These are the best high-concept designs in mobile games

When it comes to animation and visual design in video games, the bigger the budget, the cleaner the final product. In other words, big-name video game developers will spend top dollar to make their titles even more realistic, dynamic and visually immersive than the competition. In some cases, the grade of the design will greatly influence the game’s success.

Overwhelmingly, this attention has been on consoles and PC games. However, mobile technology has improved greatly in the last decade. And thanks to handheld consoles like the Nintendo Switch, developers are shifting toward new design techniques and standards that cater to a smaller screen.

Mobile games are no longer side projects or simple ports for successful console and PC games. Nor are they the domain of simplified match-three and word puzzle games. Instead, mobile games are becoming a fully-fledged gaming industry all on their own. One key component of this evolution is the advancement of visual design in games. Keep reading for some of the best high-concept projects available on the market now.

9 Masks of Fire Slot

When it comes to casino gaming, slots are a close cousin to video games. While some people might think that online slots offer little compared to traditional games, that’s not always the case. For example, the 9 Masks of Fire slot is one of the world’s most popular slots thanks to its bonus rounds—and especially its visual design.

It includes a bright and fiery theme, along with ornate and beautifully crafted gold idols. Its bonus rounds unlock new and immersive scenes, which call back to an Indiana-Jones-esque jungle adventure.

Need for Speed: No Limits

This mobile game is where speed meets precision—even in terms of graphics. Need for Speed: No Limits included a lineup of incredibly realistic cars, which were designed down to even the most minute detail—from tires to tailpipes.

But in a game that moves so quickly, it’s often hard to appreciate the developer’s visual design. That’s not the case with Need for Speed, which means that players are able to enjoy a high level of visual design even while speeding through a mountain pass at high speeds.


This project comes from an indie developer. As is common with indie developers, the emphasis is on visual impact more than storytelling and gameplay mechanics. In Journey, players are treated to unforgettable and iconic visuals of a dusky desert landscape.

The game’s mission is simple: reach the looming mountain in the distance. Along with stunning visuals, players are also treated to stellar audio production—which is a good thing, because the only way they can interact with other players is through a wind chime feature.

Genshin Impact

This role-playing game is one of the most popular in mobile gaming thanks to its casual take on RPGs… and its unforgettable and immersive world. Genshin Impact draws on anime-style visuals, which add a more dynamic nature to its expansive landscapes and characters.

And that’s a good thing for this game, which includes an open-world setup and a meandering storyline that can take over 200 hours to complete. But if you’re interested in colorful and bright graphics, then it’s a great option to feast your eyes on.

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us bridges comic style (specifically derived from the Fables comic series) and adapts it for gaming. The storyline covers a mystery, which they’ll need to chip away at as they advance through five ‘episodes’.

The fact that the game plays out over episodes is yet another callback to its comic roots. In fact, the game’s artistic style and captivating visuals have helped instill The Wolf Among Us as one of 2023’s standout mobile games.

ARK: Survival Evolved

This mobile game included a massive budget—and you’ll be able to tell based on its incredible degree of visual detail. In fact, even though it was down-scaled for a mobile screen, the game retains much of its original visual appeal. Though it’s only a good fit for those who like survival games, it’s a quality title to study if you’re interested in the intersection of digital animation and big-budget gaming.

From Toonz to Walt Disney, an insight about Chatrasal Singh’s inspiring journey in animation field

Everyone wishes to live their dream life and Chatrasal Singh is one of those lucky few who has managed to accomplish it by securing a place at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Having worked on several feature films, TV shows, among other things across six countries for almost 15 years, it’s his passion and love for animation that has led him to this stature in his career. 

AnimationXpress got in touch with the enthusiastic animator, who hails from India, to gain a deeper understanding of his journey, challenges and much more. 

Getting into the animation industry

Singh revealed how in 10th grade he visited Toonz studio for the first time and that’s when he decided to do animation for a living. Toonz was also the first ever studio that Singh worked for as a professional in 2010. He said, “It gave a valuable jump start to my career as I got the opportunity to work in a professional production environment for a TV series. I am grateful for the guidance and opportunities given by Toonz CEO Jayakumar which served as a solid foundation for my animation journey.” Although Singh’s parents didn’t have much knowledge about the animation industry’s scope, they played a crucial role in his career by backing his passion for animation and helping him out for his animation studies in Vancouver.

Chatrasal Singh at Vanarts college, Vancouver

Having an industry presence of around 25 years, Toonz has nurtured and given a kickstart to careers of several people. Toonz Animation Academy is one of the well-known animation training institutions in India and with industry veterans and experts teaching there, it has been able to create a strong foundation for 2D and 3D animation. Over the years it has become successful in garnering young talent across India and Singh is one such example of that. At Toonz, Singh came to know about several departments in animation and how it fits in the pipeline. He said, “Toonz, having their departments well structured, and us working on a TV show called Jil Jil Genie, gave me a good idea about the entire production aspect like how shots move from layout to animation to further down the pipeline into lighting, compositing and so on.” 

Journey post Toonz 

After working in Toonz, Singh got an opportunity to work in another major animation studio, DreamWorks Animation (DWA). The studio is famously known for characters like Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Puss in the Boots and others. At DWA Singh was able to further enhance his skills and delve deeper into the 12 principles of animation, especially the appeal in characters. He was hired to work on mini webisodes along with 20+ members of the team and within six months of joining the studio, Singh was promoted to the position of lead animator on the show. “The rapid growth trajectory at DreamWorks and their contagious artistic environment made it a pure joy to work there and it propelled me to a great height in my career,” he added.

About his current employment at Walt Disney, he mentioned, “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a dream come true to be working at the studio that has created some of the most inspiring and memorable movies. I grew up watching Disney movies like so many of us and to be a part of the team that has created such magnificent stories and characters is an unparalleled feeling.” He further said that everyday at Disney is a learning day, and even if he is only spending time with colleagues, there’s always something new to grasp.

Artists tend to have special projects that have had an impact on them or their career, Singh too has one. He is most attached to his project Wish Dragon, a Sony/Netflix movie, while working for Base FX studio in Xiamen, China. One of the main reasons behind this project being special for him is that he was involved in the movie production from the beginning. Wish Dragon was the first movie that was produced by the studio and with the team being small, they had to face challenges but they were able to pull through. He revealed, “I had the chance to work on the characters in the pre-production phase, where we do walk/run cycles and performance tests. This helps define the personality of the characters and also style of animation in the movie. In addition to this, I was also tasked with developing a character in the film, where I had to come up with a pose library and expressions sets for the character. This library of poses was used by the entire team in their performance of that particular character.”  The movie went on to become successful and popular among viewers. 

Chatrasal Singh with his team at Base FX Studio

Giving back to the community

As mentioned earlier, Singh has worked in over six countries and is currently based in the U.S. He says that although he is still learning something new everyday at Disney, he does plan on contributing towards further building the Indian animation society and mentoring students in India is something that is on his mind.  He mentioned that a major difference in the Indian and American education system is that the students in the U.S. have a plethora of options to choose after high school as far as animation is concerned, which is lacking in India. Singh said that even though the Indian students are taking help of American coaching through online classes, mentoring them in person is the need of the hour. The coaching institutes in the U.S. have trainers that are actively working in studios besides teaching which is not the case in India, hence the students lack the knowledge of industry demands and workflow. 

Singh’s wishlist is to give back to the Indian animation studio by successfully running a studio, create more jobs, develop original content, make it available worldwide, and get international traction.

Singh recently had an opportunity to judge Animation Xpress’ ANN Awards 2022 where he could review Indian content. Talking about ANN Awards, Singh said, “Being a Jury for ANN awards was a very enjoyable experience. I was very impressed with the submissions and the imaginative ideas of young talent in India. Certain aspects like animation, lighting and others could have been more refined in the short films, but what I absolutely cherished was the originality of the content and the creativity. I am looking forward to so much more to come from India.”  He also said that platforms like ANN Awards will encourage and inspire more people to showcase their talent and innovative content. 

Lastly commenting on his future plans, Singh said that currently he is soaking in all the filmmaking and storytelling concepts at Disney and eventually in the future he would want to create his own short film and feature film. 

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