A little more concept art today!
Here is the logo, football pitch and menu buttons for my new game Super Football Kids.
After releasing my first game, I have seriously caught the gaming bug! So I have now started working on my next game which will be a football based game for iOS. The concept is based a playground style football game that I used to play after school, more details on that to follow! The new game will be called:
Super Football Kids
Here is a sneak preview of some early concept art. The inspiration behind the game is based on a pencil sketch I drew when I was about 9 years old!
And of course the football pitch which is based on a 5-a-side layout.
This game will probably take a few months to finish due to the amount of coding/testing and art work required, so stay tuned.
So you’ve learnt Objective-C or even Swift and developed your killer iOS app, now you need to get familiar with the top free resources for iOS app developers.
You have lived and breathed Xcode for weeks, maybe months. You have spent days staring at the simulator, you have spent nights dreaming about how you app will take off and take over the world! You have signed up to Apple Developer Program, distributed your app to your beta testers, tested on a multitude of devices, collected user feedback, iterated and fixed major bugs and issues.
You are almost ready to launch…
That’s where I was with a few of my iOS apps and below are a few resources that I found particularly useful prior and during launch. Best of all they are all absolutely FREE and easy to use! Check them out.
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.
Search a good sized library for app sounds to make your app come to life. You will need to filter on Creative Commons license and WAV format.
Generate App Icons of all sizes with a click!
These guys make generating icons of various sizes a breeze based on one uploaded image… What’s more is that the image set is packaged up for you and is “droppable” into Xcode. Beautiful!
Generate Icons & Splash (Launch) Images
This online tool is great for generating all the required launch images. Unfortunately it will not package them up into an asset you can easily drop into your Xcode project like Makeappicon – that would need to be done manually.
18,000 free flat icons
Need I say more? This is by far the best and largest icon set that I have come across. The icons8 icons will make your app look really polished and cool!
Create gorgeous images for your App Store page in minutes.
This site is very useful for creating screenshot style images for promotional web sites and can also be used for App Store images. LaunchKit additionally has a monitor to keep an eye on App Store reviews and a landing page builder. Make sure to sign up to their beta program to get your paws on other goodies extra early!
Spend time making games, not press.
A good press kit is essential these days to get your app off the ground. Bloggers and reviewers don’t want to hunt down scattered information about your app, they want everything easily accessible so they can bang out that review in no time. All the apps assets are packaged up into one page – description, background, images, videos and links.
Here is an example created with presskit() for my game app Snappy Elf.
Pretty cool eh?
Apple published their App Store Review Guidelines in the hope that they will help you steer clear of issues as you develop your App and speed you through the approval process when you submit it. Make sure to get familiar with these guidelines to get your app approved first time!
This is my favourite tool at the moment for drawing scalable vector graphics (SVG format). Amazing!
The GNU Image Manipulation Program, for X Windows systems.
Look past the funny name and boring description to find a good all round image manipulator tool. Great for resizing and converting between different formats.
Blender is being made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on.
It is amazing that such a powerful tool is free! You can use this tool for a vast array of things including creating 3D models to import into your apps.
Check it out but beware this is not for the fainthearted and has a steep learning curve!
Cool Text is a FREE graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.
You want a quick cool looking text logo? Look no further! This online logo generator will do the trick. I have been using this for years for websites, presentations and now apps!
To make your app look really awesome it’s a good idea to embed custom fonts. This is the best resource I have found which offers amazing free fonts.
Free textures for your next web project.
Need a nice background for your app? This website should have you covered! They offer a great selection of free textures.
Create quick animated GIFs of your game play and share them easily!
Made by Twitter. A great mobile analytics package. Monitor crashes with Crashlytics and understand in-depth what your users are doing with your apps with Answers.
Designing and coding an app is just the start. You will need to promote it too! However that will be the subject of a future post.
I will be updating this list as I find more cool free resources for iOS app developers!
I looked around to see most fellow passengers playing simple games on their mobile phones to pass the time and avoid any awkward eye contact! There was a frenzy of flicking, swiping, tilting and so on!
Being a programmer and a keen gamer myself, I decided to make a game there and then. The inspiration for the game was right there in front of me too! I decided to design and code a simple 2D game app for iPhone which revolved around flicking passengers onto arriving trains. I called the game TrainRush! The game would get progressively harder with obstacles and power-ups. It was just an idea at the time and I would need to design, build and publish it!
Once you decide to code a game app, there are 100 thoughts and questions racing through your mind! What will it look like? How will the scoring system work? How to make it difficult but fun? Should it have a leaderboard? How to make it work with different screen sizes? And so on! I started getting some basic designs down and the game started to take shape from there…
In total, the game took around 4 weeks to develop and test.
They were pretty bad…
Final passenger design:
The original sketch…
And here is the finished product!
Check out our latest game TrainRush! is on the App Store.
Get ready to board the train! The station is busy and it will get busier! A hell of a lot busier! How long can you manage to keep it in running order? Read more…