Want to create your own mobile game? Not sure where to start? You’re in the right place! It’s normal not to be completely clear on where to begin. There are different points to take into account and remember.
👀 To make things easier for you, we’ve put together 5 tips on how to make a mobile game, so you can get started smoothly. 1, 2, 3, go!
This first step on how to make a mobile game may seem obvious to you, but know there are a few things to do even if you already have a clear idea of your game concept, that is, the type of game you want to make.
Consider asking yourself the following questions:
💡 These clarifications and decisions should happen at the very beginning. You need to know where you are heading. The team who is going to help you will have to be on the same page too.
Budget is another important aspect of your project. Making a mobile game can become quite expensive!
It depends widely on factors like the complexity of the game, the technology used, the team size and location, the features… But, how much does it cost to make a mobile game, approximately? A simple 2D mobile game can involve as little as one or two developers and its estimate cost can range from $5,000 to $50,000. A 3D mobile game however implies higher costs from $50,000 to hundred thousand dollars, or even millions of dollars if it requires advanced graphics, features and a much larger team.
Costs related to making your mobile game include:
💡 It’s important to carefully consider all factors involved and create a detailed budget plan before you start, and to then stick to it. For doing that, do some research on the costs of tools and resources you’ll need, and prioritize as best you can.
Technically, it is possible by using free resources online… But you’d probably end up with a low-quality outcome. If making a game entirely for free is tricky, some low-cost and even free tools/resources such as Unity, Unreal Engine or Game Maker Studio are available. You can decide to use open-source software, free no-code app builders to keep costs low.
After defining your game concept and budget, here comes the most exciting (and probably complex) part: developing the game! Don’t worry, the game development learning community is supportive. If you’re new to these skills, you’ll find plenty of resources from online tutorials and forums to get some knowledge and guidance, including from Apple and Android.
Here are some steps you can follow:
📱 Does your game app target children?
🔍 If so, you should read this guide, as specific legal requirements apply to children.
You need to promote your game, so people get to learn about it! Common practice, of course, is to make your game app available on the App Store or Google Play Store. You’ll also have to define your monetization strategy: do you want to offer a paying app or a free app but showing ads?
In terms of marketing strategy, define who your target audience is and how to reach them. You can consider social media, use email marketing or paid advertising to promote your app.
💡 Getting ready to launch your website for promoting your game? Check out this website launch checklist!
Finally, get people in the industry to talk about your game: bloggers, influencers…
Last, but not least (as this step is often overlooked!), your mobile game must be compliant in order to avoid legal issues down the line.
This is also an explicit requirement in guidelines by the Apple App Store, see our guide here to learn more.
💡 If you don’t have this document in place, you will get rejected from app stores. Google Play and Apple App Store are companies that are subject to privacy laws, which means you are violating their terms if you don’t comply.
Intellectual property refers to creative inventions (design, image) used in commerce. It can be protected in law by patents, copyright and trademarks, and applies to your game too! Consider registering your trademark and copyright to protect your game’s name, logo, and creative elements like the code and graphics. You can display notices in the opening screen or settings menu that indicate that your app’s content is protected. 💡 On a different note, be careful not to infringe any other games’ intellectual property (i.e. copyrighted music or images).
Finally, don’t forget Terms of Service or End User License Agreements (EULA). They protect you (the owner) by setting legally binding rules on how users can interact with your product/service. They are a crucial document as they cover things like user conduct, scope of the license, restrictions, intellectual property, disclaimers, and limitations of liability.
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