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Mobile Game Apps

In all the category of mobile applications available, ‘Game Apps’ generate the highest revenue. True in its own sense as all the other apps that are being used are for some purpose or task. Gaming apps are purely for fun and entertainment. Hence, when these apps are designed and developed, ‘Game App Developers’ have to ensure certain features and characteristics to get enough downloads. Thousands of game apps are released every day and due to the lack of these elements, a lot of game apps are not successful.

A certain segment of app developers & mobile app development companies also believes that the gaming app industry have reached its limit and the point of saturation has arrived as there are thousands of game apps available in all the categories such as action, arcade, racing, card & board, strategy games, etc. However, that might not be completely true as well.

There were few symbolic elements found in the highly successful apps which were recognized by the Indian app developers. The verdict was that to have them in the app is not an option but a necessity.

Cutting-edge Graphics

This is the stepping stone to allure any app user for an initial download and to stay with the app. Nothing will draw players to a game more than graphics and if it is realistic and seamless than the job is done. Though you will have to work a lot on graphics to hit a mark of  50 million downloads to ensure that you have great 3D graphics. Through graphics, a user will come to know about the other great features of the game.

Theme & Sound Effect

Game sounds give a player an amazing feel of the game when mixed with stunning graphics. It keeps the user not only hooked to the game but also provides a unique experience of the game. Additionally, few of the top-notch game apps have game sound and theme music for the app. This feature will attract the onlookers and also helps in increasing the number of downloads.

Immersive Gameplay

If the game could keep a player on the edge throughout the game duration than it has the essential quality of engaging and addictive gaming mode. A gameplay that pulls a player totally into game leaving him/her out of this world will make the user spend more time with the game. Game developers need to understand that sound and graphics works in coordination and leads to engaging gameplay.

Deep Storyline

Is your gaming concept unique? Does your game has a deep storyline to attract players? There are many games such as sports, war games, survival game modes, racing games, etc wherein more could be done with respect to the storyline. For e.g, if it is a football game then one could develop the story around player or manager of the club and the league also. On the other hand, if the game is simple then you definitely need to have a catchy storyline to keep the players attracted to your game.

Real-time Play

Nowadays, the games offer a platform wherein, players can challenge their friends or the other in-game players over the internet. This is quite an uptake as playing against a computer or even better at times than playing offline games. Not that the offline games aren’t favorable as they provide the benefit of playing while a user is facing any network issue or run out of data. However, there is also a rise in the in-game competition, players like the online mode so that they can send challenge requests to friends and other players for a one-on-one duel mode or multiplayer play.

Rankings & Trophies

Another great feature of the gaming app is to have leaderboards, wherein a player’s ranking, trophies, and score are highlighted. If this feature isn’t there then only your friends could watch and see your game progress, however, with leaderboards, your name will be displayed among the best and other players all over the world can also see it.

As everyone tries to enlist their name in the leaderboards by increasing their rank, it raises competition bar higher and the app becomes more interesting and intense.

Different Stages & Levels

If the game has fewer stages and lesser levels than it is easier to clear and usually players can reach at the end of the game within a couple of days. This will actually not serve the purpose. For an app developer wanting players to spend more time with the app and for the longer period has to come up with the numerous levels and difficult stages as well. Keeping more than 100 levels or stages keeps the fun and thrill of the game intact of course when mixed with hard stages.

Game Size

Game app developers have to keep in mind that the game app size should be moderate and as per the need. As most mobile users have many apps on their phones and are usually struggling with the memory space especially with the constant updates, etc. It is advisable to keep the game app size as compact as possible for more user to download and keep it.

iOS Applications

Initially, irrespective of the operating system on which you are trying to build an application but paying meticulous attention to detail will lead you to understand that factors such as terms of language, tools used, work environment, design and even developing cost, all of which play a major role.

Let’s see the points and aspects that need to be taken care of for iOS and Android mobile operating system.

iOS vs Android Mobile Development

The Technical Lookout

Developers with the complete set of technical know-how for both these sets of the mobile operating system is the one that differentiates and can be taken into account while developing the mobile application.

The Development Environment

For iOS mobile development, the Apple devices favoured app development environment is Xcode. On the other hand, Android Studio remains the torch-bearing name for Android mobile development, owned by Google.

Program Compilation

Once the programming phase is over, developers use program compilers to run their code and detect any errors and eliminating ensuring that the apps are working without any interruptions. An emulator is required to check this and for Android apps, the program can be launched as close as feasible to hardware environment. On the contrary, Apple applications can directly run on a quick simulator to perform only the software part.

Hence, it is always advisable to check and test the program or application directly on the device specific.

The Programming Language

Objective-C and Swift language are used for the project under Xcode, while for those running on Android Studio uses the Java language and more recently, Kotlin.

Graphical Interface

The graphics aspect is treated distinctively. As for Android applications, you’ll need XML files that will be called in the code. However, for the iOS, it is mandatory to go through XIB files convertible to NIB before they could be called in the code. When it comes to mobile design, every operating system has its own pros and cons with respect to technical strength to cater to the user experience. However, a rule of thumb, each project is independent and varies based on the preference of the customers.

Back Button

It is important to keep in mind the design perspective and the importance of the back button during the development stages of the application interface. For not being included in the structure of iPhone, iPad or iPod touch could result in consequences on the design of the application.

The ROI Factor

Unless you wish to bring in profits and gain monetary benefits from the app, you can keep it simple as a complementary experience to your app users to increase the number of downloads. But otherwise, you must design a well adapt quality app that can even interest users to pay for the service. You need to take into consideration about monetizing the app or not as early as from the design stage. Whether the app will be free to download, would there be in-app purchases or a ‘freemium’ subscription, etc are the few questions for which you need to be ready from the beginning.

Developing Cost

Cost of developing an iPhone application is a little more expensive as a number of iPhone app developers aren’t that much and those who are available have higher rates. Moreover, Apple developers have to invest in Mac to run the program in Xcode. Also, the app developer team also needs to have complete and thorough technical knowledge.

Developing an iOS Mobile App

iOS mobile apps are developed on Objective-C and Swift language which is powerful and robust. Most of the nowadays apps are completely written in Swift such as LinkedIn, Airbnb, etc. First of all, you’ll need to open a developer’s account. Also, you’ll need to work with an operating system that allows to download and access the API’s- the application programming interfaces.

Junior developers begin with object-oriented programming and also take care of User Interface of the application. On an average, after a year of experience, the junior developer has the ability to develop the interface with the back-end part. The experts of iOS mobile app development are at a level where they are able to solve problems in case of memory leak or rendering problem for example. With enough experience gained, he can extend his field of expertise to the most intense part of application development i.e, manage and sync important data flows with Core Data. Moreover, using an app development company to outsource programming is also beneficial in lots of terms.

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