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The Beginner's Guide to Android Game Development Paperback – July 28, 2014
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This book was simply more welcoming and provided a much more gradual start. You begin by creating the games in strictly Java. Then, it shows you how to port those games into Android. Cho goes step by step in every chapter and shows you what each line of code is for. It's really a great guide. In fact, I have already created my own version of the class snake game because of what I learned from this book. I am now working on my second game.
Afterwards, I will continue reading Beginning Android Games to further learn Android Gaming. I highly recommend this book. It is really for beginners. It assumes no prior knowledge.
Even though I already had some Java and Android experience, the book is very capable of bringing an absolute beginner up to speed with the essentials of Java (and object-oriented) programming, which is absolutely necessary for a smooth transition into Android development.
As a newbie to game development, the main benefit for me was learning to build a simple game development framework. While others feel the name of the book does not accurately represent the contents of the book, I'd say that Mr. Cho is spot on. In terms of what you will know at the end of the book, the name is correct.
The game framework is clear, concise and easy to modify for a different game style without having to change much (or any) of the core architecture. I highly recommend using this game framework and attempting to build a completely different style of game (such as a shooter or a puzzle game), as it will deepen your understanding of it and give you new problems to solve! While there are simplifications in the framework, the book's companion site has additional resources.
I also like that, at the end of the book, Mr. Cho points you in new directions for continued learning. I personally will be exploring libGDX next, and may be transitioning my current project over to it.
If you're looking for a good introduction to simple game development on Android, this book is for you!
This author has the learner in mind !!
This author has the learner in mind !!!
It's unbeatable...a beginner material that takes you from grass to grace - from zero knowledge through programming basics in java, OOP techniques, Android platform coding techniques, actual step by step game implementations, smoothly-connected running codes, porting from standard java PC games to Android with minimal code adjustments, optimization/maintenance,publishing/releasing your game . I can compare the energy behind this book as that of the-most-read " Android Programming - Big Nerd Ranch Guide". Both authors have the learner in mind !!!!! . Both deserve my 5 * . FYI, I hardly write reviews, but I'm so impressed with the way this book is laid out. You could tell he loves his craft so deeply. Please buy this book, if you want a single book to read for a 2D game programming. You may also like "Android game programming - by John Horton" where I really enjoyed the game story scripting that manifests into actual game, using Tiles . See you on Google play !