Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Development Journal about Android 2D/3D Game Development

If you are planning (like me) to start game development either using Android's 2D graphics API or OpengGL ES APIs, I highly recommend you to take a look at this excellent The Light Racer 3D Development Journal written by Robert Green. Robert discusses in detail the software development process he is going through in developing his Android game entitled Light Racer. I found this well written and illustrated journal to be very interesting and useful introduction into Android game development. Robert addresses many problems he faced during the development as well as describes the solutions he used in detail with code samples. This is very useful for other Android game developers, because the problems he describes, are quite typical when developing game applications with Java language for Android platform. In addition, the journal provides a nice collection of useful web links for more information.

Robert is developing both 2D and 3D versions of the very same game. The first 20+ journal entries fully cover the development of the 2D version. At the moment, Robert has published the first two entries reporting the first four days of the development of Light Racer's 3D version. It will be very interesting to see how much 2D and 3D application development differ on Android platform. I am also looking forward to read Robert's experience about the performance of Android's OpenGL ES 1.0 implementation . Briefly - a great tutorial and introduction to the wonderful (but challenging) world of Android game development. Thanks and kudos to Robert :)


Aadam Gibson said...

Android games have caught the fancy of most of the game because of its elevated standard graphics & straightforward game play. Above all now the android game developer & the game lovers can make their choice over 2D & 3D.

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