I think that anyone can develop an iPhone game. It’s ok if you are a beginner with no budget or having no experience in iOS game development. I know the path isn’t so easy but there are very few set-up costs that you have to bare and if you have that immense passion to learn, then “you can do it”.

 iOS game development
Game Development

Tools that are going to help you master the art of iOS game development

We all know, that without having the proper tools, we cannot conquer anything, they give you the extra edge in any field. Choosing the right tools for iOS Game Development or for any type of development for that matter is very essential and necessary for a beginner. Game development is not an effortless process for the newbie and it’s really important to choose the best tools to work with. Sometimes the budget is bounded or it doesn’t exist at all. There are some verified and profitable tools for game development.

Best Gaming Engines

Right now, there are only two contenders, which makes selection pretty upright.

First one,  UNREAL and the second one is UNITY3D. Both engines are affordable and easy to learn for rookies, though there are some important differences which become might become important in the future.

UNITY3D ENGINE

If you want to go alone in developing the iOS game development, use UNITY3D.

Unity is a very powerful game engine, easy to learn, and comes with a huge community of plugin developers. The development environment is very subtle and easy to understand, this provides novices to craft a game experience from scratch within a few weeks of passionate work and purchasing a few additional components(or not). Moreover, Unity is regularly improving its metrics & analytics systems which are crucial for mobile game developers.

Unity is not just a place for developing games but also a platform on which you can promote and monetize your game to ensure its forever success.

The other thing you might want to think about is that their logo will appear with the basic version – if you don’t care and you want to use their tools – the basic version is a great entry point. Conclusion: Unity empowers independent developers, monitor your statistics, promote and earn.

UNREAL ENGINE

If you want to be in a team, then go for unreal engine,

The Unreal Engine is the workhorse of the AAA high-end games industry. It excels at large scale productions where big teams have to come together in an established way. Many tools require mastery over time, leading to specialization.  

The Unreal Engine permit alterations for commercial games, allowing newcomers to add new content like campaigns, code, and levels through plugin modifications (MODs) to many big franchise releases. This allows novices to pick up skills quickly by tinkering with content from a  commercial game instead of stumbling through a vacuum.

Conclusion: Increasingly powerful devices can take advantage of increasingly powerful technology. Rookies can learn & upskill quickly by joining a project, as long as they work well in a team and are happy to deep-dive and practice to realize their full potential.

How to use UNITY3D tools on Xcode?

You don’t need to be an Apple Developer account to build to devices, any Apple ID is sufficient for building only to your own device for testing.

A Basic account with your personal iPhone is sufficient enough to test your iOS game project. When you make a new project in Unity, it will create a folder which contains all the Xcode files needed to run your project in Xcode. This project should be compiled and signed before deploying on the devices.

Although these are some basic points you need to follow but, you can always read their official documentation to dive deep into the development phase.

Note: To test games, you must have an actual iPhone, But I guess that’s obvious. Simulators can’t handle the pressure. :-p

Apple built-in libraries for iOS Game development

If you want to make an iOS game, you really have two options.

Either, you can develop it using a development platform like Unity and then build it for iOS, or you can write it natively for iOS.

ARKit

ARKit
ARKit

Latest and greatest release by Apple is, ARkit, yes it has been there for a time now, but it has gotten better as the year passes, as they announce new technology committed to AR. Right now, iOS devices are capable of some fine AR works, it is the largest AR platform available, allowing us to make great use of those high-end processors in developing some cool AR games in the real world. Just google AR games in ios, and look for yourself, those life-size animated game, making you feel like you are in the game itself. It is one the biggest gaming platform to play with.

Metal

Metal
Metal

The best framework available for processing and rendering a 3D scene, to optimize overall performance by performing parallel Task. It really helps when optimizing a 3D game with engines such a unity and unreal. This makes iOS game development more sophisticated.

Are you programming exclusively for an Apple OS (iOS)? Then have a look at Metal.

 

SceneKit

 

SceneKit
SceneKit

From the point of programming, it is fairly simple, just adding some lines of code, can present a model on the screen. If your motive is just to add some 3D Objects in the app, it’s the best kit available in the market,  and the views properly integrate with the rest of the OS. The new shaders are really effective, output some great results, visual quality can be very high. The performance overall is close to best.

I have to give it to Apple, they are trying to offer somewhat an alternative to Unity,  by providing SceneKit with GameplayKit (discussed below). Although it is good for lightweight games to mid-level games, they can be more swiftly.

So in Conclusion, the available API’s works great to add small, lite 3D things to your app, but if your motive is to make a really heavy game, then you will really hit a rock.

SpriteKit

 

SpriteKit
SpriteKit

 

You can tell the difference between Scenekit and SpriteKit, from the image above, right?

In case(chances are low, but still), here’s the difference.

  • Apple provides SpriteKit for 2D scenes and SceneKit for 3D scenes.

  • SpriteKit, if you don’t care about being cross-platform.

  • It can create 2D based games, they are optimized for the iOS platform, physics simulation, and event-handling support.

GameplayKit

 GameplayKit
GameplayKit

 

If you are targetting iOS, GamePlayKit with Spritekit, and SceneKit to create games.
Although the perfect alternative to use here is Unity, with lot more support even with naive Xcode development.

GamePlayKit has a range of AI’s to help you out logics, mastering the user actions and making things a bit tougher on the next level.

Model I/O

 Model I/O
Model I/O

As the name suggests, it processes 3D models, textures them, adds more reality to it, and also generate basic 3D models.

It uses both CPU, as well as GPU to perform its tasks, it can handle 3D assets very well, it supports various types of 3D files generated by industry standard game engines, and can render them with natively very well while integrating it perfectly with the Native base.

Game Controller

 

Game Controller
Game Controller

 

Apple also has controller API, included in there Game Controller Framework, it includes specifications for hardware controller to ensure a perfect match to both players and programmers.

You can learn more about them in Apple’s Documentation.

Game Center/GameKit & On-Demand Resources

 

 Game Center
Game Center

 

Although all these Kits are useful for game development, you also need status for your games, analyze the daily activity of your games.

Gamekit helps you to socialize your app players with others, track their scoreboards, make the game more competitive. You can benefits points thought the joining game invitations, track your invitation, all these things really help in popularizing the game.

On-Demand Resources

On-Demand Resources
On-Demand Resources

Although it is not going to help you with your game development, but it can surely increase your users by reducing the size of the game, works best post-game development, this is a really useful feature provided by Apple, it allows the developers to move less useful resources to the cloud, and takes less space on devices, and only load   when the game is launched.

With that being said that’s not it for today, the gaming community on iOS is not limited to these kits, I am sure there are pretty powerful third-party game API’s available, but its ok to start learning one step at a time. If you are stuck somewhere in your unity3D game development, Get a quote from our experts. For further queries, you can also write us at enquiry@letsnurture.com

And lastly, However you choose to develop your games, the key is really all about getting started and not giving up”

 

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