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Learning iOS 8 Game Development Using Swift

Apple - MAC OS X Apple - MAC OS X

Learning iOS 8 Game Development Using Swift

Autor: Siddharth Shekar
Broj strana: 366
ISBN broj: 9781784393557
Godina izdanja: 2015.

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About This Book

  • Create engaging games from the ground up using SpriteKit and SceneKit
  • Boost your game's visual performance using Metal - Apple’s new graphics library
  • A step-by-step approach to exploring the world of game development using Swift

Who This Book Is For

This book is for novices as well as proficient game developers who want to learn more about game development using Swift. If you are from a 2D game development background and would like to learn the basics of 3D game development, this book is for you. Additionally, if you want to learn the basics of graphics programming and shaders, this book will be a good starting point.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn Apple's latest programming language—Swift
  • Acquaint yourself with the Xcode interface
  • Create stunning games with SpriteKit and SceneKit
  • Understand the basics of graphics programming
  • Intensify your gameplay experience by learning how to add customized sound
  • Develop highly interactive games using animation, sound, collision detection, particle systems, and shaders
  • Package and publish games on the Apple App Store

In Detail

Game development has been simplified with Apple's new programming language—Swift. It starts with the absolute basics such as the Xcode interface and takes you all the way to Swift programming.

You will take a walk through the creation of 2D and 3D games followed by an introduction to SpriteKit and SceneKit. The book also looks at how game objects are placed in 3D scenes, how to use the graphics pipeline, and how objects are displayed on mobile screens. You will also delve into essential game concepts such as collision detection, animation, particle systems, and scene transitions. Finally, you will learn how to publish and distribute games to the iTunes store.


Siddharth Shekar

Siddharth Shekar is a game developer with over 4 years of experience. He has been programming for the last 10 years and is adept in languages such as C++, C#, Objective-C, Java, JavaScript, Lua, and Swift. He has experience in developing games for the Web, mobile phones, and desktops using Flash, Cocos2d, Cocos2d-x, Unity3D, and Unreal Engine. Siddharth has also worked with graphics libraries such as DirectX, OpenGL, and OpenGLES.

He is the founder and CEO of Growl Games Studio, and has developed several games and published them on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone stores. Apart from developing games, he has conducted game development workshops in major engineering colleges, and is a visiting faculty in game development institutes in India. He is also the author of the book Learning Cocos2d-x Game Development, Packt Publishing.

In his spare time, Siddharth likes to experiment with the latest game development frameworks and tools. Apart from playing games, he has an avid interest in animation and computer graphics. He also likes to listen to all kinds of music and plays the guitar.

You can find more information about Growl Game Studios and Siddharth at You can tweet him at @sidshekar or also follow his blog at, and his Facebook page at to get the latest updates.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Swift Basics
Chapter 3: An Introduction to Xcode
Chapter 4: SpriteKit Basics
Chapter 5: Animation and Particles
Chapter 6: Audio and Parallax Effect
Chapter 7: Advanced SpriteKit
Chapter 8: SceneKit
Chapter 9: Metal
Chapter 10: Publishing and Distribution


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