It's tough to give an exact estimate of the cost that one would incur in developing a mobile game, as it heavily comes down to individual requirements at the end.
However, there are certain factors that are mandatorily applicable in deciding the final cost of your game.
One such factor is your choice of the operating system.
There are certain elements of game development that would cost more if you choose a particular operating system. For example, payment integrations and administrative systems for IOS based devices would come at a 10 to 20% higher cost than that of android.
However, developing a game on android would cost you more if you want your game to be compatible with the older versions of android devices.
Choosing a hybrid model may lead you to incur higher costs that are exclusive for both the platforms, but provide you with a much larger consumer market to gain back your development costs.
Also, the type of game engine that you choose for building your mobile game will affect your cost, although not that significantly.
The second major factor is the level of complexity of your game, and it can be divided into four major categories:
(1) Mini-games: $3000 to $20000
Basic, entry-level games like flappy bird fall under this category. A game with good potential in this category generally requires a minimum budget of $10000, as going below this budget means developing the game under a lot of limitations.
(2) Simple: $20000 to $60000
This is the category that most small budget games fall into. Some popular games include Stack, Hop, Red Ball, etc.
(3) Moderate: $60000 to $120000
This category of games generally has a certain depth in their content, graphics, the storyline, etc. This content depth ensures the wide scope of replayability and a large scale audience appeal.
(4) Complex: $120000 to $250000
Developing games under this category always involves a high risk to reward ratio. These games are generally top-notch when it comes to the content, graphics storyline, etc. The average building time ranges between 1-2 years.
The above graph shows that India and eastern europe hace the cheapest rates, when it comes to building a mobile gaming app, with hourly rates of less than $50.
Game release costs
When it comes to releasing a game on Google's play store, a onetime fee of $25 has to be paid.
However, apple's app store charges $99 yearly for a game release.
Game Maintenance Costs:
The most common costs that you would incur after your game release are:
· Costs for adding new features to your game
· Costs for upgrading to latest OS versions
· Bug fixing costs
Game development companies generally provide you with two models when it comes to game maintenance, namely On-demand that charges you hourly and full time that charges a fixed amount or hourly rates as well.
Other than this, there are some regular default payments that you have to make, such as server hosting costs ($40-$200, annually).
I hope this was helpful.
Rapid Game Development is about making quick apps with minimal code input.
Most game developers put in a lot of thought when it comes to game’s creative design, artistic aspects, and visual presentation but least on how to develop the game quickly. The latter can’t be ignored if you had heard what Tim Cook from Apple shared recently. He announced that there were catering for the 500 million weekly visitors to the App Store alone.
It means the flood gate for game-developers is open and whoever launches it first will have the advantage.
Approach for Rapid Game Development
Wrapping Up: To withstand the stiff competition in the global market game developing speed and accuracy is important. Adopting and practicing the right approach for development is the key to rapid game development.
To create a successful app, it’s essential for app developers to understand what consumers want in a smartphone; what do and do not they prefer. The size of a project is the deciding factor in its cost as long as the rate for programming services and the time are tied together in one bundle. By size, I mean the complexity of functionality and business logic behind the app. The most simple, common and straightforward way to get the estimate of the cost of an app is given below:
Some basic idea of the cost and time regarding the development of apps:
Facts about developing an app on both platforms:
Lots of different factors impact the cost of an app, but in the end, it truly depends on who builds your app, how it gets built, and what you want your app to do.
Firstly, let’s talk about the most common business model that all the leading food delivery apps are operating on.
This consists of two basic functions namely “acting as a restaurant finder for its users” and “food delivery applications “.
So based on the above business model, you can earn revenue from your app based on the following three facets.
(1) Delivery Fees: Most apps charge delivery fees based on the pricing model of base price plus surcharge.
(2) Revenue Sharing: This involves receiving a specific share of the overall revenue that a particular restaurant has generated in collaboration with a certain food delivery app.
(3) Advertising:This involves charging restaurants for promoting them in your app or providing their names in initial listings when a customer searches a particular food category.
Here is a pictorial representation of how the UberEats business model operates:
Now that you are familiar about the business model and the ways in which you can charge your customer and partners, let’s look at a few generic costs that are applicable for every food delivery Mobile app development.
(1) Development cost: There are two major factors that come into consideration in this namely the country that you are opting for and the level of expertise of the app developer.
Based on this your per hour cost can range from $25 to $150.
(2) App Release Costs: Android and IOS charge differently when it comes to releasing an app on their respective platforms.
While Google play store charges a onetime fee of $25, the app store would charge you $99 on a yearly basis.
(3) Maintenance costs: The common maintenance costs are most cases are bug fixing costs and the cost of updating your app at regular intervals.
Generally such costs account for a one-fifth of your total app development cost.
Now let’s talk about the costs that you would incur based on the level of complexity of you app.
Generally food delivery apps fall in the “Moderate Category” of app complexity.
Therefore the overall cost bracket that your food delivery app would fall in is $10000 to $50000.
Even though your final cost would heavily depend on your exclusive App Designing requirements, there are a few features that every food delivery app mandatorily has.
Let’s have a look at how much these features would cost you:
(1) Social sharing, push notifications: $2000 to $5000
(2) Implementing Geolocation: $2000
(3) Payment processing: $2,500
(4) Payment analytics module: $1,000.
(5) User Profiling, Rate and Reviewing and search options: $8000 to $10000.
Based on the above costs it can be said that creating a competitive food delivery app that has a good potential would cost you a minimum of $15000.
Hope this was helpful.