Windows Mobile Game Development
Windows Mobile Game Development will tell you everything you need to know to write your own games, using the powerful Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and either C# or VB.NET.
In Windows Mobile Game Development I give you everything you need to allow yourself to maximize your own creativity and bring both yourself and the world some fantastic mobile gaming opportunities. Just think about how a gaming device is always in your pocket, as a phone always is... it's too good an opportunity to miss, so I'll show you how to create the games you want to make.
I'll guide you from your first Windows Mobile development steps, right through to you working with advanced graphics techniques involving the OpenGL ES graphics library. Along the way we'll cover everything you'll need to get the best from your games, including:
- input and game control mechanisms
- flexible methods for controlling on-screen objects within your game
- consistent timing to ensure that your game runs at the speed you want
- music and sound effects
There are some key differences between the Windows Mobile devices your gaming audience are using, so in Windows Mobile Game Development I'll show you how to overcome compatibility issues so your games can be available to as many players as possible on their devices. Along the way I'll share with you my passion for gaming on mobile devices, and I'll show you how huge the possibilities are for you to create games on the move.
The book contains dozens of working examples demonstrating all of the topics and techniques covered by the book, and includes the source code for my game GemDrops including all of the steps needed to design and program the game.
You will need to have a working knowledge of C# or VB.NET, Visual Studio 2008 Professional or Visual Studio 2005 Standard, and ideally access to a Windows Mobile device to test out your programs (though the development emulators that are supplied with Visual Studio will be sufficient for much of your development if no device is available).
You can buy Windows Mobile Game Development from the following web sites:
Also available as an ebook for immediate download from the Apress web site.
|Develop using Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008.|
|Get started with Windows Mobile development, from setting up the IDE to debugging techniques.|
|Learn to target the widest possible range of devices, from Windows Mobile 2003 up to Windows Mobile 6.5.|
|Discover the secrets to developing for touch screen and smart phone devices in a single application.|
|Ensure consistent timing across all devices while maximising the performance of your game as much as possible.|
|Find out the best ways to control your games, including using touch screens, keyboards and accelerometers.|
|Produce high quality music and sound effects from your games.|
|Learn the best techniques for 2D gaming using GDI and OpenGL ES, as well as taking your ideas to the next dimension with OpenGL ES's powerful 3D capabilities.|
|Masses of example code and working projects, including a complete game, "GemDrops".|
|All you need to release your games to the world for fun or to sell.|