Have you been planning your game for a while? But you’re wondering where to start and how to execute it? What programming language should you learn?
In this generation, every person has a smartphone and has at least 2 games in it. That's no wonder why the mobile game industry has skyrocketed. Only in quarter 1 of 2022, the Google Play Store has over 449,000 game apps that are available. This is an ideal market for you to launch your first game on.
In this article, you will learn how to make an Android game as a complete beginner. Discover how to start planning your project, which software to use, which programming languages to learn, and how to execute it by following these steps:
Make a Plan of what you’re gonna create
First thing first, start creating a plan, what you have in mind for your Android game. you time on thinking about the type of game you have in mind, be it a puzzle game, a 2D or 3D platformer, or a VR experience. Write down all your ideas on paper:
What genre will this be?
What is the hook to set it apart?
What are the characters gonna be like?
What type of game play will it be?
How will you create/acquire music tracks and sound effects?
Choose Your Software
Why make creating a video game app harder than it needs to be? Take advantage of the advancement in development tools that do the coding for you, so you can focus on the more creative side of your creation.
Unity: This is by far the most widely used software among mobile game developers. Unity is a well-known mobile game engine and has very high graphics capabilities. Many popular games are developed on Unity, like Assassin Creed, Escape from Tarkov, Praey for the Gods, Ori, and the Blind Forest are some of the incredible games developed and deployed using Unity.
UDK (Unreal Development Kit) powered by Unreal Engine: This comes with a pre-made basic project so you can have fun and practice making a prototype game to learn about the tool sets.
GameSalad: this falls in the drag and drop kind of mobile game engine with an impressive interface, along with well-documented tutorials for beginners! GameSalad allows you to handle and manage the 2D animation easily with perfect visualization for mobile and desktop!
GameMaker Studio 2: It is one of the powerful mobile game engines with its visual editor to visualize the elements. You can animate anything, anytime, in your developed game. Drifter, Downwell, Nuclear Throne, and Katana Zero are some of the best games developed using GameMaker Studio 2.
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Programming Languages for Android Game:
After choosing the software to create your game, you should have some basic programming languages. C# and C are both great ones to start. This object-oriented programming language is simple and relatively easy to grasp. It is also the most widely-used programming language among Unity developers. If you have a complete team working with you, you don’t need to focus on this but if you’re working all alone, then start reading programming languages.
Start The Application Development
After familiarizing yourself with whichever software you plan on using, the next step is to start your new project. Begin with the basic mechanics and rules of play. Next, design your first level, implement your graphics, and test, test, test. Finally, move to the background and user-interface planning, which possesses game controls, menus, and relevant settings options.
Next step is implementing your graphics. If you have skills in art and graphic design, you may wish to handle this yourself (Photoshop for 2D and Maya or 3ds Max for 3D) and dedicate some time to it. If not, you’ll probably be better off using another designer. You have two choices when it comes to implementing graphics into your games:
Update and finalize your Game
To ensure all your previous effort making the game won't be wasted, you should try the game first hand before launching it. The final step is to finalize your application and take these checklists:
Make the controls easy and intuitive.
Add an interesting and engaging storyline.
Create the mood through music that is fun and not distracting.
Ensure the graphic of the game is perfect and doesn’t pixelate.
The users control all the characters without any glitches.
Try to remove complex actions.
Launch The Game on Google Play Store
After all the above steps are done, now you can launch it on the store, it's better to have the game released as soon as possible, that's when you can improve upon the game by releasing updates. You need to have a developer account, submit it at least one month before the launch date so that the store will approve the request.
The great thing about deciding to make an Android game is you can keep on updating your project even once it goes live. Don’t be a perfectionist and put off releasing the game. Get it out the door early, and improve on it if it finds an audience.