Mobile games are big right now. Affordable, portable, and many peoples’ favorite way to unwind on the commute home or while they’re waiting in line, this year has brought mobile gaming to new frontiers. Check out some of the top mobile games right now:
Gorgeous art set in the mountains brings this otherwise simple, single-touch control snowboarding game to a new level. Combined with an incredible soundtrack and transitions from day-to-night, Alto’s Adventure is kind of the perfect way to destress after a long day.
A fast fan-favorite, Stardew Valley is a 16-bit farm simulator where you inherit a farm and go from there. An open-ended RPG, you build your farm up from scratch using resource management, but you can also explore the woods, build relationships in town, and go on combat-oriented quests. It has something for everyone.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Some of the most advanced mobile games are pushing the boundaries of innovation in gaming, especially in the realm of Augmented Reality and games that use localization technology like GPS. Pokémon GO was the first mobile game to bring this feature to the mainstream. Now it’s coming to another mega-franchise that started in the ’90s.
In Wizards Unite, players wander the real world looking for magical items called Foundables, guarded by enemy witches and wizards. The world expands from there, but that’s the basic premise.
For those who are goth-at-heart, Graveyard Keeper involves dark humor and deep crafting mechanics as you play the town gravedigger. The open world comes to life with gorgeous colorful art, and expands quickly from resources gathering to options like witch-burning parties and drumming up business by poisoning NPCs.
The Banner Saga
A tactical RPG elevated by its elevated visual style, The Banner Saga brings together humans, giants, and centaurs. It’s tough for a mobile game, but it rewards patience and strategy. It’s an incredible journey and the visuals, music, and voice actors bring it to life.
The Mobile Game Industry
Mobile games have been growing quickly. Today, mobile games make up 50% of the global gaming industry, thanks in part to their widespread appeal and the relatively low cost of developing them. Many mobile games are the brainchildren of individual game developers who want to sell their games in app stores and use them as a way to stand out from the crowd applying to major and indie game studios.
Want to learn the same languages used by pro video game developers? Teenagers and kids who want to get an early start on coding to develop their own games or prepare for a career in the gaming industry can. Coding courses for kids from schools like Real Programming 4 Kids offer year-round courses as well as summer coding camps. You can learn the same languages used in the professional video game industry today, including Java, the most popular language in mobile games, C#, C++, and the Unity engine, among others.
You can get a strong foundation in professional coding languages before you graduate high school and even start developing your own mobile games.
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