Imagine playing Candy Crush or Clash.World on your smartphone without sounds. How enjoyable is it compared to playing it with sounds full-on, the music playing along with the yummy sounds of candies and gummies exploding in the game? It is beyond compare, right?
An essential part of any mobile gamer’s playing experience is the sound and music that accompanies the games. Music and sounds put the whole mobile gaming experience on full throttle, imbibing competitiveness, and characterization.
Mobile gaming has proven its allure to many young people because of the great visualization portrayed by the game characters, colorful pictures, and amazing storytelling. But, one cannot deny that sounds and music make the whole mobile gaming experience richer.
If you are developing a mobile game, then this quick guide to creating sound and music can help you. Here are things you need to consider in choosing the sound and music of your mobile games.
Match the tone to the story’s plot
This is a no-brainer tip that you must remember. If your mobile game is related to war or combat stories, then it is nonsense to put sounds that are mellow or fancy like those gooey sounds in Candy Crush.
Likewise, if the storyline of your mobile game is about surpassing challenges so the player can move up to the next level, then the tone of your music should follow suit.
Sound effects versus background music
You should know how to differentiate the use of sound effects from background music. It might be better if you lay out a plan separately for each type. Why? Know that there are a group of mobile gamers who prefer to completely turn off background music during playtime. Instead, these players opt to have just the sound effects turned on.
On the other side are the other gamers who prefer playing with background music on. It just energizes them. So, the main goal for you is to satisfy both groups by integrating separate packets of sound effects and background music to your mobile games.
A way to do this is to create a baseline background music that fits the overall theme of the mobile game. From there, your team can create variations depending on the storyline or challenges involved in the game.
As you do this, you will realize that the sound effects are basic sound files that you can integrate throughout the whole game as these are usually attached to the characters’ personification and actions. Just remember to listen in and make sure that when both the sound effects and background music are turned on, they flow seamlessly together. The music should not distract the player, instead, engage him to play more.
If you are finding it hard to come up with an original soundtrack or background score for your mobile game, try looking for inspiration. What media influences are related to the story of your mobile game? Does it depict cultural views? Pop culture? Films? Popular movies? Art? Get inspiration from these sources.
Lastly, the best way is to gather information on how similar mobile games like yours have mixed their sounds and music. In that way, you can easily reference these sounds and adapt a unique texture and voice to your own game.
Finding the perfect blend of sound and music to your mobile game can be quite a stretch, especially during the creative process. But, with the tips discussed in this guide, we hope that creating sounds and music for your next mobile game can knit together the whole mobile gaming experience of your game patrons.