App-like games are those games that you usually find on your phone or tablet. They include casual favorites like board games, card games, puzzles, and even strategy games. These games are called 'app-like' because they're all about interaction. You tap on a card, punch in a number, select a letter - you name it! It's all about responding to your touch or input.
Flutter's design is such that it embraces these interactive elements. The way it's built makes it particularly good for creating games that need quick responses to your actions. That's why it's a natural match for app-like games.
In 2022, Google introduced something cool for game developers: the Flutter Casual Games Toolkit. It's a bundle of tools that can make creating casual mobile games faster, especially the light and fun ones.
Casual Games Toolkit Overview
What this toolkit includes:
A Ready-Made Game Template: Flutter offers a game template (code) with a lot of built-in features to kickstart your game development:
- Main Menu
- Sound and Music
- In-App Purchases
- Achievements and Leaderboards
- Support for Crashlytics
A Helpful Video Guide: There's a video titled "Quick start to building a game in Flutter" that walks you through how to use the game template.
Tic Tac Toe Game Source Code: You can find the code for a complete tic tac toe game that's been built using the template. It's available for both Android and iOS.
Join the Community on Discord: If you have a Discord account, you can connect with other developers through the Flutter Games Discord channel.
The template comes with specific packages like provider, google_mobile_ads, in_app_purchase, audioplayers, crashlytics, and games_services. But don't worry, if you want to use other packages, you can freely change the code.
Thinking about earning some cash from your mobile game? The template has got you covered. It's already set up with ads and in-app purchase options, just waiting for you to configure them.
Casual Games Toolkit Tutorials