The world of gaming is truly an addictive one which has endeared itself to its legion of fans, irrespective of the age barrier. As a result there has been a proliferation of games which have been built around the mobile ecosystem. These games have been devised for platforms which cover the whole range — Android, iOS, Windows etc.
You just might be a bit taken aback to know that the global gaming industry recorded a figure of $137.9 billion spent by gamers in the just concluded last year of 2018. Also, mobile revenues account for more than 50% of this humongous figure(Source). As time goes, mobile games will be dominating further and this trend is going to grow. There is a distinct possibility that in future mobile games will be almost comparable with the real sports business.
In favour of 2D game development:
Well, you must be wondering, in these days of 3D games, VR why would someone end up playing 2D games and why would someone be involved in 2D game development.
Well, here is your answer — It gives the simplest interaction for casual users and is the fastest way by which one can make a game, for that matter. It is actually very true, if you observe around yourself. There majority of interfaces that you observe in gaming apps are in 2D, while 3D games have a more complicated interface thereby turning off many would be gamers.
To take you a little backwards, there have been people who have been writing the obituary of 2D games, ever since the 3D games made their appearance on the horizon. If you remember correctly, Sony the Japanese giant even tried to block block any 2D game being played on the PS1. But, surprise of all surprises — Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a 2D game went on to become one of the best remembered and most popular PS1 games. So, 2D gaming is here to stay.
Popular 2D games of all time:
There have been several popular games which have immensely contributed to the rise of 2D game development. As you can very well understand, it is very difficult to name a very large list, so we shall concentrate on some which have been the most popular:
The beauty of this game is that it is very engrossing, taking into account the secrets and paths involved. So, you have to be on your toes while you are playing with it. Additionally, it has the best music to match which is complemented by the perfect design.
Super Mario Bros 3 is the perfect performer as far as interesting and challenging level design goes. Additionally there are a whole bunch of secrets that are out there to discover. Suffice to say that even after more than 3 decades it first made its appearance it still ranks so high in the popularity list.
This is a successor to the original Mega Man series. It includes some extra features like wall climbing, dashing to its original content. Also, some characters like Sigma, Zero, X are introduced in this edition. Overall, it is high octane action and if you are someone who believes in fast paced action, this is the game for you.
This game makes it to this list because of its simple and unique art style which immediately attracts the player. The difficulty level of the game is very appropriately placed and the combat is fun and has all the necessary excitement. Lastly, the music plays according to the needs of the situation. All in all, a great package.
It is all about a baby who falls from the sky. The subject matter is such that it immediately attracts eyeballs. The main ingredients of this game are the music, the story and the gameplay. The difficulty level is evenly paced but it does get harder at higher levels which makes it all the more interesting.
Additionally, there are some games which are definitely worth your time you shall be spending with them:
The Last Shinobi:
Well, there is a possibility that you might have not have heard about this one. It is the latest in the line of offerings which Vyrazu Labs has made in the area of 2D game development. This is a very engrossing game where the environment and rules governing the games have been not been made very complex or complicated. This approach gamers feel sometimes robs the excitement out of the game.
The game is pretty simple, A Ninja has got a fixed set of shurikens to defend himself against the gargoyles that attack him. Strategically speaking, he has to defend himself against the attacking gargoyles and yet do so in the most efficient manner so as to preserve his energy which will let him move ahead in the game. The visuals are compelling and the game has been developed as a fast paced one in order to keep the adrenaline rushing.
Well, I just can’t say any more, as that would reveal all. Join in and save the life of this Ninja friend.
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