My First iOS Gaming App Experiment – Log2

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I hope you guys would have gone through my previous post  My First iOS Gaming App Experiment – Log1. Yes thats my first experience on gaming in iOS. This briefly tells my experience about starting the app after development xp.

Cocos2D with Box2D: One word people. Only One word. WOWW! A amazing framework to develop iOS games. Keeping my programming friend(RayWenderlich website) in my browser tab started the magic with my 10 fingers on the 104 keys in keyboard dreaming to create a iOS game. Now coming to the Box2D with the shapes i had a hard time figuring out the best tool in finding the shape values for the games(In any Physics Engine it has a feature to create shapes with coordinates for objects in game). So after browsing on internet found Physics Editor is awesome but still was searching for a free tool. So i put Physics Editor in my BuyList basket and started searching for tools. After finding Vertex Helper it made my iOS-Gaming-Coding-Life much easier.

Bugs: One word that every programming developer hates. Obviously mine was full of those stupid things(Yes I created them and yet I hate them and I know it). This gaming is very new for me and this c++ with box2D all in my head made my app somewhat Not-So-Awesome but then with all compromises I started fixing those sick things slowly.

Kamcord: One of the best things of friendship is friends help. Sadesh the guy who i told in Log1  helped me in cocos2d. He incorporated this framework called Kamcord in his previous game called HappyJump. Which is basically a video record and sharing framework for mobile games and i was fascinated by the potential of that framework. So i thought this a kool feature that my game should have. So got the knowledge transfer from sadesh and implemented kamcord in my game. The support from those guys are really aaammaazing. Kevin & Michele from Kamcord they are really awesome to work and get information, they supported me with all my doubts. Kudos to those guys.

Texturepacker: I was late. Not very late but too late to have known the power of TexturePacker in iOS games but anyhow i adapted to it. You know what watch their mindblowing video about spritesheets its absolutely funny and interesting. By using this i can build images into a single large sheet and can import to my other devices such as iPhones and non retina iPads. This helped me convert my ipad game into a universal game app(iPhone4/iPhone5 and iPad) very easily without any pain. You know what I purchased both Physics Editor and TexturePacker.

Finally i had some rookies at my office(Nitesh and Pratap) who just fixed those stupid bugs created by me and finally added some extra touch to my app making my game crash free and bug free.

Marketing: All of sudden i thought it is best to start the marketing before i am ready with the appstore binary. Raywenderlich has a amazing tutorial on marketing iOS aps and games.

1. PreDevelopment Phase

2. Release

3. Post Release

4. Finale

So took some advice from these. Definitely it has lot of information which i think a indie developer should get to know of. While i typing this blog i uploaded the game into appstore and waiting for my app to get approved from apple. Fingers crossed.

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My First iOS Gaming App Experiment – Log1

Menu_bg-ipadI got bored of being a iOS App developer i wanna jump to the Gaming Side. How kewl it would be to play a game when you have created that game, That feeling is awesome. So it happened suddenly that i  wanted to develop a iOS game and i have to take the simpler path as i have to go through complex calculations and mathematical formulas for Gaming. But it is not that hard what i imagined when i think now. As a iOS developer for the past 3 years i love the way how Objective-C and iOS evolved inside my Medula Oblangata. It was so so soooo phenomenal.

Ideation So i jumped into the iTunes which i call the iWorld. Searched, Browsed, Surfed 100s of game to pick the right thing. Finally i found that the basic pingpong game(The classic computer pingpong) is the opt one because it doesn’t have complex controls simple swipe and simple mechanics. Also found there are some bored Not-So-Fantastic pingpong apps in appstore. So took that idea and added some wow factors like superpowers in it. I iterated Iterated and Iterated a lot in this game(There was a famous saying i remember now “Innovation is 1%Innovation and 99% Iteration) and finally created a Game design document on that

Design Finally drawing after drawing, sketching after sketching found a good complete gameplay for the app. Simple slider on both ends. Superpowers spawning from both the ends. User has to touch and drag superpowers to acqiure them. Superpower may cause damage to other user. and soooooo oooonnnnn. With some help from our UI team(Hari & Arul) designed the whole thing in Photoshop and created the Visual Elements in iPad Retina size So that i will resize that to any device resolutions like iPhone4Inch, iPhone3.5Inch, Retina and iPad.

Development For any game development. Be prepared with the Images before You start coding. With Xcode 4.6 in my Macmini. Downloading Cocos2d framework and installing in my Xcode created a Cocos2D Project. Cocos2D has been amazingly very easy to develop any game. This can be the best framework that any iOS geek can start his gaming idea. With cocos 2D i started my idea with great help from my friend(Sadesh). Keeping RayWenderlich’s Tutorials(This n this and this one too) on my Browser tabs i opened my Xcode and started coding by filling my coffee mug with Latte. After a week coding in cocos2D making just the 2 sliders on my screen heard that my game can be made very easily using Box2D extension and started reading about Box2D about how physics will be applied to the gaming objects and after reading this tutorial on Ray i got very much excited. Thats how i kicked off with my gaming app. My next Log will be discussing more on technical stuff Next Log…. Coming Soon

How to get paid iOS apps for free

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If you are a newbie to iWorld then you would be really annoyed by the free apps which dont have much features and you will not have enough money to pay or your dad will not give his credit card for you and stupid ads getting popped up at unwanted times. Here are some tips where you can purchase some paid apps for free.

According to apple if you once download a app from appstore it belongs to you for lifetime. So some companies will release their paid app for a limited time as free or drop their price. Keep looking out for them is the easiest way to get the paid app for free.

Appshopper is a website that provides the list of iOS/Mac apps which goes free for a limited time. So the best is to visit this website daily and find the popular iOS apps that has gone free or dropped in price. Just click the buy now button that will open the app in iTunes and click the download button. If you really dont want that app right now but it may be useful in future just download it and cancel the download at once the app has started downloading because it will make you own the app for lifetime.

Apple will release a outstanding-superintuitive-awesome-amazing app free for a week. Which you can checkout at the home page of iTunes. When i am typing this blog Plants Vs Zombies is free app of the week by Apple(which is normally priced $7 for iPad HD and $3 for iPhone). Those who are diehard fan of PvZ this is absolute jackpot for them. This is the most simple method of purchasing a really good paid app for free. A big thank to apple for this.

There are also many iOS applications which will keep track of pricedrops and freebies. Some of them are here

Free App a Day

App of the Day

App Gratis

Apps Gone Free

These apps provide you notifications of some interesting price dropped apps.

Mostly some companies will give out all their applications for free. So also watch out for the developer companies and their products. For example they may drop the price for all thier applications when they release a new app or company founded day or some 100000 applications downloaded day. So cross your fingers for that.

Free of anything that always makes us smile. Just grab the opportunity when it is there 🙂

5 Things a iOS developer should get used to

You can raise your collars about how cool you are if you develop apps for iPhone iPad android or windows phone. Since these are the most favorite platform in entertainment world. As a iphone ipad app developer i have experienced a lot of information about the app developing world and wanna share with you people. Apart from programming i personally found that these information can nurture any mobile developer into high class programmer. so let me enlighten you folks

1. Stackoverflowing: If you are a mobile developer definitely you would have crossed this site Stackoverflow. We stuck up, we forget, we make stupid bugs and still we wanna make sure everything is perfect and we go fetch code from SO. Whats my idea is instead of searching in SO just for answers you can answer the questions which are asked in SO when you get free time. This will greatly improve your learning curve.

2. Tracking Apps: Tracking your appstore for new apps is a fantastic way to know the trending apps currently in market. After seeing these apps they can make you ask a question to yourself (How did they do it? Is it possible in development?) and when you find answers for these you are definitely becoming pro.

3. Pirate: Don’t get panic by reading the title. This what Steve Jobs said to his employees Good artist copy Great artist steal. What i am trying to say is there are lot of drop-in code files and ready made classes out there. Instead of copying functionality and writing code yourself just steal(with their permission and that’s what i call ‘steal’) and modify it according to your requirement. Get iphone and mac drop-in classes here www.cocoacontrols.com, www.verious.com, www.maniacdev.com

4. Photoshopper: Though you may be good with objects, functions, arrays, strings classes, etc when it comes to mobile mostly it talks about the User Interface so even though you are a mobile developer it is good to have a touch in photo editing knowledge to deal with those UI’s.

5. Githubing: This is a thing which i wanna do for a long time. You would have developed many components that may be useful to a lot of rookies. But you havent commented those code or not organized properly so that the third person can use it easily. If you are a Let-All-Developers-Be-Happy type user then try cleaning those codes that are components  so that it should be easily adapted by a third party. So once you are done Github it.

If you can give some extra tips then most welcome…

Funny-Interesting-Humorous iPod Screenshots

Accidents always happen and to make that into really interesting idea is absolutely fun. So i was operating my iPod and accidentally took a screenshot. Then i found out that screenshot was really funny and so this idea emerged from my brain that posting funny screenshots in my blog. So here is my thoughts on screenshots

1. I ran pretty good. Check out my distance 😉 Screenshot inside Screenshot.

2. Thats how i manipulate my apps

3. I think its awesome to keep like this now stop using my ipod and get lost

4. Just look deep this is a different screenshot. Found out the abnormality?

5. Thats in the order of my communication.

6. I got something to do daily

7. Extremely addicted to this. Did you ever tried and completed this.

8. Hate when i get this.

9. As a iPhone app developer this is one of the best apps ever made.

10. My city. Hot as Hot at noon Cold as Cold in eve.

11. Thats how to take a picture without taking a photo in iPod. Screenshoto!!

12. 😉

13 Took a total of 19 takes to take this screenshot at 0.0 level tilting my iPod. Then realized there is a Hold button :p

14. The screenshot says..

Best 0.99$ Games worth Buying in iPhone

Angry Birds Space

As a personal AB fan this space is worth playing for almost 30 hours of gameplay. With their new world space, new birds, new super powers  this game is always the best mobile game. No need of more info get out and play that.

Cut the Rope

Omnom is a beautiful creature loves to eat candies. But how to feed it? You just have to Cut the Rope. With this amazing creative glossy user interface, pass through levels with spiders, spikes, sliders and of-course the ropes to feed the candy to omnom. If you finished this game and got addicted you do a experiment with Cut the Rope Experiments.

Where is my Water

You have a friendly crocodile here named Swampy who really loves to take bath. So whats your task is to give enough water to swampy to take bath. With extrordinary water effects, gears, pipes, acids you can time pass a lot in here with a little bit of usage from your brain.

Tiny Wings

One sentence for you. This is the iPhone Game of the year awarded by Apple. Then why don’t you buy it. Your target is to pass the bird to as many as islands by swooping through the curved plains. Though very simple it is pretty addictive.

Blueprint 3D

This is by far the best 3D app. Yet you dont need 3D glasses to play. It just renders any real life object into pieces and lines in 3 dimension and you have to fit the piece together to form the object by some swipes and rotates. The user interface is simply the best.

Cut the Buttons

Here comes my multitouch master game. This game you have to use two of your fingers(Your Thumb and Indexfinger) to hold the scissors. Then you will be given a array of clothes with buttons on it. Now start cutting the buttons before the clothes disappear with the buttons. Dont try to cut the steel button you may trigger a quake.

Fruit Ninja

Combination of chinese ninja style kungfu and colorful fruits makes this a great addictive app for kids. Simple mission, you cut these juicy fruits when it pops out. Beware of the deadly bombs or you end up loosing the game. Get your eyes on three different type of games to juice up your phone.

Slice It

You can become a real mathematical engineer here. Slice the squares rectangles polygons and many other shapes to split it equally. Simple but mathematically addictive. Worth buying for time-passing on your 11 finger.

Doodle Jump

Jump, Jump and Jump again on the bars to levitate the doodle up in the air. With accelerometer comes to focus on moving our hands left and right, this game is quite thrilling.

Bike Baron

Those who have played some of the monster trucks rally bikes in small flash games you would love this app. The exciting bike stunts, collectibles with time limit you will not put your phone aside. Start applying some torque to this game.

Flight Control

You are controlling the airfield you have constant planes incoming to your field so guide them safely to the base. Thats all you have to do, except it gets tuff when time goes as lots of planes comes to your base. Its all about tackling the path. Don’t make the call MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY we are being Hit.

Rail Maze

Trains! Interesting vehicle in the world. You can do something with that in this app You guide them to destinations with tweaking some the ledges, moving the tracks and completing the path. If not you could derail some trains so don’t make the Unstoppable Stoppable.

As a gamer would love your choice of apps. Please comment if you have your best iPhone games.

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