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2D game for Android?

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Don't know if this is the right place to ask this... But, I would like to create a simple 2D scrolling game for android, and maybe some simple ABC apps for toddlers. I have dabbled in "C" only a bit before I was interrupted with work & life. I searched around the web for hours to find some click and drag game designers, but they want a few hundred dollars to start with. I wouldn't really mind paying for the simplicity, if I knew what the heck I was doing in the first place.

Some friends tell me to learn Java. Others say Python. The hard core friend tells me learn C or die. Don't have a clue where to start. I don't mind shelling out a few bucks for an online class, if I knew it was a good one. Thanks for any tips or suggestions.

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If you're going to do Android programming you'll probably want to learn Java. I believe you can do Android programming in C++ but you won't want to start out with C++. I don't know why you were suggested to learn Python if you're going to do Android programming. C# is also a possibility if you use Unity for Android.

I would recommend learning Java. Check out the [url=http://developer.android.com/develop/index.html]Android Developer[/url] site to get started in Android programming. After you have a pretty good grasp on Java you can start Android game programming. If you want a framework to go on so you don't have to handle all the OpenGL ES yourself check out [url=http://www.andengine.org/]AndEngine[/url] and [url=http://code.google.com/p/libgdx/]LibGDX[/url]. Personally, I've started using LibGDX and it's abstraction of OpenGL seems very nice. It allows you to develop games for Windows/Mac/Linux, Android, and the web though a single project.

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As David mentioned, learning Java would be the way to go for Android development. But since you stated that you had looked for click and drag designers, this could be worth a look as well. [url="http://www.appinventor.mit.edu"]MIT App Inventor[/url] was I believe a Google Labs(defunct) project, it is now being maintained by MIT.

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Thank you for the replies. I'm going with Java. I have downloaded some ebooks and a couple tutorials that not only teach you from a beginners POV, they also have you making the simplest of games like tic-tac-toe. During my search of trying to find the books with the clearest reviews, I found this online tutorial: http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/java/java.html it's from the UK but I wouldn't think that makes a difference. Code is code, right?

So, I think I should learn the basics, ofcourse, then move my way up the knowledge ladder before attempting to get into Android game & app design.


Thank you, again.

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Only difference will be spelling of some words, color vs colour (of course the code itself will still use color unless the library was made in the UK aswell)

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