Here are some of the tools you might need to compliment your game creations. We list out some of our favorite and most used tools that use to add vital substance to our games. Everything from ads for our games to in-game sound creation is done using these handy tools. The some of the amazing sounds in our games Homebound and Follow the Dots was created by us using these tools (more on this). A few tools we recommend:
Screen capture – Screen capture is an important tool for the game developers both to track their own progress as well as provide people with quality promo content. It helps give potential users a better idea as to how the game will look on their device. Game devs can also see progress made from early Alpha stages to later Beta stages. Some of my favorite and easy to use apps are Mirror by ClockworkMod and AZ Screenrecorder. These apps are lite and have a simple design allowing seem-less capture on most devices. Mirror sets up shop in your notifications bar and shows you screen touches as long as you continue recording. Its a great tool for making promo videos for your games. AZ Screen Recorder is great for recording small bits and pieces. A floating box hovers around the screen which you can use to control where and what you want to record. It is important you don’t use clunky, unreliable screen recorders since they are known to cause the device to lag. AZ and Mirror are some device friendly and free options. Be sure to check them out on the Play Store.
InkScape and GIMP – Inkscape is a very handy vector graphics editor and the primary tool behind the awesome Follow the Dots and Homebound look and feel. The combination of the two programs (Inkscape and GIMP) allowed us to create some crazy good ads for AdMob and some great looking icons for the app drawer. One of the major reasons why Inkscape is so popular is because of its interface consistency and easy to use nature. GIMP is primarily used for image retouching and raster (JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF) graphics editing. Both these incredible softwares as free and open source. I would recommend these for if you’re looking create banners, icons and ads for your product.
Audacity – Audacity is an excellent tool to record, edit and add tons of digital effects. An open source program, Audacity is great at multi-track mixing and a powerful program for audio editing. It works with a variety of audio formats and boasts a long list of comprehensive audio effects. Anyone can learn to use Audacity’s wide range of functions if you mess around with it long enough. A popular and highly rated audio editing tool, we recommend Audacity for all your audio editing needs.
Let us know what your preferred game development essentials are and why?!