Synopses & Reviews
What do you need to know to create a game for the iPhone? Even if you've already built some iPhone applications, developing games using iPhone's gestural interface and limited screen layout requires new skills. With iPhone Game Development, you get everything from game development basics and iPhone programming fundamentals to guidelines for dealing with special graphics and audio needs, creating in-game physics, and much more.
Loaded with descriptive examples and clear explanations, this book helps you learn the technical design issues particular to the iPhone and iPod Touch, and suggests ways to maximize performance in different types of games. You also get plug-in classes to compensate for the areas where the iPhone's game programming support is weak.
- Learn how to develop iPhone games that provide engaging user experiences
- Become familiar with Objective-C and the Xcode suite of tools
- Learn what it takes to adapt the iPhone interface to games
- Create a robust, scalable framework for a game app
- Understand the requirements for implementing 2D and 3D graphics
- Learn how to add music and audio effects, as well as menus and controls
- Get instructions for publishing your game to the App Store
If you want to create games for the iPhone, you'll find this book packed with guidelines on the basics of game development, the fundamentals of iPhone programming, special graphics and audio needs for games, tips on handling in-game physics, strategies for AppStore publication, and much more. iPhone Game Development details the process with lots of examples, and provides plug-in classes to compensate for the iPhone's lack of support for certain areas of game programming.
Throughout the book, the authors stress the importance of good performance and response time, and include numerous tips and alternative suggestions for maximizing performance in different types of games.
Basics of Objective-C and iPhone programming with XCode How to create a robust, scalable framework for a game Considerations for adapting the iPhone interface to games 2D and 3D graphics Animation and integrating with a physics engine Music and audio effects Menus and controls Publishing to the AppStore
This book teaches game developers of all experience levels how to take advantage of the iPhone's innovative and flexible development platform. "iPhone Game Development" will provide readers with knowledge to create games for Apple's iPhone. Readers will find everything from game development basics and an introduction to iPhone programming to tips on using APIs to develop in-game physics and strategies for AppStore publication. This book includes lots of examples.
About the Author
Paul Zirkle has five years of mobile game programming experience and is currently a Lead Mobile Programmer at Konami Digital Entertainment. He has worked on over 40 titles, including porting, re-writing and full development. Occasionally, Paul is called upon to give lectures on game development at the University of Southern California.
Joe Hogue has five years of mobile game programming experience. He worked with Paul at Konami and currently works for Electronic Arts as a Mobile Programmer. Joe has worked on over 40 titles as well, including porting, re-writes and full development. Joe has written an iPhone game that is currently being submitted to the iTunes AppStore.
Table of Contents
Preface; The Authors; Our Goal; Prerequisites; Audience; Organization of This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; We'd Like to Hear from You; Safari® Books Online; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction to the iPhone; 1.1 Apple Developer Account and Downloading the SDK; 1.2 Loading Devices; 1.3 Objective-C Primer; 1.4 Conclusion; Chapter 2: Game Engine Anatomy; 2.1 Application Framework; 2.2 Game State Manager; 2.3 Graphics Engine; 2.4 Conclusion; Chapter 3: The Framework; 3.1 Game State Management; 3.2 The App Delegate; 3.3 Event Handling; 3.4 The Resource Manager; 3.5 The Render Engine; 3.6 The Sound Engine; 3.7 The Data Store; 3.8 The Skeleton Application; 3.9 Conclusion; Chapter 4: 2D Game Engine; 4.1 Game Design; 4.2 Tile Engine; 4.3 Animation; 4.4 Physics; 4.5 Level 1 Implementation; 4.6 Level 2 Implementation; 4.7 Level 3 Implementation; 4.8 Level 4 Implementation; 4.9 Game State Serialization; 4.10 Conclusion; Chapter 5: 3D Games; 5.1 GLESGameState3D Class; 5.2 3D Game Design; 5.3 Implementation; 5.4 Conclusion; Chapter 6: Considerations for Game Design; 6.1 Resource Management; 6.2 User Input Design; 6.3 Networking; 6.4 Third-Party Code; 6.5 App Store; 6.6 Conclusion; References; Code Reference; Physics Libraries; Middleware; Open Source Games; Colophon;