A portable device capable of multiple applications, one of which is a platform for playing games. Mobile phones are the eponymous example of such devices. Distinct from handhelds, which are exclusively or primarily designed for gaming.

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HTML5 mobile game storing data

I am developing an mobile application (in HTML5) that will run on multiple platforms and will eventually have both single and multiplayer options. The current issue I have is the best method for ...
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Google Play 3rd Party Payment Allowed?

Does Google allow 3rd party payment solutions to be enabled in developers' apps (i.e., Paypal, carrier/SMS payment), especially in countries where Google Checkout isn't present? Or does this violate ...
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Checking game objective status in efficient way on each update call

I am creating a 2d mobile game where there are three levels. Each level has 20 objectives. This can increase in the future. Examples: Level 1 Current Objective: 2/20 Objective : Collect 1000 coins ...
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Can “dumbphones” play JavaScript games?

Are JavaScript games exclusive to modern smartphones, or are older phone models also able to play games written in JavaScript?
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Should I target a mobile phone or simulation tools are good enough?

I'm starting mobile development, and I would want to know if it's necessary to target a specific smartphone, or nowadays one can run a simulation that will provide accurate data of how the game will ...
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Not repeating background in platformer [closed]

I need to make not repeating background for platformer. I can't find any description of implementation and I developed algorithm but I'm not sure that it's right. I can't load one big texture per ...
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How to create 2D textures from footage

I am new to game development but I heard, that already in the 80s with Prince of Persia, indie developers where capable to create textures from footage. I am developing a game and so far I get an ...
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How do I simulate a crowd in the stadium stands?

I'm working on a mobile sports game with Unity. I'm wondering how I could create an efficient effect of an audience in the stadium. I know that with more than 15 characters in my games (with 1800 ...
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Disable autorotation if Android has it disabled

I'm making a game for Android in Unity. I wanted the game to handle screen rotations, so I set "Default Orientation" to "Auto Rotation. This works well, except for one issue: If you disable ...
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Unity3D: collider performances on mobile iOS devices

I'm experimenting with Unity3D and colliders. Unfortunately I still don't have Unity Pro version and I can't use the profiler. Consider the following situation: mobile devices (ios, iphone 3GS). an ...
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Server costs and back loading for mobile devices

A company approached me to design an MMO for the mobile platform and I have the perfect idea for them. My question is how much would a server for a FTP game that has both a PVE element and PVP cost? ...
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Adapting Javascript game for mobile

I'm currently developing a Javascript web game for desktop users. It is a sort of tower-defense game that relies on mouse input only, developed on canvas using EaselJS. In the future, or perhaps ...
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Prevent collisions between mobs/npcs/units piloted by computer AI : How to avoid mobile obstacles?

Lets says we have character a starting at point A and character b starting at point B. character a is headed to point B and character b is headed to point A. There are several simple ways to find the ...
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HTML5 as application for tablets?

I'm looking at creating a tablet application (iPad, Nexus, Surface...). I've heard it's possible to create it using HTML5 canvas. I was wondering if it was limited to canvas, if div/input/table can ...
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Is there any map maker for javaME game? [closed]

For the past two weeks I was trying to make a map maker for my java ME 2D RPG game. I failed because i get errors using slick TWL and the forum for this is inactive. So I just wondered is there ...
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Sony PSM SDK's 2D game engine

I have started with the Sony PSM SDK this week, I'm interested in creating a little 2D game and have been reading through the web about a so called "2D game engine" integrated into the SDK. Some ...
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Game Asset Management

I am making my first small mobile game in C# XNA. Lets say I have 3 screens, the main menu, options and game screen. A single game session usually lasts for 1 min, so the user will alternate ...
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Virtual Economy Setup - Virtual currencies advice

I'm trying to figure out how to build my virtual economy. It seems like some games have one currency and some of them have up to 3 and 4 different ones. The game is an action game which is currently ...
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$0.99 or Free with Virtual goods - Revenue Model for mobile games

I'm trying to decide between a paid game and a free to play game. Is there research on the pros and cons of each one. I would really appreciate some concrete data on this and not just opinions. This ...
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In-App Billing Library for Android Game

I'm trying to add in-app purchases into my Android game and it having some trouble figuring my around the Google Play Billing. Can anyone refer me to a good open source reference for how to do that?
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Is an in-app purchase required to unlock game in order to bypass pirating acceptable?

I'm considering writing a mobile game and looking at distribution. The game will have a server requirement, which means I will have to pay for bandwidth, hosting, processor time, etc. Because of ...
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j2me Bitmap font

Well i have found a tutorial how to make a bitmap font from an image. (http://devlinslab.blogspot.com/2007/11/using-custom-fonts-or-bitmap-fonts-part.html). So I have used this code in my game and ...
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Android “Activities” — one or many for games?

I've been learning Android in my spare time, and one of the first things every tutorial/guide will introduce to you is the concept of an "Activity." Everyone loosely defines an Activity as a screen ...
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UDK iOS ; base Class

I want to make a game with UDK for mobile and I wonder if There is any limits? I mean, for example, can I use UTPawn as my base Pawn class when making a game for my mobile(iOS) game? How can I know ...
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Cocos2D game engine javascript is too slow on mobile

i developed a game using cocos2D javascript that works fine on web browsers but when i run it on mobile ( iPhone 4s , android nexus) the FPS was dropped to 20 - 22 on iPhone (max) how to optimize it ...
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What is the “pricing standard” on Windows Phone?

On iOS, I find it is more usual to see light versions of a game for free (with ads and less features) and a full version for a cost and all the features. On Android, I see more games that have both a ...
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More profitable: Android apps or Flash games?

Which market (that of Android games or that of Flash games) is more profitable and will give me a better chance of success? Where can I find the relative market shares of these markets, globally?
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Acceptable sound quality: stereo needed for an Android game?

I have various simple short sound effects (damage sound, dying sound, thunderbolt, fanfare, breaking) for a game that is developed for Android currently. I use OGG files: 96kbps VBR, 44.1KHz, 2 ...
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Best peer-to-peer game architecture

Consider a setup where game clients: have quite small computing resources (mobile devices, smartphones) are all connected to a common router (LAN, hotspot etc) The users want to play a multiplayer ...
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Alternative ways to make a battle system in a mobile indie game more fun and engaging

I'm developing an indie game for mobile platforms, and part of the game involves a PvP battle system (where the target player is passive). My vision is simple: the active player can select a ...
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Box2d Collision problem

I'm not good with words so here's a picture to describe my problem: In my game there is this big ball which the user can move on x-axis only. Now, if the ball is falling like the red one, it's ...
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How do mobile mmo's deal with the graphical resources?

I'm am creating an MMO(probably won't be so massive), and was wondering how to deal with the graphical resources. Obviously, I can't have what could be possibly a few gigs of images and animations ...
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Is there any JavaScript game library good for mobile gaming?

I do not know how should I ask this question. I am a very new in this field. I want to learn game development. I want to learn it for Android and iPhone game development. That's why i was looking for ...
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What is a systematic process for choosing a mobile game engine? [closed]

I am looking for a systematic process or methodology for choosing a mobile game engine for a mobile game project. Intuition tells me that it should be similar in principle to choosing any ...
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AI scheme for 4 player tic tac toe style game

I am about to release an android game that is like tic tac toe, but on a bigger board, and 4 player. Instead of winning when you get 3 in a row, you get points for chains, and the most points at the ...
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What is the average team size for mobile games like these? [closed]

I know that it is maybe too broad question but please give me at least some guidance. What is the average team size for mobile games like in ...
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Good book/resource recommendation for HTML5 mobile game development?

The problem: I am taking an existing, 5 year old, html based MMORTS game and "HTML5-ing" it, "AJAX-ing" it and most importantly, optimizing for mobile devices like iPhone, android etc. For these ...
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OpenGL ES 2 on Android: native window

According to OGLES specification, we have the following definition: EGLSurface eglCreateWindowSurface(EGLDisplay display, EGLConfig config, ...
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Android device - C++ OpenGL 2: eglCreateWindowSurface invalid

I am trying to debug and run OGLES on Native C++ in my Android device in order to implement a native 3D game for mobile smart phones. The point is that I got an error and see no reason for that. Here ...
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Is it worth planning to be cross-platform in mobile game development?

Disclaimer: my goal is not to use cross-platform frameworks like Unity. I am currently planning a mobile game which I intend to first launch on iOS. However, I am wondering if it is better to write ...
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Do you prototype mobile touch games on the desktop with mouse input? What tricks do you use?

So I've been prototyping games that if completed would be mobile apps most likely. But, I'm developing them in XNA on the desktop because its the environment I like the most. I know I could target ...
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How to decide to use OpenGL ES 1.0 or 2.0 for Android?

I started learning some Android development and one of the first things I thought I could make is a simple game. However, I'm faced with one difficult question right off the bat. Should I use OpenGL ...
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Securing a TCP connection on iOS for an MMO

I am currently building an iOS MMO and I'm leaning towards using TCP as my networking protocol over the higher level HTTP (for the speed difference and the fact that it does not require the client to ...
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UX guidance for mobile games

I m in need of some UX guidance if there is any for a game in mobile. for example for pausing the game (assume I m not using iOS) say you want to pause the game and you dont want to loose part of ...
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are there any alternatives to developing android apps other than with eclipse [closed]

Ever since I installed the android sdk and avd manager in eclipse for java developers, it's been pretty simple to create apps for the mobile device. The only issue I have is eclipse is way too slow ...
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Programming a game onto multiple platforms

I just had a pretty good idea for a mobile game and I'm having a little trouble selecting what tools or languages to use for the job. I have experience with flash and AS3 and I know I can put that ...
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3D open source physics engine suitable for mobile platforms (Android and iOS)

I have made some research and found that bullet, ode, newton and some others are open source physics engines that should be portable enough (but I have never tried to comile/use anyone of them on ...
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HTML5 mobile game development vs. native game apps

What is the current state of game engines, frameworks, libraries and conversions related to the HTML5 set of technologies (including CSS3 and JavaScript libraries such as RaphaelJS, Impact, ...
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Best platform for android and ios game? [closed]

Ok, this has been asked before, but not recently, and most of the answers were just 'buy a mac'. So we're a couple guys who've been making small flash games, and now we want to go mobile, and there ...
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Best solution for multiplayer realtime Android game

I plan to make multiplayer realtime game for Android (2-8 players), and I consider, which solution for multiplayer organization is the best: Make server on PC, and client on mobile, all communition ...