How to Make it Big as an Indie Mobile App Developer

So, you’ve finally decided to leave your corporate job and start your career anew as a freelance app developer. Congratulations for taking that bold step to independence!

Now, how will you get started? As of this writing, countless apps are there in the app stores—but this should never discourage you from making your mark in the industry. Let me share with you some tips on becoming successful in this field.

 

Learn from the failures of terrible apps.

Evaluate not just the best apps but also the worst ones—what went wrong, what’s missing, and what could be improved. This way, you won’t repeat the same mistakes.

Develop simple apps first.

As a fledgling indie mobile developer, it’s not yet the right time to be ambitious with your projects. Start small by coming up with simple apps that can be released in as fast as 2 months. Your success rate will be higher because doing so enables you to experiment with a lot of ideas and innovations, as well as create many apps that will become part of your portfolio.

Create something with passion.

As with any kind of pursuit, making it big as an app developer entails passion—a lot of it. So make sure you work only on something that you’re passionate about. Otherwise, it will be just a complete waste of your time.

Get a good teammate.

Two heads are better than one—this couldn’t be truer in app development. Find someone who share the same passion and goals with you and who you’ll see yourself collaborating and exchanging ideas with for the long run.

Just do it!

Overthinking and obsessing about whether you’ll succeed or fail will just cause delays. Just get started and believe in yourself. With constant trial and error, you will be able to improve and eventually make things happen.

Becoming a successful app developer takes patience, hard work, and persistence. So when you fail for the first time, don’t be disheartened. Learn your lessons, and do better next time.

4 Fun Mobile Games to Play Remotely with Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Thanks to technology, long distance relationships no longer feel like a punishment like it was decades ago. Instant messaging and video chat apps, for example, let you communicate with and see the love of your life, albeit on a digital screen.

You know what’s even better? You can spend time having fun while playing games with your long distance lover. Catering to a variety of interests, plenty of apps are available for couples who want to spend quality time together even if they’re miles and time zones apart.

Draw Something

(Free for iOS and Android)

This word-guessing game works like Pictionary—you choose a word from a list, draw it (or your clue to the word if it’s too abstract to draw), and have your boyfriend or girlfriend guess it. You earn coins for each correct answer. It’s a hilarious game that will keep you playing for hours.

 

Monopoly

($0.99 for iOS; free for Android)

The well-designed mobile version of the all-time favorite classic board game, Monopoly will have you and your partner buy and sell properties, compete for the Boardwalk, and take a ride on the Reading Railroad.

 

Hatchi – A Retro Virtual Pet

($0.99 for iOS; free for Android)

Does raising a virtual pet sound fun to you? With its retro look, Hatchi will take you back to the days when caring for a virtual pet was a hit. Not only does it have you feed, clean, and play with your pet; it also offers mini-games that are also reminiscent of classic traditional childhood games like rock-scissors-paper and tic-tac-toe.

FIFA 14

(Free for iOS and Android)

Football-loving couples, here’s the perfect mobile game for you! You get to play virtually with real-life players and teams, and its two-player mode enables playing the game at the same time. Because it’s a graphics-heavy game, your smartphone must have advanced specs (like long battery life and higher RAM) fit for gaming.

What’s game do you like playing with your partner? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 Free Android Games in 2017: Which Apps are Worth Your Time?

Just because there are a lot of free game apps nowadays that don’t cost you a penny, doesn’t mean you should go on a downloading spree. Consider this: would you rather play a quick game that’s so boring it doesn’t challenge you or a game that’s more engaging and stimulating?

In short, what free mobile games are worth your time? The good news is that plenty of superb, well-thought-out games are available for Android users. Here’s a quick list:

Blown Away


Join the journey of Hendrik, a jolly hero with “teleporting shoes.” This game takes puzzle-solving to a whole new level by making the player teleport around the levels instead of jumping. If this game doesn’t blow you away, I don’t know what will.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever


If you adore the internet-famous Grumpy Cat, then waste no time downloading this game to your phone. Far from being the worst game ever, the app features various mini-games that will challenge you and make you fall in love with the cranky feline all the more.

Clumsy Ninja


Another character-oriented game app on this list, Clumsy Ninja involves some mini-games for training an awkward warrior. Many gamers regard Clumsy Ninja as one of the most innovative mobile games ever.

Zombies, Run!


With its creepy sound effects and awesomely engaging story, you’ll enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with being chased by virtual zombies.

Sky Dancer


This game app is like Temple Run—only more exciting and thrilling. You get to defy gravity when the game gets up to speed, and your maneuvering skills will be put to test as you try your damnedest best not to fall to the desert floor.

These are just five out of the many brilliant free Android games out there. What’s your favorite? Share it in the comments below!