Platformer Game Starter Kit Second Edition (Sprite Kit Version)

Platformer Game Starter Kit Second Edition (Sprite Kit Version)

Everything you need to make a platformer game for iOS!

  • What you get with the Platformer Game Starter Kit

    Platformer Game Starter Kit

    Starter Kit 2: The Platformer Starter Kit

    The Platformer Game Starter Kit shows you how to make a side-scrolling platformer game like Super Mario Bros. You will create your own platformer-specific physics engine, implement jump behavior, add enemies and powerups, and more!

    Written by:Jake Gunderson Jake Gunderson

    The Platformer Game Starter Kit covers:

    Platformer Starter Kit Screenshot
    • Custom physics engine: Learn how to create your own physics engine from scratch, in order to get the jumping behavior just right.
    • Many jump types: Learn how to implement regular jumping, double jumping, wall sliding, attacking and more.
    • Enemies and AI: Learn how to add multiple types of enemies, from creepers to fliers.
    • Tile maps: Learn how to create your entire levels in a tile map editor.
    • Tips from the pros: As a bonus, the starter kit contains interviews with some of the top iOS platformer game developers in the App Store so you can learn from their advice.
  • Benefits to You:

    Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced iOS developer, these iOS Game Starter Kits will give you some great benefits, such as:

    Platformer Starter Kit

    • Full source code you can study and learn from.
    • Code, art, music and more that you can reuse.
    • Save many hours of development time (hence a lot of money!) by using these games as a starting point.
    • Learn a ton of tips and tricks you might not have come across before.
    • Give back to this site, making future tutorials, forum support and Starter Kits possible. :]
    • Have a fun and relaxing time going through the step-by-step tutorials, learning along the way.
    • Show off the games you made to your friends and family – they’ll think you’re an Xcode master!
  • Prerequisites:

    To use these starter kits, you need:

    • To be a member of the iOS developer program and have a Mac with Xcode installed.
    • An iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to test with, because some of the games require an accelerometer (not available on the simulator) or have been designed to work best with a touch device.
    • Some familiarity with Objective-C. I recommend the book Programming in Objective-C 2.0 by Stephen Kochanif you’re new to Objective-C, or you can follow our free Objective-C crash course tutorial.
    • Some familiarity with Sprite Kit. The goal of these starter kits isn’t to teach you Sprite Kit – we have some free tutorials and a book for that. Instead, the goal is to teach you the practical techniques used to make side-scrolling shooter types of games.

    Note: Don’t worry, if you are completely new to Objective-C and Sprite Kit, you can still follow along with the tutorials in these starter kits because everything is presented step-by-step. It’s just that there will be some missing pieces in your knowledge that you can fill in using the recommended book above.

Get the Platformer Game Starter Kit today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits to You

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced iOS developer, these iOS Game Starter Kits will give you some great benefits, such as:

  • Full source code you can study and learn from.
  • Code, art, music and more that you can reuse.
  • Save many hours of development time (hence a lot of money!) by using these games as a starting point.
  • Learn a ton of tips and tricks you might not have come across before.
  • Give back to this site, making future tutorials, forum support and Starter Kits possible. :]
  • Have a fun and relaxing time going through the step-by-step tutorials, learning along the way.
  • Show off the games you made to your friends and family – they’ll think you’re an Xcode master!

Prerequisites

To use these starter kits, you need:

  • To be a member of the iOS developer program and have a Mac with Xcode installed.
  • An iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to test with, because some of the games require an accelerometer (not available on the simulator) or have been designed to work best with a touch device.
  • Some familiarity with Objective-C. I recommend the book Programming in Objective-C 2.0 by Stephen Kochan if you’re new to Objective-C, or you can follow our free Objective-C crash course tutorial.
  • Some familiarity with Cocos2D. The goal of these starter kits isn’t to teach you Cocos2D – there are a number of free tutorials on this site to help with that, like this Cocos2D beginner series. Instead, the goal is to teach you the practical techniques used to make these types of games.

Note: Don’t worry, if you are completely new to Objective-C and Cocos2D, you can still follow along with the tutorials in these starter kits because everything is presented step-by-step. It’s just that there will be some missing pieces in your knowledge that you can fill in using the recommended books and free tutorials above.

License

By purchasing these starter kits, you get a license for 1 developer for the following:

  • You are allowed to use and/or modify the source code in as many games as you want, with no attribution required.
  • You are allowed to use and/or modify all art, music and sound effects that are included in the starter kits in as many games as you want, but must attribute the associated artists for the art.
  • The source code included in these starter kits is for your personal use only. You are NOT allowed to distribute or sell the source code in the starter kits without prior authorization.
  • Likewise, the tutorials in this guide are for your personal use only. You are NOT allowed to distribute or sell the tutorials in the starter kits without prior authorization.

How To Use the Starter Kits

There are two main ways you can make use of a starter kit:

  • You could look through the sample project and start using it right away. You might want to add new levels, add your own art or enemies, pull out useful snippets or even recompile it and submit it to the App Store! :]
  • You could go through the epic-length tutorial that comes with the starter kit and build the game from scratch. This way you’ll know how every line of code works and can use the techniques you learn in a game of your own design!

File Formats and Delivery

The source code comes as an Xcode project and the tutorials come as a PDF. Once you have purchased a starter kit or the bundle, you can access the files immediately via direct download.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I bought the Space Game Starter Kit before 8 April 2013 – can I upgrade to the bundle?

    If you bought the Space Game Starter Kit before the bundle was available (8 April 2013), then yes, you can upgrade to the bundle! Contact me directly for more details.

  • I bought a starter kit after 8 April 2013 – can I upgrade to the bundle?

    The bundle discount is only for those who choose to buy all three starter kits at once – there is no way to retroactively upgrade.

  • How can I access the private forums?

    First, create a forum account. Second, sign up for access to the private forums.

  • What’s your refund policy?

    We have a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee for the starter kits.

  • How can I find the latest version?

    You can always find the latest versions of the starter kits in the private forums.

Questions?

If you have any questions that haven’t been covered here, feel free to ask away in the forums or contact me directly!

What Are You Waiting For?

A ship traveling fast towards a dangerous alien belt desperately needs an Xcode pilot.

A cyclops needs your help to jump his way off a robotic planet.

And a hero with a pompadour hairdo wants to kick some serious ass.

They’re all looking for a developer like you – so grab these starter kits, and improve your iOS game programming powers today!

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