by Christopher Austin, a freelance writer who sometimes works with Airplane Games 365
As a video game developer, brainstorming for ideas for a new game is one of the most daunting tasks of the whole process. When the success or failure of the whole project relies on the decisions made at this point, it is easy to understand why it is so stressing. However, there is a neat trick to maximise your chances of success – getting inspiration from games that are already successful. So, here are my Top Games of 2014 that can act as inspirational sources.
Since the PC version of World of Tanks was such a success, it was only logical that a mobile version would follow, and World of Tanks Blitz is it – the mobile version of the successful war game. If you’re a game developer, you can have a look at World of Tanks Blitz and compare it to the PC version, and see how the developers managed to incorporate all the important elements needed for a similar game play experience, yet managed to make it playable on a portable device. Maybe you can apply the same strategies into your own games.
The developers of Paperama had one of the most innovative and clever ideas yet – take a very addictive activity and port it into the digital world. The activity in question here is creating origami figures, and Paperama is the perfect way of putting your folding skills to the job. What’s great about the game is that it teaches you something that can be applied outside of the game, which is not something a lot of games can brag with. This is an important element, which will make the players feel better while playing, as they won’t feel that they’re wasting time – they’re learning something they can actually use. While not all games allow you to incorporate something like that, you should try to find some creative ways to do so when possible.
If you thought that old games such as Scrabble are outdated, you might want to think again. LEX is the perfect example of how adding one simple element to a popular game can completely change the whole gaming experience. The game simply took the principle of Scrabble and added a timer to the letters, meaning that if you don’t use a certain letter to form a word before its timer reaches zero, it’s game over. The result? An amped up game of Scrabble that’s a whole lot more interesting than the regular game.
With so many racing games out there, both arcades and simulators, it was hard to think that there was still something new that could be brought to the scene. Wrong Way Racing is the living proof that there’s always something new to incorporate. So, while all the other racing games are about outscoring the opponents and crossing the finish line first, Wrong Way Racing is about something entirely different – going the wrong way for as long as possible. The game uses a simple one-tap control system, making it easy to play; don’t be fooled, though, as racing on a circuit where the other racers are heading one way and you’re heading the other way at high speeds is not as simple as you may think.
Since we were talking about racing games, let’s take another one that brings a new concept to the table. A lot of racing games are all about cars with lots of horsepower, so how about one with lots of… horses? That’s right, Qvadriga has you racing chariots, and it turns out that can be quite fun. The game combines the racing element with the strategy element, because driving a chariot is a lot more complex than you might think and requires quite a bit of strategy. Horses have a limited amount of energy, and chariots are easily damaged, so it’s important to find the perfect balance between high speed and safe driving. The game is a perfect example of how multiple game types can be combined into a single game.
These are some of the 2014 mobile games that can be used as an inspiration source for your game development process. However, you might also want to check www.airplanegames365.com, a site full of airplane-based games, to see how you can explore all the elements of a game genre creatively. Check it out!
Christopher Austin is a freelance writer covering the world of videogames, tech, and popular culture. He loves to talk, discuss and spread awareness about anything interesting going on around us. Apart from that he loves to swim, hike, and run whenever and wherever he finds the time.