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A Detailed Insight into the Most Trending Gaming App Development Tools in 2017

The gaming industry is constantly evolving with time and offering the gamers amazing and breathtaking gaming experiences! Along with it, the market of mobile game app development is also expanding. If you follow the recent market trends, it is almost impossible to overlook the worldwide immense popularity of the games like Temple Run, Angry Birds or Pokemon Go! People have almost gone crazy over these games! Different social media platforms were literally flooded with the posts of users’ excitement!


According to a survey made in 2016, 90% of the total revenue made by Google Play was from the gamers only! Newzoo usually reports and keeps track of the global and mobile gaming industry. According to its report made in 2016, almost $99.6 billion and $36.9 billion were generated from the market of global games and mobile games respectively. It has been stated that this year, the revenue figure would reach to almost $42.5 billion. If the success story continues to maintain its such exponential growth, by this year, the mobile gaming market would successfully overshadow the Console and PC gaming market. It has been predicted that by the year 2019, the market of global games would reach approximately $118.6 billion figure among which, almost $52.5 billion would be a contribution from mobile game industry.

Now, you can imagine how strong the gaming market is! Almost each passing day, new gaming apps are being launched in the market. Recently, a survey result has reflected that till the March 2017, almost 2.8 million apps are available in the store. Hence, until and unless you can offer something unique and innovative or can offer something ‘big shot’, it is really hard to stand out in the crowd!

If you are thinking of delving into the gaming market and sailing your ship with an alluring gaming app, you need to know about the gaming app development tools that are currently ruling the market. Some engines are perfect for the ‘Expert’ level game developing, some are suitable for ‘Mid’ level and ‘Entry’ level game makers. Hence, choosing the best and the most feasible one according to your requirements from a handful of options is really crucial. Here is a list of some utterly efficient gaming app development tools that would help you to get on the path of making awesome games.


#1 Unity

You might have heard about the worldwide popular games like Temple Run, Angry Birds 2, Lara Croft Go, Shadow Blade, Fallout Shelter etc. All of these well-known games have been developed using Unity!

It today’s tech-savvy era, Unity is arguably the best and the most impeccable gaming tool that is currently trending in the market. Developing a fully supported 3D or a 2D game with lucrative features and remarkable graphics is no more an exhaustive and painful process to the game developers when they have this option in their hands. You would be amazed at the fact that Unity offers a handful of monetisation tool options along with its noteworthy dev suite.

The most amazing feature of this gaming tool is that it is compatible with a wide range of platforms like Windows, Xbox One, OS X, Wii U, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Linux, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Stream VR, WebGL, Gear VR, Oculus Rift and so on. So, what is the benefit of being it multi-platform support? Well, it means once you devise a game, it can be used on all the available platforms be it consoles or mobiles or PC.

Some of its impressive features are:

  • This gaming engine has a far-flung collection of some alluring gaming assets that are available in the package at free of cost.
  • Moreover, it offers a large number of tutorials to the game developers so that they can learn more about Unity in details.
  • In the Unity Community, developers can discuss the latest enhancements, features etc. that would help them to sharpen their knowledge on this gaming engine.

If the yearly revenue of your gaming application is within $100,000, you can use this polished engine at free of cost. However, the package becomes a bit pricey with added features along with add-ons. Another point is until and unless you pay a really big amount, you can’t get any access to the source code.

#2 Marmalade

Games like Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies, Cut the Rope, Need for Speed: Shift, Doodle Jump, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light etc. are extremely popular among the gamers around the world. All of these renowned games have been developed using the Marmalade SDK.

Whether it is a 2D game or a 3D game, using Marmalade, developers can develop anything effortlessly. It is not only a high-performance and a fast gaming engine but also an engine using which developing cross-platform gaming applications become smoother. To do the coding part, usually Objective C, C++ Lua and HTML5 are used in Marmalade SDK. One of the main reasons for the immense popularity of this game development tool is if you devise a game using Marmalade, it can be efficiently run on both mobile as well as desktop platforms. Due to its noteworthy efficiency and utterly remarkable services, in the year 2015, Marmalade platform won the TIGA Games Industry Awards under the category Best Engines & Middleware.

This gaming tool performs efficiently on various platforms like Android, iOS, Windows 10, OS X, Roku, Amazon, Tizen, Windows, Blackberry and Chromecast.

Marmalade Juice is another well-known development tool using which the porting of iOS gaming applications to the ecosystem of Android becomes easier. Developers just need to recompile the code written in Objective C and the iOS API calls along with incorporating Android based optimisations in the original code base of iOS. Apart from this, Marmalade offers another amazing tool i.e. Marmalade Quick. With the effective help of this tool, developing 2D games using Lua Scripting language becomes smoother.

Some of the captivating features of Marmalade are:

  • It offers high-end solutions.
  • In order to compile the iOS code, no Mac is required.
  • It offers impressive physics support.
  • You can purchase this gaming engine making a one-time fixed payment.

#3 Unreal Engine

In the gaming industry, it is hard to find such gamers, who haven’t heard about enthralling games like Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles, Marvel Heroes, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Duke Nukem Forever, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone etc. All of this highly impressive games have been devised using this brilliant gaming engine i.e. Unreal Engine.

In the year 2014, Unreal Engine won the award for being “The Most Successful Video Game Engine”. This amazing gaming development tool is compatible with a handful of platforms like Android, iOS, PlayStation 3, Windows, Linux, OS X, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, HTML5, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Unreal Engine is available in both free as well as paid version.

Go through the below-mentioned points to understand why this video game engine has successfully gained a worldwide acceptance.

  • This offers such set of tools that are incredibly sophisticated.
  • It provides full access to the C++ source code along with complete 3D support.
  • The User Interface (UI) that Unreal Engine provides is utterly notable.
  • The visual scripting offered by this gaming engine is very helpful for the game developers.

Unreal Engine offers a huge tutorial set that is available on their official website. Game developers can go through it to gather in-depth knowledge on various functionalities and features offered by this engine. Moreover, the forum and the community provided by Unreal Engine help the users to get out of the bottleneck condition.

Another crucial point that you need to know about this gaming engine is that it needs the game developers to pay the organisation 5% of the total sales revenue if any game is published through Unreal Engine.

#4 CryEngine

This gaming Engine is famous for developing exciting games like Far Cry Series, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Crysis, State of Decay etc. CryEngine is immensely popular for creating 3D games for Windows PC and Console. iOS, Android, Linux, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and Open-Source VR, HTC Vive – name any platform, CryEngine is compatible with anything! Usually, this engine is well-known for developing First Person Shooter games. If you want to devise games of other genres using CryEngine, you would be needing ActionScript, Visual Studio, Lua along with advanced and in-depth knowledge of C++.

Some of the remarkable features of this gaming engine are:

  • The package includes Per-Object Shadow Maps, Voxel-Based Global Illumination, Depth of Field and Motion Blur, Real-Time Dynamic Water Caustics, Volumetric Fog Shadows, Multi-Layer Navigation Mesh, Flowgraph, Level Design along with Parametric Skeletal Animation.
  • With the facility of Audio Translation Layer, using the audio middleware such as CRI, FMOD, Wwise etc. becomes easier.
  • It offers the facility of Physics Solution, Advanced Artificial Intelligence System etc.

Another interesting fact about this gaming engine is that game application developers can easily download both paid and free game assets such as sound effects, 3D models, animation, texture maps etc.

#5 Corona SDK

Corona SDK is extremely popular for devising 2D games not only for the mobile platforms but for Android TV and Apple TV as well. Blast Monkeys, Bubble Ball, The Secret of Grisly Manor, Finger Hoola, Thief Job, The Impossible Test, Draw Rider Plus etc. are some of the games that have been developed using Corona SDK. This kit is mostly used as a platform for cross-platform software development. Other than Android and iOS, Corona SDK is compatible with any platforms like Kindle, OS X, Nook, Windows, Windows Phone 8 etc.

Lua has a comparatively shorter learning curve and due to this, most of the game developers prefer Lua as the scripting language. The main advantage of using Corona SDK is that it uses Lua. According to the organisation that has developed the Corona SDK, this gaming engine is almost ten times faster than the other engines that are used to devise mobile games and apps. Some of the lucrative features of this gaming engine have been mentioned below.

  • With the help of the real-time testing feature offered by Corona SDK, writing codes and testing it becomes very easy. The moment you make any change in the coding part and save it, instantly you can see the corresponding result.
  • You wouldn’t have to make any payment to get Corona SDK basic version. However, for the paid versions, two different options are available.

Final Thought

The aforementioned list outlined just a few of the gaming app development tools and engines that are hugely favoured by the game app developers in today’s market. A game developer needs to possess an in-depth knowledge of various programming languages like Objective C, advanced level C++, JavaScript, Lua etc. Moreover, he/she needs to be a tech-savvy person and a fast learner as well, who can use the tools efficiently.

Other than taking responsibilities on your own, you can outsource your needs and requirements to a proficient Game Development Organisation. How would you get benefitted then? Well, if you have come up with an innovative and a creative idea, such specialised organisations would give a shape to your vision and would bring your thoughts into reality with the utmost professionalism. More interestingly, it would not only cater you to reduce the development cost but you would get your project done comparatively faster! Additionally, once the game is ready to be launched, such gaming organisations would look after the game publishing matter as well. Whether it is popular platforms like Android and iOS or something else, professional game development organisations would help you to publish the game on every platform.

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