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Mobile Gaming Manifesto

The Mobile Gaming Manifesto

The Mobile Gaming Manifesto describes the rai·son d’ê·tre for mobile games.

Mobile games in context of the current state of technology:

  1. Mobile devices are becoming the primary access point to the internet, globally.
  2. It is normal to have 24/7 access to a mobile device.
  3. Tablets and smartphones (now one and the same) are replacing laptops. A single device serves as a phone, tv, computer, game console, and more.
  4. Whether home or abroad, whether on a car, bus, plane, or train, people can play mobile games everywhere.
  5. People can enjoy video games without the need to access a console.
  6. Mobile players of today have the early adopter advantage: As of 2020, fewer gamers play on mobile compared to console and PC. In the future, more people will play on mobile devices. But for now, there is less competition for those who do play on mobile.
  7. Mobile is no longer reserved for simple and hyper casual games. Complex, MMO PC and console native games like Fortnite and COD are present on mobile devices, with more games on the way.
  8. As technology advances, it becomes more elegant – smaller or even invisible. The cables and boxes formerly required for gaming will become obsolete. Consoles are becoming smaller and may disappear entirely.
  9. It is becoming easier to connect mobile devices to larger display screens.
  10. It is becoming easier to connect mobile devices to a diverse array of gui controllers – from keyboards and mice to Xbox controllers.
  11. There are millions of game apps on mobile.
  12. Mobile game development is accessible to everyone.
  13. Whereas console controllers are rigid, standardized, one-size-fits all by nature, mobile controls involve the touchscreen. Touchscreens are modular. With touchscreens, users can customize the the button control layout for each game. The only challenge (for now) is that touchscreens are flat. Future mobile devices could incorporate more ergonomic designs – from folding or curved screens and beyond.

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The 6 Biggest Reasons Mobile Gaming will Dominate

A Growing Industry

There are more mobile games today than ever before. 2020 will bring even more. With a combination of the iTunes App Store, Google Play, and indie websites like itch.io, mobile gaming has turned into a universal phenomena.

Mobile Twins of Console Games

Not everyone has an Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo console. But everyone does have a smartphone within arms reach at all hours of the day.

Whereas consoles are becoming reserved for the die-hard gamer, mobile is dramatically lowering the cost of customer and user acquisition. Game companies can build mobile versions of console games to reach a broader audience, targeting less-committed gamers. Many of the biggest game companies in the world have already built mobile versions of their most popular console games. You can play major games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Mario Kart RIGHT NOW from your phone.

Ease of Setup

Mobile games are arguably more easy to setup; you don’t have run cords from the power outlet to the console and into the back of your dusty television. You just tap to download a lightweight app – seconds later you’re playing.

This lets you try new games much more quickly and easily using a device you already use daily: your phone. No need to spend hundreds on a console.

Mobile Controllers

Mobile gamers can attach ergonomic handheld controllers to their mobile devices. The controllers help people who are familiar with the handheld devices and button setups on consoles replicate that experience with mobile.

Multi-touch

We’ve all seen the ability to do gestures with two or more fingers on a mobile device. This is great in gaming. But the other advantage, compared to, say, clicking on a computer, is that you have multiple access points to the screen. Instead of only having one degree of access with a mouse on a computer, on a mobile device you ALWAYS have two or more degrees of access to what’s happening on the screen. At a minimum, you can use two thumbs.

Innovation in Mobile Development

The number of platforms that allow for you to build mobile games is ever growing. With free software tools such as BuildBox, even people without a technical background can build mobile games. These tools require no coding and no software development needed, so its easy to get started. If you do know some code, BuildBox does allow you to go in and customize Javascript code, although this is not required.

Unity is also an extremely popular game development tool, although it requires a bit more technical know-how.

VR / AR

Beyond simple mobile gaming, the takeoff of virtual and augmented reality cannot be understated. One critical enabler of these technologies is a camera sensor so that objects can be overlaid onto the real world.

Since mobile devices have cameras native to the device, this makes VR and AR experiences extremely fluid and natural. Overtime, it wouldn’t surprise me to see these experiences to be built for mobile-first, rather than console or desktop.

Smartphone manufacturers have added more and more cameras to all sides and faces of mobile devices with the release of every new model, and we can expect this trend to continue to evolve. Its not unreasonable to suppose that 360 degree cameras could soon be present on all smartphones.

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Why Fortnite Post-Game Analysis is a MUST for Mobile Players

In Fortnite Mobile, analyzing the elims you both deal AND take can be invaluable to developing your technique as a player.

Doing a Fortnite post-game analysis will not only show you what you did wrong during gameplay, but it can also be valuable to help you realize where your opportunities are to improve.

1. Discover Weak Points

You’ll notice your weak points. A common theme in the play by play analysis video is that he was SLOW to build up. Realizing this can give you ideas for how to improve your build speed and flow.

For example, you could take time to play Fortnite Creative and actually practice building.

Another idea to improve your build speed is by switching up your mobile button position using the HUD layout tool. One thing you can do is actually ADD an extra action button to the side of the screen opposite your look control. That way, by holding down build action, you can quickly look in a sweeping circle motion to build a surrounding enclosure.

2. Analyze Unfavorable FNM Situations

You’ll see what you did to put yourself in an unfavorable Fortnite situation. For example, staying in the same general area for too long will eventually allow other players to realize where you are located.

When your spot gets blown, its identified by more than a few players on the map. By doing so you put yourself at a BIG risk of being attacked by multiple players at one time. While this can be thrilling and makes for an exciting, action-packed game, keep in mind that other players will find you.

3. The small details

The small points are easy to forget to do in the heat of the moment during gameplay. For example:

  • Jumping while running
  • Re-loading during down time, before the action hits.
  • Not switching to a close range weapon like the tactical shotgun when necessary.
  • Not stocking up on resources given the chance
  • Forgetting to check the attics for weapons

4. What works

Remember what went well. Maybe you had a few mid-range AR scopes that just clicked?

Did pick a really good drop point on the map? Did you drop early or late?

Did you move to the new circle early? Doing so may have helped you loot additional buildings before the players further outside.

Ultimately, re-watching your Fortnite games can be really helpful if you want to get better. While it can be annoying to record your screen and have to find a way to store large files (delete them later), its definitely worth it.

The video below provides a short example of play by play post-game analysis, taken from a few clips of Fortnite Mobile gameplay.

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Top 19 Brain Exercise Mobile Games 2020

Below, we highlight the 19 best mobile puzzle games of 2020, which can be great for brain exercise and keeping your mind sharp. We ranked the best mobile puzzle games based on how each of them seems to challenge your mind to navigate situations that are more complex than your average hyper-casual mobile game.

Some mobile games are known foster analytical thinking, problem solving and creativity. When we think about mobile puzzle games, famous games like 2048 come to mind. But among the millions of mobile gaming apps in the app store, we tried hundreds to help you answer the question of “what are the best mobile puzzle games?”.

The Best Mobile Puzzle Games of 2020

best mobile puzzle games 2020 #1
Clash of Blocks

1. Clash of Blocks

In this game, you strategically place blocks that unfold gradually taking over the entire space of the shape. The goal is to dominate as much of the board as possible by blocking the other colors.

2. Tenkyu

In Tenkyu, you tilt the board back and forth to allow the ball to roll into the pocket. Fine-tuned movements are required as you reach higher levels to keep the ball on path.

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Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #3
Amaze!

3. Amaze!

You must guide the ball through a path covering each space, while using as few moves as possible. Strategically planning your route before moving will help to avoid extra moves.

4. Oco

In Oco, you tap to jump a dot as it moves along rotating shapes. Simulated forces of gravity in the game result in movements that take getting used to and well timed taps!

5. Wordscapes

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #6
Decipher

This game is your classic word un-scrambling game. Although it may remind you of Words with Friends or Scrabble, in 2020 there are much simpler options like Wordscapes! The analytical mind is used to not only come up with a single unscrambled word, but EVERY possible word that can be made using the given letters. Just when you think you’ve thought of all the words, give it some more thought and come up with a few more!

6. Decipher

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #7
Achromatic

Your goal is to line up the gaps with the lines to complete the network connecting the dots. But once you start rotating the circles, you have to map out which ones move together and which don’t. This game is similar to _-_, in that the shapes move in unexpected ways based on which ones you drag.

7. Achromatic

The objective of this game is to convert all shapes to the same color. You can do so by finding sequences of shapes that are “sandwiched” by two identical shapes and drawing a line through the ones in the middle, connecting the entire sequence with a line.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #9
Dungeon Drop

8. _-_

Yes, the name is actually underscore dash underscore. While you notice dragging each row moves the blocks in unexpected patterns, you have to figure out how to bring the dashes into a single line.

9. Dungeon Drop

As the claw closes down on you from the top, you must move the sliders to allow the gold to drop through the dungeon. The items perform unexpectedly, and you must use them in unique ways to progress past each level.

10. Slices

Move the pizza from the inside to the outside by tapping one of the outer circles. Your goal is to make full pizzas – pick your pies wisely.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #12
Ballpaint

11. Threes Freeplay

Remember 2048? This game is pretty similar – but with a slight variation. The numbers one, two, and three are all incorporated, which makes for slightly different patterns as the math switches up as the blocks get larger and larger.

12. Ballpaint

Change the colors of the 3D Object with each new ball of paint. The abstract spatial shapes make this game just fun to look at. One of the recent winners of our “Game of the Week” on the podcast.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #13
Block Star 3D

13. Block Star 3D

As the shape falls down, rotate the layout to match the outline below, so that it fits. This game definitely leverages your brain’s visual spatial way of thinking.

14. 2048 Balls

Again, another take on the evolution of the famous 2048. Combine similar numbered balls to double up and reach 2048.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #15
BlockuDoku

15. BlockuDoku

This game is essentially a merging of two classics: Sudoku and Tetris. The board is a square made up of a 9 by 9 grid of 81 squares. Each group of 9 is divided up, and your goal is to create complete rows or complete groups of 9. The shapes they give you are tough to add up, and its more difficult than you would expect.

16. Flow Free

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #16
Flow Free

In this mobile game, your objective is to connect the dots without any of the paths crossing. As you see in the image, each pair of dots is color coordinated so that you know which goes where.

17. Ball Pack

Think you can focus on two things at once? This game will let you find out! Ball Pack is the ultimate multitasking game – you control balls on multiple lanes at once to avoid the obstacles.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #17
Ball Pack

18. BrainRush!

Relative to its simplicity, this game is quite difficult. By either holding or releasing the screen, you must switch the object to match the shape that is approaching. More difficult than it looks.

19. Nonogram

This game is a bit similar to sudoku as well – it leveraged matrix oriented thinking. The objective is that each row and column must have the correct number of shaded blocks as specified, complying with the required arrangement of the board at large.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #19
Nonogram

By playing mobile puzzle games, you get to solve new types of problems, putting your brain through complex situations and scenarios. Since you are not exposed to these types of challenges during your everyday life, it can be beneficial to play mobile puzzle games for a few minutes each day.

Of the millions of games in the app store, the few we covered barely scratches the surface of what’s out there. Explore the app store, and let us know if you find any new favorite games!

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Fortnite Beginner Tips & Strategy

Here are a few tips for Fortnite beginners to keep from getting destroyed.

Drop in close to a building

  • Dropping in close to a building will allow you to more quickly find weapons and ammo. You’ll find chests of loot inside buildings. If possible, land close to a door, on a balcony, or on a roof and use your pickaxe to bust through.
    • when you land, act fast. Loot as quickly as possible – you never know when an opponent drops in right next to you! Its a race, oftentimes, to see who can get to the chests first.
    • keep an eye on others dropping in right next to you. They’re a threat that you’ll have to deal with. If you can’t get to a weapon before encountering them, use your mining weapon to deal some damage. If they get a weapon before you and you can’t find one, RUN!

Manage your inventory

  • You only have 5 slots, so choose wisely.
    • At the beginning, pick up the first weapon you find, even if just a pistol. You’ll be able to get early eliminations with a pistol usually.
    • You want to fill up your inventory as quickly as possible and constantly swap out for better weapons or weapons with more ammo.
    • Keep shield potions or a health kit in your inventory, you’ll be thankful you have it!
    • Consuming shield potions as soon as you pick them up until your shields are maxed out to free up inventory and build up your defense strategy.

Eliminating other players is the best way to get resources and weapons.

  • Acquiring Resources and Weapons: The best way to acquire more resources and better weapons is not by searching loot chests, but by getting elims and taking those players’ weapons. Think about it: each time you get an elim, get to loot a curated selection of weapons from that player searching multiple loot chests throughout the match. The same can be said for resources. When you elim another player, you get all the resources that they acquired, and can thus quite easily max out on resources by getting a couple elims.

Understand what the weapon colors mean

  • Power of Weapons: weapons that have colored hazes are the best – green, purple, blue, and gold. The colors correspond to the power. Grey is the weakest, gold is the most powerful. You’ll notice that two of the exact same type of weapon are not always equal in power. If you have two of the same weapon, look for a chance to swap out the weaker of the two for a better one.
    There are 4 categories of weapons:
    • Close quarters: tactical shotgun, submachine gun, and pistol are a couple options for close quarters. Tactical shotgun is probably one of the most powerful.
    • Mid range: Assault rifles. When engaged in a mid-range fight, players tend to gravitate closer together. You’ll want to be ready to quickly switch to something like a tactical shotgun if needed.
    • Long range: Snipers are not only extremely formidable, but also great to get a closer look at the action. The scope is extremely helpful when viewing buildings from afar before approaching.
    • Explosives: Grenades, rocket launchers, etc. Rocket launchers and grenades work well if someone is building up and you can’t access them. Also, if you’re in a building and not sure where someone is downstairs, I like to throw a grenade or two as an attack strategy.

Use your position on the map to your advantage

  • Positioning: knowing where you are on the map at all times.
    • Camping out can be helpful for short periods of time if you need to heal or apply a shield potion, but keep in mind that if you’re in the same spot too long, you put yourself at risk.
    • Don’t get caught outside the circle. Keep an eye on the map as well as the timer in the corner of the screen – make sure you’re ahead of the storm circle and get in early.
    • As the storm approaches, you need to move or your health will start to drop and you’ll eventually die.
    • As you go towards the middle, keep in mind you’re more likely to encounter other players, so be ready.
    • If you’re already inside as the storm is approaching, watch the perimeter as late players run to the middle – this is a great opportunity to pick people off and attack unexpectedly.
      • note: camping outside the storm circle and using a bandage launcher to stay alive is NOT a viable strategy!

Learn to build up

  • Practice building up: Building up is difficult, especially for beginners.
    • Practice building up when you’re not near combat areas. This can help you learn the flow of structure building and help you estimate what you can build with your given amounts of materials.
    • Go into creative mode to practice building up.
    • If you’re in the middle of the action, build up QUICKLY or else run. Again, building up is hard but it can be SUCH a valuable strategy especially as the circle gets smaller and smaller.
    • The people that build up really quickly and smoothly are the experienced players and it shows – it truly makes all the difference

Customize your button layout for better control

  • Mobile Controls: If you’re playing on mobile, you can manage the location of the buttons on the screen by tapping the hamburger icon in the top right corner of the screen, and selecting “HUD Layout Tool“. Having your buttons in a customized location can make all the difference.

Socialize

  • Be Social! Fortnite is unique because it has such a large and awesome community.In addition to Solo Battle Royale, play Duos! This will allow you to meet other people and talk to the other players. In duos, everyone tends to be friendly and adopts a general collaborative team mentality.
    • If you have extra shield potions or health kits / med packs, share them with your teammate.
    • This is a good opportunity to learn from experienced players in the Fortnite community and have others to play with in the future.
    • You can add people from Duos as a friend and then play with them again.

What I’ve shared above is the culmination of what I learned playing Fortnite for the last two weeks. I’m definitely still a noob but I hope this has been helpful.

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