Student Success: Ryan Mininger, from Flash to published Phaser games

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As future archaeologists will quickly realize, financial decisions are among the most influential parts of our lives. However, large numbers of people are not familiar with the most basic concepts of economics and finance. To tackle this problem by leveraging the power of video games, Ryan Mininger developed Finances 101 using Phaser. Finances 101 is … Read moreStudent Success: Ryan Mininger, from Flash to published Phaser games

Interview with game developer Aryadi Perwira Subagio

Interview with game developer Aryadi Perwira Subagio

We recently sat down with professional game developer, Aryadi Perwira Subagio and talked about his latest game Diamant Arena Shooter. Can you tell us something about yourself? I’m a professional game programmer who has been making games since the day of flash games, now I’m using Construct 2 for my dev tool. My company isn’t really … Read moreInterview with game developer Aryadi Perwira Subagio

Student Success: YellowSidd Creator Daniel Danielecki

YellowSidd

Below we catch up with YellowSidd Creator Daniel Danielecki to talk about his Mario style platformer game, YellowSidd. What tools and technologies did you use to create YellowSidd? I used HTML 5 and the Quintus framework, although right now I would recommend to everyone wanting to begin the journey of HTML 5 game development to start with Phaser. What Zenva … Read moreStudent Success: YellowSidd Creator Daniel Danielecki

Student Success: Crossy Colours Creator Kristan Halls

Crossy Colours

Below we catch up with Crossy Colours Creator Kristan Halls to talk about his application and how  The Complete Mobile Game Development Course helped him release his first game, Crossy Colours. What tools and technologies did you use to create Crossy Colours? I used a Macbook Air so I could create for all platforms and my test devices … Read moreStudent Success: Crossy Colours Creator Kristan Halls

From Guitar Teacher to Game Developer and Online Instructor

From guitar teacher to game developer and online instructor. Ben Kane Johns believes the journey of the learner is to be enjoyed. While you are making progress with programming and making your first game, it’s important to keep an open mind and never stop learning. Ben is currently looking for testers for his new game … Read moreFrom Guitar Teacher to Game Developer and Online Instructor

Student Success: Interview with PAWs Creator Costin Mirica

With four years of web development under his belt and some basic Photoshop knowledge, Costin Mirica decided to broaden his technology skills and learn how to build a mobile app through the Complete Mobile Game Development Course. Having not ever created an app before Costin talks of the challenges he faced along the way and … Read moreStudent Success: Interview with PAWs Creator Costin Mirica

Student Success: Dodger the Unicorn Creator Jeremiah Jenkins

It’s almost one o’clock and after being delegated the responsibility of checking out student developments I have spent a good portion of my afternoon playing Dodger the Unicorn. Akin to its brothers Flappy Bird and Jetpack Joyride, Dodger the Unicorn is one of those highly addictive games that warrants a few choice swear words every now and then. With its bright colour scheme (as expected with anything unicorn related) catchy theme music and charming graphics Dodger the Unicorn is not only an enjoyable game but a real treat for the senses.

Below we catch up with Dodger’s Creator Jeremiah  Jenkins to talk about his app and how completing The Complete Mobile Game Development Course’ helped him formulate Dodger the Unicorn.

dodgerHey Jeremiah! So how much did you know about coding prior to doing the Phaser course?

I have been a professional developer for over 15 years, focusing primarily on server technologies and business applications. Core Java and SQL are my specialties. However, prior to 2015, I had never done any mobile or game development… that is unless you count the games I wrote on my TI-85 graphing calculator back in high school!

I first heard about Phaser from a newsletter I got from Intel in March 2015. In one afternoon, I did a bunch of reading and decided that I wanted to make a game using Phaser. It just looked like so much fun! I told my wife what I wanted to do, and she said “Let’s do it! …I can do the graphics!”

What gave you the inspiration to come up with Dodger the Unicorn?

Games are very different from business applications so I was very much starting from scratch. I searched the web for good Phaser tutorials and worked through them but still ended up asking myself “Now what?” My wife and I decided that the best approach, since I had no clue what I was doing, was to just get something out there.

I showed her some of the games I had created from tutorials. We picked one of them and decided that we’d re-make it into our own game. We like cats and unicorns and rainbows and other silly things like that, so we decided to make a unicorn game. Using an imaginary animal as our main character freed us up to have tremendous artistic license.

How long was the process in making Dodger the Unicorn?

My wife and I both have full time day jobs so Dodger the Unicorn was something we did as a side project. The very first playable version of the game took about two to three weeks to create. Around that same time, I learned about the Kickstarter campaign for Pablo’s Phaser course on Zenva. We signed up as platinum backers immediately. Fortunately, it wasn’t long from that point before Pablo started releasing videos for that course.

As I took the course, I integrated things I learned from Pablo into my game. Besides learning Phaser itself, I had to learn how to make a mobile app from a Phaser game and how to get it published into the app stores. (For those that are curious, by the way, I used Intel’s XDK with a handful of Cordova plug-ins.)

The very first version of Dodger the Unicorn was made live on the Apple app store on May 14, approximately two-and-a-half months after deciding to make the game. (The first Android version was released around the same time.) The first release had some bugs and had just one infinite level. Over the next several months, I fixed many bugs and integrated more things I learned from Pablo. Also, my wife and I added eight unique levels to the game plus three difficulty modes. Our last version of Dodger the Unicorn was released on the Apple app store on September 20, four months after the initial release.

Are you interested in creating more games? Are you involved in any projects at this point in time?

Creating Dodger the Unicorn was an amazing experience! So many of our friends and family members have congratulated us for our accomplishment and wish they could create a game of their own. My wife and I loved the experience so much that we’ve decided this is our new “thing”, creating games! Presently, we have a handful of games in development plus a couple of mobile business apps based on gaming concepts. The next game we release will likely will be our puzzle game. We can’t wait to share more about it once it’s closer to being launched!

Would you approach anything differently if you were to do it again?

Since I knew almost nothing going into it, it’s difficult to look back and say “We should have done that…” or “If only we had done this…”. It was all a fabulous learning experience. However, something that would have saved us a lot of time would have been designing for multiple screen sizes and devices right from the beginning. I had to re-write a lot of code and my wife had to remake a lot of graphics as we discovered what didn’t work.

In the process, we acquired a handful of testing devices. The final version of Dodger the Unicorn has three versions of every image and scales gracefully to all reasonable screen sizes from 5-year-old Android phones up to the new Apple iPad Pro.

Would you recommend this course to other potential developers? And if so what did you find most beneficial about it?

I would absolutely recommend this course to other potential developers! I would even recommend it to people who want to use other game engines! Game development is a very creative process that is limited by the bounds of both our imagination and the tools we are using. This course helps us to expand both of those boundaries by exposing students to a wide array of game genres and by teaching us how Phaser (and many game engines like Phaser) can be used to implement those game genres.

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Check out Jeremiah Jenkins Twitter  Here

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Zenva students reveal the secret to completing online courses

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Besides creating content for our online courses and tutorials, I also spend a fair amount of time looking at data. If I was teaching in a classroom, it would be easy to see who’s paying attention, who’s bored and which parts of the lectures should be improved, but online educators don’t have that luxury, so … Read moreZenva students reveal the secret to completing online courses

HTML5 Mobile Game Development Talk at the Brisbane Game Tech Meetup

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Bellow the recording and slides from my presentation at the Brisbane Game Technology Meetup, on the 1st of March at the Queensland University of Technology. The talk covered an introduction to HTML5 game development and the Open Web Technologies, along with some examples of the Canvas and WebGL. I also introduced the Phaser framework and … Read moreHTML5 Mobile Game Development Talk at the Brisbane Game Tech Meetup