How to Make a Card Game App?

How to Make a Card Game App
Faiza Khalid
CIS engineer | Developer | Tech Writer

Are you interested in knowing how to make a card game app?

The total market revenue for card game apps reached 15.71 billion USD in 2022 and is expected to increase to 26.87 billion USD by 2026, according to a Statista report. The total number of card game downloads is projected to reach 1,717.6 million by 2023.

The statistics show card game apps are likely to stay famous among users given the historical popularity of card games. The growing market also offers many opportunities for businesses that plan to invest in card game app development.

Make a Card Game App

You can make a card game app as a digital version of a traditional game like UNO, Solitaire, etc., or develop a new game with a new card-game rule set. 

You will go through the following steps to make a card game app whether it is a digital remake of an existing card game or an entirely new card game with unique features for the audience.

Card Game App Market Research

Comprehensive market research will help you understand the card game market. You will explore the existing card game apps and evaluate the features most liked by the target users, current app limitations, app user demographics, game market trends, etc.

This research will help you determine the scope of your card game app development project. You will decide the features you want to deliver, the market audience you want to target, etc.

A few of the key features of the card game include:

  • User sign-up and profiles;
  • Multi-player games;
  • Tournament details;
  • In-app purchases and payment integrations;
  • Social media integrations;
  • Invite friends and earn;
  • Online chat, etc.

Build a Team to Make a Card Game App

You will form a game app development team with the following roles:

  • A UI/UX designer designs an interactive and engaging card game user interface;
  • An iOS developer makes a card game for Apple Store;
  • An Android developer makes a card game app for the Google Play Store;
  • A mobile game app tester to test the game app for any bugs or errors;
  • A project manager manages the app development team, implements the app development plan, gives a timeline and budget estimates, etc.
  • A business analyst researches the target market and proposes solutions to make your app successful in the market, etc. 

You can opt for agile development and build a scrum team to build your card game app. The agile project management and development processes focus on iterative development and quick delivery of app features to the customers.

Scrum is an agile development framework that builds a cross-functional team of developers and testers. The team members closely work together to deliver a deployable app feature at the end of each development cycle called sprint.

Scrum events like scrum planning, daily scrums, sprint review, and sprint retrospective allow scrum teams to meet regularly and discuss project progress, hurdles, solutions, etc.

Our article on how to build a scrum team will give you more insights into scrum team development.

Provide Game App Development Infrastructure

You will provide game app development infrastructure to your project team. This will include servers, storage, network protocols, orchestration services, development platforms, etc.

You can either install these computing and storage resources on-premises or opt for cloud-based services.

Cloud infrastructure is highly-popular in the software industry due to its enhanced agility, flexibility, scalability, security, and cost-effectiveness. Cloud services are hosted and maintained by cloud service providers.

You can get the required app development infrastructure resources from a well-known cloud service provider like Amazon AWSMicrosoft Azure, etc., and help your development team focus completely on your card game app design and development.

Perform Storyboarding

Now that you have professionals for all the crucial app development roles, you will start the game storyboarding process. A storyboard shows the game’s progress from start to finish. It describes the game app’s flow from launch to completion.

Your app development team will create realistic mockups of card game screens in a logical order and include notes for additional information, like the game rules, etc. 

Such detailed storyboards will help your designers and developers to design and code a card game as per your expectations.

Software tools like Boords, Storyboard Quick, Storyboarder, etc., will help you create your card game storyboards.

Design the App UI

Your UI/UX designers will create the visual appearance of your card game. They will design the UI components, like buttons, menus, icons, etc., and their placement on the app screen. They will also design the game characters and the overall game layout on the app screen.

Your designers will use UI techniques to choose the color palette, design themes, typography, etc. They will follow the UX principles to offer a seamless and intuitive user experience to gamers.

Your designers will also follow Human Interface Guidelines for iOS apps and Materials Design Guidelines for Android Apps.

Your game designers will use tools like Adobe Creative Cloud to create visual elements, app mockups, and wireframes. 

Develop the Card Game App

Now your game developers will code the card game app as per prototypes built by designers. There are multiple programming languages and development tools available that accelerate the process of game development.

Programming Languages

Some of the popular programming languages for game development include the following:

  • C++ gives better run-time performance and has a large collection of libraries that support game development. The low-level features give developers the flexibility to access and manipulate machine hardware.
  • C# is popular for game development due to its compatibility with Unity, a robust and easy-to-use game engine. C# also gives high performance, is programmer-friendly, and features code reusability for cross-platform apps.
  • Java is considered a primary programming language for Android app development, including game apps. All Android SDKs use Java. However, Java is used only to develop lightweight games and is not common among game developers.
  • Kotlin is another popular language to develop apps for Android OS. It has a KorGE game engine for game development, but it is not mature enough for high-performance game apps.
  • Swift is used for game app development for iOS, macOS, iPadOS, etc. It has multiple frameworks, like SpriteKitSceneKit, etc., to accelerate game programming.

Game Engines

A game engine is a software platform to design and build video games. It provides relevant libraries and tools to accelerate game development, such as 2D/3D graphics rendering engine, physics engine, sound system, scripting feature, animation engine, memory management, etc.

Some game engines that will help your developers build a card game include:

  • Unity is a cross-platform 2D and 3D game development engine with features to build an online backend, host game servers, perform data analysis, test players’ engagement, etc.
  • Unreal Engine is an advanced 3D creation software and offers a game development editor, asset optimization, animation system, integrated media support, developer tools, multiple platform support, etc.
  • GameMaker Studio offers a series of cross-platform game engines to create 2D games via GML Code or GML visual. It offers a room editor, workspaces, image editor, debugger, networking, etc.
  • AppGameKit is a game development platform for cross-platform mobile applications. It offers AppGameKit studio and AppGameKit Mobile to design, build, test, and deploy game apps efficiently.

API Development

APIs are an integral part of software applications today. Your app developers can build core game features as APIs for efficient interaction between them and to provide support on multiple hardware mediums.

Your developers will use REST or GraphQL architectures for API development and supporting tools like Katalon Studio for API design, documentation, and testing.

You can read our article on how to build a REST API for a mobile app for more information.

APIs will also allow developers to integrate third-party services into your application without developing them from scratch. However, your app developers need to be cautious about higher external dependencies.

For example, your iOS developers can integrate Apple in-app purchase API for in-app payments, push notifications API for pop-up notifications, localization API to adapt your app to multiple languages, etc.

Similarly, Android provides Location APInotifications API, etc., for Android developers. 

Latest Technologies

Your app developers will use cutting-edge technologies to build advanced features in your card game app such as a personalized game experience, immersive reality experience, augmented reality experience, etc., to boost user engagement.

Your developers should be familiar with machine learning and VR technologies to implement them effectively in gaming app development.

For example, convolution neural network helps in object detection and recognition, pathfinding, motion control, etc., recurrent neural networks improve game mechanics, give immersive experience, build realistic game characters, etc. 

Advanced game engines such as Unreal Engine offer artificial intelligence and virtual reality capabilities. 

Some other tools that will help your game app developers to incorporate the latest technologies in your card game app are Azure Machine LearningGoogle Vertex AIAmazon Machine Learning, etc.

Test your Game App

Your mobile app testers will test your card game app extensively and ensure all features work as planned. They will create real-world scenarios and test the game logic and output. 

Some of the mobile test cases are compatibility testing, functional testing, recoverability testing, security testing, usability testing, etc.

Tools like Test IO, Appium, OCMock, etc., will help your testers automate app testing procedures for Android, iOS, and cross-platform card-based gaming apps.

Deloy to the App Stores

Once your app is tested for all functional and non-functional requirements, your developers will deploy it in the game market. Your Android developers will follow publishing guidelines by Google Play Store, and iOS developers will follow App store review guidelines by Apple.

Mobile DevOps practices help developers focus on delivering high-quality app features instead of worrying about deployment infrastructure management.

Mobile DevOps supports continuous development, integration, configuration, deployment task automation, security, monitoring, etc.

Your developers will use mobile DevOps tools like Bitrise, CircleCI, Kobiton, etc., to build, test, and maintain the DevOps pipeline in mobile app development efficiently.

Collect User Feedback and Provide App Support

You will collect app users’ reviews and feedback on your card game. You will incorporate this feedback into the next app development iterations and improvise your card game features as per users’ expectations.

You will also conduct regular app maintenance and keep it updated with new mobile OS versions, hardware advancements, etc.

Ready to Build a Card Game App?

The online gaming market is quite challenging. You need to build a game app with unique features to attract an audience and generate revenue. Therefore, you will require a competent team of software developers, app developers, and project managers.

If you do not find such talent on your team, we would advise you to partner with a reliable software development company with experience in the development of mobile game apps.

Why not hire such competent developers from DevTeamSpace? We have a community of field-expert software developers experienced in the development of software solutions for multiple industries.

All our developers are vetted for their skills in the latest technologies and are managed by senior developers. You can easily partner with these software developers by sending us your initial project specifications via this quick form

One of our account managers will get in touch with you to discuss in detail how we can help you make a card game app successfully.

FAQs on How to Make a Card Game App

1. How can I create my own game app like Rummy?

To develop your own Rummy app to play online games, you will research the game market for your game app idea, plan the project scope, build an app development team, and provide your team with the supporting tools. Your dev team will then design, develop, test, and deploy your game app as per your requirements.

2. Is there a program to create my own card game app?

You can use software like Adobe Express to design your card-based game app and Hearthstone to develop card-based games. However, to develop a card game with unique and interactive features, you will need specialized design and development skills. You can hire developers with the required skills from a software app development company like DevTeamSpace.

3. Is it expensive to create a game app to play card games?

A game app takes anywhere from a few tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for the app development process depending on the type and complexity of game features.

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