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Top 5 Mobile Game Development Tools 2018

Use one of these development tools to build your mobile gaming app 5 Mobile Game Development Tools 2018

The mobile gaming industry is undoubtedly one of the most powerful sectors that are growing with blazing speed. The evolution of the mobile technology has open many new doors for the gaming industry. As of 2017, the gaming market has generated total $100 billion revenue, and this shows how much influence this sector holds in the market. Over the last few years, the industry has taken over many limitations and came up with unrealistic results. This sudden boost has encouraged a number of people to move towards the mobile game development sector and make a great hit.

According to a survey the mobile gaming industry is expected to be valued at $128.5 billion by 2020. This prediction proves that how big this sector will going to be in the coming time and investing in mobile game development is a profitable move. Besides, the latest technology support like Artificial Intelligence, VR and AR have made the gaming more interesting. For those who are planning to step into the sector, we have compiled top 5 mobile game development tools of 2018 below.

1. Unreal Engine

  • Developed By:  Epic Games

  • Platform Support:  iOS and Android

  • Used By:  Capcom, Activision, Ubisoft, Microsoft Studios, Nintendo, and more.

  • Popular Games:  Marvel Heroes, Batman: Arkham Origins, Infinity Blade 3, WWE Immortals, and more.

  • Cost: Free

unreal engine

Unreal Engine is one of the most used development tools among the game developers. Unreal Engine 4 is the latest version of the kit released for next-generation development by the Epic Games. The development kit comprises a number features and options to develop PC, console or mobile games. Besides with UE4, you will be getting an advanced graphics system including advanced dynamic lighting and a new particle system that is capable of handling 100 million particles in a scene. This feature comes as a boon for the developers looking to develop a 3D game. However, this benefit increases the size of the game and requires the high-end devices to run the game.

2. Marmalade SDK

  • Developed By:  Marmalade Technologies Limited.

  • Platform Support:  iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Tizen, and Blackberry.

  • Used By:  ZeptoLab, Electronic Arts, PopCap Games, Nintendo, and more.

  • Popular Games:  Doodle Jump, Plants vs. Zombies, Need for Speed: Shift, Cut the Rope, and more.

  • Cost:  $600 per license.


Marmalade SDK is the best platform if you are looking for the tool that can develop the game for different platforms at once. The development platform also known as ‘write once and run anywhere’ SDK where you just need code only once, and the game can be run on different platforms. While using Marmalade SDK, you don't need to write code for each platform. Besides, your game will get the exposure to various app stores. Along with this the SDK also lets you use different libraries, samples, tools, documentation while developing a game. This results in saving a significant amount of time, efforts and resources while mobile game development.

3. Unity

  • Developed by: Unity Technologies.

  • Platform Support: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Tizen.

  • Used By: Electronic Arts, LEGO, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and more.

  • Popular Games: Pokémon GO, Super Mario Run, Angry Birds 2, Wasteland 2, and more.

  • Cost: Free for personal use. Paid plans start at $35 per month.


Currently, more than 34 percent of the top 1000 free games are built with the help of the Unity game engine. The developers, designers, and animators collaborate to use the Unity for building an intuitive game. Unity comes with a number of various features for 2D and 3D game development. The cross-platform development SDK is very easy to handle and understand. The developers can easily deploy the game on Android, iOS, Windows and other mobile gaming platforms.  Where Unreal Engine is famous among the PC game developers, Unity is the first choice for the mobile game developers. The gaming tool is also compatible with the VR options. Almost 90 percent of the Samsung Gear VR games and 53 percent of the Oculus Rift VR games are based on Unity.

4. Corona SDK

  • Developed by: Corona Labs Inc

  • Platform Support: iOS, Android, Kindle, desktop applications for Windows and OS X

  • Used By: AppForge Inc., QuizTix, Fire Maple Games, and Nix Hydra Games

  • Popular Games: Return to Grisly Manor, The Lost City, Quiz Tix, and Fun Run 2.

  • Cost: Free.

corona sdk

Corona SDK is among the few development tools that uses Lua as its scripting language, which is preferred by the developers due to its easy learning curves. The SDK is used to develop the games for the mobile platform, Apple TV, and Android TV. The gaming SDK comes with more than 500 APIs covering the range of functions from networking to animation, and the real-time testing makes its simple to ideate, code and validate in a single go.

5. Cocos2d-x

  • Developed by: MIT License.

  • Platform support: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Tizen.

  • Used by: Zynga, Glu, Big Fish Games, Disney Mobile, and more.

  • Popular Games: Big Fish Casino, Dragon City, BADLAND, Castle Clash, and more.

  • Cost:  Free.

cocos2d x

Cocos2d is gaming SDK for developing 2D games using the vast number of tools. The development SDK is used for developing mobile games for the platforms including Android, iOS, Linux, OS X and more. Cocos2d is an open source gaming tool comes with a lot of detailed documentation and supported by a vast community. The 2D gaming SDKl is efficient in developing a game with small size as 1.3MB. The tool has evolved so much over the short period of time and being used by many big developers. Some of the popular games developed using Cocos2d are Clash of Kings, Hardest Game Ever 2 and Badland.

The UpShot

Developing mobile a mobile game from struct is a typical and effort taking task. The Best mobile game development tool will help to simpler the steps with new generations assistance. Before jumping into the development, you must be aware of the best tools available in the market. I hope the game development SDKs mentioned above and details about them will help you in choosing the perfect mobile game development tool for your project.

Akash Singh Chauhan
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Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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