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#1 Abdou23   Members   -  Reputation: 117

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:38 AM

Hello

 

I am a beginner programmer, i learned programming in order to create strategy games , the idea i have in mind is a game like "Democracy" or "Plague Inc.". I also would like to create it for mobile phones and tablets. I have worked with SpriteKit and very familiar with it, but was wondering if there is a better engine that can also deploy to both IOS & Android.  

 

But the main question here is what is the best approach in order to make a strategy game like that ? is there a guid here or something i can check ? or is anyone here have some experience that wouldn't mind to share ?

 

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#2 C0lumbo   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2495

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 01:31 AM

You could check out Unity, Marmalade or Cocos2D-x perhaps. There's plenty written all over this site and the internet about their merits (I don't have much experience with any of them).

 

I'm not aware of any good general docs about making strategy games - you could try taking a look at positech's blogs perhaps seeing as you mentioned democracy. Main recommendation to a beginner is that you keep your first project's scope as small as you possibly can because no matter how simple you think your design is, you'll be shocked at the amount of effort and grind it'll take to finish it. And if you're thinking of trying to get a job in the industry, a not-very-good finished game is worth much more on the CV than an awesome unfinished one.

 

I'm about to release an iOS strategy game myself (link in sig), and would try to answer any specific questions, but can't think of much general advice. For a game like mine, I find having the AI play against each other a lot is good for finding bugs and getting balancing data. Actually, that reminded me of this article which you might like: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/186088/postmortem_intelligence_engine_.php


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#3 Abdou23   Members   -  Reputation: 117

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 07:56 AM

Thank you, Columbo.






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