Mobile Games Development: Its Latest Trends and Future Prospects

Mobile 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).

Development of 3D apps and mobile games is very much in demand today, much like the demand for Xbox games and PlayStation games. Most analysts agree that in the near future, an average user would be able to have much more interactivity and fun within the mobile itself. Though the 3D gaming experience is at a nascent stage, do not be surprised if 3D games get found in most smart phones in the near future.

Some of the trends related to gaming include:

Java is the most popular gaming platform which is ruling the roost today. But with subsequent competition with other platforms, the trends might change rather drastically.

Multiplayer apps like chess and poker are preferred by the online audience, especially those who frequent on social media. The common gaming platform allows people of a group to compete with absolute strangers too.

Mobile games are also used in many promotional and advertising campaigns wherein the user can play games and even shop from their favorite merchandise.

The emergence of portals which are selling games is on the rise too. The games are quite affordable to the average user and the demand makes it a win-win situation for the buyer and the developer. Different mobile games based on different genres like action, adventure, racing, puzzles etc. are available online.

Mobile Games in the New Millennium

The days of Atari, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 are long gone! However, they have paved the way for the future of video gaming. These stand alone systems provided graphics that beat that of any other device, however, there was no mobile capacity and gamers needed to actually be present to play one another. Soon super computers stepped in, and allowed gamers to play other games on the other side of the Globe. Thus, Microsoft Xbox and PlayStation begun to introduce internet capacity for game play and tournaments online and around the world.

As the world begins to shift towards the mobile era, we have phones and mobile platforms that can all that will be able to all that and more! PlayStation PSP still remains one of the best mobile gaming devices, however, Apple is fast approaching with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. While the iPhone stirred developers to create new applications that would solely be for the iPhone, the iPad has a much larger spectrum of opportunities for gamers. Not only is the screen bigger, but the iPad and future generations should be able to run games that were developed for other platforms, and not only mobile platforms. This is what I call mobile convergence, and it’s when all gaming devices converge and become open for use on multiple platforms. If your a gamer and don’t like playing games on the iPhone, you may want to wait until the second or third generation of the iPad.

So get ready mobile gamers, convergence is soon upon us and I will see you on top of the Global leader boards!

The Rise of Multiplayer Mobile Games

With the increasing popularity of mobile games, more options are becoming readily available for users. Multiplayer games have already been a huge success on consoles and PCs. Now, their numbers are increasing for mobile devices as well. Technology such as Bluetooth and 3G allows more and more players to connect and enjoy some friendly competition.

One reason why this type of game has been so effective is that mobile users like to stay connected to others via their devices. These socially minded people are much more likely to engage in gameplay that allows them to interact with other players instead of opting for single player options. Rather than challenging a generic computer opponent, they’re able to test their skills against other people.

Multiplayer games do not have the same diversity as single player games, but there are quite a few options available. Some of the most popular multiplayer games have a gambling theme, such as blackjack or poker. Others feature well-known classic games such as Checkers or Chess. Many of these multiplayer games are often based on console or PC games. The themes and gameplay for these mobile games offer similar, yet scaled down versions. However, with most game companies targeting casual gamers instead of hardcore gamers, the lack of high-quality graphics has not been as much of an issue. Also, the focus on casual gamers gives game companies a wider net to cast when promoting their products.

As mentioned earlier, technology has also been an important factor in popularizing multiplayer games. The earliest versions of multiplayer games only allowed two players to compete due to the limits of Infra Red technology. Thanks to 3G, it’s now possible for large numbers of people to participate in these games. Although Bluetooth does not have the same capacity as 3G in terms of numbers, it does allow a handful of people to play at the same time. With the improvement of technology, the demand for multiplayer games has increased accordingly.

The latest trend in multiplayer mobile games is the development of MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games. TibiaME, made by CipSoft, was the first of these to be released. This real time game allows you to explore and fight your way through the world of Tibia. Much like Blizzard’s highly popular World of Warcraft game, you can team up with others to perform quests or fight them in PVP, or Player vs. Player, mode.

Recently, Smart Cell Technology was developing a mobile version of the PC game Shadow of Legend. This game would have many similar features as TibiaME, along with some improvements. If it is completed, it will be the first cross-platform game to allow gamers to share the same account on their PC and mobile device. Due to a problem with 3D graphics, however, development has been suspended for the mobile version.

Multiplayer mobile games have come a long way from the original 1 to 1 player ratio. Being able to compete against several other players has given people the chance to interact more and enjoy a greater sense of satisfaction when defeating opponents. Multiplayer games are providing mobile users with another reason to stay connected and another way to get the most enjoyment out of their mobile devices. As demand continues to grow and improvements continue to be made, the popularity and quality of these games will continue to rise.