Best platform/engine to make games for iPhone??

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  1. Tosty

    Tosty Well-Known Member

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    I've been using Swift/Objective-C to make my last two 2D games for the iPhone. I first worked with storyboards and then SpriteKit, which I enjoyed.

    I want to further my experience in programming and creating games. Where should I take my next step? Into Unity?
     
  2. Destined

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    I would strongly recommend unity because it is cross platform, properly supported and not going anywhere.
     
  3. StarPolygon

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    Agree with Destined. With your background, Unity really seems like a great choice.
     
  4. Rogue

    Rogue Well-Known Member
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    What is the best ice cream? Chocolate or Vanilla?

    All engine's have their positives and negatives. it mostly comes down to preference though. For example, I am a C++ guy so any engine I pick would need for me to work in C++. So I would probably use Unreal. That is me though.

    From what you have said, I would also recommend Unity. it's cross platform and easy to get things running.
     
  5. Tosty

    Tosty Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for the insight. I will start on Unity when I get the chance.
     
  6. SpiritBomb Studios

    SpiritBomb Studios Well-Known Member

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    It depends a lot on what you want to make.
    Unity has a lot of features, but also has a very large footprint.
    Flappy Bird will be about more than 10MB if made with Unity
     
  7. Qot

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    The footprint is only 12-16MB. It's nothing compared to development time saved by Unity and Asset Store.
     
  8. SpiritBomb Studios

    SpiritBomb Studios Well-Known Member

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    In comparison, the original Flappy Bird is about 2-3 MB.
    IMO, file size is something actually important for many, especially casual gamers (with 8-16GB devices, or are downloading games on 3G)
     
  9. Rogue

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    I agree with this. For a game as simple as Flappy Bird it would be vital to keep the file size as low as possible. Unity is overkill as an engine choice.
     
  10. Qot

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    I can't see any reason to drop the power of Unity and all its plugins (+ our own tools) for a small game. And most of the modern mobile games are over 30-50MB anyway.
     
  11. SpiritBomb Studios

    SpiritBomb Studios Well-Known Member

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    I mentioned 2 reasons already: limited & pricey 3G bandwidth & limited phone storage.
     
  12. Qot

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    Sure, I mean they're not worth increased development costs.
     
  13. sekodev

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    Considering you used Swift before, I would recommend using Corona SDK if you're still aiming for 2D games. I think you could make well use of Lua with Corona SDK.
     

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