The Best Development Tools for Mobile Game App Creation
For people to create games, they also need to make use of a development platform as well. In this article, I will talk about some of the best game development tools to help you create mobile game applications.
Marmalade is one of the most popular game development tools out there. It allows you to use of Xcode or even Visual Studio as a base and then you can wrap your game in a suitable container that will make it work no matter what operating system the people are using.
It comes with a lot of platform development tools including the “Marmalade Juice”, which makes use of Objective C that allows you to include platform-specific features on any mobile operating system. It also comes with ‘Marmalade Quick’ which is a sort of acceleration tool which allows you to test your games anytime during the development stage.
Despite its robustness, there are two things I don’t like about this. One, you should pay $500/year to use it and two, you have to learn how to use the program given only a limited number of resources.
Corona SDK is another robust development platform. It allows you to use Lua scripting development and it supports the creation of mobile applications for all of the known operating systems today.
One of its hallmark features is that mobile app development is pretty easy given that you will only have to make use of a single codebase. That being said, this SDK is only limited to creating 2D games and since of its coding structure, it might be more difficult to code for and fix.
The basic kit is free to use with the pro version priced at $588 and the enterprise edition at $950.
- Unreal Engine
If you want to develop games with superior 3D graphics, then look no further than Unreal Engine. This game engine has been used in a variety of chart toppers and the beauty of this is that you can create games that work no matter what operating system a person uses.
It is said that the Unreal Engine is going to power the games of tomorrow. However, there are some downsides to this. First, you have to learn how to use it; and boy, it requires a LOT of time to learn this. Second, it would require a pretty powerful PC for you to maximize this development kit. Lastly, it requires you to pay a monthly fee.
Another popular game engine, Unity has been used in a lot of 2D as well as 3D games. It is free to use, but if you want to use its pro version (with obviously more features), then you may have to fork up to $750.
There are a lot of good things to say about this. One, it houses an online database where you can read up certain tips and tricks for you to maximize this tool’s capabilities. Second, it has one of the largest communities out there so you can ask for tips or even ask for help too. And lastly, its free version is pretty good enough so you can start developing your games easily.