For Immediate Release: July 28, 2014

Take your game ideas from paper to pixels using Sprite Kit, Apple’s 2D game development engine. In Build iOS Games with Sprite Kit: Unleash Your Imagination in Two Dimensions (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34 paper, $20 ebook), you’ll build two exciting games using Sprite Kit and learn real-world, workshop-tested insights about game design, including cognitive complexity, paper prototyping, and levels of fun. You’ll learn how to implement sophisticated game features such as obstacles and weapons, power-ups and variable difficulty, physics, sound, special effects, and both single- and two-finger control. In no time, you’ll be building your own thrilling iOS games.

You’ll start out fast by building a single-finger infinite runner game, where the goal is to stay alive as long as possible and rack up points. You’ll explore the Sprite Kit template, actions, and particle editor and watch your game take shape with an armed player ship, asteroids and enemy ships, explosions, power-ups, and variable difficulty. Then you’ll stitch the game together with cutscenes, menus, and scoring.

Next, you’ll build a classic pinball game with all the fun and physics of the real thing. You’ll discover the powerful Sprite Kit physics engine and enhance your game with gravity, friction, ricochets, and spin physics, as well as sound effects, bonus scoring, and special effects. Plus, this game features two-finger control.

Dust off those game ideas you’ve been tucking away and let your imagination bring them to life. This book will show you how.

Available for e-readers in epub, mobi, and PDF formats direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

Book Information

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Build iOS Games with Sprite Kit

Unleash Your Imagination in Two Dimensions

by Jonathan Penn and Josh Smith

ISBN: 9781941222102, 216 pages, $34.00US, $35.00CA, 7.5×9.25.

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