Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Best Sports Mobile Games To Check Out This Year

The 2017 NBA and NHL Playoffs are now underway. March Madness just concluded last month, and two months prior to that, Super Bowl 51 pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in American football history. The Premier League is set to conclude on May 21, with the 2017 French Open set to begin the day after on May 22.
If you’re a huge sports fan, things can’t get any better than the first six months of every year. Sadly, all good things must (temporarily) come to an end when off-seasons and in-between tournament breaks inevitably arrive. But thankfully, you have sports games on iOS and Android to keep you entertained as you wait for the next season or tournament to kick off.
Don’t know which ones to play? Here are our picks for the best sports mobile games to play this 2017.

NBA 2K17


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Still bummed out that Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder got bounced from the 2017 NBA Playoffs too soon? We feel you, bro. But instead of sulking in the corner, why not re-create the entire Houston-OKC series in NBA 2K17? With Quick Game mode, you can instantly play a game using your favorite teams! However, if you want the feel the grind of the 82-game NBA season, you can jump into either Season mode or MyCareer mode. Unlike the console version, NBA 2K17 on mobile has simplified controls, allowing you to easily play on-the-go.

NBA Jam


Electronic Arts

If the awesome graphics and realistic gameplay in NBA 2K17 aren’t really your thing, then check out the over-the-top and totally unrealistic gameplay in NBA Jam instead. This mobile port of the classic arcade game brings all the goodies that made the original endlessly fun. Take part in two-on-two matches, as opposed to five-on-five, and throw physics out the window with gravity-defying dunks and improbable shots! But unlike the arcade version, you can now play against real-life friends via local or online multiplayer. With its bobble head players and crazy on-court stunts, NBA Jam definitely beats out NBA 2K17 in the entertainment category.

Football Manager Mobile 2017


Sega

Managing a football club is one of the most taxing jobs in sports. Don’t believe us? Try Football Manager Mobile 2017 just for a day or two and you’ll see there’s more to managers than screaming instructions from the sidelines. Experience all the things that happen behind-the-scenes and make strategic decisions on-the-fly! The scouting system is better than ever, making tough decisions on player hiring a bit easier. Transfers, team lineups, game tactics, and even disciplinary action on players – all of these are in your hands as the manager of a football club.

Virtua Tennis Challenge


Sega

Sega really knows their stuff when it comes to sports games. Virtua Tennis Challenge is another example of that. Featuring a whopping 50 unique players and 18 tennis stadiums, Virtua Tennis Challenge is definitely a must-play for tennis fans. To give you more options when dishing out the trickiest and most powerful shots, the game offers multiple control schemes, which includes touch and gamepad support. This is more crucial when you consider the environment effects in each stadium. You will need to adjust your shots depending on the court type. If you’re already feeling confident about your skill just five games in, you can challenge your friends to a match via Bluetooth multiplayer.

Table Tennis Touch


Yakuto

Table Tennis Touch is hands down the best table tennis mobile game on Android and iOS. The indoor environments in the game are surprisingly well-detailed and realistic-looking, which helps in setting you in the right mood to smash those ping pongs. There are multiple ways to enjoy Table Tennis Touch. You can play career mode and see how you match up with the game’s AI. You can challenge your real-life friends via multiplayer (local or online). And if you want to take a break from the competition, you can play the mini-games. To add even more replay value, the game also offers collectibles in the form of customized bats.

Skiing Yeti Mountain


Featherweight Games

Sometimes, the best mobile games come with bad graphics. This is one of those games. Featuring pixelated graphics, Skiing Yeti Mountain offers a simple premise but fairly difficult gameplay. Your goal is to reach the finish line at the bottom of the screen as fast as possible. But to maximize your points, you must follow the signs scattered on each level. Basically, you will be zigzagging down the icy mountain. There are more than 800 levels to go through. Yep, not a typo – 800 levels. But you’ll barely notice your progress in-game, thanks to the interesting and humorous characters you meet along the way.

Real Boxing 2: Rocky


Vivid Games S.A.

Most boxing games on mobile have simplified controls and a shallow gameplay where you simply engage in endless matches against random enemies and not much else. You can cross off Real Boxing 2: Rocky from that list. The game places you in the legendary shoes of the titular character, Rocky Balboa, as you slug it out against familiar Rocky characters like Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago. You can also create your own fully customized boxer, complete with custom stat spreads, abilities, and unique gear. The gameplay is more than just swiping to launch punches. You need to be creative in your strategy to efficiently score knockouts every time you step into the ring.

EA Sports UFC


Electronic Arts

Boxing still too tame for you? If you want more than just throwing punches and dancing in the ring, then EA Sports UFC should sate your need for even more action. The game features more than 70 fighters to choose from, with each of them arriving with special skill sets and fighting styles for you to master. The action is practically non-stop in the game – the more you fight and take down enemies, the more new enemies you can go up against. The touch controls can get a little tricky at first, but with practice, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. There’s one catch to EA Sports UFC, though: it requires a persistent internet connection. Bummer.

Skateboard Party 3 Lite Greg


Ratrod Studio Inc.

Skateboard Party 3 Lite Greg is the free version of the third installment in the Skateboard Party series. Though with its features, you might think it’s a paid app. The game is seriously packed with goodies. It features popular pro skateboarder Greg Lutzka, along with more than a dozen other skaters to choose from. Using numerous items, you can customize your chosen skater’s gear according to you fashion taste. The game features eight uniquely designed locations containing more than 70 objectives to complete. With over 40 tricks to execute to perfection, you will never run out of trick combinations. And like with skateboarding games on consoles, Skateboard Party 3 Lite Greg has a great soundtrack.

Madden NFL Mobile


Electronic Arts

Last but not the least we have Madden NFL Mobile. It’s the flashier American football version of Football Manager Mobile 2017 above. However, it lacks the extremely in-depth team management system. But in return, you actually get to play the games like in NBA 2K17. You can build your own dream team using current NFL stars and retired legends. Understanding the controls and gameplay is easy enough, even for newbies who are more accustomed to the “real” football. If you want to simulate a full NFL season, you can dive into Seasons mode and make your team the stuff of legends 16 games at a time. Like the console version, Madden NFL Mobile is a treat for American football lovers.http://forestniaga.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

6 Tips On Developing Mobile Games For The Southeast Asian Market

With 11 countries and more than 600 million people, Southeast Asia (SEA) is no doubt a must-target for any mobile game developer. Japan, China, and South Korea aren’t the only big players in the east. According to Newzoo, a market analysis website, the SEA games market is expected to be worth $2.2 billion this year. The majority of that will come from the so-called “Big 6” in the region, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
But we’re not here to talk about numbers and all that money-related stuff. Instead, we’re going to go over a few important things mobile game developers should consider when creating a mobile game for SEA. You can think of this article as a sort of blueprint, though you don’t have to follow the things listed down to the last letter, especially if you’re a startup and not exactly blessed with an abundance of resources. Now, without further ado, here are 6 tips for all you mobile game developers looking to break into the fast-growing SEA mobile games market.

Android Is More Popular Than IOS


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According to a report by e27 using data collected by Waiwai Marketing, Android is the more dominant OS in SEA. You probably already know the reason for this. Apple devices are simply too damn expensive, no matter where you are. Buying an iPhone 7 is equivalent to buying not-too-shabby Android smartphones as Christmas gifts for your family of five. Imagine how many you could buy with iPad money. Android smartphones are way cheaper. With just $40 or less, you could already get yourself a serviceable unit capable of running the most popular mobile games like Clash of Clans.
If limited resources won’t allow you to go cross-platform, which would’ve helped in boosting your game’s visibility, you’re better off tailoring your game for Android instead of iOS. Don’t bank on people suddenly getting rich overnight and being able to afford those fancy Apple products that have been touting questionable features ever since Steve Jobs passed away. The most noticeable thing about Android smartphones is that they come in different screen sizes. So you have to design your game with this in mind. You need to make sure your game would be able to adapt to almost any screen size without losing significant quality during the transition from small screen to big screen.

Localize When Possible


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Unless you’re developing a game specifically for only one SEA country not named Singapore, Philippines, or Malaysia, the texts in your game are most likely in English, which is a wise decision because you never know, your game just might turn out to be an international hit. English proficiency in Asia as a whole is high, with the aforementioned three countries all ranking higher than South Korea, Japan, and China, according to Education First. So, does this mean you should simply roll out your game in English and ignore localization entirely? After all, half of your audience in SEA boasts a high proficiency in English.
As the subheading tells you, it’s the contrary. Indonesia and Vietnam, while still better than our neighbors up north, has an English proficiency level of “Moderate,” which is tier 3 in a scale of 1-5. Thailand, on the other hand, belongs in the lowest tier of “Very Low.” It’s all right to completely ignore Singapore and Philippines where English is an official language and, in the case of the latter, is more used for business than the native language, Tagalog. But you should definitely consider localizing to at least Thailand and Indonesia. Why the latter? It has the most population in SEA with more than 250 million people.
Obviously, if you’re short on resources, localizing right from the start is a huge roadblock, unless your small team is amazingly blessed with someone not only fluent in multiple SEA languages but also willing to go overtime in translation work. The best course of action is to localize only after successfully launching your game. Watch how your game performs in the region like a mother watching over her child in a playground. If it’s doing well in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam, consider localizing it to make the game more appealing to users. Likewise, if it’s doing terrible in those countries.

Integrate Culture-Based Content


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This is somewhat related to the above point. Well, sort of. Anyway, remember all those Chinese New Year special in-game content rolled out by games during, well, Chinese New Year? You can go the same route and produce limited-time content or events that are based on certain holidays in a specific SEA country. For example, in the Philippines, there’s the so-called “National Heroes Day” celebrated in late August. If your game allows characters to change costumes, you can create a limited edition set based on Filipino heroes. Of course, these would be exclusive to the Philippines because other SEA countries likely don’t have an idea whom the costumes are based on.
Another way to appeal to gamers in a specific SEA country is to develop a game exclusively based on the country’s culture and traditions. For example, you could develop a fighting game based on the martial art “Pencak Silat,” which has its roots in Indonesia. Or maybe a cooking game featuring famous Malaysian dishes. Or, if you want to go for humor, a game that pokes fun at something a certain country is notoriously known for. Like the heavy traffic in the Philippines. You could develop a game where the gameplay centers on avoiding city traffic and finding alternate routes. Also worth noting is the influence on the SEA countries. Singapore and Philippines are obviously more westernized. However, Thailand and Vietnam are more eastern in culture, which would make games with Japanese or Chinese fantasy art styles more appealing (read: fantasy RPGs).
If you’re going for limited-time content, it’s up to you whether to release them as in-app purchases or not. You can’t really go wrong with either way. Each has its own benefits. Releasing them as free content grants the game free publicity via screenshots shown off by users on social media platforms. Free content is always more appealing. On the flip side, making them purchasable items gifts you with additional money, obviously.

Offer A Customized Payment Option


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Unlike most of the western world, credit cards still aren’t widely used in SEA – except in Singapore. Even PayPal isn’t that popular. People still prefer cash-on-delivery when dealing with digitally purchased goods. Last checked games on Google Play and Apple App Store and in-app purchases count as digital products, unlike traditional games that also come in physical copies sold at retail stores. This is perhaps one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to releasing games in the SEA market. Games that rely heavily on in-app purchases to earn money won’t be able to fully maximize their potential. Obviously, cash-on-delivery for in-app purchases is not an option. Because that would be absurd. Imagine someone knocking on your door to deliver that $0.99 sword you bought for your mobile RPG.
So how should mobile game developers deal with this problem? Simple: local-based mobile payment service. Users would simply need to load up their mobile phone numbers which double as digital wallets and then use the stored money to buy in-app purchases. They can either use prepaid cards or directly buy credits from local stores. In the Philippines, mobile-oriented payment using Smart Money and GCash is a common practice among citizens. Even government agencies make use of these services. In fact, GCash can be used on the Apple App Store.
However, adopting a mobile payment service requires that you make arrangements with a local telecommunications company. But customizing your game’s payment options beyond the usual credit card and PayPal options should make your paid content more accessible to users, allowing you to maximize your earnings via in-app purchases (assuming they’re enticing enough, to begin with).

Consider Most Of The Region’s Unflattering Internet Speed


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According to Akamai’s State of the Internet Report for Q3 2016, Singapore is sitting pretty with an average internet speed of 18.2 Mbps. That’s one of the fastest not only in SEA but around the world. Downloading digitally bought 2GB movies would be a piece of cake with that kind of internet speed. How do the other SEA countries compare? Thailand also boasts a not-too-bad internet speed with an average of 11.7 Mbps. Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam aren’t similarly blessed, producing an average internet speed of 7.5, 6.4, and 6.3 Mbps, respectively. And as for the Philippines? How does 4.2 Mbps sound to you? Cringe-worthy, right? It’s easily the slowest, hands down.
Internet speed plays a part when it comes to designing the scale of the game. Larger games with well-developed 3D graphics and loads of features obviously come in bigger packages. This would instantly make them unappealing to those simply looking for games they can download and casually play while commuting. And as mentioned before, low-cost Android smartphones are more dominant in SEA. Meaning, low-end cheap Android smartphones will only be able to handle smaller games. Remember this as well.
Perhaps the more pressing concern is the annoying tendency of games nowadays to require users to be instantly hooked to the internet, which makes them vulnerable to equally annoying auto-play ads. Those who play such games will frequently experience lags and slowdowns – and we all know how patience-testing that can be, especially in a competitive multiplayer environment. So before you push through with your grand plans to develop an epic RPG with top-of-the-line graphics and engaging multiplayer content, consider first the unimpressive internet speed in most of SEA.

Mobile Data Can Be Expensive


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Another thing worth noting is the cost of mobile internet in SEA. You would have thought since internet speed isn’t all that fast in four of the “Big 6” countries, mobile internet should be incredibly cheap. Sadly, this isn’t the case. According to a report by TechInAsia, 1GB of mobile data in the Philippines costs $3.71. Singapore clocks in at $7.11. You might think the former is cheaper and more affordable. But when you remember that the country has a turtle-speed internet, that price per 1GB data isn’t really worth it. If you want premium internet speed in the Philippines that’s remotely close to at least Thailand, be prepared to get slapped with a premium price.
Let’s also consider the GDP per capita in each country. Once again, Singapore is the runaway winner with $53,053 according to a report by International Monetary Fund. This means that people in the country have high incomes, which would make $7.11 per 1GB of mobile data laughable and affordable. The other SEA countries have a combined total of $23,999 GDP per capita. That’s less than half of Singapore’s.
What does this all mean? Well, for starters, it means your game will be less appealing if it needs to be connected to the internet all the time (see above) and constantly eats up mobile data while playing. Your game will be a prime target for un-installation when the user finds out it’s the cause for their bloated monthly bill. You definitely don’t want that to happen. And remember people don’t use up their mobile data on playing games alone. They have other non-gaming things to attend to on the internet as well. So they’ll be looking to ration their monthly data cap to avoid A) paying more money for additional mobile data, or B) a slowdown in internet speed, which usually happens when users reach their monthly data cap.

Conclusion

Yes, SEA is one of the best places to launch your career as a mobile game developer and publisher. But if you really want to break into the market and make money off the gamer-rich region, you’ll have to tailor-fit your game to make it more accessible and appealing specifically for SEA audiences, which is one of the most diverse in the world. Similar to developing a game for western audiences, it’s important to know the ins and outs of SEA. Sure, you can adapt on-the-fly after your game has launched, but it’s better to consider things while still in the drawing room to avoid unnecessary costs.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

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Monday, September 12, 2016

You Need a Support Team to Grow Your Business

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting two very special people in my life and business. For the last 10 years I’ve worn many hats in my business. From trainer to marketer- product developer- copy writer- editor-customer service and everything in between. I outsourced a little bit but mostly handled everything myself.
You see, I thought If I didn’t do it all myself, I wouldn’t be a good business owner or example to my clients or students.

Being a Good Business Owner Doesn’t Mean Doing it All Yourself

Boy was I wrong about the way I was handling my business. The whole reason behind leaving my job and starting my business was to travel and be with my daughter. As I got busier, that freedom started to drift.
The time I wanted to get back from my corporate job was slowly replaced with more “stuff” working in my business, not on it. What good was doing myself, Brian, or Hanalei to allow “stuff” to take all of my attention. That is not the Freedom-preneur life- it’s the corporate life- the one I left behind.

Outsourcing is The Answer to Growing Your Business

As much as I loved the 4 Hour Work Week idea of outsourcing, I still couldn’t give away the control or trust that someone else could do as good of a job as me. That is a misguided thought for sure. No one will do the job the same way I will do it, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do an incredible job.

The Outsourcing Company I Trust

Earlier this year, I was introduced to Jenny Jordan whose company, Need a VA specializes in creating space for busy entrepreneurs. They offer outsourcing solutions and build teams for organizations to become more efficient.

My world shifted almost immediately.

I now work on my business not IN my business. I now spend my time with my family and my clients and not spend my time on organizing my day but building and growing my business.
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I had the pleasure of meeting my assistant Larcie Martinez Tulao for the first time in person, and our “Sexy Blog Artist” Mark Ryan Holanda. These two are the heart and soul of my organization, they keep me organized through the day and take care of our clients needs. There is a huge amazing team behind them that is a full support system that I now cannot live without.

What I’ve Learned From Outsourcing

There are several things that I have learned from outsourcing and the biggest thing is that developing a team has helped me grow in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Now that I allow people that are specialists in their areas handle different aspects of running the Unstoppable Family, I’m able to hone in more on my own specialty.
With the time I’ve regained, I can help more people. I’m even better now at what I do than I have ever been before.
The moment I brought on a team of others to help was the moment I was able to meet the needs of my clients. That is what it is all about- helping others reach their business goals.

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