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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:35 PM
Building a full 3D game engine from scratch is a difficult task even for those with years of game programming experience. It is difficult even for teams of people working for years on end.
Start with games like Tic-Tac-Toe, Pong, breakout, falling blocks, etc. They will teach you all you need about the platform, about how to build game loops, menus, graphics, audio, animation, and much more. They are also reasonably small for a single individual.
Much like physical engines, you don't set beginners out on designing their own formula-one racing engine, you start by tearing apart small appliance motors, lawnmowers, and gradually work your way up as knowledge and experience grow.
Once you have figured out how games really work on the platform, you will be able to pick up an existing engine and leverage their tools to build the game you really want. Existing major engines, such as Unity3D, already have untold work-years already invested in them, often many more than one person could do in a lifetime. After you have learned the fundamentals it is best to leverage the work of others.
Check out my book, Game Development with Unity, aimed at beginners who want to build fun games fast.
Also check out my personal website at bryanwagstaff.com, where I occasionally write about assorted stuff.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:30 AM
The point however is that your lack of experience in game development, and 3D development in particular, is very likely to stop you from using such an engine effectively.
I'd suggest you try Unity in stead, as it's one of the friendliest engines out there. Just use the free version to prototype the game on any of the supported platforms. This will teach you enough about the concepts involved in creating a 3D game to give you a much better start. You'll then be able to decide whether it's worth the money to buy the Android license. At least you'll have a much better idea how much work would be involved in getting to the same point using any of the free engines.