Templates for Paper Game Wireframing

Sneakpeekit Wireframes are a set of wireframe templates for mobiles apps and websites that you can print out on paper to make the wireframing process easier. Basically what you do is print out for instance this iPhone set and then draw / write / sketch your game ideas on the printed mobile phone screen. These … Read moreTemplates for Paper Game Wireframing

Yonatan Zvik Interview – Creator of Mooniz

mooniz ios game developer interview

Below our interview with Yonatan Zvik, cofounder of Mooniz Interactive and game developer. Mooniz released a game by the same name for iOS. Can you tell us something about your company? Mooniz is a new and growing gaming company founded in 2011. Adrenaline Monki is a company that is created by gamers for gamers. With … Read moreYonatan Zvik Interview – Creator of Mooniz

Maura Sparks Interview – Creator of Glass Ceiling

glass ceiling

At the Game Dev Academy we believe it’s easier to achieve your goals when you get to know people who are currently doing and are passionate about the topic you are interested in, and for that I would like to present our interview to Maura Sparks, founder of Kissappgames, startup based in California that publishes casual Apple iOS games for women and girls.

KissAppGames - Games for Girls of all ages

Maura and Wendy created a game called Glass Ceiling, which is not only fun to play but it also offers a sharp satirical view of today’s society.

Thanks Maura for joining us today.

What can you tell us about your game Glass Ceiling?

Glass Ceiling features the heroine, Moxie, fighting her way up the corporate ladder as she tries to break through the glass ceiling. It’s no easy feat as she battles fresh men, backstabbing co-workers, asinine accountants, bad bosses and other office stereotypes in her quest to reach the top.

Glass Ceiling is a side-scroller action adventure game. It’s an interactive cartoon with beat’em up mechanics. Each level represents a floor in an office building. Moxie, a smart-minded career gal, starts out in the basement and works her way up the corporate ladder encountering multiple foes on her way to the top. Each floor is filled with floating objects for points, life-force battles and tricky obstacles. On mobile devices, the game features a touchscreen control system. You simply tap and hold in a direction to walk, tap enemies to attack and defend and tap to grab items. Easy to play, fun to explore, Moxie will ultimately discover what lies on the other side of the Glass Ceiling.

Glass Ceiling will appeal to anyone who has worked in an office environment, although it will resonate more loudly for women. This is the first mobile game to tackle this topic. The app takes a satirical approach and sheds light on a serious topic in a fun way.

What was the hardest part when making this game and how did you overcome it? 

The hardest part about making this game was the timeline. We’re not young kids and so we were all dealing with other life responsibilities (families, mortgages, work). We all had to take on other jobs during Glass Ceiling’s production. Also, during period the market went through several changes. The freemium market arrived, in-app purchases grew and the monetization players and issues evolved. With Glass Ceiling, we released the app for $0.99, but we may offer it for free for a weekend and play around with the pricing structure.

After making this game, what would you recommend to people who want to create games?

Go for it! Choose an idea that resonates with you. When Wendy approached me with this idea, I loved it immediately. However, my decision to do this app and start Kissappgames was probably different than Wendy.

Wendy says, “It was clear that there is a market for games for women/girls. We didn’t want to exclude anyone but thought it was a good idea to make a games for ourselves – you know, games that we would like. The issue of women being treated equally in the workplace, and commanding top positions does seem to be in the social conversation. I’ve worked in the games industry long enough to remember a time when you couldn’t have a woman protaganist in a game, so to me a prim woman, styled in the 50’s UPA style, punching people was funny.”

I wanted to take control of my career and starting a company is one way to do that. Starting Kissappgames gives us the opportunity to create our own unlimited future. Having your own company removes the glass ceiling. It allows me to interact with amazing, smart people, take ideas and run with it, address things in a creative way and be part of a very dynamic space that is constantly moving. It’s clearly not for the faint of heart. I just hope we can build our brand and Kissappgames becomes a company that continues to build cool apps for girls and women.

I had a game company before and we made CD rom games–I rode that arc. I loved the mobile space the minute it arrived because now small teams, with low overhead could release a game without having to create packaging, work with expensive distribution channels, and spend tons of money marketing. If there was a bug in the software back then you were doomed. Now we can release an app, iterate as needed, use social media to create a viral marketing buzz, have direct contact with our community and compete with companies 30x our size!

Thanks Maura for giving this interview, we wish you the best of success with your company and projects!

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How to Make an Android App for Entrepreneurs

Android App Development by Example

1. Why make Android apps? One of the first things to consider when starting a technology project is the platform it will run on. What are the advantages of creating an Android app? Are there a lot of people using these devices today? The answer in this case is yes. According to Forbes.com, the use … Read moreHow to Make an Android App for Entrepreneurs

Create a Virtual Pet Game with HTML5

Create a Mobile Virtual Pet Game with HTML5

Intro Once upon a time, kids used to play with real, “flesh and bone” animals like dogs, cats and hamsters. Today’s kids play with elaborated algorithms that simulate living beings and carry out actions such as eating, playing and even popping. We call these misguided inventions “virtual pets”. I’m exaggerating. Kids still play with real … Read moreCreate a Virtual Pet Game with HTML5

Create a Mobile HTML5 Farming Game

farming mobile html5 game with limejs

Intro Over the last few years, HTML5 has come out as a great alternative to develop cross-platform app using a single code base. A HTML5 app can run on iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry.. and of course good old Desktop. For amateurs and professional developers it’s quite easy to get started with HTML5 (which comprises … Read moreCreate a Mobile HTML5 Farming Game

Create a Mobile HTML5 RPG for Beginners

Mobile HTML5 RPG with LimeJS

Intro In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a (very) simple RPG demo that works in all HTML5 supporting platforms, using the Open Source Javascript framework LimeJS. This framework allows you to quickly create simple games that work regardless of the screen resolution of your device (laptop, phone, tv). You can play these … Read moreCreate a Mobile HTML5 RPG for Beginners

WordPress Plugin Development for Beginners

wordpress plugin development for beginners

Did you know that 20-30% of all websites on the Internet are powered by the WordPress platform?

One of the reasons behind the success of WordPress is it’s flexible Plugin system, which allows developers to give superpowers to any website on a modular and easy manner.

In this course we’ll cover the art and science of WordPress Plugin Development from scratch. By developing 8 simple plugins we will cover everything you need to know to be able to create awesome plugins that will run in most of the web.

By following the video lessons and having a play with the numerous downloadable examples you will get quite comfortable with the following topics:

  • Plugin basic structure and life cycle.
  • How to use filters and actions to have our code executed at the right moment.
  • Accessing posts through The Loop.
  • Creating your own shortcodes to give your users superpowers and allow them to save time.
  • How to add custom metadata to posts and users.
  • Widget creation from scratch.
  • Dashboard widgets.
  • How to create our own admin pages with global settings.
  • Using Ajax and external JavaScript libraries in our plugin. Including JQuery.
  • Task scheduling with Cron.
  • Creating custom tables to extend WordPress beyond your dreams.

No previous WordPress experience is required to take this course. Although we do need you to be familiar and have basic knowledge of PHP, MySQL and web development in general.

This course is taught by Pablo Farias Navarro, founder of Zenva (www.zenva.com) and Super Colegio (www.supercolegio.com). Just like all other Zenva courses, this course follows the methodology of learning by doing, where video lessons consist in live coding and students are encouraged to modify the course code and get started with their own projects from the very beginning.

If you’ve always wanted to create your own WordPress plugins or you need to learn how to do it quickly for work reasons, this is definitely the best way to go.

Don’t postpone your dreams, GET STARTED TODAY 🙂

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Android App Development by Example (FREE course)

Android App Development by Example

Update: this is an old post, the free course is no longer available (it was for an older version of Android)

This training course will guide you through the creation of a social+geolocated Android app that integrates with Facebook, Twitter and the Google Maps API. The course is taught by Mohit Deshpande, Android App Trainer and Java developer, and was created in collaboration with Pablo Farias Navarro, founder of Zenva.

Things you will learn in this course:

  • Installing the Android SDK and setting up Eclipse for Android app development.
  • Creation and file structure of an Android project.
  • Using SQLite databases in your mobile apps.
  • Create professional User Interfaces such as menus, buttons and action bar menus.
  • Organize your code using the Model-View-Controller pattern and other industry best practices.
  • Make your apps social using the Facebook and Twitter SDK’s
  • Add location to your app using the Google Maps API
  • Deploy your app and publish it to the Google Playstore

There are PDF summary guides for each chapter with the key points and UML diagrams of the classes showcased in the videos.

You will also get the full source code of the Social Notes app, which you can use as a starting point for your own projects!

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