Some questions about game development

Discussion in 'Application Development' started by 343GS, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. 343GS

    343GS New Member
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    Hey guys, if I want to create a 2D game like Tower Defense. Should I use a game engine or not? If yes, what game engine should I use and how should I go about implementing it?


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  2. sambocrockett

    sambocrockett Member
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    Thats an awesome question.....sorry I dont have any ideas but I just got my hands on this book

    Pro Android Game Development by Apress

    It basically goes through and tells you how to write doom and some other games for android devices. I dont know about any game engines that work with android devices but Id love to here of some if you find them or if its possible to make a small game and some how pass it as an executable into android and then launch it as an app.....if thats possible.
     
  3. If you haven't been developing for Android in the past, I'd recommend developing this yourself. You'll learn a lot more in the process and have quicker resolutions to potential issues.
     
  4. Scottmc

    Scottmc Well-Known Member
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    If you want to just create a one off game that you know you probably wont extend, such as a learning exercise, then a game engine is probably overkill. If you want to create a framework for creating multiple games using the same game flow then an engine is probably the way to go. I've seen awesome mobile games written as one offs and others written against a full blown c++ framework (this was BREW). It really depends on what your ultimate goal is.

    One caveat - before you write a game engine you should be proficient in writing games for that platform already. You should know the shortcuts and optimizations necessary to make a game/application responsive and robust. This is a requirement else your foundation will collapse.
     

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