7 Characteristics of a Successful and Profitable Mobile Game

Mobile games have cemented their role into our lives.

Everywhere you look, you’d see someone playing games on their mobile phones. From the person who’s on the subway to someone who’s falling in line for his coffee fix, almost everyone is keeping their fingers busy pushing those phone buttons.

The popularity of mobile games has rapidly protruded like hot mushrooms. Majority of the population have games or two (or probably several) installed on their phone. These games are accessible; you just simply go to the Google Play Store or App Store and download as much games as you want.

Whether you’re a thriving game developer or simply a game fanatic, you must wonder what makes some games better than the others. With thousands of mobile games created, what makes a certain game standout against its ocean of competitors? There may be a plethora of games out there, but the sad truth is that only a few of them are successful and profitable.

What are the ingredients of a successful mobile game? Below are some of the most common characteristics of these games.

  1. Possess The ‘Profitability Formula’

Mobile app industry is undeniably one of the most profitable in the world, with roughly $46 billion worth in 2016.

You could hit a jackpot if you’re able to develop a successful game of your own. The makers of popular games such as Clash of Clans, The Sims, Pet Rescue Saga and so on must have purchased an island in the Caribbean or spent their entire life on a luxury cruise ship.

What’s their secret formula in creating a profitable game?

The three requirements for profitability include:

  • Achieve a huge number of installs
  • Players continue playing the game for a long period of time
  • A percentage of these players are willing to pay for speedups, upgrades or higher status.

So if your main objective is to create a game that could increase your savings account tenfolds, you must have these 3 ingredients in mind.

  1. Has a Compelling Platform

The world has gone mobile.

If you check your mobile phone, you must have tons of applications installed. From your games to your social media accounts and even fitness routine, your phone is crowded with these applications.

Mobile games are not only competing with other games; they are also in competition against 25 other apps. To make your game compelling, you must offer one that has an outstanding platform along with other dimensions.

If your platform is just plain and boring, your app would be swallowed alive with huge competitions such as Snapchat, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Netflix and more.

  1. Socially Competitive Features

We are all competitive by nature. We find anything that promotes competition quite addicting. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of performing against other people and the success of triumph is just simply euphoric.

If you’re trying to create a game, take advantage of this competitiveness. A game where you play alone is good, but a game where you play against your family or friends is even better. If you want to add a critical layer of engagement depth, offer the ability where players can play with and against their friends. Playing on teams with friends against other teams is referred to as “guild/clan” competitions.

Let’s take Clash of Clans for example. This game has been created since 2012 and it is still popular until now. Nothing sounds more fun than expanding your base and upgrading your troops while raging war against other clans.

If you get 6 or more friends to play the same game, you’re more likely to continue playing that game 30 days later.

  1. Be A Brand that Resonates

Another factor that you must consider in creating a game is its core mechanic. Whether your game is about an old gaming IP, film or celebrity match, it should be matching with the core mechanic of the subject.

Deer Hunter is a popular hunting brand while Cooking Dash 2016 is the leading game for lovers of food and hospitality. Your game will have exponential growth if it resonates with your audiences.

  1. Has an Element of Surprise and Delight

How do you achieve the element of surprise and delight?

You can do this through the innovation of presentation, graphics and core game-play mechanics. Your game to be successful should not only be perceived as “new” but it should also be understandable and recognizable. Having these qualities will make your game popular among gamers and non-gamers alike.

A perfect example for this is Glu’s Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. It’s an innovative concept for fans of fashion, fame and climbing your way to Hollywood popularity while blending the virtual and real world of the life of Kim Kardashian.

  1. Include ‘Monetization Depth’

Who does not want to get something for free?

While a huge fraction of players won’t spend a dime in a free-to-play game, a small portion is only willing to pay $1 to $10. Among those that are willing to pay though, a small fraction of them are willing to spend hundreds, thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetime of engagement.

If you want your game to profit, listen up.

You must include monetization depth as an element of your game. Your players must be able to purposefully spend money on upgrading dimensions of items in a game, with recognizable differentiations between and among the various spend levels.

  1. Be Frequently Updated

The success of your game should not stop upon its creation.

Yes, you may have created a game that appeals to lots of players, but you must constantly update it as well. This means only large updates with additional contents, levels, characters and items.  Daily or weekly live events are also effective in enticing players to keep coming back.

Your game should stay updated to what’s the current trend. For it to be included in the top 25 apps on a player’s phone, you must compel your players to log in and play daily.

Smartphones have dominated the people all over the world. Click here to read more how iPhone Mania is everywhere around the globe.

 

What You Need to Consider When Choosing iOS or Android

If you compare the latest models of Android and iOS, such as Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, there’s not much to choose from anymore. Both of these gigantic mobile phone companies offer the same apps with almost the same approaches to quick settings and notifications. Even the appearance looks identical; you can easily confuse one with the other.

Because of so many identical features that they borrowed from one another, you might think that choosing iOS over Android (or vice versa) does not seem to matter anymore. After all, why bother when they almost have the same features?

This may seem rational, but if you take a closer look there are three main ways where the mobile platform of Apple is different from Google. Let’s take a look at these factors and see why your choice of smartphone OS is still important.

  1. Privacy

Over the last few years, Apple has been proud to introduce the user privacy advantages if you go with iOS. According to Apple, more of your data gets stored securely on your device and less is sent to the cloud. In the first place, Apple does not want to collect as much of your data as possible. You can click here to know more about the privacy policy of Apple.

A lot of data that are sent to Apple are made anonymous and aggregated, including map locations and search queries. Your anonymity is not applicable to all of their apps and features though. For example, if you want to use “Find My iPhone”, Apple would require you to enter your details such as your name and phone location so that it can help you reunited with your phone.

This is called “differential privacy” where Apple scrambles all the data collected so that it can’t personally identify a person. According to Apple, this means “we see general patterns, rather than specifics that could be traced back to you.”

Google, on the other hand, wants to gather as much personal information as possible to create much more personal services. You can learn more about Google’s Privacy here.

Though Google collects as much data that can be linked to you personally, they claim that these data are used responsibly and only in a helpful way. According to Google, “We collect information to provide better services to all of our users—from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you’ll find most useful, the people who matter most to you online, or which YouTube videos you might like”. In other words, Google needs to get to know you better so that they can provide a more personal service or help generate more relevant results if you use Google search. It’s up to you if you want to trade off your privacy over more personalized service.

Apple has a firmer stand for user privacy while Google promises to handle your data responsibly. The decision boils down on how much trust you have for these giant tech companies.

  1. Compatibility

Apple really wants its users to use Apple software and hardware and nothing else – as evident to its latest product which is the HomePod. This Siri-powered smart speaker offers no support to Android or Spotify (unless you use Airplay). If you don’t like variations or choices, iOS is fantastic for you.

Rather than specifically focusing on iOS and Android, let’s take a look at the whole ecosystem. Once you’ve started investing in Apple devices, such as Apple TVs, HomePods and iCloud, you would be having a hard time getting out. Google on the other hand, enables you to easily jump between platforms, whether that’s Windows, macOS, iOS, Android or Chrome OS. If you make a switch from Android to iOS with a Google account, you can only get your calendars and emails set up on Android but Apple Photos, iCloud or iTunes are not supported.

Your choice of getting compatible devices actually ends up bigger with iOS as other manufacturers have to offer their support. If you have iOS, you can have beam content to your Apple TV or Chromecast, choose an Android Wear or Apple Watch for your next smartwatch or send audio to an Amazon Echo or HomePod. These devices are not on your options if you go for Android.

If you’re currently on iOS and think that there is a possibility that you change your sides to Android, it’s a smart idea to use Google for your services and apps.

  1. Security

When it comes to security, more favors are stacked heavily in Apple. Android devices don’t only attract more malware but they get through more often. Also, security updates are slower in rolling out.

Though iPhones don’t have invulnerability when it comes to hacking attempts, they are more secured and tightly locked down. Though there are some restrictions with using some apps, the downfall of this limit is outweighed by its benefit of malicious apps not having control over your device so easily.

If you’re using Android and wants maximum security, it’s important that you take extra caution. Stick to the Google Play store and buy from a reputable vendor only.

A little bit of a bad news to Android users though – malware authors are more likely to target the operating system of Google. This is probably because there are more devices to attack, fewer hoops to jump through and more devices are running on an outdated software version. These security vulnerabilities offer so much potential for hackers to target Android.

Android is working on how to improve their security feature. This is evident in a recent update where apps are now scanned automatically from the Play Store appp, with any suspicious activity being flagged and stopped. According to Google, there’s an improvement in lowering the percentage of Android devices that had potentially harmful apps on them. 0.05% may seem to be an improvement from the previous year but this number is still too many.

iOS still remains to be on the lead when it comes to their security feature.

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Tennis Star Cup: 3D Tennis

If you wanted to play tennis without going out, feeling the scorching sun, dressing up in sports attire, and holding the tennis racket and ball, then this game is the answer to your wants. Tennis Star Cup is an online game developed. The game is created using the Unity 3D engine. It is a 3D tennis game created to allow players to play tennis without going outside. Play tennis using simple controls. What is important in controlling the game is that you know how to handle the mouse well. Since the game is controlled using the mouse, you need to have a good grip and timing. Good grip and timing are used in the real tennis game, so Tennis Star Cup is as good to play as the real tennis game. It ensured that even if the game is played on the screen, it would still make the player feel like playing it in real life. The details of the movements of the players, the audience, and the chair umpire are all elaborate and consistent. The game uses the top-down style so that the players could get a good view of the game.

How to Play the Game

There are three modes offered: Warm-Up, Tournament, and Challenges. If it is your first time playing the game, then you should hit the Warm-Up mode first to familiarize the controls and the game in general. You could also use the Challenges mode for the same purpose. If you feel that you are ready to take on the Tournament mode, then you are good to go. You will know where the ball will go because the spot where it is about to fall will become lighter than the rest of the ground. Your score will be displayed on the monitor located at the upper left of the screen. On the other hand, the score of the opponent will be displayed on the monitor located at the upper right of the screen. You could only select one character per match, so choose well.

Characters in the Game

Before the start of a match, you get to choose among the four characters available to use in the game. The characters are Andy, James, Gabriela, and Steffi.

If you want to watch the video of the walkthrough of Tennis Star Cup, then please click here. You could also read about Playdom by clicking this link.

Animal Planet: Orangutan Island Adventure, How an Orangutan Survives in the Wild

Animal Planet: Orangutan Island Adventure is a game which promotes the awareness of how animals live in the wild. You could create an account by signing in to save your progress and settings. If you have an account in the game, then your name could be displayed in the Leaderboards if you get one of the best scores. However, if you do not want this, then you could opt not to create an account and just play the game.

The life of an animal is different in a zoo, in a rehabilitation center, and in the wild. Life is much harder in the wild compared to other places to stay because survival is extremely important there. If an animal is in a zoo or in a rehabilitation center, then it is fed and protected by humans. However, if an animal is in the wild, then it is exposed to predators and needs to fend for itself. You will be given three chances to finish the task of the level. The yellow bar at the lower left of the screen reflects the energy of the orangutan.

The game is centered on an orangutan that learns how to survive in the wild. It will learn foraging and other survival skills with your help. The objective of the game is to collect the needed fruit points before the night falls. Aside from the random predators hidden in the area, there will also be other challenges for the orangutan such as spines and the need to transfer from tree to tree or branch to branch using the dangling vines. The orangutan must be able to return safely to its nest before the night falls because there will be more dangerous predators that lurk and are more active at night.

Basic Instructions in the Game

You will use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to make the move the orangutan horizontally in the game. The up and down arrow keys are used to make the orangutan move vertically. Hold the down arrow key to drop the orangutan straight down. Be careful when using this key because you might fall straight to predators below. Use the spacebar to jump and to transfer from vine to vine or branch to branch.

If you want to watch the demo of the Animal Planet: Orangutan Island Adventure, then please click this link. Click here to know more about Playdom.

Fluid: Can you play with circles strategically?

Fluid is a game developed for MTV. The game has two modes to offer. The modes are Normal Mode and Scenario Mode. You will be given five lives at the start of the game. You should be able to accomplish your task within a minute and a half. There is a limit on how many circles you are allowed to make.

How to Play the Game

You could navigate through the game with the use of your mouse. The objective of the game is to fill in the shape with circles within the time limit. There will be a different shape to fill in every level. The percentage at the bottom part of the screen shows how much of the space is filled in by the circles. The challenge in the game is to avoid the thorn-like obstacles that move randomly inside the shape. Aside from moving randomly, the thorns also move fast which means that you should make your circles as fast as you can while avoiding them. Once you have finished inflating a circle, it cannot be burst anymore. This means that you could use the circles to trap the thorns to make the game easy for you. This game requires strategy and fast hands. Even if you know how to play the game but cannot control the mouse well, then you will still have a difficulty in playing the game. You also need to know when to stop inflating the circles before it bursts. The difficulty of the game increases as you progress through it. To get a big score you must not use all of the circles, not use up all your hearts, and finish the game as quick as you can.

You could also see the scores of others through the Leaderboards. It shows the names of the players with the best scores in the game. Aim to be included in the list. You could do this by frequently practicing until you can perfectly get the highest score possible. The game only requires you to play using the mouse. It is easy to understand and could make you sit in front of the screen for a long time. You could watch how to play the game by watching its gameplay that is available on Youtube by clicking this link. To know more Playdom, please click here.

Playdom History and Games

If you have used Facebook, Google+ and MySpace you will surely have come across the games of Playdom.

It was founded on December 6, 2008 and was a part of The Walt Disney Company. Some of their popular games were:

Disney City Girl (now renamed “City Girl Life”)
Disney Words of Wonder (now renamed “Words of Wonder”)
Gardens of Time
Kitchen Scramble

As well as:
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon (GotG)
Social City
Armies of Magic
Big City Life
Blackwood & Bell Mysteries
Bloodlines
Bola
Botkin’s Hidden Cove
City of Wonder
Deep Realms
Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers, Ghosts of Mistwood, Gnome Town, Hidden Worlds
ESPNU College Town, Return Man, Sports Bar and Grill
Fish Friends
Full Bloom
The Incredible Machine
(Lil) Farm Life, (Lil) Green Patch
Market Street
Marvel: Avengers Alliance, 2, Alliance Tactics
Mobsters – Facebook, MySpace, Overdrive, 2: Vendetta, Criminal Empire
My Vineyard
NBA Dynasty
Pet Resort
Pirates of the Caribbean: Isles of War
Poker Palace
ScribbleMix
Sorority Life – Facebook and MySpace
Threads of Mystery
Tiki Farm, and Resort
Verdonia
Wild Ones

There are a lot of things to consider if you are a mobile game developer. As you can see from the Playdom example, a lot of games can be produced.  For more interesting news click here.

Bola: Soccer Game on Facebook

Bola is a sports game developed and published by Playdom and is available to play on Facebook as its platform. It was released on the eighteenth of January last 2010. It could be played using the third-person perspective. This means that it allows the player to look at everything in the field, the goal, the players, and the opponents. This view gives the advantage of knowing what is happening on all sides. The aim of Playdom was to make Bola become one of the top sports application on the Facebook platform.

How to Play the Game

The game will allow the player to control a team. The player could also play the game with friends or other Facebook users. The player could only play with random opponents if they are on the same level. The competition will be indirect because the player will have the match against the AI. The opponent could also have the opportunity to replay the match. The match will have a winner only if both players have played it and the best play counts. The player could also earn money through sponsorship. The money could be used to improve the stadium or to purchase other facilities that could unlock the other features of the game such as training players. As mentioned earlier, the perspective used in the game allows a wide view (top-down) and offers an arcade-style gameplay. The player cannot play the game for a long time because there is a limitation to the number of matches that could be played in a row. If the player wants to play the game but has already reached the limit of the number of games allowed to play in succession, then there is no other way but to patiently wait for the next set of matches.

According to the game developers, the game will also be appealing to the international audience because of its features and design. The game is simple, addicting, and user-friendly. Its features and settings are easy to understand and adapt to.

There are also other games that are similar to Bola, if you want to know about them, you could click this link to proceed. If you are interested in reading the news on iPhone, then please click here.

List of Games that are fun

The list below contains few of the games that I personally enjoy.

  1. Animal Planet – Orangutan Island

The game is all about the life of an orangutan in the wild. The game will test your foraging and survival skills that will determine the orangutan’s life in its habitat. Instructions are provided in the game to guide the player. The game begins with a goal for a certain level. For example, the orangutan must be able to collect at least 3000 fruit points before returning to its nest. The orangutan must be able to return to its home not later than three minutes.

  1. Bola

The game is an online soccer game available on Facebook. The objective of the game is to score more points than the opponent before the time runs out. The player could select which team will be used for the game. The player could receive money through sponsorship which will then be used for improving the stadium and other facilities.

  1. The Cho Show Game

The game is centered on Margaret Cho and Glam her squad entering a maze to collect coins and puppies. The player could navigate through the maze with the use of arrows which the characters will follow. There will be obstacles along the maze, likes holes which should be avoided by Margaret and her squad. To get a high score for each level, you need to plan out your moves so that Margaret and her friends could get out of the maze early while collecting the coins and saving the puppies.

  1. Flash 3D Multiplayer Shooter

In this game, there could be more than one player on a server. This means that you could play against other players too. The objective of the game is simple, to be the last player standing. This game requires strategic thinking and wise navigation of the controls. You only need the mouse to play the game.

  1. Pepsi Footvolley

This game is a combination of football and volleyball. The player will form a team with two characters to start the game. The opponent will be set up randomly. The team with the most points wins the match.

  1. Lego Agents

This game is created with the Daiquiri Game Maker. It is a 3D game about agents chasing a villain. The agents will get to use high-tech vehicles. There will be a total of five levels to finish.

  1. Lego Exo Force

You could only choose one of the four robots to play the game. The robots are Hayato, Takeshi, Hikaru, and Ryo. You could modify their weapons and your mini-bot. The game will only end if you defeat the biggest robot in the level. You should be able to hit while dodging the attacks of your opponents. The more robots you defeat, the bigger your score gets

  1. Lego Indiana Jones

You will go on adventures to different places with Indiana Jones by playing this game. The objective of the game is to collect coins and other treasures as you avoid the obstacles while finding the exit. There are several levels to complete and you could also read about Jones’ bibliography in the game. Some of the gamers who played the game said that this is one of the best games.

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2D2

There will be instructions for the game that will appear before the game starts. Use your lightsaber to destroy objects that contain gems, and to fight against the opponents. Collect the gems as many as you can while finding the exit to proceed to the next level.

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First Footvolley Online Game Ever

Have you ever wanted to play football and volleyball at the same time? Or have you ever imagined these two sports combined? A game called Pepsi Footvolley using the Unity 3D engine was developed. It is an online game that combines the field rules of volleyball and the touch rules of football. There are six famous characters to choose from before the start of the game.

Characters

The six characters all have unique stats and it all depends on you on who will you choose. These are a few of the characters and the description of their stats.

George: almost full power, skill, and speed; greatest strength is his skill

Mirko: more powerful than George, skillful and is a bit slower than George; greatest strength is his power

Billy: less powerful than George, skillful, and is the fastest player among all the characters

Slavka: more powerful than Billy, almost has the same amount of skill and speed

After selecting your player, you get to choose a partner among the other characters left.

After Choosing the Characters is the Game

After selecting two characters for your team, the opponents will be randomly matched against you. The game will use the third-person perspective to allow the player to see the game from all sides. This is an ideal perspective for the game. There are special moves that could be highlighted with a slow motion. Once the ball touches the court of the opponent it means you get to earn a point. The team with the most number of points wins the game. If the game gets tied, then another match will decide the winner. The game runs smoothly and has elaborate details to its graphics and sound effects. The game does not require energy or anything else for you to play. You could play the game anytime and as long as you can.

You could register for the game to save your account. You just need to input your name, email address, password, city, and country. If you already have an account, then you could simply log in with your email address and password.

Overall, the game has a summer vibe since it is set on the shore of a beach and the audience is wild for the game. If you want to know more about it, then you could watch this video of its walkthrough. If you want to be updated on the news about iPhone, then please click here.

The developments of the gaming industry and investments

The mobile gaming market is expected to generated up to 50 billion USD by 2015. If this is true and strong performance keeps on, it would be possible by 2020 to even reach 100 million USD.

Of course with gaming, also PC and Mobile devices and their gaming hardware will rise steadily. By 2020 also it is expected to grow into a 50 billion USD industry.

Mobile games are on the rise while PC games and console games are having trouble. Due to the amount of mobile devices and the free gaming option, less and less people are playing their games on PC. While it is true that PC Games usually have better graphics and longer gameplay, for the average player it matters most that the game is free and can be replaced by another game easily.

Still console and PC games are very popular. After all tournaments are usually held with such, and the biggest and best game developers will continue to rely on better hardware than is available on mobile phones.

On the other hand, web games are on the decline. The limits that are set by browser games are just too vast to compare with the beautiful graphics that are possible via other means. It is expected that the sale of mobile gaming software will outpace the sale of all other games by 2050, especially with VR and AR becoming more broadly available.

You could see the different demos for the games made through this link.