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Developing Innovative Games for Touch

02-11-2016, 11:38 AM
Joined: Feb 2016
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Developing Innovative Games for Touch

Hello everyone,

I am a developer at an indie games studio in Montreal. Our mission is to push the boundaries of how touch and mobile technology is used in games.

I am trying to build a library of games that use touch and mobile technology in interesting ways. Any suggestions would be hugely appreciated!

Some games that I have already come across that I find interesting are:
The World Ends With You (ported from nintendo DS, but still an interesting example)
Magic Touch
Devouring Stars

I believe that mobile and touch games have yet to come into their own. Up till now most successful games are essentially watered down PC ports or simple mini games. As consumers and developers become more comfortable with the technology, I hope to see a golden age for touch gaming - if you look at the early history of PC gaming you see the same trend in the evolution of interfaces (for example the FPS revolution that followed DOOM).
02-11-2016, 12:39 PM
Joined: Aug 2013
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Originally Posted by smashmtl View Post
(for example the FPS revolution that followed DOOM).
I would describe that as an arms race, not a revolution. The same game made over and over with better graphics.

There are some really amazing games on iOS like monument valley, the room series, a dark room, badlands, league of evil to name a few. It is really about finding the right experience.

Please follow me on twitter @JamesDestined I post lots of development from both my game creation and professional development.
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02-11-2016, 08:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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How about Hit Tennis 3 - my game. As far as I am concerned, we invented swipe to hit the ball in 3D using (almost) first person perspective. Lots of games copied various parts of Hit Tennis, but very few could code the controls like ours.

Mark J, Hit Tennis 3 maker, @markjnet
02-12-2016, 08:34 AM
Joined: Dec 2015
Location: UK
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I've already responded to this in the gaming thread, but just in case you missed it, I picked out a few more games that I feel are innovative in their use of touchscreens.

HoPiKo - a fast-twitch platformer that actually is more of a muscle memory exercise, which could only work with touchscreen swipes to move. Very clever design.

Prune - an innovative game that is really well suited to touchscreens.

Land Sliders - using swipes to give you a feel of momentum is very clever, even if the game itself isn't my cup of tea.