With the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization in early March 2020 and countries going into subsequent lockdowns has changed the entire world scenario in one way or the other.
While almost all sectors of the economy all over the world have significantly faced a setback because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it has brought a renaissance of new opportunities in the field of digital space, especially for startups and mobile app development companies.
The Screen Statistics
With restrictions on movement and subsequent limitations on the activities one can carry out, studies have shown that people have been spending more than 4.3 hours on average on the phone since the lockdowns have been announced which is seen as an increase by 24% as compared to normal circumstances. Moreover, it is estimated that more than 80% of the phone minutes are spent on some app or the other. While the mobile app market is predicted to see a whopping 38.5% growth by 2021, this has in turn provided incentives to many mobile app development services to venture into new possibilities during this pandemic.
Because of the importance given to limited human contact, the new app download statistics have shown a rise of 22 billion for Android and 9 billion for iOS, which clearly points to the fact that the android app development company have seen a tilt in their favor, as a majority of the people around the world are android users. Going beyond this tilt, there has been an equal surge in the digital marketplace as consumers are becoming more reliant on online platforms to cater to their basic necessities. In addition to this, in order to not get too overwhelmed during this crisis, people have resorted to a number of ways to keep their lives away from becoming mundane. One such avenue is the platform of online gaming.
As the medical minds around the world are burning the midnight oil to find a cure to this virus, people have turned to online gaming to connect and socialize with one another. Corollary to this, the time spent on online games has increased dramatically. This has made the online gaming program development an exciting opportunity.
Ludo King App As A Popular Game
While almost all the companies around the world have been subjected to the backlash of the COVID19 outbreak, LUDO KING is one of the very few companies that made more money, since its inspection, during the lockdown than before it. It has seen a growth in the number of monthly users by 47% between the months of April and May and is growing at a daily user rate of 30 % with over 50 million daily users.
How To Play Ludo King Game
Below is the step-by-step guide on Ludo board game through mobile:
- First, download the app from Google Play Store or iTunes.
- Once installed in your and your friends’ mobiles who want to play along, you will have to log in as a guest. You can connect your Facebook account to play with your Facebook friends. For playing with your local friends and family that is not necessary.
- Complete the setup.
- To play on Facebook go to Facebook instant games. Start to play. Play solo or make a team of two by sending an invitation through Messenger or WhatsApp.
- To play offline tap on Pass N Play. Select All Players to play individually Or tap Create Team to create a duo.
- To play with friends who are not nearby online, tap Play with Friends.
- On the opened screen choose your color.
- Next, you will find two options: Create or Join. Tap Create to create a room and generate a code through which your friends will join. And if you want to join a friend’s room, tap on ‘Join’ and enter the code generated by your friend.
- After everyone joins, Tap on ‘Play to Start’ to begin.
- Tap on the dice to play your turn
- Using the Chat Bubble over your Avatar’s head you can send messages and emoticons. Each emoticon costs 10 game coins.
Features OF Ludo App
Therefore, it would only be fair if we mention some of its key features.
Simple And User- Friendly Interface
Any application’s interface should be designed based on the latest research on User Interface (UI), User Experience (UE), and should meet IDL standards. These aspects enable developers to improvise the platform without unnecessary delays. In virtual games, it is imperative for the developers to ensure a seamless user experience to the audience. The Ludo king is one such app. It is easy to install as the installation is the first form of contact with the customers.
If the installation becomes cumbersome, the customers are most likely to bail out and move on from the application. It has easy provisions for new updates because if updates are complex, users are susceptible to skipping the process, thereby compromising the entire experience of the app. Moreover, it does not need third party software to run.
The application is easy to navigate through which is one of the most vital features of any app. In addition to this, it is easy to uninstall which is a significant feature as without a simple removal process, any software may become a burden. As much as developers would not want their users to remove their software, the removal process is the last key impression that an app can make.
Appealing Design, Graphics, And Music
The success of a particular game is also dependent on the quotient of its design, graphics, and music. It is the first thing that a user encounters while using a new application. Everything goes to waste if the initial interaction fails to make an impression. The logo of the app is vivid and graphics engaging and starts with upbeat music that adds up to the mood.
The game has various sounds for various activities going on in the game. It has a particular sound when the dice is rolled when a player’s pawn gets cut, and when a pawn is in the safe zone or when a player wins. Moreover, there are various sound and volume settings too that enables the user to tune it to his/her preference. Many mobile app development companies focus on this feature while developing an application.
Responsive Multiple Platform Functionality
The app works on various platforms and has a universal market in all operating systems. Many apps are to be developed separately for the Android Platforms and the iOS ones which make the entire process cost-inefficient and tedious. Moreover, it will have to bring about new updates separately to the two operating systems thus using up more time, effort, and money. Cross-platform app development services can be taken to create an app which can run on android as well as iOS platform.
Since this Ludo game works on a similar code for both platforms makes it more efficient. Furthermore, it can also be synced across multiple devices that help in saving the progress of the game and makes it easy to access by simply login in through the same email or Facebook profile.
Invite And Earn
It has the feature of inviting and earning which works in favor of both the user and the company. The Prospect of earning bonus rewards will incentivize the user to invite his/her friends while at the same time increase the brand visibility and image of the application through downloads. The friends who join through the links also earn some extra points and rewards. Thus, making it a win-win situation for all. Since the feature is important to incorporate, companies hire app developers who can include these functionalities easily.
Various Modes To Play From
The game has a wide array of modes to play from.
It has an online multiplayer mode that allows one to play against random other players, single-player mode, a pass and play mode which allows one to play with friends on a single device, a play with computer mode, and also a play with friends mode. The play with friends mode requires the sharing of a particular code to all the players involved, thereby making an exclusive private group for them to play in.
The computer mode is the user playing against the computers, which in itself has two modes. One is the classic mode and the other is the rush mode. The rush mode makes the game edgier as one player does not have to wait for his/her chance to come to roll their dice but can continuously do so all the while chasing the other players’ pawns and reaching the finishing line first.
All these various modes ensure that a player has a good time while being on the app, Thus making it suitable for all sorts of occasions. Android application development companies check for both the modes in their testing phase.
The game also has a number of themes one can choose from such as Nature, Marble, disco, candy, etc. Each theme has a unique design and background and the dices changing patterns according to the themes. This makes the game more entertaining and interesting.
Users can play the game not only in English but in many other regions as well as international languages. Thus making it easier for it to be used by people belonging to different languages. Development companies hire app developers who are experienced enough to deal with such features.
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The real fun in any game comes from engaging in playful conversation and fights. While online game limits the possibility of engaging in full-fledged dialogues, the live texting feature enables the conversations to some extent. This makes the game more exciting and absorbing. However, in online multiplayer mode, where one plays against random people from across the world, there are only certain default messages that can be sent to the other person This is a great bonus as it saves people from unwanted abuses and propositions from unknown people, This makes it a safer place to enjoy without unnecessary impediments.
Missions, Tournaments, Global Ranking, and Daily Bonuses
To maintain the interest quotient of the game, the developers have put in various missions and tournaments that are to be completed within a stipulated time. The completion of missions and tournaments enables the players to unlock new themes and win rewards. The global rankings make the game more competitive with attractive prizes for the top players on the leader board.
Apart from these, there are daily bonuses that give out free game coins every day which are required to buy the themes. Features such as spin the wheel, up and down mode give a chance to earn more coins on an hourly basis. This in turn ensures the daily number of active users for the company.
More Games Within The App
The game also puts out a bonus for its audience and features other games such as Ladders and snakes and Sudoku which makes the app all the more appealing. Cross-platform app development companies find it more convenient to develop an app that can run on both platforms.
Above mentioned are some of the key features of the Ludo king app that has made it all the more interesting. Hence, it is not surprising that it has a Google play store ranking of 4.5 stars.
Factors to Consider While Making a Clone app
In March 2020 the app had more than 300 million downloads and an estimated $300k revenue. New entrepreneurs naturally want to gain profit by grabbing this opportunity to launch its clone apps. But as clone apps of a popular app gaining success and trust are not easy.
The factors that have brought success to Ludo King and are to be kept in mind to launch its clone app are:
You should decide if you want a native app or a cross-platform app. The development cost ranges depending on that. Cross-platform apps are always more cost-effective and profitable. Ludo King is available on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows 8, and 10 mobile. It’s highly recommended to keep the design and UI almost similar for different platforms which will make it easier to play among friends and families.
Game Design And UI/UX
Designing of the interface, high-quality graphics, position of add-ons, and features are everything to engage the users. Choosing the right android app development company is very important. Consult with the developers to come up with an easy-to-use clean interface without unnecessary features with a good mix of graphics and sounds that are at the same level or better than Ludo King.
In Ludo King, there are features like the chatbox, leveling up, earning points, and different modes for playing online and offline with local or Facebook friends. There are two to six multiplayer options. To entice and win the regular users you should come up with features that also have some uniqueness along with these similarities.
Depending on the features and function the code length will increase and so will the size of the application. You need to prioritize your decisions while considering different OS as there are small mobile screens, medium-screen tablets, and full-size computer screens.
Testing is the most important phase to undergo to understand the response of the public, to avoid loss and increase the performance rate of the app. Particularly as a clone app, you need to know how acceptable your app is to users.
There are different approaches for testing your app to know the functionality, usability, security, compatibility, performance, interface, and cloud testing. The companies that provide the Mobile App Development Services make sure to check all the needy things in the testing phase only.
Cost Estimation For A Clone Ludo App
The cost of an app depends upon a lot of factors for android application development and apps on other platforms.
- Application size (whether the app is small, medium or big in size depending on the number of its key features)
- Level of UI (either MVP, Basic, or Polished)
- Signup options and user accounts (depends on the signup options e.g. Facebook, email, Google account, Twitter)
- User-generated content (on the dashboard, activity feed, user profile, tags, ratings, and reviews)
- Social engagement (providing a message box, chatbox, forums, or commenting, sharing, push to Facebook open graph option)
- CMS integration
- User admin pages
- Usage analytics
- Performance monitoring
- Multilingual support
All of these factors boil down to adjust your necessities and time to develop before estimating all the costs.
For a clone app of Ludo King having similar features will cost approximately INR 5,00,000 or USD 6,500-10,000 for an upgraded or advanced level. With basic features and performance, the cost will be low. The more advanced the app is, the more costly it will be.
A cloned app of Ludo King with basic features will cost around USD 5000
The cloned app of Ludo King with few advanced features will cost around USD 10000
A cloned app of Ludo King with extra advanced features will cost around USD 15000.
The Ludo king has also seen a fivefold increase in traffic as it became popular in other countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia that has similar lockdowns going on, with 330 million downloads worldwide. It went on to become the number 1 free game on android and iOS platforms surpassing Temple Run and Candy Crush. The business owners can get in contact with the top developers who want the clone of this app.