Over a year and a half ago, I started to learn how to program while using Phaser. Since then I've released a number of mobile apps that have been commercially successful and allowed me to work from home and basically do anything I want with my life. Since I've had a blast working with Phaser, had lots of help from the community, and have anxiously waited for every Phaser newsletter since I started using it, I figured I should share my little story with you guys.
I'm one of the few who uses Phaser solely for mobile apps, but I never actually planned on doing that. 2 years ago my friend and I were developing a language learning app focused on writing the alphabet of non-latin based languages. We were using html5 canvas for our writing recognition using a custom framework my friend made and I wanted to add some cool effects to the writing strokes. But had no idea how to do it and at the time, I couldn't print a "Hello World" from memory! Looking for a solution, I stumbled upon Phaser and slowly learned how to program while making a bunch of little prototypes. I never actually intended to make a commercial game with it though. Fast forward a few months and my friend, the programmer of the writing app, got married and took a month off. I decided to spend that month making a small language learning game with Phaser. I made a very simple game where you learn numbers and colors and I was like... you know what? I'm just gonna release this even though people probably won't like it and there's almost no content. I made one app for Japanese and copied everything over and made one for Korean as well. Within a month both of them were getting ~1,500 downloads a day, which was better than our writing apps. I was pretty surprised because the game was clearly not finished, and you could blow through all the content within 30 minutes, but the vast majority of people only had positive things to say about it. Since Phaser was the only thing I had experience in and I loved working with it, I continued to use Phaser even though I had no plans on doing anything with web. I then spent the next 4 months adding a lot more categories, hired professional voice actors to voice all the words, and added more languages, and the app really took off after that. The rest is history.
From lurking on this forum for quite a while, I've noticed that finances comes up quite a bit. What I did, which will work if you don't have any location-specific responsibilities, would be to move to a very cheap place, go abroad if you are in a developed country. I saved up $10k and moved to China & Taiwan for about 2 years, spending an average $60 - 120 / month for rent. This gave me a 1.5 year runway whereas if I stayed in the states, that money would have barely lasted me 5 months with the same lifestyle I enjoyed in China & Taiwan. This was crucial because I was able to completely focus on learning and developing, ignore every part-time job offer that came up, and still being able to live a full life of traveling, eating out, extracurricular activities, and having fun every weekend, which is crucial for efficiency.
And that's my Phaser story. Thanks to Rich for an excellent product, without it, maybe I wouldn't have learned how to program.
iOS and Android links: https://jernung.com/infinite