Questions tagged [mobile]

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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3G ISPs blocking TCP protocol on port 80? [closed]

I want to run a custom TCP protocol over a 3G connection for a game. (Amazon server with mobile clients) I decided to use port 80 because hey, it's open. I'm aware that some paranoid ISPs will have ...
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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 would be a Flappy Bird score). You can also list ways and approaches of saving ...
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Mobile Game Development: Supporting Multiple Screen Resolution for iOS

Questions 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 ...
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Simple mobile multiplayer game. TCP/UDP? [duplicate]

I'm tying to dive into multiplayer game programming. The game is quite simple, it's a 2D scroller mobile game, the player need to touch the screen in order to move 1 step and it could contain up to 4 ...
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How to force Landscape Mode Unity3D Android Game?

I am developing a small side project on Unity that will ultimately be for Android but I cannot figure out how to force landscape on the device and when I have tried it out the game just goes all over ...
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I'm making a networked game for mobile. Should I worry about cheating?

I'm in the process of making a racing game for Android/iOS. I'm thinking of implementing a server/client model, should I worry about cheating and make all players communicate with a server of mine, or ...
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How do I find an optimal FPS for best user experience while preserving battery life?

I'm developing an Android game. The "graphics" I'm using need little CPU/GPU, so they run with high FPS. Because saving energy is important on Android devices, I want to limit frame-rate (...
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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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Facebook data exchange for mobile games (multiplayer)

A multiplayer mobile game that we are working on connects players through Google Play and Game Center but we would also like to add an option to play with your Facebook friends and here's the question:...
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Moving pac-man in maze game using objective c

I am trying to develop maze game using objective-c, I want to allow moving the pac-man using swipe method, the user can swipe his fingers on the iPhone to indicate where he want PAC-MAN to go but I'm ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 Surfers....
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 is ...
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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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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 https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/BRAIN?feature=...
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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 ...
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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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board game card spacial events handling [closed]

im implementing a not so simple board game, i have a way to do most stuff (start game handling,turn handling,combat system,movment etc). im having a problem with spacial cards that players draw,the ...
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What image sizes should I use for a mobile cross-platfom game? [closed]

I'm new to mobile development. I use Monogame. What device screen resolutions should I consider to target all Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices? Assuming we have three screen sizes, should I be ...
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What language was used to make Jetpack Joyride? [closed]

As I'm interested in creating games like Jetpack Joyride for mobile devices and so on, I wanted to know what technology was used to create the game. Was it made in Objective-C, Java, Flash or HTML5 ...
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How can I provide access cheat codes or diagnostics for a tap-only mobile game?

I'd like to build several cheat-like commands into my game, mainly for debugging problems that could only be reproduced on the end-user's side. For most games this would be trivial: just listen to a ...
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Controls: Rolling on a ceiling

Currently I'm writing an iOS game where the basic movement is rolling. Technically you make the player turn clockwise or counterclockwise. When you tilt the device to the right, you will rotate ...