Sprite Kit, a new framework introduced in iOS7, has been designed as a built-in animation workflow for keyframing 2D animation without the need of engines such as Unity to serve as an intermediate. Sprite Kit enables the easy and fast development cycle, leaving more time to work on gameplay and polish, and less on tedious tasks.
This book offers a practical approach to game development with the Sprite Kit framework of iOS7 platform, by creating an endless runner game. You will gain a full understanding of the new Apple framework along with tips and tricks to interact with the game either by detecting taps, using sophisticated gesture recognizers, and moving sprites by dragging.
Starting with how to get your first sprite on screen, and then moving on to complicated physics and animations, we will be learning about the new features that iOS7provides for game development. You will also learn how to optimize your game performance, how to add animation files and create texture atlas in Xcode 5, and how to build different particles. By the end of the book, you will learn about leaderboards and ready-to-hand utilities for player authentication and secure player data transfer.
This book will teach you everything you need to know to create your own powerful and immersive games.
The book is an example based, hands-on guide where you will learn how to make a game from scratch, and learn how to develop games on the iOS platform.
Who this book is for
If you have great ideas for games and want to learn iOS game development, then this book is the right choice for you. Being familiar with iOS development is a plus, but is not mandatory. You will gradually get to grips with the new Sprite Kit framework with the help of this book.