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Sam Chaudry
Sam Chaudry
25,519 Points

IOS Course suggestion 2014

Firstly have to say really enjoying the IOS courses on here. I was thinking for 2014 it would be really nice to have a deep dive which teaches students on how to make mobile games on Xcode. I think that would be really good.

2 Answers

Amit Bijlani
Amit Bijlani
Treehouse Guest Teacher

We are working on a gaming course for 2014. So stay tuned!

David May
David May
10,572 Points

Amit Bijlani, this is awesome news. Looking forward to it :)

David May
David May
10,572 Points

I would love this. Looking forward to getting to the iOS lessons soon enough once I get done refreshing my knowledge of PHP. I learned Flash pretty extensively but haven't used it much at all recently with HTML5. Even took a game design course in college on it. Was extremely fun making games with it so once I learn Objective C it would be cool to have the option of learning game design for it.

The question is what type of game do you focus on? A simple card game, platformer, tower-defense style game?

From past experience, I'd say a simple platform engine Deep Dive would be a great start. To learn the programming itself I feel that supplying simple sprite graphics would be the easiest option to quickly get into the brains of the code..

Here's some possible topics for a Deep Dive or lesson plan

  • Starting out - rendering the files/graphics on screen, saving assets etc.
  • GUI - health, scoring system, inventory?, objectives
  • Character movement/animations - simple left, right, jump, etc. along with proper sprite animations
  • Environment - scrolling background, platform elements like floating blocks to jump onto
  • Simple enemy or AI - could be as basic as a blob moving back and forth like a Koopa from Mario would. If you run into it you die.

Given, even a simple engine would be a pretty substantial amount of content.

What are your thoughts? Maybe we can shoot some ideas around.