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1. Introduction to Game Development. 2. Creative Brainstorming. 3. Storyboarding / Game Design Document. 4. Creating Graphics. 5. Create Music. 6. Sound Effects. 7. Install SDK and Game Engine. 8. Beginning Programming. 9. Using the Game Engine. 10. Finishing up the Game. 11. Submit final game to iTunes.

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Award-winning author and successful computer consultant Clayton Crooks has published more than 10 leading books on a range of game development and computer topics, from using Visual Basic to developing 3D graphics. He has also served as technical editor for five additional titles. In addition to complete books, Mr. Crooks has published hundreds of writings in a variety of publications, including magazines such as Dr. Dobbs Journal. His works have also been published on numerous web sites. In addition to his accomplishments as a writer, Mr. Crooks is a very successful businessman. He is the owner of Creative Technologies of Knoxville, a computer consulting company specializing in small business needs. He is also a partner in the master franchises of Jani-King of Memphis and Jani-King of Little Rock. Mr. Crooks is the President of Creative Development, LLC, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based land development and real-estate investment company.

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  • Series: For Teens
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143545992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435459922
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2013
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I have seen books like this which has a general book title but requires rather unusual software tools to make full use of it. Not only that, the book only covers creating resources and does not cover any programming. Is this why it is titled "... for Teens"? If one is not careful in browsing its contents before making a purchase, he or she may regret having bought it. iOS games are normally developed using Objective-C and Xcode, but this 300-page book utilizes an "interesting approach" which involves using software tools on the Windows platform: Multimedia Fusion, Acid Xpress, Audacity, and GIMP. These programs can help to create multimedia game resources but they do not help in any way to help you write the game software ITSELF! There are no coverage of Xcode nor Objective-C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald T. Roseborough VINE VOICE on December 25, 2012
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It would have been nice to know from the start that this book is about using Windows technology to program for Apple's iPhone. The book advertising doesn't make this plain up front. Why would anyone want to use Windows to make apps that then have to be converted to Apple's iOS?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Palmerino Jr VINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
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Two things I want to mention up front: I once used the original Multimedia Fusion to build a video presentation and I have released (and later took down) one iPhone application. I stopped paying Apple's yearly fee, so my app is no longer for sale.

Anyway, this book takes a unique approach to game development. Instead of building a native app (aka an objective-c app) on a Mac, this book describes how you can use Multimedia Fusion to build simple games using a Windows pc. Multimedia Fusion supports paid plugins that allow you to export you Multimedia Fusion project to an iPhone app.

While I haven't tried this yet based on the book's lessons, as of iOS 4's developer agreement, third party development tools are now acceptable ways of building apps. Prior to iOS 4, the use of third party compilers was prohibited by Apple.

So, now it seems its ok, and that is the path this book takes. You still need a Mac, because you have to export the file from Windows to Apple's Xcode, which only runs on a Mac. Per ClickTeam's site: "Potential App developers will need Clickteam's Multimedia Fusion 2 or Multimedia Fusion 2 Developer, and a PC or windows enabled Mac to run it on. The optional iDevice exporter, a Mac to compile your projects on, your favorite idevice to test the project, and finally a developer account with Apple ($100.00 Annually)."

Most apps are simple (think Pong-like games). It is also interesting that this book is targeted at teens. While that may be so, those young and old will enjoy this book and learn from it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By For Real on May 2, 2012
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I was skeptical about the book when I requested it from the Amazon Vine program for review. But I was interested in the subject, because last year I tried, unsuccessfully, to learn iOS and Android programming. It was just way too hard! When I got the book, I was immediately put to ease by the authhor's laid-back style. It turns out he advocates using a Windows-based program called Multimedia Fusion 2, from a company called Clickteam which specializes in game engine software! MF2 is not free, but not too expensive, either, especially when compared to having to buy an expensive Mac computer! BTW, it's available here on Amazon with Prime shipping eligibility. Anyway, the book provides a gentle introduction to using MF2 to develop decent-quality games for the iOS, but also for the Xbox, Android and other platforms, since MF2 can create cross-platform code! The pace is slow but assuring. Some other free tools, like Acid Xpress for music, are also introduced. This book is not only perfect for teens with an interest in mobile game development, but also for dummies like myself who really have a hard time understanding programming technologies! I'm having a good time reading the book and have downloaded the 30-day free trial of MF2 to go along with the tutorials in the book.

The only problem, as of this review, is the author's website has not been updated to reflect the tools and links he promises in the book to make available! If you're the author, update your website, dude - it looks like it hasn't been updated since Jan. 10, 2011!
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First off, I know absolutely NOTHING about creating games for the iPhone, although I've wanted to for quite some time. When I saw this title with the word "teens" in it, I figured if they can teach a teen how to create games for the iPhone, then I should be able to do it. What I didn't realize was that what I learned in this book wasn't going to enable me to create the next "Words with Friends," but that has to do more with my expectation than the focus of the book.

The book is, actually, quite focused in its approach to a rather complex subject, and does what it can to help the reader develop games that can be made with free, or nearly free, utilities. That's helpful because you don't want to be spending hundreds of dollars on software that you're not sure you're going to know how to use once it's installed. It's also helpful that the book shows PC users who don't own a Mac how to create a game for what is essentially a foreign operating system. (That said, you still need a Mac to "compile" your program once you're finished.)

The writing is straight-forward and easy to understand. The instructions clear and concise. There's also tips that apply only to teenagers about how to use a credit card, and other aspects that apply to someone just starting out in "business."

At the end of the day I was able to create a little game and get it to run on my iPhone. It's nowhere near the sophistication of what's available on iTunes, but it's a start. And that's what teenagers should be doing is starting at the beginning, seeing if they like the process and have an aptitude for it, and THEN venturing out into the more complex and expensive software you need to really create a commercially viable game.

I would highly recommend this for ANYONE who wants to get their feet wet in game development, regardless of their age.
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