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Beginning Android Games offers everything you need to join the ranks of successful Android game developers. You'll start with game design fundamentals and programming basics, and then progress towards creating your own basic game engine and playable games. This will give you everything you need to branch out and write your own Android games. The potential user base and the wide array of available high-performance devices makes Android an attractive target for aspiring game developers. Do you have an awesome idea for the next break-through mobile gaming title? Beginning Android Games will help you kick-start your project. The book will guide you through the process of making several example games for the Android platform, and involves a wide range of topics: The fundamentals of game development The Android platform basics to apply those fundamentals in the context of making a game The design of 2D and 3D games and their successful implementation on the Android platform For those looking to learn about Android tablet game app development or want Android 4 SDK specific coverage, check out Beginning Android 4 Games Development, now available from Apress. What you’ll learn How to set up and use the development tools for developing your first Android application The fundamentals of game programming in the context of the Android platform How to use the Android's APIs for graphics (Canvas, OpenGL ES 1.0/1.1), audio, and user input to reflect those fundamentals How to develop two 2D games from scratch, based on the Canvas API and OpenGL ES. How to create a full-featured 3D game How to publish your games, get crash reports, and support your users How to complete your own playable 2D OpenGL games Who this book is for This book is for people with a basic knowledge of Java who want to write games on the Android platform. It also offers information for experienced game developers about the pitfalls and peculiarities of the platform. Table of Contents Android, the New Kid on the Block First Steps with the Android SDK Game Development 101 Android for Game Developers An Android Game Development Framework Mr. Nom Invades Android OpenGL ES: A Gentle Introduction 2D Game Programming Tricks Super Jumper: A 2D OpenGL ES Game OpenGL ES: Going 3D 3D Programming Tricks Droid Invaders: the Grand Finale Publishing Your Game What’s Next?
J. F. DiMarzio
Practical Android 4 Games Development continues your journey to becoming a hands-on Android game apps developer. This title guides you through the process of designing and developing game apps that work on both smartphones and tablets, thanks to the new Android SDK 4.0 which merges the User Interface and Experience APIs and more. The author, J.F. DiMarzio, has written eight books, including Android: A Programmer’s Guide—the first Android book approved by Google—recently updated and translated for sale in Japan. He has an easy-to-read, concise, and logical writing style that is well suited for teaching complex technologies like the Java-based Android. From 2D-based casual games to 3D OpenGL-based first-person shooters, you find that learning how to create games on the fastest growing mobile platform has never been easier. Create 2D and 3D games for Android 4.0 phones and tablets such and the Motorola Xoom Build your own reusable “black box” for game development Easy-to-follow examples make creating the sample games a hands-on experience What you’ll learn How to design and develop compelling 2D and 3D games How to create rich environments and characters How to do collision detection How to add realism to your games with basic game physics How to create a gaming “black box” that can be reused How to play your games on Android phones and tablets Who this book is for This book is for aspiring Android game app developers who are ready to move beyond beginning level books or tutorials on Android game building. Table of Contents Welcome to Andriod Gaming Star Fighter: A 2-D shooter Press Start: Making a Menu Drawing the Environment Creating Your Character Adding the Enemies Adding Basic Enemy Artifical Intelligence Defend yourself! Publishing Your Game BlobHunter: Creating 3-D Games Create an Immersive Environment Navigating the 3-D Environment