Choosing the type of mobile game to develop could be a daunting task if you don’t have a clear picture of your game idea in mind. The game development, give or take, starts with a game idea. The category selection, however, isn’t something that scares most of the developers. This guide isn’t about helping you choose the right category of the game, instead, it’s rather a helping blog post to provide a glimpse of a few mobile game categories to help you figure out the game category you want to work in.
So, in this article, you’ll learn how to think out of the box while choosing mobile game genres for launching your mobile game in the future. If you have a plan for a mobile game launch, then this article is exactly for you.
Here is the list of the most popular mobile game categories that you should consider doing brainstorming on:
Arcade games are normally the type of games that require your full attention. It’s an interesting genre that brings you a taste of multiple game categories. It could involve a little bit of running and focusing that make this category interesting. However, the arcade games are slightly different from adventure and action games. This type of games aren’t thrilling, action-packed, and breathtaking but they are certainly addictive. Subway Surfers and Temple Run are the examples of the Arcade game. Similarly, Angry Birds and Minecraft are also the examples of the Arcade games. Minecraft is a whole different game, though, but this is the beauty of the Arcade category.
Takeaway: If you’re planning on launching a game that doesn’t involve fighting, gun shooting, and punching, and the gameplay revolves around some kind of a mission that needs to be completed then your game might be an arcade game. In order to stand out from the crowd, you must design your game character in line with your gameplay in such a way that the game shouldn’t remind of another game.
For instance, a boy runs into the field and collects the mangoes from the trees. The more mangoes a player collects, the more he scores. Some pitfalls like bird attack or honeycomb could kill you if go near the wrong tree.
Adventure games are always fun to play. Such games are mostly based on running characters, the collection of coins/items, following the paths, and finding the hidden things. However, the world known game Pokemon Go is also an adventure game. Although, it is a bit of running and augmented reality based game, but still, it falls in this category.
Takeaway: The scope of adventure gaming category is comparatively wider than the arcade. It means you’ll find various type of games in the adventure category. It could be a monkey running and collecting the fruits or a character escaping from the zombies’ area. The takeaway is that you can create an adventure game which involves thriller, running, and some sort of mission to accomplish.
Simulation is one of the popular mobile game categories. It contains the games that allow the user to pretentiously control the vehicle or any other object. It could be a driving bus or an airplane flying. However, it’s not limited to the vehicles, though, it might be the dolphin that you need to catch or you may have to ditch the dinosaur that is following you. Simulation is one of the exciting game categories for mobile gamers of all age groups.
Takeaway: Most of the popular simulation games are either car based or airplanes related. The idea is that you could take away the simulation category in which the user controls the object and run through the difficulties to reach the destination. The opportunities in simulation category are no less. Your game idea could be a pizza guy who needs to deliver the pizza in time while passing through the obstacles along the way.
The game categories are a dozen of them out there. It’s not about choosing the right category, in fact, it’s about choosing the right idea and work through to identify the right category for your mobile game.
Let’s take the racing category, for example. You don’t have to brainstorm much on the type of game you want to develop, instead, you just know the type of game you want to develop and all of your energy goes into creating the different and new idea for the game. For instance, we all know the racing games are all about car and bike racing. You can, instead, go with the paper plane racing game or something more unique.
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