I've had to build a bunch of server based REST APIs to handle a bunch of things that seem like they would be very common problems you would need to solve in many different types of mobile games.
I felt like I was rebuilding the wheel and that there should be an out-of-the-box solution for most of the things that I ran into. But, I did a bunch of research and couldn't find anything out there that I liked much and which wasn't very expensive.
The types of server-side things I needed to build were:
- Server-side execution of certain game code (I can go into details why I wanted to run this code on the server-side if people are interested).
- Server-side in-app purchase validation.
- Server-side storage of certain game data (I can also go into details why I did this, if you like).
An example of an out-of-the-box solution would be a service that provided REST APIs on cloud servers managed by a third party company where there was a small subscription fee to access your REST APIs.
I probably should have spent more time researching this and asking questions before rebuilding the wheel. But I have lots of server-side dev experience so it didn't take me that long to build the components I needed.
Now I am wondering whether other folks have had similar experiences rolling these types of things on their own, or if there are any out-of-the-box solutions that people like that maybe I should be using instead of my homegrown solution.