This article is a guest post from Nextpeer, creators of an easy-to-use multiplayer SDK. The Nextpeer SDK helps you to add multiplayer functionalities to your game or create a multiplayer game from scratch, without having to worry about servers, matching players, communications and other complicated technical challenges that normally face multiplayer game developers.
In this post, we explain the advantages of multiplayer games to both players and developers, and introduce you to an open-source, multiplayer game called UFO RUN, created by Nextpeer, that you are welcome to download and reskin for free. We hope you enjoy the post!
Multiplayer games improve the gaming experience for all types of players: for competitive players, who want to beat their opponents and show off their skills, and for socializers, who simply want to play together or interact with other players. Both types of players enjoy an improved gaming experience when playing multiplayer games.
Not only does this make sense intuitively, but Nextpeer has data, from both its own research and from real-life examples, to prove it. One of our research studies showed that players who used multiplayer functionality played 40% more sessions than players who did not use multiplayer. Moreover, for games with good multiplayer integration, we saw increases of more than 100% in the average number of sessions for players who played using the multiplayer version of the game versus those who played only the single-player version of the game. An increase of this magnitude can be a real game-changer for games with only mediocre sales or rankings, as you can read in the paragraph below.
“A Bike Race of Ninja Temple” was a single-player, reskinned game without much sales success in the AppStore. After integrating the Nextpeer SDK into the game and turning it into a multiplayer game only, the game became an incredible hit. It reached the top 3 rankings in the US and UK AppStores, as well as similar rankings in many other stores. With millions of users, the game served as irrefutable evidence for Nextpeer’s amazing ability to take an unknown game and bring it to the top of the AppStore rankings.
With Nextpeer, you can add multiplayer functionalities to your game in a few hours. The simplicity of the Nextpeer SDK means that even relatively inexperienced developers can do this. Whether you are creating your own game or buying a game source code, you can easily upgrade your game with Nextpeer. You can also enlarge your game portfolio by creating a sequel to your game which is multiplayer only.
To help you understand the process of integrating multiplayer functionalities into your games, Nextpeer created a demo game which you can download for free, and reskin to use as the base for you own real-time multiplayer game. UFO RUN is an open source, online, real-time, cross-platform (iOS & Android) multiplayer race game for smartphones and tablets which incorporates all of Nextpeer’s most advanced functionalities. In the game, players compete against each other to reach the finish line first. During the race, players can attack their opponents and use various power-ups to gain an advantage over their rivals.
You are welcome to download the game for free, reskin it and create your own real-time multiplayer game. You may study the game’s tutorial to learn how to develop multiplayer games. You can also reuse UFO RUN’s code available on Chupamobile and integrate its multiplayer functionalities into your own games to save yourself time and resources. Some of the classes in the game were developed to be generic and easy to copy: we encourage you to make use of them.
To sum up, Nextpeer helps developers create multiplayer games easily with its easy-to-use SDK. Multiplayer greatly improves the gaming experience and increases the number of player sessions, which can be a game-changer for some games. You can download UFO RUN – Multiplayer Race from Chupamobile and reskin it to create your own multiplayer game for free, or use the game’s tutorial to learn how to add multiplayer functionalities to your own game.