With the incredible rise in mobile devices also comes a proportional increase in the demand for gaming apps, and therefore a compendium of people wanting to build their own to share with the world.
Developing game apps is a complex process, which involves several stages of planning, design, and programming and finally, distribution of the app to different mobile devices on many operating systems. Here’s the catch; just because it’s possible and easier to create your own games than ever before, doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.
Just as fiction readers want to write their own novels, avid gamers want to create their own games, but creation of any kind requires lots of hard work, skill and dedication. If you’re up to the task, then take some notes from these pointers in designing the perfect gaming app.
You might have a brilliant idea lurking in your brain and you are convinced it could be a world-beater such as Angry Birds – but do you know who will spend money on your game? It is imperative to find out who your customer is, what they want, and how they want it. This could be done through focus groups, online surveys and outsourcing researchers to find out more. Thinking outside the box is crucial, but bear in mind that you still want the user to understand and essentially, love the game.
Your design should envisage the ideas and first thoughts you had when building the app – the purest form of your app’s existence. You can draw it on a piece of paper, or digitally. If you will not be coding, you have to be able to explain every single detail for the programmer to understand what exactly you want.
You cannot be vague when it comes to an intricate gaming app. You should know everything your app will offer. Make sure your design looks perfect from a visual point of view before you enter the coding phase. The design is the focal point of the app, as users who dislike the design are less likely to continue using your app.
Now that everything looks good on paper, you need the most important piece of the puzzle – the programmers. They are the pillar of app business, and unfortunately, without them, your idea is merely an idea. The hiring process can take a while — you’ll need to post the job, screen applicants, interview candidates, have them sign your NDA (form that confirms that the idea is yours and no one can steal it) and explain your idea; all this before you commence the coding. They might come at a large cost, but making great hires is a future investment for you and it ensures your company’s survival along the bumpy road ahead.
Delivery and Testing
Once the game is up and running, it will take a while to get through all the glitches and issues before the game is ready for general release. Even after that, there will constantly be updates to your game, so the fun will never stop. Make sure to test out your app on as many different platforms as possible, so that when it’s ready for launching you can be confident in knowing your app will do just as well as popular apps such as Mobile Strike, Candy Crush and Fabulous Bingo.
These apps have seen huge success, largely because they have created an experience for the user that is like no-other.