1. Game Development

Game Development Learning Guides

Learn to design and develop your very own games with this collection of learning guides, covering everything from the basics of SpriteKit to the four key elements of game design.

Each guide contains a hand-picked selection of free game development tutorials and is designed to teach you a new skill or technique. Some are aimed at a practical outcome, like creating a good countdown, while others explore game design theory and mechanics, such as basic 2D platform physics.

With the help of these learning guides, you'll be producing your own games in no time. What will you learn today?

  1. Let’s Build a 3D Graphics Software Engine

    7 Posts
    The 3D game engines that are behind today's biggest games are staggering works of mathematics and programming, and many game developers find that understanding them in their entirety is a difficult task. If you are lacking in experience, this task becomes even more arduous. In this series, you'll learn the basics of graphics systems in 3D software engines.
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  2. How to Create a Custom Physics Engine

    4 Posts
    There are many reasons you might want to create a custom physics engine: first, learning and honing your skills in mathematics, physics and programming are great reasons to attempt such a project; second, a custom physics engine can tackle any sort of technical effect the creator has the skill to create. In this series, Randy Gaul provides a solid introduction on how to create a custom physics engine entirely from scratch.
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  3. Make a Match-3 Game in Construct 2

    8 Posts
    A Match-3 game is a block-based puzzle where you move blocks around in the game area to create groups of three or more that share a common attribute (such as a color or a shape). In most match-3 games the player is also given bonuses for matching more than three blocks at once. Is this series, you'll learn how to build such a game in Construct 2—no prior gamedev experience required!
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  4. Noise: Creating a Synthesizer for Retro Sound Effects

    3 Posts
    In this series, you'll learn how to create a synthesizer-based audio engine that can generate sounds for retro-styled games. The audio engine will generate all of the sounds at runtime without the need for any external dependencies such as MP3 files or WAV files. The end result will be a working library that can be dropped effortlessly into your games.
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  5. Beginner's Guide to OOP

    6 Posts
    Object-oriented programming (OOP), in its most basic sense, is a programming style used to organize code. Video games can run anywhere from a few thousand lines of code (Cut the Rope has 15,000) to millions of lines of code long (Crysis has over a million). You can see why it’s so important to write code that can be easily modified and maintained. Programming styles, such as OOP, help to organize code in such a way that it becomes easier to maintain and modify.
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