Gaming on mobile devices has become quite popular these days. Between the huge library of games that are available as well as the low cost of entry, everyone has been getting into gaming on their mobile devices.
If you are interested in making mobile games but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you. In this post, you will learn how to make your own Android game from scratch. And we won’t be going through the process of designing a game or developing anything from scratch. We will be using existing games as a base and adding a few modifications to them. So, you don’t have to be a game designer to follow this guide. You will learn how to make your own Android game from scratch.
What is an Android Game?
An Android game is a game that is designed to run natively on Android devices. This can include smartphones, tablets, or Android TV devices. If you are new to the world of Android games, you may be wondering what is the difference between an Android game and an Android app.
To answer this question, we need to take a look at the history of Android games.
In 2010, Android was still relatively new. It had only been around for two years at that point, and it had only been released as a beta version by Google. There were only a handful of devices that were officially supported by the Android OS at the time.
However, there was already a thriving community using Android to create games. This alone shows the potential for Android as a gaming platform.
The first Android games were released in early 2010, and they were very simple. You may have even come across a few of them if you are interested in retro games.
As Android’s popularity grew, so did the variety of games being made for it. Games started taking advantage of the larger screen real estate that a smartphone or tablet provides, as well as the ability to access the Android OS from anywhere. This makes it possible to create games that could not have been made before mobile devices had a foothold in the gaming market.
How to make your own Android game?
There are many ways to make your own Android game, and this is what we are going to cover in this post. We will show you how to use existing games as a starting point, as well as give you some ideas on how to create your own game mechanics.
The first thing you will need to do is pick a genre of game to make. There are a lot of different options out there, and you can’t cover them all in one post. So, you will have to choose a genre that fits the theme of the game that you want to make.
After that, you need to decide on a theme for your game. The theme is what brings your game to life, and it will shape the direction that the game takes.
You should also choose an art style for your game. This will help you establish a feeling for what the game is about.
Design your game first – before coding
One of the best ways to make your own Android game is to use an existing game as a template. You can take any game and modify the code to suit your needs.
Before you start coding, you should think about what you want the game to do and look like. You should also think about how the gameplay should work.
Once you have those two things figured out, you can start looking at code. However, it is important to note that you should not write a ton of code first. You should begin by writing a design document.
Keep it simple (don’t try to copy games)
While you are designing your game, it is important to keep in mind that you are not trying to copy games. You should try to avoid using any assets or code from an existing game. This will help to keep the game design simple, without having to worry about copyright issues.
Optimize your game
Once you have the basics of your game figured out, it is time to start optimizing. Optimizing your game will involve finding ways to make the gameplay as efficient as possible on Android devices. This will require you to look at things like game loop, camera handling, and more.
You will also want to make sure that your game is playable on as many devices as possible. This includes smartphones, tablets, and Android TV devices.
Add In-Game Purchases/Powers
If you are looking to make your game a bit more interesting, you can consider adding in-game purchases or power-ups. This can add a lot to your game and help to separate it from other games in the same genre.
For in-game purchases, you can simply charge a one-time fee or offer a free version of the game with certain restrictions. For example, you can make your game free to play but charge for extra power-ups or access to premium content.
In this guide, you learned how to make your own Android game from scratch. You saw what kinds of games you can make for Android, as well as how to design your game and optimize it.
You also learned about adding in-game purchases and how that can help distinguish your game from others in the same genre. Now it’s over to you to create the next big mobile game!
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Good luck with your games and if you need help, feel free to contact me.