iOS for Game Programmers

Paperback & CD-ROM: 978 1 938549 87 8 / $44.95
Published: January 2015  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 942270 21 8 / $124.95  
About Library E-Book

Published: January 2015  

E-Book: 978 1 942270 22 5 / $29.95
Published: January 2015  

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
300 pp., 7" x 9"
This book takes the readers on a journey into the world of mobile game development aimed at beginner Objective-C programmers. The book enables the reader to create a number of projects, which include a matching game, a puzzle game, a whack-a-mole game, a pong game, and a coloring book. Each of these projects gives the readers a variety of knowledge and skills that they can apply to their own gaming projects. It includes a companion disc with source code, images, and project files. By the end of the book, the reader will have five apps that they’ve developed, along with the knowledge of making games for the iOS platform.

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  • Builds five game projects including a matching game, a puzzle game, a coloring book, game of pong, and a “whack-a-mole” game that will give the reader exposure to making games on the iOS platform
  • Includes information on iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7 and iOS8 - the latest versions for the iPhone and iPad .
  • Utilizes the UIKit that enables readers to apply their knowledge to more areas than just games since many of the topics can be applied to general iOS development
  • Includes a companion disc with source code, images, and project files.

  • Table of Contents:
    1) Xcode
    2) Elements of a Game
    3) Objective-C Refresher
    4) iOS Refresher
    5) Memory Matching Game
    6) Puzzle Game
    7) Coloring Book
    8) Sprite Kit
    9) Whack-A-Mole
    10) Simple Game of Pong
    11) Conclusions
    Appendix A. Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises.
    Appendix B. iOS 8 Overview.

    Reviews & Endorsements:
    "iOS for Game Programmers examines mobile game development and is directed to beginning Objective-C programmers, offering tools for creating a number of quick projects and small games to teach the basic applications of iOS. Each project teaches a basic skill and then builds upon it with the next project, which enables learners to embark on a logical system of learning through experience. Five game projects include a puzzle, a game of pong, and a 'whack-a-mole' game, and includes details on how iOS works, along with information on various versions including the latest iOS8 for iPhone and iPad. The result is a collection of keys to understanding game programming and iOS like, and is a recommendation for those just starting out."
    - California Bookwatch