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Android Game Development – A Basic Game Loop

Following the series so far you we have an understanding of the game architecture. Even if just briefly but we know that we need to take input in some form, update the internal state of the game and finally render it to the screen and also produce some sounds and/or vibrations. Furthermore we have created an example Android project for ...

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Android Game Development – A Basic Game Architecture

So we got our Android application up and running but you might be wondering what type of application is exactly a game. I will try to give you my understanding of it. The following diagram represents a game architecture. Game architecture on an Android phone In the schema above you see the Android OS running on the Phone and everything ...

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Android Game Development – Create The Project

Now that we have our idea let’s get the environment up and start coding. To install Android follow the steps found on the official documentation page. I use eclipse so if you are a Java guy it should be pretty familiar. If you have never developed in Java but did some other coding in C++ or C# for example it ...

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Android Game Development – The Game Idea

Coming up with an idea for the game This is the hardest part. Because I am just one guy having limited time I will choose one idea that is realisable in a short time and will contain all elements of an action game. So I came up with a story for the game. The story goes like this: The end ...

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JCG Studios – ArkDroid official launch

Hello all, Following the beta testing phase, I am pleased to announce the official launch of our very first Android game, ArkDroid. ArkDroid is essentially an Arkanoid clone for Android but it is also what we would like to call “brick breaker evolved”; an old school game that comes to enrich the world of classic “brick breaker” games with cinematic ...

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Android Game Development Tutorials

Some months ago we received an email from a fellow Java developer, Tamas Jano, asking to be part of our JCG partners program. To our surprise he maintains a blog named “Against The Grain” debating about game development for the Android platform. I have been reading all of his articles since then and I must admit that his writings have ...

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Android App Engine Integration

Google App Engine is great for those of you in search of a complete, scalable and affordable hosting solution. Especially if you start a project and you don’t yet know exactly how successful it’ll be (which mostly you never know), how much potential users you’ll have and so on, then App Engine is great. It allows you to start with a ...

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Android Dependency Injection and Testing Libraries

Anything and everything that makes life easier to develop for Android should be looked into. There are a couple of libraries that make testing easier, increase the modularity of your code, and provide already created mock objects: RoboGuice – This is an adaption of Google’s dependency injection library but for Android Robolectric -This is a testing framework/platform which works to remove the ...

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