Do’s and Don’ts of Mobile Game Development for Mobile App Developers

Evolution of smart phone devices like iPhone, Android, BlackBerry etc. has changed the way of people thinking about mobile games before. Developing the same for iOS, android or blackberry devices could be quite an attention seeking process, specifically if you have just entered into mobile game development. Many experienced mobile application developers, even though having years of experience in developing variety of mobile apps, fails to develop successful games due to forgetting some of the important gaming aspects.

Developing a game for mobile has become vital part of mobile application development industry due to its immensely growing popularity. If you are taking baby steps into mobile gaming and wish to start with bang, then do keep in mind below mentioned do’s and don’ts for mobile game development.

• Do keep in mind the limitations of mobile devices! Many novice mobile developers often forget the practical limitations of mobile devices while developing game for mobile devices, which leads to failure of the same at the end.

• Don’t copy some already popular games! Many developers often copy already successful games to make their first game development process less complex, as it won’t help you get attention from target audience. Don’t just blindly copy, but take idea from it or take it to next level with your imagination.

• Do keep in mind screen resolution of mobile devices! It is very crucial to design game by keeping in mind type of devices available in market. Android comes in variety of handsets with different resolution, whereas iPhone has different screen size. So, decide the device first to develop successful game.

• Don’t forget the importance of appropriate marketing and promotion! The success of your game is heavily depended on the way you project your creation through marketing and promotion. Plan and workout on marketing strategies from the beginning will help you get success of your mobile.

• Do keep in mind who is your target audience and what they expect from your game! Decide your target audience first, whether you wish to design creation for toddlers or kids or for youth, and try to know what actually they expect and want. Try to conduct some research and feedback for the same.

• Don’t forget the importance of sound! Sound is key element of mobile game, so do pay lot more attention while incorporating sound within the same. It should be appropriate and suitable to the type of game you have developed.

• Do try to release your game with free version to get instant catch by target audience.

• Don’t overlook UI and character design of your creation.

• Do get familiar with different game engines and SDK’s of different platforms.

So, above we see some of the effective do’s and don’ts of mob game development that every mobile developer should keep in mind while developing game for variety of mobile devices.

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The Price of Free Online Games

Free online games are not Free.

I say this statement based on my experience. They cost something, and they often cost more than you ever imagine.

I’m no scientist, and I’m definitely no economist. But what I am is a rational man (most of the time).

Here are some things I want to say about these free games floating around the internet and in mobile devices.

Free online games cost you time.

Free games can eat up a lot of your time and lessen productivity. It will take you longer to do a task because time for free games eats up time for work. The worst thing about this is some or should I say most people are playing their games during office hours. Farmville, Pet society and all those Facebook games look innocent, but are actually time vacuums. I recently read in the news that companies have banned Facebook in company networks to stop their employees from playing online games specifically in the Facebook website.

Free online games use up electricity.

It will eat up your phone’s, tablet’s or laptop’s batteries making you charge more often. Charging your batteries more often uses more electricity, resulting to higher electricity bill. The same applies for desktop computers.

Free online games can kill your real-life relationships.

As you get more addicted to free games, you may use up time you can spend bonding with love ones or physically interacting with real-life people. Some will counter this by saying that friendships are born out of being connected to other players online. I wouldn’t term those connection as friendship. Would those people help you if you have a problem in real life? Could they give you the same comfort as a real hug would?

I’ve even heard of persons forming romantic relationships with their online buddies and end up leaving their real-life partners. Just pathetic.

Free online games cost you money.

Even if the online games are free to join, the cost of internet access and maintenance of your electronic devices is still there. In some games, if you want to upgrade your characters or access special levels, you need to purchase items and level-ups through online transactions or buying prepaid credits from retailers.

It’s been a topic of many TV shows already: a lot of school kids are spending lunch money just to play in internet shops. Students skip classes just to spend money paying for internet access outside of their homes. There’s no surprise internet shops are popping up everywhere, especially near schools.

Free online games are fun to play but you should be aware of the effects of spending too much time with them. If you’re not careful, free online games can cost you more than you expected.

The iPhone and App Store, Defining New Terms

The iPhone was such a phenomenal technological tidal wave that is was named by Time magazine as the “Invention of the Year” for 2007. Even now it is easy to see the impact the device has made with all the companies coming out with their own version. Has anyone seen the Android? People surprised to see one would most likely be made fun of. For that reason what will not be found here is a description.

As with all new ideas there comes the ever-growing world of terms associated with said innovation. One new word that came with the iPhone: App.

What are Apps? This is where the fun begins. With the iPhone come the phenomena known as “Apps”, short for ‘applications’. These are software programs custom-made by a third-party for both the iPhone as well as the iPod Touch. A lot of these software devices may be quite practical, anywhere from paying bills online or to find the definition for a certain word. Then there are the fun ones, like Starblaster that includes a phaser-like weapon and something that looks much like a tricorder, as in Star Trek.

There are also Apps for many kinds of games or Apps geared toward finding out the latest on a particular celebrity. Some of these are available for free. Others are a few cents on up to a few dollars. These Apps can be acquired online through the web on a computer or directly through an iPhone by way of Apple’s iTunes through their “App Store”, appropriately enough.

Obviously, the most fun Apps are the games. With a little looking around one can find some pretty addicting games for no cost at all, like FallDown! For those games with a price tag, there’s a game called Spore Creatures where the player can create their own denizens and watch them evolve from primordial ooze and inhabit the environment for a few bucks.

Apps have become so popular there are now Apps to find Apps, like Appfinder and Chomp. These Apps help the user through what appeals to them. A few come with reviews of the Apps available. Just like what was true about the old board games is equally true about game Apps. Some may be uninspiring or just plain boring along with the truly fun ones. Either way there is a whole new take on how to occupy oneself.