Essential Game Engines: App Game Kit

Essential Game Engines: App Game Kit
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

March 2nd 2012 at 9:29AM

We talk to The Game Creators about their new dev platform built for hobbyists and indies

Creator: The Game Creators
Platforms: iOS, Android, Mac, PC, bada, Blackberry
Seen in: Snake Snacker, Jumping Jack, Cannonball
www.appgamekit.com

The Game Creators’ App Game Kit was released as a ‘Community Edition’ through the company’s website in August of last year.

The tool enables users to translate code written in AGK BASIC to multiple platforms such as iOS and Android, without the need for the programmer to re-write code to make their title compatible with different systems.

The Game Creators financial director Richard Vanner says that the app is targeted mainly towards hobbyists and indie developers, making simplicity in the development experience crucial.

Despite this though, he says that provisions for more experienced developers have also been made, with the platform also compatible with C++ coding for those looking to get more from the engine.

As well as a simplified coding experience, Vanner says that says issues such as device resolution and coding languages are made easier to allow programmers to concentrate on game creation.

“AGK is designed to abstract issues such as player input system – mouse, touch, keyboard, buttons – and device resolution – form factor, aspect ratio, orientation – thus allowing the game developer to focus on their app creation instead of how it will work across each device,” he explains.

“The upshot is a truly write once solution. By providing both a BASIC and C++ variant, programmers can choose the language they are most comfortable with, and our extensive documentation and active community ensure you have help when you need it.”

Vanner adds that in future TGC will be incorporating “all the key features” devs might expect from a complete platform, whilst also making AGK compatible with Web Player, HTML5 and smart TVs.