iPhone application development is not as difficult as you might expect. Thus, a popular iPhone game Virus Strike, for instance, has been built on a very low budget by a person without any iPhone development experience.
Here are the only 10 steps you need to take to build a great iPhone game.
- Come up with an original idea
An original idea is the key to the game success. Carefully check if somebody hasn’t used your game idea on the App Store yet. Only when you are sure about the game idea should you move on to development.
- Choose the right tools
Having few programming experience, you are recommended to use a game creation library like GameSalad which is designed for non-devs like you and specifically for the iPhone.
- Use free tutorials
Without Objective C programming skills, it’s helpful to use many available online tutorials like those on raywenderlich.com and developer.apple.com which will get you going faster.
- Outsource what you can’t manage yourself
Don’t hesitate to outsource both your initial ideas and some difficult parts of your development to more experienced programmers. On odesk.com, for example, it’s easy to post your app idea and get programmers’ bids for this work.
- Remember iPhone-specific features
It appears that the most popular App Store games are the ones specifically built for playing on iPhones. That’s why you should always think about the unique controls and other iPhone features which can benefit your game.
- Make the game challenging
Probably, the greatest challenge game developers face is combining their original concept with a really challenging game easy to just pick up and play. Mind that your game should be increasingly difficult along the gaming process, but fair at the same time. Make sure you give players a sense of progress, too.
- Include free sound effects
Your attractive game needs appropriate sound effects. Use services like freesound.org and Audacity to get the sound effects right and don’t forget to ask as many people as you can about their opinion on these.
- Get feedback
Your development isn’t over until you get enough feedback from people. This will give you a clear idea about how enjoyable and challenging your game actually is and how well people understand the mechanics of the game.
- Create a video
Having a tutorial video for your game is very helpful. Use ScreenFlow to create a one-minute video which will ensure people quickly understand how the game is played.
- Market the game
It doesn’t matter how great your game is until you market it, because otherwise nobody simply won’t be able to find it. So, once your development stage is over, you should get ready to spend much time on targeting review sites as well as other technology websites.
Now you are ready to go and succeed!
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