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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Should I be using Lua for game logic on mobile devices?

As above really, I'm writing an android based game in my spare time (android because it's free and I've no real aspirations to do anything commercial). The game logic comes from a very typical ...
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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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HTML5 Game (Canvas) - UI Techniques?

I'm in the process of building a JavaScript / HTML5 game (using Canvas) for mobile (Android / iPhone/ WebOS) with PhoneGap. I'm currently trying to design out how the UI and playing board should be ...
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Dynamic Memory Allocation and Memory Management

In an average game, there are hundreds or maybe thousands of objects in the scene. Is it completely correct to allocate memory for all objects, including gun shots (bullets), dynamically via default ...
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How does one optimize an HTML5 Canvas and JavaScript web application for Mobile Safari?

I've created an HTML5 Canvas and JS game that runs great on a desktop or laptop in Chrome (30fps), but on mobile Safari I only get around 8 fps. Are there any simple tips or tricks to increase the ...
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Cross platform mobile game design - any options? [closed]

Are there any frameworks or projects that support cross-platform mobile game development? At the moment Titanium does cross platform development, but doesn't support high end graphics APIs, so many ...
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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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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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$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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Is this the right architecture for our MMORPG mobile game?

These days I am trying to design architecture of a new MMORPG mobile game for my company. This game is similar to Mafia Wars, iMobsters, or RISK. Basic idea is to prepare an army to battle your ...
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Best solution for multiplayer realtime Android game [closed]

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 ...
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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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How to handle multiplayer in JavaScript?

I'm just doing a bit of research into tech to use for a mobile multi-player game. It's more an experiment at present so for the moment, the only thing that Players need to be aware of is the other ...
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How does the 3G network assign IP to smartphones?

I am playing a game on the 3G network using Android or Iphone. Suppose I am moving from one cell to another; Will the IP Address change? If yes, then how can I continue the same game while changing ...
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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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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 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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What are pros and cons of different social gaming networks from developer's point of view?

I am developing a game for a mobile platform and I want to integrate it with either Scoreloop or Openfeint. So my question is which of the platforms has better SDK (by that I mean that its has better ...
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What platform is best for Android and iPhone development? [closed]

I've been developing non-mobile apps for linux; mainly stuff like interpreters, compilers, database engines and business apps. I've been told that if I wanted to learn how to develop iPhone/iPad ...
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Legal issues concerning using superheroes in games

Before proceeding on with the idea of developing a mobile game that involves superhero characters from both Marvel/DC Comics, I am taking a serious dip into looking into things from a legal point of ...
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Mobile game monetization idea - pay to remove ads?

Has anyone tried a free app/game with Apple's iAds with an in-app-purchase to remove the ads? Just wondering if this works. A friend mentioned that some apps do this... is this a common and/or ...
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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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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games?

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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What is the best way to debug and profile a web application on an iPod in Mobile Safari?

I've built a web app that makes heavy use of JavaScript and HTML5 canvas. It's easy to debug in Chrome, but on a mobile device the developer tools are much less robust. Is there a tool or technique ...
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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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Which protocol should I use for a networked Pong clone?

I have to design a Pong game for Android. There are multiple mobiles and a game server. Application is installed in mobile. Mobile 1 (M1) can see the movement of bat and ball of mobile 2 (M2) an ...
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What framerate should I aim for on a mobile phone?

The higher the framerate, the better the game looks, but the faster it drains the battery. What's a happy medium? (I'm making a relatively simple 2D game with sprites moving constantly. I want the ...
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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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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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Accelerometer or on screen controls for mobile UI in 3D games? [closed]

I can think of several 2D games which use the Accelerometer successfully, but in my experience as a player, character control in a 3D environment tends to be frustrating. Mostly because a 3D ...
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Is it sound to use javascript for cross platform game scripting instead of lua? I might need web clients for my game

I have been looking around for clues on the subject but I'm not convinced to commit to javascript as my primary scripting language. Currently I have started with lua. But I fear it will be a limiting ...
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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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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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Reliability and suitability of 3G connection for client-server turn-based non-asynchronous game

I am working on an iOS turn-based client-server game and I am concerned with the reliability of the connection and the length of time it takes to establish the connection. The game is turn-based but ...
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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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What term is used to refer to iPhone and Android games?

What do you call games developed for Android or iPhone to differentiate them from games developed for other platforms?
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Optimal data size for a 3G client-server game?

I'm currently working on an iOS turn-based client-server game and I am concerned over later performance issues. How much data per message is too big? I am planning to use JSON to transfer data (and, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Development platform for 2D web and mobile games

Is there a game development platform -- similar to Torque, or Unity -- which can be used to deploy 2D games on the following platforms: Web iOs Android Xbox Live Arcade (Preferred but not required) ...
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Mixing Javascript with C++ for mobile development?

I have a few games for the iPhone, Android, and Windows 8 that I built using native C++. This works great but is really limiting when I try to create menus and start screens. I have read about rapid ...
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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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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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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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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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Client/Server networking for mobile games

I am currently considering the pros and cons of two different approaches for networking an Android game. First, I will specify some details about the game and its requirements, and then I will ...
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Legal and IP considerations with publishers and playable prototypes

I'm almost ready to send a playable prototype of a game to a publisher. I've never worked with publishers. What legal or intellectual property issues should I consider at this stage (if any)? In ...