Mobile Games Development: Its Latest Trends and Future Prospects

mobile-gamesMobile games and its development is now not a restricted territory. With the help of open source platforms, game developers are bringing in fantastic and interesting ones. Though the iPhone games rule the roost in terms of sheer classiness and operability, the Android and Symbian counterparts are not too far behind. One of the earliest games was the “Snake” which was launched in 1997. With the advent of sleeker platforms and consistent enhancements, the processing capabilities of today’s average mobile phone are much better than the processing capabilities of the costliest phone launched a decade back.

Nowadays, smart phones include a wide range of games which can be played easily by any age group. Android is one of the most popular operating systems and platforms today. It has a Java based environment and most of the apps are developed using Java. Even amateur tech lovers can tweak their applications easily by referring to relevant gaming sites. Each and every mobile application platform has a software development kit which does have all the necessary ingredients needed to make a fantastic interactive app or a game. One can start on with Android app development using the Android SDK (software development kit).

 

 

5 Most Popular Mobile Games in 2014

mobile_game_blueprint_reviewMobile games have become popular among gamers and the latest and most popular of these games are designed to take advantage of the better tablets and faster phones and provide more fun than ever before. Of the 5 Most Popular mobile games of 2014, four have yet to be released and 1 has all ready come and gone. Here is a look at these 5 games.

Flappy Bird

Flappy bird was released in 2013 and slowly gained popularity and finally exploded in popularity in February of this year. A week or two later the game was pulled much to the dismay of this games many fans. The game was quite simple to play, you simply moved the little bird through pipes that resembled the pipes in the popular Nintendo Mario Brothers Game. Surprisingly, there was no explanation for why the game was pulled or whether or not a return of the cute little bird will be back.

Third Eye Crime

Third eye crime stars Rothko the Physic thief who has been jailed for stealing art. Of course, he tries to escape, using only his wits, stealth and physic ability. He needs to escape without getting caught or getting shot. The entire game is set against comic book style backdrops and scenery and a Jazzy blues sound track. Each level has another door he has to escape through while avoiding all the guards seeking to recapture him.

The game is due out this spring.

Framed

Frame is a story book puzzle type of game in which you have to rearrange a variety of comic book panels in order to move the story along. The way you arrange the panels will affect the story line and of course if you don’t make the best choices it could end in your demise. There doesn’t seem to a launch date set yet for this game to hit mobile devices.

Jungle Rumble

According to avid gamers Jungle rumble is a mix of Patapon and Donkey Kong jungle beat, only instead of big gorillas you have a group of cute little monkeys who need to defend their area of jungle against an invading monkey family. This game requires a little musicality and great listening skills as you need to use the drum beat in the music to help your monkey family swing from tree to tree and throw coconuts at the other gang of monkeys who want to take over the jungle. Timing is everything if you want to save your monkey family’s home from the invaders!

Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a card game for those gamers who love warcraft. Designed primarily for iPad this game is said to be simple and extremely fun as you need to draw the right cards and use a bit of strategy in order to sling spells, summon creatures to come to your aid, and command your heroes to engage in warcraft duals.

While most of these games are not on mobile apps yet, all are expected to appear this year and be extremely popular among gamers of various ages. It looks like 2014 could be a great gaming year for mobile users.

Mobile Game Development: A beginners guide to start developing mobile games

Mobile-Gaming-Advantages-of-Mobile-Gaming-blog-March-14-2014Well, developing games for a mobile device has always been at the top of the wish list for many mobile application developers. Mobile game development is totally different compared to developing any traditional mobile applications as it requires one to have crystal clear coding fundamentals to fulfill various aspects of mobile game at different stages of development.

While developing a mobile game is quite thrilling experience for mobile game developers, at the same time it becomes very difficult for developers to code the game, specifically for the newbie mobile game developers.

Many beginner game developers often have lack of knowledge regarding mobile game development, which makes it more difficult for them to develop or create an amusing and thrilling game for mobile devices. However, some basic guidelines provided below will definitely help a newbie or beginner game developers to develop more powerful and interactive mobile games.

1) Make sure you know what type of game you want to develop.

Before you start developing a mobile game, it is very crucial that you have an idea about what type of game you are going to develop. There are plenty of choices you have like action games, puzzle games, arcade games etc. So, just decide which type of game you want to develop and choose the target audience.

Just remember, you will be able to find resources or code to develop a game only when you know what type of game you are going to develop. So, choose from the available category and start finding resources.

2) Select the programming or development platform.

Once you have decided what type of game you are developing, now you have to choose the programming language or development platform for your first mobile game development venture. You can either choose iOS, Windows, J2ME or any other platform to develop the game.

No matter what kind of programming language or platform you choose, make sure you get familiar with it. Try to understand the language or platform, its functionalities and mobile devices supported by it. Moreover, get familiar with the APIs offered by the chosen language.

3) Get familiar with the mobile device for which you are going to develop a game.

The next thing you have to do is to get familiar with the mobile device for which you are going to develop the mobile game. Make sure you go through the features offered by the device and understand its specifications like processor type, speed, screen resolution, image format it supports, audio & video support etc.

4) Pay enough attention on game designing.

Designing UI for the game is very crucial and thus, it is very essential for you to pay more attention on game designing. Plan out the game design and start designing the architecture for the game engine class. Take reference from various online game forums and blogs.

5) Sharpen the saw.

“Practice makes a man perfect” and the same is applicable to the mobile game development, so keep practicing and sharpen your game programming skills.

Well, that was all from my end. Make sure you follow all the guidelines discussed above in order to develop more powerful and interactive mobile game.