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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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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what is the basic concept behind online games? [on hold]

I want to make a 2D car race game which the camera on top perspective like this: And i want to let users play against each other online, Is it about sending sprite position data from the user1 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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demographics of paying mobile gamer

I was googling for this now for a while but didn't find any relevant data. Does someone know any statistics of the demographics of mobile gamers that actually spend money on their games? It's clear ...
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Help with Collision of spawned object(postion fixed) with objects that there are translating on screen

Hey guys I am creating a game using Corona SDK and so coding it in Lua. So there are 2 separate functions, To translate the hit objects and change their color when they are tapped The link below ...
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How can I prevent false score reports to global highscore tables?

Browser and mobile games commonly have global highscore tables. It's also common for those tables to contain scores of 2,147,483,647 — where people have figured out the webservice call that ...
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At what point of the game should I request users leave a review?

I'm planning on displaying a dialog requesting users review my Android game, but I'm wondering at what point I should display the dialog. I wont show the dialog until the user has completed several ...
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Box2D collision damage calculation from postSolve or not?

I'm using postSolve to get impulse then calculate damage base on that impulse. But there's some issue: Stability The damage isn't stable. When the same ball is hitting with same speed, the damage ...
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iOS: game with facebook challenges

I created a game for iPad and I want to challenge my facebook friends. I follow the iOS tutorial in "facebook dev docs", with the "Smash game", but it doesn't explain how to challenge a friend ...
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What aspect ratios and resolutions should my mobile game target? [duplicate]

I used cocos2d-x to create a game. How do I need to set up the art so it works on different devices? How many aspect ratios and resolutions should I slice the same image to have it look good on iOS ...
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View-Update versus Model-update

I am creating a game using a relatively new platform called "codenameOne", but I'm actually a software engineer, so this question might be rather basic or odd, but I'm unsure what to do. The game is ...
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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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How can I avoid overdraw-related performance issues with alpha blending on mobile platforms?

I'm developing a mobile game using Unity3D. I'm evaluating different methods to give the possibility to the artists of customizing the environment. They need to add some static dirty on the walls and ...
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Libgdx. Converting Screen Click Coordinates into World Coordinates for 2D Game

I'm using the InputHandler's touchdown method. It gives me my screenX and screenY. Is there a simple way to convert screenX and screenY to world coordinates? By my understanding, InputHandler returns ...
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Games with simple graphics like Dots or 2048? [closed]

I want to try making an Android game, but I'm bad at making graphics. I want to make a game with very simple graphics and I'm looking for inspiration. What are some games like Dots or 2048?
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How can I support both multiple resolutions and multiple orientations in a game?

I am writing a mobile Android and iOS game. This game is similar to Doodle Jump, but without scrolling. In my game I display a background image that should cover the entire screen. On top of that I ...
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Outsourcing mobile app development, but royalty-based?

Terribly sorry if this is in the wrong StackExchange site, but it looked closest to my question. I have an idea or two floating around in my programmer's brain for mobile apps on Android or iOS. ...
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Poor mobile performance when running from Eclipse

So after weeks of thinking my rendering code was bad, I accidentally discovered the following: Running my game on a Nexus S From Eclipse (Debug as -> Android application): 12fps From the device ...
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Should I store ads in the background or recreate them every time I need them?

I am developing an XNA game for Windows Phone 7 and 8. The game is level-based. After finishing each level a screen comes up with a bit of stats summary. I wish to embed an ad in this screen, on which ...