Developing Mobile Games with Moai SDK

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Learn
  • Display images and play sounds
  • Iterate on gameplay implementation using Lua
  • Group your code in modules to make it maintainable
  • Work with Grids to manage rendering and gameplay
  • Build a game with physics
  • Animate a character and make it move with the keyboard
  • Work with the camera and create some nice parallax effects
  • Save memory and loading time using caching
  • Deploy your game to iPhone and iPad
About

Moai SDK is a fast, minimalist, open-source Lua mobile framework for pro game developers. Moai is built around Lua, a common programming language for games, and offers a single open-source platform for both the front-end elements seen by consumers and the back-end infrastructure.

Developing Mobile Games with Moai SDK will guide you through the creation of two game prototypes in a step-by-step way, giving you the basic tools you need in order to create your own games.

Developing Mobile Games with Moai SDK introduces the basic concepts behind game development, and takes you through the development of a tile-based memotest, and a platform game prototype as well. You'll end up with a good codebase to start writing your own games.

You will learn some tricks that come from real life experience while creating a small framework that will allow you to display images, play sounds, grab input, and so on. You'll also learn how to implement physics using Box2D bindings, and everything in Lua, without having to use any compilations. After doing this, we'll take a look at how to deploy your game to iOS and run it on an iPhone.


With this book, you should be ready to go and create your own game, release it to the Apple Store, and have enough tools to dig deeper into Moai SDK.

Features
  • Develop games for multiple platforms with a single code base
  • Understand the basics of Moai SDK
  • Build two prototype games including one with physics
  • Deploy your game to iPhone’
Page Count 136
Course Length 4 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781782165064
Date Of Publication 26 Mar 2013

Authors

Francisco Tufró

Francisco Tufró has been captivated by computers and the possibility of using them to create new worlds since he was six years old. At age 14, he sort of hacked into a chat demo in Visual Basic and transformed it into a full-feature RPG chat, with support for maps, character sheets, and dice rolls. The years went by and he learned many things along the way, as any curious person does. Suddenly he found himself collaborating in various open-source projects, including Musix (a Linux distribution for musicians) and CLAM (working on the project for Google's Summer of Code 2008). He co-founded quov.is and worked as a Ruby on Rails developer for about 5 years while never forgetting about what drove him to computers in the first place, games.

He put together a team and created The Insulines, an old-school graphic adventure about rock 'n' roll and diabetes. It was thanks to this game that he first came into contact with Moai SDK. It took about 8 months of development. He fell so deeply in love with Moai SDK that now he's working full-time on it with Zipline Games.

He likes to call himself a developer, noting the difference from a programmer who is a person that has broad knowledge (not only in programming, but also in art, music, and other disciplines), perhaps not as deep as a specialized person does, but enough to tackle and solve problems in their entirety.