I'd like to use Google Maps, in my game, much like "Ingress", "Pokémon GO" and "Parallel Kingdom".
When I take a deeper look into the Android API/Google Maps API, and dozens of forums, I noticed that it's very hard to display sprites or even animations using the Google Maps API. Someone said that you need to layer stuff. Someone else said it's better to use game engines for that. No one tells me how to begin. I opened Android Studios and made a new Google Maps project. I compiled and ran the app. There is the map, so I guess I have completed the first step.
How do I combine the Google Map with an extra view or LibGDX layer for displaying sprites? How manage this with a multiplayer server?
I am wanting to set my map up like "Parallel Kingdom", which you can see, below.