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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Creating mobile online game in the fighting genre [on hold]

I have an idea for creating an online mobile game in the fighting genre (PvP). I have searched for similar online games a little bit, but I have not found any. I am thinking I have to create a game ...
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Using Java on mobile, should I avoid object construction to reduce GC overhead?

I new to both Java and game development and working on my first LibGDX game targeting mobile systems. How problematic is the garbage collector in a mobile environment? Should I try to reuse as many ...
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Performance overhead on Non-POT Texture in POT Atlas

Using atlas, we can reduce memory and draw call. And the atlas is usally POT(Power of Two) Texture. And I know non-POT texture have a lot of GPU and memory performance overhead. (link) I have many ...
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How to gain visibility on the Play Store?

Sometime in the near future I'll release my first Android game. It's not going to be anything special, but I'm trying to make it as polished as possible and I would like to know what I can do to ...
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Change Camera Contrast in VR Game

Hello there Firends , I'm developing a Virtual Reality game in Unity. As in every VR game , i have 2 cameras for stereo rendering. I want to show the same object in each camera having different ...
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Using Smaller Textures in Unity on Older/Smaller devices

In Unity, when you have MipMapping selected, will this cause the full size texture to always be brought into memory? I have a game which runs on high end mobile devices with ultra-high resolution ...
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Fixed background on a SurfaceView

I'm currently working on a top-down twin-stick shooter for Android. I've got my player moving around and shooting, but I'm looking to add a large Bitmap background which is larger than the device ...
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Call a native mobile API in Construct 2?

It is possible to use mobile api features in a Construct 2 game (html 5 / js engine) ? I didn't find anything about that on the net, unlike anothers game frameworks like Corona Entreprise or ...
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Automated Polycount reduction on an animated humanoid mesh - any solutions out there?

I was wondering, is there a solution which will decimate the polycount optimally on a rigged and animated mesh whereby the quality of the animation clips wont suffer too much? I am creating a mobile ...
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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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Are there copyrights for board game Risk and can I make the game, or similar, for mobile? [duplicate]

are there copyrights for board game Risk? It's popular and with lots of versions floating around, so I don't know if someone has rights or just for specific version. I'm not planning to make money ...
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Are accelerometer based games a bad idea because it limits playability? [closed]

I'm making a mobile game where the main control mechanism is tilting the phone to control movement. I'm worried that this is a bad idea because it limits how a user must be positioned in order to ...
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Read custom content in MONO-GAME in a cross-platform way

using Mono-Game, i have some custom content files in some binary format (not .xnb) in run-time i need to read the content of those files. i prefer to get a stream, but if something will give me a ...
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Should UI be part of the game-loop?

I can't really find a good answer to this anywhere, I have never worked on games in a proffessional environment and I am wondering; Do these games render their UI in the main game-loop? That is, do ...
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When saving data locally for a mobile game, how to protect it? [duplicate]

I am designing a mobile (iOS/Android) game and I try to save data (such as levels, coins, status) in local files. In this way, I am concerning a case that someone can just copy these files and give ...
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Why I need a backend for a mobile social game?

I'm developing a mobile social game, it's a puzzle with a social layer similar to the one in Candy Crush Saga (limited lives, can send life requests to friends, facebook leaderboards, etc). I know all ...
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How can I rumble/vibrate my controller with libGDX?

The com.badlogic.gdx.controllers.Controllers API only supports getting the input data (which works fine). Is there a way to make my controller rumble/vibrate, possibly using some other classes? I ...
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Best way to constrain character to a path?

I'm in the process of developing a level-based runner for mobile phones, and I've hit a wall when deciding which method to use to get the character to move through the level. Basically - I need my ...
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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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Choosing Language on Mobile Game

Currently I'm trying to localize a mobile game into popular language. Apart from technical stuff (like how to store string and including supporting fonts), I'm a bit confused about designing two ...
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On mobile, where should I save game expansions' assets when purchased in-app?

Say you have a card game and you want to add more cards with an add-on available through in-app-purchase. Where would you save the new cards (e.g. image assets, code)? Of course you could just ...
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How do I show a small sprite being dragged by touch?

In my mobile game, users drag shapes across the screen. Think of it as a classic Lines game, where you drag a dot on the field, or a chess game where you drag and drop pieces. The problem is that the ...
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Scaling issues with mobile devices

Okay, So I know there are many questions about this and I looked around trying to find an issue like mind but I couldn't. So my issue is that I am trying to figure out how to fill the screen with ...
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How do you handle aspect ratio differences with Unity 2D?

I've gotten a lot of answers to this question, but they are all generic and generally not very useful. None of the tutorials talk about aspect ratio and dealing with mobile devices and there are a ...
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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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Mobile game: Optimization only working on some devices / Render big texture causes stuttering after level load

I'm currently optimizing the rendering of the background of my mobile game. The background consists basically of many colored dots. Since the background is static I'm able ro render the whole ...
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NAT punchthrough failed

I finished my game while I was unaware of this error since it only shows up when I disable "WIFI" on my phone and testing it with 3G and 4G. Otherwise, when both devices are on my personal network ...
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Is a game like Subway Surfers suited for 2D or 3D?

I imaginated a mobile game and now I'm getting doubts as to whether its possible for my idea to be developed in 2D. Here's a crude illustration of the game scene: It's pretty much like Subway ...
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Should I switch to UDP for a mobile p2p game when considering 3G network?

I have been making a mobile game that is similar to "Street Fighter" where two players play with each other via Internet. The game sends out a small packet (controller status) to the other party ...
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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games? [closed]

Specifically iPhone/iTouch, Droids, and the new Windows Phone 7? I don't know how to quantify this, or if any research has been done. I am wondering how important the music is to the gaming and what % ...
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Saving Scores on iOS and Android devices using Monogame

Quick question. What is the best way to save a game score in a mobile device (iOS and Android) using Monogame (example game Flappy Bird score)? You can also list ways and approaches of saving scores ...
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How to decide to use OpenGL ES 1.0 or 2.0 for Android? [closed]

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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Make FPS Controller in Unity suitable for Touch? [closed]

I have a standard fps controller in my app that is controlled by default via mouse. What is the best way to make it touch friendly? Is there something that needs to me modified in the FPSController ...
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Anything like AutoLayout for Processing?

So I'm making a game for Android using Processing but I'm having trouble with my buttons not being in the same position when I change the size of the screen, and I'm aware that you can use AutoLayout ...
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Game upgrade launch : Cross-platform release timing

I just finished doing a major upgrade for a old mobile title, that haven't seen an update in over a year. Lots of new content, things are looking nice. Sadly, these days it takes an average of 12 ...
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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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Mobile Game Development: Supporting Multiple Screen Resolution

When designing the graphics of the game (e. g. for iPhone): What is the resolution I should base it upon? Is it the smaller resolution (iPhone4 screen resolution) so that I could scale it bigger to ...
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How to manipulate browser pixels on different mobile devices

I'm creating a board game using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. It's working fine on Desktop browsers properly. But when i load it on Windows phone it's not behaving properly. The resolutions and the game ...
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How to make the damage inflicted to the enemy and the main character more unpredictable

I am developing a small mobile game. The enemy can damage my player by throwing objects at his side, and the player can damage the enemy by hitting him with a bat. For the moment, I am calculating ...
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What's the best phone for game development? [closed]

Yeah yeah I know, best is probably a bad way to phrase this. But I need some pros and cons. I need a new phone and if I'm going to get a smartphone and pay all that money, I better get one that I can ...
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Is there any JavaScript game library good for mobile gaming? [closed]

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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How can I keep two racing players synchronised?

I am working on a Unity mobile game, much like a multiplayer version of Temple Run. I'm seeing a fluctuating network latency (generally 200-500ms) because of the mobile platform. The two player ...
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How do I know if my game's average game session time is too small?

My game has only one life, and the aim is to stay alive as long as possible to get as many points as possible (it's an endless runner). Using Google Analytics I found that players are staying alive ...
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In Unity how can I know which direction is the screen auto-rotated?

From the Screen.orientation description I get If the value is set to ScreenOrientation.AutoRotation then the screen will select [...] automatically as the device orientation changes. This seems ...
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Multi-Resolution Mobile Development [duplicate]

I'm about to start development on my first game for mobile phone (I already have a flash prototype completed so it's jsut a matter of "porting" it to mobile and fixing up the code) and plan on ...
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How do I get the number of online players in a Minecraft server from outside the client?

I know that the Minecraft client can query the server for number of players and maximum players, even when the server properties has enable-query set to false, but how do I do this outside of the ...
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Move an object up while touch is active

I'm trying to move an object towards the top of the screen while the touch is active. This is my current code. When I am touching the screen, the object I'm trying to move just keeps it's place (and ...
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Is there any advantage in using sprite sheets in Cocos2d-X menus?

I am developing a game using Cocos2d-X 2.3 and Marmalade SDK 7.3.1 and I was wondering if there is difference between loading the icon images that will be used in my menu buttons from a sprite sheet ...
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Online RTS Game Architecture for Mobiles [closed]

We came up with an idea for a real-time strategy game for mobile devices that can play with other players over a network. I'm trying to plan out the architecture/protocol required for such as system. ...
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How to make a game like “pewpew”? [duplicate]

I have a question about the graphics of these games like "pewpew", "geometry wars". Pewpew. Visit here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jyaif.pewpew&hl=en How these games are ...