Mobile Games

How to Use Match-Three Mechanics for Great Games

Puzzle Quest
Web games and smartphone apps have been using the match-three mechanic for a few years, but recent games have carried it beyond the obvious Bejeweled-style titles. The mechanism — where a player matches up three or more tiles to make them disappear — is quite extensible, with varying starting positions and possible outcomes. Most games use an 8 x 8 grid, but other sizes work. The beauty of the match-three mechanic is that a skillful and quick-thinking player can win against a more… continue…

iPhone 5 Display Makes iOS Apps ‘Gorgeous’

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Cat Miller
The iPhone 5 ushers in the era of widescreen iOS apps and games. It’s not just about seeing more content on the screen. It means that optimized apps will look gorgeous on widescreen televisions. And think of what that means for games. Images: Bigstock

Growing Niche in Developing Mobile Flight Simulators

Xplane-9 Flight Simulator
Laminar Research claims its X-Plane 9 flight simulator app is the “most flexible and realistic on the market. After loading it onto my Asus Transformer Prime, I have to say I’m very impressed with its level of sophistication and straightforward operation. And it made me think there may be some good opportunities in this niche. My frame of reference is Flight Gear, the popular open source flight simulator for Linux. Flight Gear offers realistic aerodynamics and great scenery. I’ve been… continue…

How the iPhone 5 Changes Mobile Gaming

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iPhone 5s
Apple’s new iPhone 5 beats its predecessor in almost every way. With a 4-inch display, it’s the first of the line to depart from the conventional 3.5-inch screen size, and the first iOS device to sport a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Sure, that’s nothing to shout about. High-end Androids have had rocking 720p displays for quite some time. But to the iOS app ecosystem, this is a big deal. The iPhone 5 ushers in a new era of widescreen iOS apps and… continue…

Pac-Man Goes Online as Open Source

It’s possibly the most famous arcade game. Pac-Man, launched by NAMCO Bandai in 1980, took the world by storm, generating a wide following, a top-10 hit single and an animated television series to boot. It’s also the world’s most recognized video game character, though I’d be surprised if maybe Mario doesn’t come close nowadays. Now, there’s an unofficial open source clone in HTML5/JavaScript that stands out from the crowd as a historical tribute and accurate remake. It can be played online… continue…

How Google Play’s Taming Aggressive Apps and Ads

Google Play
Aggressive, non-relevant ads, along with a host of other questionable content, will soon be a thing of the past in Google Play. In an effort to tighten the reigns and eliminate rogue apps, Google has developed a comprehensive set of content requirements that each one must adhere to in order to remain available. The rules were developed to clear out unruly titles and keep users safe from malware, as well as protect Google and carriers’ financial interests. (Earlier this week, Dice… continue…

Inklewriter Is a Great Tool for Creating Interactive Fiction

Fancy yourself a writer, more than a software game developer? A UK company called Inkle may help you bridge both worlds, and award you money to do it. But first, let’s get into the “bridging both worlds” part. Inkle’s Inklewriter is an online approach to developing Interactive Fiction (IF). For those who’ve never played or created IF games, it’s all text based. The written commands players give affects the next  response from characters in the IF game, or digital story.… continue…

The Tech Skills Studios Need to Produce Their Games [DiceTV]

Cat Miller
Whether you play them on your smartphone, tablet, desktop or browser, this is the golden age of computer games. They’re as slick as movies — and can cost as much to produce and market. They’re worth big money, too. To create them, studios need skills from across the tech spectrum. Cat tell us more, from our upcoming college app.