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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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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How to gain visibility on the Play Store? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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limits of tiles on tilemap, for mobile devices?

how many tiles are we allowed to add on a Tile map, using softwares like Tiled , to target mobile devices? Some devices cannot load a texture that exceeds 2048x2048, would you know how a tilemap works ...
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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 ...
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What are the pros. and cons. of different representations a custom geometry format for a mobile based engine?

I am trying to create 3D model importer for my mobile based engine. These are what I am considering: Convert .obj file to text based structure like JSON or custom. So, basically, convert .obj file ...
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Adapting motion controls to changes in the player's orientation

I am using gyroscope data (pitch, roll) to move the player's space ship. It works perfectly as long as you play in a standard position (e.g. sitting down). Once you start using it lying down (e.g. ...
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Android Swipe In Unity 3D World with AR [closed]

I am working on an AR application using Unity3D and the Vuforia SDK for Android. The way the application works is a when the designated image(a frame marker in our case) is recognized by the camera, a ...
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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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Does research exist on the impact of vibration in mobile games?

I've implemented vibration for various player collisions in my mobile game, but I feel like this is not a common thing on mobile even though it is on consoles. Is there any research on the positive ...
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Game with changing logic

I'm planing to develop a puzzle like mobile game (android/ios) with a different logic for each puzzle. Say, for example one puzzle could be a Rubik's cube and another one a ball maze. Many more new ...
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Mobile (bluetooth) connection to wiimote/controller [closed]

Looking to make a game for cross-platform mobile game. (Android, iOS, Win8) Playing with a controller is a pretty important feature. Bluetooth connecting with a Wiimote works, but there are a few ...
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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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Rendering tile maps for mobile devices

Hitting a bit of a roadblock with my game's development and I'm just looking for some outside advice. I'm trying to render a tilemap for my mobile game (Android) and I'm using LibGDX. Now, here's ...
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Profiling the GPU of a tablet

We are working on a tablet game in Unity Pro (for the first time). Unity's profiler works great for probing the CPU, but the tablet's GPU isn't supported in the profiler, so we have no idea where the ...
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Modify game using external file

In Flash, for example, I can place an xml file along with the binary, then if I modify some variable the game will change for everyone. How to achieve something like that in Android? I know that for ...
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Javascript game to Phonegap for android game?

me and a friend of mine are in the process of building a javascrip/HTML5 game and I'm running into a few questions about the process of using converting it to an android game. I plan on using Phone ...
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Improving performance on older Androids

I'm learning to build html5 games for mobile. I'm worried about the FPS animation on older model Android... as I use a lot of setTimeouts to update certain aspects ...
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Handling 3D perspective for different aspect ratio

I have problem for supporting different aspect ratio in developing Mobile Game. I was developing on 2:3 screen which is iPhone 4 (Retina). When I use width and height for screen size and use fixed ...
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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 ...
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GWT for cross device game development [closed]

How does Google Web Toolkit do in deploying to browsers as well as mobile devices, tablets, televisions, etc.? Would a game targeting specific devices be optimized significantly for the device even ...
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Best way to manage sprite sheets on Android using NME

I'm creating a 2D game for mobile touchscreen devices, specifically Android and iOS. I would like to know what is the best way (regarding performance and best practices) to manage sprite sheets. ...
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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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Adobe Air Mobile AS3 app: challenges and how to overcome them?

I made a PC flash game for LD 26 - minimalism and I am working on porting it to Android. Some questions I'd like to ask: Is it bad to heavily use vector graphics (ie. ...
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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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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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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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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: ...
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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 ...