The iPad is probably the most popular mobile device owing to the wonderful user experience it offers. However, a lot of its popularity is largely credited to the huge array of exciting games made available for use in the App Store. You may be looking for an exciting role-playing game for yourself or few of the best games for your kids, all routes would no doubt lead to the App Store. It is therefore not difficult to imagine the thrill that you may be experiencing if you get the opportunity to craft out your own iPad Game App.
Starting off on iPad App Development
The magical qualities of the iPad seem to get further accentuated as you interact more and more with its development environment. The default iPad development environment known as XCode is available as a free download. Play around with the environment before you get started on the actual development. The tool uses the development language, Objective-C in order to develop apps on iPad as well as iPhone. XCode is also equipped to help you develop apps on Mac OS.
Besides the XCode, there is a host of third party platforms like Corona SDK and Adobe Air, which also help you develop game apps in iPad. These platforms are equipped to enable you to code in languages other than objective –C. Moreover, the third party platforms also enable you to compile your code so that it can be run on other platforms like Windows Phone and Android.
Plan your Moves
As in all development exercises, you need to prepare a rough draft of your plan. This is similar to a storyboard or a draft script based on which the final output is prepared. Since this is the backbone of your development project make sure this is well-researched and absolutely foolproof. As part of your research you may need to download other game apps that have been previously developed. Study their nuances and make a note of all those places where you think there is scope for improvement. Create a sketch of the Interface as you would wish it to appear to your audience. Identify the elements and the game tools that you need to design. As it is an iPad you are developing the app to keep in mind that you will not have the conventional keyboard to navigate. Also design the interface considering the limited screen space that an iPad provides. A well-planned start will help to expedite your development and enable you to launch a successful output.
Kick-start by joining the Apple’s Developer Program
The Apple Developer’s Program is a comprehensive knowledge repository that comprises all necessary knowledge articles, tools and resources that will help you to start off on your app development exercise. Join the program which costs around $99 per year to avail the fantastic support facilities that ensure a smooth sail in your app development.
Caution is extremely beneficial in helping you make the right start. Avail a Developer’s certificate and configure a provisioning profile on your device. Once done, push a sample app to test its smooth launch. When you are confident of its success, you can proceed with the final version of your game app. Having launched your app you need to however, work towards popularizing it in various intelligent ways. Strategic marketing tactics results in a promising idea finally translating into reality.