Objective-C is a general-purpose, high-level, object-oriented programming language. It's mainly used for game development on Apple iOS and Mac OS devices, however it's not limitied to this platforms.

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Objective-C or C++ for iOS games?

I'm pretty confident programming in Objective-C and C++, but I find Objective-C to be somewhat easier to use and more flexible and dynamic in nature. What would be the pros and cons when using C++ ...
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Can I develop games for mobile platforms in C++?

I have a good grasp in C++ and C and have also experience developing AAA game using C++. Now, I'm shamelessly thinking to dive into mobile game development either in iOS or Android. Unfortunately, I ...
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Tools for generating texture atlases/sprites from source images? [closed]

Is there an industry standard file format for texture atlases? What are the apps that take a directory of images and turns it into a texture atlas png and a text file describing what's on it? This ...
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How to achieve uniform speed of movement on a bezier curve?

I'm trying to move an image along Bezier curve. This is how I do it: - (void)startFly { [self runAction:[CCSequence actions: [CCBezierBy actionWithDuration:timeFlying bezier:[self ...
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In Cocos2D, how do I check for collisions against an arbitrary user-drawn shape?

I want to detect a collision between a sprite and a user-generated shape of some sort. For example. There are 3 objects on the screen. The user takes their finger and draws an abnormal shape around 2 ...
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Storing game state at exit on the iPhone with Objective-C

How would you store your game state at exit for an iPhone game written in Objective-C?
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Very simple open source games in various languages? [closed]

Are there any very simple open source games available just to demonstrate the basics of the programming techniques? Preferably something which fits in to a couple hundred lines of actual code. ...
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Sending a struct containing a string over network

I'm trying to send structs as neatly sorted packets using iPhone Game Kit.. I have a struct which looks like: typedef struct { int coolStuff; char playerID[100]; } MyStruct; Then I'm using ...
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Best way to do buttons for an OpenGL ES iPhone game

I'm making a simple 2d game in OpenGL ES and I want to add movement buttons to it. What's the best way of going about this? In previous projects I've simply added UIButtons to the view but I hear ...
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How to make a iOS plugin for Unity3d

I've passed last 2 days reading articles and book for understand how can i make a plugin for iOS in Unity. Basically i need just a demo for understand how it work. For now i've tried to make this ...
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Creating an isometric map with hexagonal tiles for iPad

I'm new to game development, so I need a little help. I have to write down a little game which has a floor with hexagonal tiles but it must be seen in a isometric view like The Sims. Ignoring the ...
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top down game - checking, drawing enemy's line of sight area with obstacles

Examples of what i'm going to need: I'm using cocos2d to draw a CCTMXTiledMap, on those tiles i'll have to draw the LOS cone. How would i test if the player is within that cone, taking obstacles ...
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Does SpriteKit follow the MVC pattern?

I am currently working on an iOS project called Old Frank that I have been trying to follow a MVC design pattern. The gist of it is. GameObjects(model) <- Scene(controller) -> Sprites "SpriteKit" ...
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Best way to determine surface normal for a group of pixels?

One of my current endeavors is creating a 2D destructible terrain engine for iOS Cocos2D (See https://github.com/crebstar/PWNDestructibleTerrain ). It is in an infant stages no doubt, but I have made ...
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AI engine for iOS game development? [closed]

I'm looking for an AI engine for iOS game development (machine learning, path finding).
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How can I implement Objective-C libraries in Unity?

I've been a "hardcore" developer for sometime now, as I've always worked with pure code reactive rendering, and contributed to Cocos2d library some time ago , (It is the one I used for my games) . But ...
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How can I implement a “Nyan Cat” rainbow?

I'm currently making a game similar to this Nyan Cat flash game, although I'm using cocos2d. I'm having a hard time trying to make the rainbow effect: Currently, every update call I add a piece of ...
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How to combine tap and long hold gesture recognizers?

I have a game in which the player moves around a sprite by tapping on various sections of the screen (left, right, up, down). So far, each tap moves the sprite one tile (I use a tile system for ...
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Bullet physics weird behavior. Jittering and drifting with btBoxShape

I'm dropping a simple box onto a plane from 100 units and my solution using Bullet Physics is giving me some weird behavior. The dimensions of the box are {2, 4, 1}. When the box hits the ground it ...
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OpenGL blending (masking)

I need some help with OpenGL textures masking. I have it working but need to find some other blending function parameters to work in other way. Now I have: //Background ...code... ...
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How to implement “Flick” gesture for throwing an object in the 2D realm

I am trying to implement a FLICK gesture for throwing a ball from point A to point B on the iPhone. This is my current plan.... Using touchesBegan and touchesEnd I can find the direction I need to ...
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Is it worth planning to be cross-platform in mobile game development?

Disclaimer: my goal is not to use cross-platform frameworks like Unity. I am currently planning a mobile game which I intend to first launch on iOS. However, I am wondering if it is better to write ...
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How do I find the angle required to point to another object?

I am making an air combat game, where you can fly a ship in a 3D space. There is an opponent that flies around as well. When the opponent is not on screen, I want to display an arrow pointing in the ...
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Do you know any 3D engines written in Objective-C for iOS?

In the next few weeks I will start a game for iOS, most of the action will happen in 2D but a 2D engine is not enough for our idea, therefore I'm doing a small research on available 3D engines for iOS ...
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How do I break an image into 6 or 8 pieces of different shapes?

I am working on puzzle game, where the player can select an image from iPhone photo gallery. The selected image will save in puzzle page and after 3 second wait the selected image will be broken into ...
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Cocos2D-iPhone, how does the Game Loop work in Cocos2D?

Could anyone theoretically explain how the game loop works in Cocos2D and Objective-C? If you need me to be more specific about what I'm asking, please read on. I've got a rudimentary understanding ...
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What resources are available for Mac OS game development?

Are there are any modern resources on how to develop games for Mac OS? I suppose this would include objective c, cocoa and opengl 3+. The book Beginning Mac OS X Game Development with Cocoa looks ...
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Aggro with Images

I have three UIImageViews. enemy1, enemy1AggroBox and mainSprite. What I want to do is when mainSprite and enemy1AggroBox interect, I want enemy1 to start moving towards mainSprite. Basically ...
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How to design a leaderboard?

This sounds like an easy thing but when I considering the following Many players Some have played many games and some just started Different type of statistics On what information should the ...
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Can Xcode be used to create very simple games?

I am brand new to Xcode, and I am also brand new Objective-C programmer. I was wondering if it is possible to create simple Mac games with Xcode. If it's not possible, could you recommend me some ...
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How to approach 360 degree snake without having it “slide”

There's a great question here that helps me a little bit in what I want to do, and it explains it quite well: How To Approach 360 Degree Snake Basically, I want to have a smooth 360-degrees Snake ...
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Spritekit water flowing [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a way in spritekit to implement water flowing through a path? like this water flow Right now I'm generating the path using UIBezierPath and PaintCode Any suggestion? ...
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What algorithm can I use to detect simple shapes in a 4x4 matrix?

I'm working on a simple multiplayer game that receives a random 4x4 matrix from a server and extracts a shape from it. For example: XXOO OXOO XXOX XXOO XOOX and XOOO XXXX OXXX ...
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Separating UI and logic in Objective-C at iOS based Games

How to separate UI and logic in Objective-C based mobile games? To develop games, I use Cocos2d library. I need a good reference to separate my UI code from game logic code.
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iOS custom memory allocator

I'm about to start writing an iOS game and I'm going to use mainly C++/C for the core gameplay logic. I really like pre-allocating everything in the game and try to avoid any dynamic allocations as ...
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How to set up a game loop for a project targeting iOS?

I'm a fellow game programmer who's done many game engines in Game Maker 8.1, Visual Studio XNA and MonoGame with C#, and one in Java Android with Eclipse. I'm very used to C# and love it plus the VS ...
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What is technical specs for iOS platform for a game?

I would like to know when a contractor ask you for a technical specs for iOS platform of a game, what's the description that you should give back to him?
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Wheel rotation, to change velocity of vehicle

I update the velocity of my vehicle like so: [v setVelocity: ((2 * 3.14 * 100 * (wheel.getRotationValue / 360) / 30)) * gameSpeed]; // update on 60 fps this gets velocity on all frames divide by 60 ...
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Cocos2d — Check if place is free before moving (all objects)

Is there a method in Cocos2d like CGRectIntersectsRect, except instead of limiting it to one sprite, it checks for ALL objects?
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How can I spawn monsters at random locations?

I made a little 2D shooter game for my iPhone. I want monsters to spawn at random locations. But I don't have any clue where to start to make them spawn. I already made the monster image and ...
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How to calculate final force vector for the SKSpriteNode

I am creating space game which has an effect similar to black hole's gravitational effect. Wherever the spaceship is going, the black hole will attract it, summing up all the vectors together. I know ...
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Rotate an image and get back to its original position - opengles glkit

I need to rotate an image in opengles GLkit and get it back to its original position in GLkit. rotation += 5; _modelViewMatrix = GLKMatrix4Rotate( _modelViewMatrix, GLKMathDegreesToRadians(5), 1, 0, ...
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How To show document directory save image in thumbnail in cocos2d class [closed]

I have just implemented multiple photo selection from iphone photo library and i am saving all selected photo in document directory every time as a array, now i want to show all saved images in my ...
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Best Method to Create Side Scrolling Levels? - Cocos2D

I am looking to start my first side scroller project using Cocos2D, but I am curious. What is the preferred/best method of creating you levels? For large levels I see hand making it very laborious, is ...
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How to use Irrlicht with Objective-C?

Irrlicht uses namespaces, a C++ feature not available in Objective-C: /* In the Irrlicht Engine, everything can be found in the namespace 'irr'. So if you want to use a class of the engine, you have ...
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Gamepad support for OSX [closed]

What is the most common method for providing gamepad support in an OS X game? I've been using an IOHIDLIB wrapper named DDHIDLib https://github.com/Daij-Djan/DDHidLib and it seems to be working but I ...
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Unusual Lighting Effects - Random Polygons Coloured

I am working on creating an object loader for use with iOS, I have managed to load the vertices, normals and face data from and OBJ file, and then place this data into arrays for reconstructing the ...
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Learning C++ but wanting to develop iOS Apps

I'm a computer engineering student and taking my second programming class. I'm learning C++ using "C++ Primer Plus" 5th edition by Prata. I want to develop for iOS. I understand the main language for ...
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Objective C and C++ for Game Development

I'm trying to figure out which language I should begin learning. I've only been programming for about 6 months, with languages like PHP, Java, and C#. I want to learn how to dev games, and while I ...
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How can I switch between scenarios in a text game?

I am making a text-based adventure game. How should I go about changing to another scene if the player wants to e.g. go to the house or walk down the road? I am using Objective C, but C will work ...