Space Game Starter Kit Update

Ray Wenderlich
Space Game Starter Kit: Coming Soon!

Space Game Starter Kit: Coming Soon!

A while back, you may recall that I wrote a tutorial called How To Make A Space Shooter iPhone Game.

I had a lot of fun with that tutorial, so as I was writing it I spent some time adding some extra polish and neat features to the game.

After I wrote the tutorial, I asked you guys if you’d like me to turn the game into a “Space Game Starter Kit” for sale on this site, containing:

  • the full source code of the game
  • and a tutorial to show how to make it from scratch!

The votes are in – and by an overwhelming majority, you guys said you wanted it!

That’s exactly what I’ve been working on for the past several weeks, so here’s a status update:

Show Me The Video!

I know what most of you are thinking right about now… “shut up and show me the video!” I aim to please :]

As you can see, I’ve improved the game quite a bit since last time. It now has the following new features:

  • Multiple levels, defined via a simple text file!
  • Main menu, text separating levels
  • Swarms of aliens moving in bezier paths
  • A health bar with resizing textures
  • And of course, a bad-ass boss fight!

I’ve also written the tutorial to go along with the code to show you how to make it from scratch.

And actually not one tutorial – but four epic-length tutorials – 150 pages in total!

As you can probably guess, this took a ton of work :]

I’ve decided to make the final price of the Space Game Starter Kit $77. I think you’ll find this well worth the money – between the source code and tutorials, it should save you many hours of development on your own game.

Plus, I think you’ll have a lot of fun going through the tutorials, will learn a ton, and will have a cool game at the end that you can use as a starting point of your own – or show off to your friends and family!

So When’s It Coming Out?

It's almost time to launch the Space Game Starter Kit!

It's almost time to launch the Space Game Starter Kit!

Update: The Space Game Starter Kit is now available on the new store!

Right now I’ve completely finished the source code and writing the four epic-length tutorials.

I still have a bit of work to do though. I’m getting the tutorials professionally formatted into a PDF so you can read it on your Macs, iPads, or wherever else you’d like easily. I’m also in the process of setting up the back-end on this site so you can purchase the starter kit.

Finally, I’m going to run a beta test on the starter kit. If you’re interested in helping beta test in exchange for a free copy, please volunteer in the forum thread below.

Note I can only take a few people and this is first-come, first-serve.

w00t – we’re getting close – probably a few weeks out. I’ll post an update here when it’s available!

Get ready for some alien blasting fun – our space ship needs a true Xcode hero to save him from certain destruction! :]

Ray Wenderlich

Ray is part of a great team - the team, a group of over 100 developers and editors from across the world. He and the rest of the team are passionate both about making apps and teaching others the techniques to make them.

When Ray’s not programming, he’s probably playing video games, role playing games, or board games.

User Comments


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  • I would love to beta test as well if there is still room!
  • Any idea when the kit is coming out?
  • As above, is there an ETA when this is going to be available for purchase?
  • If all goes according to plan, should be available next week! :D
  • bad ass, Thanx Ray.
  • *fingers crossed* for the plan. The small tutorial is already a huge help, I can't wait to get my hands on this. Thanks!
  • Worked thru many of your tutorials, bought your book loved it, bought space game starter kit....LOVE IT

    This is the best site out there giving developers of all levels so much help and fun.....Thanks you guys :D :D :D
  • @elpuerco63: Thanks man you're the best! Your support is what makes this all possible :]
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