Top 5 Mobile Games Development Tips
By now it’s clear that mobile games mean big business and will continue to boom as revenues are expected to hit upwards of $11 Billion by 2014. As more and more developers and talented mobile game enthusiasts develop solid mobile games using the MoMinis studio, we thought it was a great time to look at 5 tried and tested best practices to create compelling mobile games. We believe the 5 tips we’re about to outline below will lend up-and-coming mobile game creators the upper hand when it comes to creating, launching and promoting their mobile games, especially considering the wide variety of handsets currently on the market.
TIP #1: Start at the Top
The first stage of game development is formulating the idea. Invest as much time plotting the game and building the strategy as you will be creating it. Will it be a shooter, action, adventure, action-adventure, role playing, simulation, or strategy game? Once the genre is determined, go to work putting together the concept.
The initial steps should follow this method.
Come up with the Basic Idea
Sketch your idea on paper
Develop the Storyline
Establish the Play Modes
Begin the development process
TIP #2: Design with User Experience in Mind
One of the key factors that have made recent mobile games such big hits is due to user experience. Two main factors come into play when focusing on user experience; game mechanics and free time. Let’s look at both of these in detail.
Gamers need to feel comfortable and familiar with a game’s navigation, straight from the first game play. Gaming on mobile devices works best when only one finger is required to control the action.
A user may routinely play games using the joystick or the number keypad when controlling a character’s movement on screen. Developing a game that makes a character move forward when the user presses the number 9 key is non-intuitive, because the user expects the number 2 key to move forward.
Mobile games are obviously played while on the go or more specifically when there’s time constraints such as while travelling or at the work environment. Make sure your game is engaging and addictive enough that users will want to advance through its stages, but can still jump in and out of the game depending on their surroundings.ji
TIP #3: The Visual Factor
Due to the fact that mobile screen sizes are small, pixels fonts render fairly well. The point is, when you make a game, always deliver an enjoyable visual experience. Good graphics are the ones that don’t distract you from the game.
TIP #4: Level Design
One of the factors that makes some mobile games more successful than others is the difficulty ramp-up. Difficultly should increase each time the player advances through a level. You want to make sure the game isn’t too hard that they’ll get frustrated quickly, or too easy that the’lly get bored. Level design is crucial towards creating a hit mobile game. Even if your mobile game only has one level, you can still increase difficulty by increasing the speed of the game.
TIP #5: Keeping the bugs out
Before introducing your game to the world, it’s highly recommended that you run through it a few times and judge for yourself if all of the tips above live up to your user’s expectations. Once you’re done checking for bugs or any problematic issues, run through the test again. You’ll be glad you did.
We strongly encourage you to jump into the MoMinis community forum and introduce yourself. The best advice we can give you is to learn from other people’s mistakes. Whenever you plan to make a particular type of game, look at similar games. Play them and see what they did right and what they did wrong.（Source：mominis）