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I would just like to say, before we start this tutorial, you will not be creating a game in this tutorial - you will only learn how to use the editor and then add some basic code to make an object move on the screen, setup a timer and a game over event. Tutorials will come in the future where you will make a game from start to finish.
You will need to have Visual Studio 2012 installed.
Don’t forget to keep saving whilst working on the code.
What is Rapid2D?
First off before you get into any coding you should know what Rapid2D is. Rapid2D is the first engine that has been specifically created to develop Windows 8 games for all of their current devices.
How to get Rapid2D!
To get Rapid2D simply head over to our website (https://www.rapid2d.com/site/page/index.html) and sign up. Once done navigate over to the Downloads tab. On the left hand side of the screen you should see a group called “Categories” which has contained within it three things. You will want to select the first option which is “Rapid2D Engine”.
Once here you will see 3 options which are; Rapid2D Studio, Rapid2D Pro and Rapid2D Free. For this tutorial you will be using the free version of the engine so go ahead and click on it. From here click the big green download button and read through the terms and agreements.
Once you have read through them click on the “Accept and Download” button if you wish to. You should now be greeted with another screen where you can click download then choose your directory you wish to save it to.
Now that you have the engine all that there is left to do is install the engine. To do this navigate to where you saved the file you downloaded in the previous section and double click the installer. A new window will appear and you will be able to choose your destination folder. For this tutorial I am going to leave it at its default setting which is: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Rapid2D”.
Once you have chosen your directory hit the install button. It should now begin to install, once complete you should see the close button in the lower right hand corner become clickable, so click it.