Before I get started with this, let's get folks up to speed that might not be aware of what cocos2d is- Cocos2d is an extremely popular totally free framework that provides core functionality for developers to use to build their games. The basic idea behind cocos2d and other similar projects is to provide easy to use tools to do things like handle sprites, sounds, physics, and more so developers can focus on building their games instead of, for example, investing time into writing their own text rendering or texture handling.

For examples of the kinds of things I'm talking about, check out the following demo video for cocos2d:

As of yesterday, cocos2d went 1.0.0. This is the product of 2600 commits to the codebase from 140 different contributors, with the first commit taking place just a little over 3 years ago. Cocos2d even saw 63 releases before it officially went 1.0.0.

It's been a long road too, cocos2D started as a Python project by Ricardo Quesada with some friends of his in the Argentinian town of Los Cocos, hence the name. The coconut logo comes from the spanish meaning of "cocos," although Ricardo admits that when it was originally named they didn't exactly have coconuts in mind. Oh, and check out the original roadmap as it was sketched out, emphasis has been placed on the original planned 1.0 release in February of 2009:

Even though cocos2d took forever to hit the 1.0.0 mark, it's easily among the best frameworks out there for iOS developers to use, and chances are you already have several games on your device(s) that utilize it. Ricardo estimates that more than 2500 iOS games are using it now, along with 50 or so on the Mac App Store. Feed Me Oil [99¢], League of Evil [$1.99], heck even FarmVille [Free] uses it.

Congratulations on turning 1.0.0, cocos2d team!

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to them! We don't use it, but many of my peers do.

  • Karl Thoroddsen

    Excellent news.  All my games have been developed using Cocos2d.

    The reason why many developers choose it is because it is a support class library instead of a new development environment like Unity for example.

  • Stuart Carnie

    Congrats to Ricardo and team!

  • Duncan Lowrie

    Way to go Ricardo and co!  I love this framework.  Only actually published one game with it, but I've had a lot of fun playing around with ideas with it.

  • Push Panic

    Yes, I also love cocos2d. Did Push Panic with it, and now working on a new title which also uses cocos2d 🙂

    Again grats Riq, awesome job!

  • Brian Hobbs

    I think we may work with Cocos2d.  That demo video could use a little work, though.

  • Liv Games

    Congrats - Cocos2D is an awesome engine. We recommend it to any developers out there!

  • James Dailey

    Just for clarification to some people.  Cocos2d is not anything like Game Salad.  It's the real deal for real programmers.  I wrote Online Sniper League using it and even though I have some cool stuff from the engine in there, I only scratched the surface of what it is capable of.  But the greatest thing about cocos2d is the community of developers that support the product and each other.  Plus, Riq welcomes developer feedback and ideas to make the engine better for everybody.

    The demo video is outdated. I would pay more attention to the great games that use the engine.  There is a games tab on the site.  You'll probably be surprised by how many big names are on there.

  • Dell Wolfensparger

    Thank you Ricardo!

  • Thaurin

    Cool music on that video, based off of The Giana Sisters. What is it?