Mobile phones are no longer only a communication device; they have emerged to be complete fun and entertainment device with inbuilt games, music, camera etc. Mobile game development is no longer a niche and restricted territory. Each day, mobile game developers are churning out ever interesting and interactive applications. Be it iPhone games or for other handsets, these entertainment apps have come a long way since the first game Snake made its debut in the 1997. With increase in the processing capabilities of mobile phone, mobile gaming has grown leaps and bounds.
One of the emerging trends in the mobile industry is the java games. These days, such apps are being released with multiplayer options with some going 3D, which is being touted as the benchmark of future games. Mobile gaming has thus become a multi-billion dollar industry. Gone are those days when mobile gaming meant a few fun apps installed in the handset.
Some of the corporate houses use these games for promotional activities. They outsource their custom development projects to offshore development centers that develop promotional games. Game developers add heavy ‘call to action’ factor in these games, which increases the revenue, and brand value of these corporates. One of the key advantages of outsourcing is low cost of development owing to tremendous competition in the market.
Popular Mobile Game Development Tools
UNITY- Unity is an integrated authoring tool for creating 3D video games or other interactive content such as architectural visualizations or real-time 3D animations. It can be used for the iPhone games as well as other platforms such as Google Android.
Cocos2D- It is an open source 2D framework being widely used in mobile game development. There are two versions, one written in Python and one written in Objective C targeting iOS. The API comes integrated with Box2D and Chipmunk game engines
Maya- A favorite with developers around the world. Originally used for films, television and PC games it has made inroads into the mobile gaming industry as well. This platform is known for generating awesome 3D assets for games.
Blender Game Engine- This is an open-source comprehensive 3D production suite, used for making real-time interactive content. It has been written from scratch in C++ as a mostly independent component, and includes support for features such as Python scripting and OpenAL 3D sound. It can be used to create online puzzles.
Flash Lite- Flash Lite allows users to view multimedia content. It is nothing but a lighter version of Flash mainly targets mobile devices with heavy graphic processing capabilities. Flash games can be made compatible for the mobile platform using Flash Lite.