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Cross-Platform Mobile Games: Do They Have a Future?

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Back in the day, Adobe’s Flash was the go-to development platform for browser-based games. There weren’t many platforms to work for: computers might have had different operating systems, but there was a Flash Player available for each of them. With the advent of the smartphone and Apple’s antipathy for Flash, the development software was pushed from the spotlight into the background and its decline has continued ever since. Unity, the contender, is a great alternative, but not as widely supported as Flash. There’s also HTML5 which is the platform of choice for a series of services, but not as widespread as it should be when it comes to games.

Native Apps Rule

When it comes to mobile games, there’s just a handful that run in a browser window. Developers prefer to build their games as apps, with better access to each phone’s hardware resources and better possibilities to monetize them. For complex games like MMOs and MOBAs this is the obvious choice. Simpler games like puzzles and casual titles could function perfectly with HTML5, but are still released as native apps. This leaves desktop users devoid of access to a series of games that “live” on smartphones alone.

Real Money Gaming Has Chosen A Different Path

All Royal Vegas online Casino Games available on mobile are built using HTML5. One of the reasons for this is the app marketplace policies: while Apple allows the listing of real money games in the App Store, Google – which has the bigger market share in the countries where the Royal Vegas is accessible – is clearly against them.

Royal Vegas players in need of some mobile action need to use the browser-based version if they want to play their games. But the force majeure that led to this situation has resulted in a great, functional, and completely cross-platform mobile gaming portal. Royal Vegas players can access a nice selection of their favorite games on smartphones and tablets, no matter what operating system makes them tick. They can play them on iOS and Android, Blackberry OS or Windows 10 – or even on desktops if they like.

A Browser Game Renaissance?

When it comes to casual games, HTML5 is a great alternative to Flash. It is platform-independent, easy to learn and easy to deploy. However, it some deficiencies too. Distributing a HTML5 game is not as easy as it was with Flash (and it is with Unity). While it doesn’t need plugins, HTML5 relies heavily on various JavaScript libraries to function properly and not many website owners would accept to link to these third-party pieces of code and take the risk to be exposed to malware without their knowledge. Thus, the rebirth of the browser game is unlikely in the near future. It will be fun while it lasts but it will ultimately disappear, giving way to the apps in the long run.

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