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Mobile Game development process: How Mobile Games are Created?

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The creation of mobile games, though a busy process, but very time consuming. After all, to make the game unique, with its original concept and idea, you need to invest a lot of effort, time and patience.

Modern mobile devices allow you to implement the most daring ideas in the development of mobile games. On the one hand, this expands the boundaries for activity, on the other hand, it complicates the process due to the fact that you have to invest a lot of effort and money to create a competitive product. You can’t do without a team of like-minded people who love their work, who will be focused on their result. Enjoying your own and team achievements is an important component of a successful project. 

Mobile game development stages

Mobile game development stages

Creating mobile games can be divided into several stages:

1. Study the market, come up with an idea

At this stage is the study of demand / supply and from the information obtained, you can deduce the most popular and most frequently requested games.

2. Choose a category for the future game

Quizzes, action games, puzzles, word games, board games, and more. At this point, the developer mostly listens to personal tastes.

3. Work out the process and mechanics

Creating the meaning and “stuffing” of the game. One of the most interesting stages, which gives us in the future the scheme of creating a game and how it should work.

4. Choose a platform

Well, in this matter, the choice isn’t great, if we are talking about official sites, AppStore, PlayMarket or Google Play.

5. Create a great design

The task of the designer – to create “something” that can attract the appearance and will not be annoying during the game.

6. Make the game structure

In this way, it needs a lot of regards to set up something similar. While planning the design, you need to focus on the illustrations, climate, surface, and different objects of the game. Choose if you will utilize 2D or 3D assigning. And at this stage, the development of the scheme on which the game should work begins.

7. Build a monetization plan

One of the main aspects in the development process. It’s important not to go overboard with the amount of advertising, but also not to devalue your work and product.

8. Develop a mobile game

And perhaps the most difficult, but most interesting development process. Creating different code variations and testing them.

9. Test your game

Testing every module and every part of the game during the whole process.

10. Release the game app

It’s about reading rules of the stage? Where you want to send your application. You have to study every aspect of requirements and then submit your app for review.

11. Support And Maintenance

It’s the last stage, where you have to maintain your app and give answers to questions and help people who need it.

All of these points are integral steps in the development and implementation of mobile games. 

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Top 3 mobile game engines

mobile game engines

No mobile game can be created without an engine. We have highlighted the top 3 engines for creating mobile games. Among them:


Unity is the most popular engine. An integrated development environment that offers multiplatform game creation tools. It includes a large number of features, preinstalled models, textures, documentation. Developers use this environment to create anything from simple to AAA-class titles.
Thanks to the new update of Unity, which the base is constantly evolving, creating a character makes it more plausible like in reality. This update is a great addition to the engine, making it one of the best.

Unreal Engine

The definitive game development engine for AAA titles. There are two main tools used to develop a mobile game with Unreal Engine: traditional C++ and visual Blueprints that help you quickly understand the game logic.


Solar2D allows game developers to build 2D mobile apps. It is a free cross-platform 2D game engine and framework suitable for creating both games and apps for iPhone and iPad, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Windows, macOS, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV.  Solar2D  Lua based game engine with a focus on ease of iteration and usage. It’s a free to use engine with open-source. Also Solar2D  supports game development across multiple platforms.

How long will it take to create a high-quality mobile game?

Of course, it all depends on the complexity and functionality of the game. The more complex the game, the more time is needed to develop it. On average, creating a mobile game from idea to release, takes 5 to 18 months of hard work. If you plan to create and develop a relatively small functional mobile game, you can count on 3 to 5 months.

The process of mobile game development allows developers to express themselves as creative people and make it clear that their mobile games make other users feel good. After all, with each passing day mobile, game development is rapidly evolving more and more. And the number of mobile game players is increasing every year, which demonstrates the increase in demand.

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