How to Move a Character in Java Games

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How to Move a Character in Java Games
Java games are mobile games which work with the numerical keypad. (mobile image by razorconcept from

Java games are games written in the Java programming language which enables them to run on a variety of devices, mobile phones in particular. There is a huge market for mobile phone games due to their "easy to pick up and play" nature as well as their portability. While there are a variety of Java games spread across various genres they are all controlled using they keypad buttons of your phone. Some phone models have special buttons to make character movement easier but it is possible on all phones.

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    Start the Java game on your phone with the character that you want to move. The mobile 9 website has a free Java game, "Giana Sisters II" available for download. This game shares a lot of similarities with the classic "Mario Bros" games and features the standard character controls that most Java games have.

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    Start a new game and wait until the game has finished loading and you are in control of your character.

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    Press the "6" key on your phone keypad to move your character right in the case of "Giana Sisters II." Press the "4" key to move your character to the left. Press the "2" key to make your character jump straight up. Press the "3" to make your character jump diagonally to the right and the "1" key for a jump diagonally to the left. This control scheme is standard and should work for all platform type Java games that are viewed from a side perspective (games called "side scrollers").

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    Press the "5" button to perform a action depending on the type of game. This can be anything from punching to kicking and shooting. Some phone models like the Sony U100i have dedicated gaming keys located above the screen so you can rotate the phone sideways. These keys are not compatible with all Java games so check the game description before buying to see if it will work.

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    You can tilt the phone itself to move a character in certain Java games like "Loco Roco". For this control method to work your phone has to have a build in accelerometer so check the phone's specifications in its manual before downloading the game.

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