Mobile Gaming Explodes!

The online gaming industry is nothing new. Players have been enjoying some of the most popular and best games of all time on the internet and if you are one of the millions of players of Everquest or World of Warcraft, then you know exactly what I am talking about. However, the next wave of online games are not on the PC, PlayStation or even the Xbox 360, they are on your mobile phone. Mobile gaming is now becoming even more popular than console gaming. This is no surprise to those who own a smart phone that offers a big screen with touch sensitive surface. These mobile phones are the perfect platform for game developers who want to take advantage of these new devices and offer gamers a more immersive experience than ever before.

If you want to see what the latest and greatest games are for your device you can usually just a take a look in the app store for your device. The Android App Store and the Apple App Store are two of the largest in the industry and they have hundreds if not thousands of professional quality games available to the owners of these devices. The best part is that many of these games are totally free to download and play. In the past game developers have tried to make their fortune off of the sales of their games. However, there is a new monetization method being used. Now the games are free, but if you want to get a head start on other players there are in game upgrades or funny money that you can purchase to give yourself the upper hand in a game. This is proving to be a very profitable method and has been well accepted by the player community.

Mobile gaming will only become more popular and continue to grow as the mobile devices players are using to access these games continue to get faster and offer better quality screens. The mobile phone market is growing at a rate that the sales for mobile devices will pass those of PC’s and consoles pretty soon. This is one reason that the companies with huge development teams are already shifting gears to mobile game development. Angry Birds is one of the most popular games of all times on mobile devices and its simplicity is one reason. However, there are real time first person shooters and other crazy cool mobile games available. The developers that will become most successful in this space, will find new ways to make player interaction even more realistic and fun!

Three Top Mobile Games

With the rise of the smartphones and tablets, mobile games have evolved far past Snake and Tetris. Game developers continue to launch new games for iOS and Android platforms and at present, around 200 games launched everyday for the mobile devices. Countless of minutes have been lost with them and there is no escape from their ability to addict us. Let me introduce three top mobile games now.

Sticky Blocks: This is an Android block sliding game, where the objective is guiding a white block to a corner red square. This game is more challenging as it has blocks of different sizes and colors and a few blocks are really sticky and join together. However, Sticky Blocks allows users to move the blocks in any direction. This app has five levels – Novice, Easy, Medium, Hard and Difficult and there is also a Bonus level available. It offers medals at the end of each puzzle, but the developers have made it really hard to get the gold medal. Sticky Blocks Free needs Android 2.0 or up. There is also a paid version available with 600 levels.

Critter Rollers: This is also an Android game where the players need to guide the critter to a donut. After launching this app for the first time, users need to sign in or register to enter into the gaming area. They can also play as a guest. The cannons would launch the critter, while spikes and lava could spoil the progress. They can guide this creature just by tapping on the screen. No accelerometer controls means no need to tilt the device. Therefore, backward movements are not possible in Critter Rollers. Developers have included two new levels as Easter Eggs and there would be no donuts there. Critter Rollers is available for free and it requires Android 1.6 and up. There is also a Gold Edition available for USD 1.29.

Spy Fox in Dry Cereal: This is an animation puzzle for the iPhones. In this game, users have to play the part of a spy and guide a fox to stop the dairy destruction planned by William the Kid. This treacherous villain William looks to replace the cow milk with his goat milk. The hero is equipped with some slick gadgets like laser toothbrush and suction cuff links and has the support of friends like Monkey Penny and Quack who could provide handy clues to stop this disaster. This game costs USD 4.99. I think the developers should think about the price to increase the reach of the app. Spy Fox in Dry Cereal is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and requires iOS 3.0 or later.

As I told, games apps are launched everyday and they are ruling the App Store and Google Play. These games are really fun, so look for the type of games that you like to play. This list may help you get some good games.

Use of Java in the Development of Mobile Games

One of the most commonly used platforms for the development of Java games for cell phones is the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME). Most cell phones from well-known brands are Java enabled. Leading handset manufacturers depend on Java platform; it has become more of an industry standard in the design and development of mobile games. It has been found to be appropriate for the development of interesting mobile Java games. And there are a number of reasons for this trend.

A free and open platform, the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) is a low-cost option for game development. There are several other reasons which make the Java platform ideal for the development of mobile games. The Java platform incorporates the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP). This means that the constraints and limitations of developing Java games for small devices such as are taken care of. Consequently, the development of games for mobile phones becomes quicker as well as easier.

The security features of the Java platform are also commendable. Applications running on a particular mobile phone handset are not adversely affected by mobile Java games that are running on the same device.

Mobile written for a specific type of handset is capable of running on all other types of Java enabled handsets. This inherent portability of the makes it ideal for the development of mobile games.

Because of all these reasons, the Java platform is being used to design and develop a host of interesting and innovative mobile Java games for different models of mobile phone handsets.