1. Abid
    March 17, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I hear you man; been planning to start my own mag but, it’s definitely a lot of work just thinking about the content & curation! Have been dabbling into app dev too and came across some mobile game development SDKs you might want to look into as Corona alternatives. Corona was definitely the first one I came across too maybe due to it’s popularity from early adopters but, here are some others worth mentioning –

    1. stencyl – http://www.stencyl.com/ (has it’s own SDK, Flash-based and can publish to almost all platforms using v3.0 beta available to paid customers for $199/yr)

    2. GameSalad – http://gamesalad.com/ (amazing SDK and sample templates for different game types and can publish on multiple platforms incl. Windows. What I really like about it is that documentation is excellent and it has a robust community almost matching that of Corona’s priced at $299/yr). Note: The GameSalad team recently launched a competition partnering with GameSpot.com and Samsung called “Unicorn Apocalypse” which ran for about 2 weeks with a reward of $25,000. Anyhow, Liquid Gameworks won it and here’s the end result: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.liquidgameworks.unicornapocalypse (check out video on the link). Not bad I’d say using GameSalad in just 2 weeks! I signed-up for it too but, you know how it is; busy with our daily mundane jobs 🙁

    3. Construct2 – https://www.scirra.com/ (just came across Construct2 and something about its ease of use really stands out! Check out the website and video plus can publish on all platforms. Also, for others reading this; the big plus is that a Mac is not a requirement and pricing seems to be a one-time price from $119 – $399 personal vs. business. Also, check out this tutorial – http://youtu.be/8B3uzuu7QxY which shows how easy it is to get with developing your own game in a few minutes).

    Let me know which one you end up using disregarding your $37 Corona ROI on udemy 😛

    Later mate

    PS – I guess I should revisit Corona at some point but, GameSalad and Construct2 are really beginning to stand out if one wishes to avoid touching even the Lua language.


    • Pete
      March 18, 2013 @ 8:22 am

      Hi Abid,

      Thanks for the links. I have checked out GameSalad before but not Stencl or Construct2. They both look really cool. The Youtube video link you provided showing how to get going with Construct 2 by Chubzdoomer was awesome. The Construct 2 website should have something like that on their home page. It really showed how easy it is to get going.

      I love the way they both try and remove coding from the process. I do like like to tinker with the code though

      One thing that still makes me want to keep in touch with Corona is that you are not just limited to creating Games which the other 3 platform focus on.

      Looks like like i’ve got some exploring to do!



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