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Learn iPhone and iPad cocos2d Game Development [NOOK Book]

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Learn iPhone and iPad cocos2D Game Development provides a rock-solid introduction to the cocos2d iPhone game engine and related tools. It focuses on the process of creating several games made entirely with cocos2d and little-to-no iPhone SDK and OpenGL code. By creating 2-3 sample games over the course of the book, you'll learn key concepts of the cocos2d game engine and relevant tools like Zwoptex (TextureAtlas), ParticleDesigner (Particle Effects), and others.





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Overview



Learn iPhone and iPad cocos2D Game Development provides a rock-solid introduction to the cocos2d iPhone game engine and related tools. It focuses on the process of creating several games made entirely with cocos2d and little-to-no iPhone SDK and OpenGL code. By creating 2-3 sample games over the course of the book, you'll learn key concepts of the cocos2d game engine and relevant tools like Zwoptex (TextureAtlas), ParticleDesigner (Particle Effects), and others.





The example games are modeled after popular App Store games so that they are relevant, recognizable, and immediately fun and inspiring. The games increase in complexity and highlight common recurring cocos2d beginner questions. As you move along, you'll learn about possible stumbling blocks and how to navigate them successfully. As you move from beginning to advanced, you'll encounter general game programming wisdom, tips for performance improvement, as well as pointers to alternative implementations and further reading.





It is assumed that the reader has previous programming knowledge but not necessarily with Objective-C. Related topics such as Xcode, Objective-C, the iPhone SDK, and OpenGL are only discussed where absolutely necessary.



What you’ll learn


  • Familiarity with the core cocos2d game engine API and the Box2d physics engine


  • Understanding of the process and best practices of game development, in the context of cocos2d and its related tools


  • Enthusiasm and excitement to create your own games paired with a realization that you are able to create games which can compete on the App Store


  • Where to go from here: further information and alternative implementations




Who this book is for


The book is aimed at beginning game developers looking for an easier and even more powerful way to create compelling 2D graphics using OpenGL and Objective-C. It is assumed that the reader will have some knowledge of object-oriented programming and the Apple and iPhone/iPad developer environment.





Check out the forum for Learn iPhone and iPad cocos2D Game Development: http://cocos2d-central.com



Table of Contents


  1. Introduction


  2. Getting Started


  3. Essentials


  4. Your First Game


  5. Game Building Blocks


  6. Sprites In-Depth


  7. Scrolling with Joy


  8. Shoot ’em Up


  9. Particle Effects


  10. Working with Tilemaps


  11. Isometric Tilemaps


  12. Physics Engines


  13. Pinball Game


  14. Game Center


  15. Out of the Ordinary




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430233046
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Steffen Itterheim is a professional games and tools developer. He has worked for Electronic Arts Phenomic for the past seven years. Be it scripting, programming, or foreign languages, he's done it all. He has extensive experience with game localization including non-western languages and locales, and he also knows the Lua scripting language inside and out. He learned English by watching too much American television. Steffen currently lives in Ingelheim, Germany.
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