size was Next Please.
In late December 2013, Nitrome used a Christmas ad instead of their usual Pixel Love one to signify that they were on Christmas vacation. Clicking on its link would always lead to the latest Pixel Love featured. This link is no longer functional and redirects back to the Nitrome.com home page.
The iPhone teaser ad was to advertise Nitrome's "breaking news" regarding iOS. When clicked on, the ad would link the player to a short, mysterious blog post that hinted an upcoming update for iOS. Nitrome later revealed the news to be thir first (finished) iPhone game, Icebreaker! Them second advertisment linked to an informational part of Nitrome's site for the upcoming game.
Ice Breaker mailing list
In October of 2012, Nitrome released an ad to advertise their newest and first Steam Greenlight game, Flightless. Clicking on the ad would link the player to the Flightless Greenlight page.
Also, another ad can be found when waiting for a distributable Nitrome game to load. After the sponsor ad, a randomly selected ad made by Nitrome will pop up- one of these being for Flightless. The ad encourages fans to vote for Flightless on Steam.
On December 12, Nitrome updated their site, adding several larger ads to their website. These ads included ones for Flightless. These advertisements encouraged fans to vote for Flightless on Steam.
On October 31st, Nitrome released an ad advertising their newly released iOS program. There were five versions of the ad, one showed a scene from the Nitrome Touchy version of Flash Cat, one showed the Nitrome Touchy version of Off the Rails, one showing the Nitrome Touchy version of Magic Touch, one showing an iPhone with words in it, and the fifth showing the Android mascot. At the bottom of all the ads was the word "download". Upon clicking on the ad, the player would be linked to the iTunes or Google Play store page for the Nitrome Touchy download.
Also, another ad can be found when waiting for a distributable Nitrome game to load. After the sponsor ad, a randomly selected ad made by Nitrome will pop up- one of these being for Nitrome Touchy. The ad encourages fans to download or buy Nitrome Touchy from the App Store.
In the shop section of Nitrome.com, the MochiCoins ad was replaced with an ad for Nitrome Touchy. Also, on Nitrome's YouTube page, a large ad was placed at the top of the page, which informed visitors of the Nitrome Touchy.
On December 12, Nitrome updated their site, adding several larger ads to their website. These ads included ones for Off The Rails, Flash Cat, Swindler and Bad Ice-Cream 2, all advertising the ability to use Nitrome Touchy to control the characters of those games.
Rovio Stars with Ice Breaker: A Viking Voyage
On May 15, 2013, Nitrome released its first animated ad. The ad would automatically play when the person was on the page, and then infinitely loop and play again. The ad was to inform players of the game about to come out, Ice Breaker: A Viking Voyage, and that it was supported by Rovio Stars. When clicked, it would direct the viewer to the Ice Breaker iOS website. The ad is actually SWF file (as opposed to a GIF), and has its own subpage under Nitrome.com.
Ice Breaker: A Viking Voyage release
On June 17 2013, Nitrome announced that their upcoming iOS game, Ice Breaker: A Viking Voyage, was going to be released on June 20 2013. They then created four ads leading up to the date of release. The first ad announced that the release of the game was three days away, the second ad announced that the release was two days away, and the third ad announced that the release was one day away, and the fourth ad announced the game's release. The countdown ads, when clicked, will take the viewer to the website, while the release ad will take the viewer to a shop to buy the game.
Nitrome also created a pop-up ad for their website on June 20 2013, announcing the release of Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. The pop up ad gave the viewer the option to watch the trailer, visit the website, close the ad, remind the viewer later with the ad, or buy Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. If the viewer clicked "Get It Now", then it would give the viewer the option to buy either the version for iPhone and iPod Touch or the iPad.
Another ad for Viking Voyage could be found in Hot Air Jr, when a level is finished. On the level finish screen, a small bar ad appears under the player's score.
Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage updates
8bit Doves release
On August 27th, Nitrome created an ad to accompany the release of their mobile game 8bit Doves.
Endless Doves release
On November 12th 2013, Nitrome created an ad to accompany the release of their mobile game Endless Doves.
When the player begins to play a game, a box will become present that plays an ad, below the box there is a long bar that slowly fills up, and at a certain point, allows the player to skip the ad. After this, the Nitrome game will load.
On October 25th 2013, Nitrome updated these ads to make them less intrusive. Along with this, they added messages that would load each time, these messages displayed on the long loading bar. One message is generated per loading of the page. All the messages are:
- We love making games, thanks for playing at Nitrome.com!
- Have you found all of the avatars yet?
- Ads help fund our flash games!
- Thanks for waiting, you are awesume!
- We make all of our own games at Nitrome.com!
- You are helping us develop more games by watching the ads.
- Wanna be social? Share this game with a friend!
- Ads pay for the coffee!
- Bookmark this page and keep updated about our own games!
- Thanks for being so patient :)
- Want to support your favourite game site? Nah... support us instead!
- Ad revenue funds our creativity
- Ad revenue goes towards keeping the servers running
- Adverts support Nitrome game development
- You are helping us develop more games by watching the ads
- Thank you for supporting Nitrome.com!
- 8 out of 10 cats... can't play Nitrome games!
- Thanks for playing!
- Hint: bookmarking Nitrome.com makes finding our site easier!
- The game will be on it's [sic] way shortly!
- Making games is expensive! Thanks for watching this ad
- Ads help fund our flash games
- Sunny outside? That's nice... play Nitrome games instead!