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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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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