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Beginning Android Game Development


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#1 CoOlDud3   Members   -  Reputation: 151

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:52 AM

Hey guys!

 

My questions are:-

 

1) What TOOLS can I use to create 3D Games for Android Devices? (I'm talking about Game Engines & APIs)

 

2) Does Android SDK provide a Framework for 3D Game Development?



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#2 unit187   Members   -  Reputation: 274

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

You can easily google those.

 

The first one that comes to mind is Unity3d engine, you can develop for Android there. You will need android SDK for exporting .apk too.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

I have to agree with Unit, however, it can be a bit of work to find stuff initially.

 

When I first started it was a bit of a pain to find, but when I started looking around this last time I found that there are a few sweet cross development libraries available for use that will drastically help your development time.

 

From looking at speedtests that others had done for number of sprites (was working on 2d stuff), I ended up using libgdx... which allows you to develop on the computer, and then recompile when it is time to deploy to android or the web. Also, it works with ios, but you need a mono license...

 

Anyway, it has a few physics engines, I believe, as well as the ability to wrap your code into OpenGL 1.x or 2.x, so that you don't have to implement the nitty gritty yourself.

 

Beyond this, it also takes care of the onpause and onresume things that can become a pain...

I liked it because it is fast, free, and easy to use. It does apparently have Bullet Physics for Java, so it should be able to do everything you are wanting.

 

As for the native sdk, it has an OpenGL framework.


Edited by tisdadd, 28 March 2013 - 02:42 PM.


#4 CoOlDud3   Members   -  Reputation: 151

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:14 PM

Ill try OpenGL framework with android SDK. Libraries would be really helpful, but I don't want to buy any licenses. Anyways thankyou =)



#5 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 22242

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:17 PM

Moved to the Mobile forum.

 

This is the first entry in the FAQ, I'll repeat it here:

 

 

Major Cross-platform iOS and Android -- sorted by cost:

  • Cocos2d-x C++ SDK (FREE!)
  • libGDX Java SDK (Free for most platforms, requires Xamarin purchase for iOS)
  • Dragonfire C++ SDK ($100)
  • Marmalade C++ SDK ($150)
  • Xamarin C# SDK ($80 - $400 depending on license)
  • appMobi HTML5 - Javascript (SaaS subscription)
  • Unity3D engine ($400 per platform)
  • Loom engine ($500)

 

There are many other small libraries that people have put together, none of them seem to have hit critical mass yet.


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 write about assorted stuff.





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