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My First iPhone Game

First of all, damn it's been almost 10 months since my last post?  Ok that's out of the way!

Back in April, a certain someone gave me a dose of motivation.  I must say he was pretty good at it.  He convinced me to do an iPhone version of my Flash based Trex game.  I was pretty reluctant due to the steep learning curve of Objective C, and there's no worse demotivator than not knowing what the hell you're doing.  Somehow, he still succeeded in convincing me.  He could probably convince a lion to drink tea with him.

Anyhow, three months later, here it is!  It really took some brain bending to get it all working correctly.  It's also pretty damn tough doing this entirely on your own, as it's really easy to give up when you hit a roadblock.  Still pulled it off somehow, thanks to that certain someone, the Internet, mom's cooking, and the Internet.

I've used cocos2d for the game framework.  It wasn't easy paired with the steep curve of Objective C, but I can't imagine how horrible it would be without cocos2d.  If you're planning on doing iPhone games, don't write everything from scratch.  Believe me, it'll suck.  Use an established game framework that'll make life 25x easier for you.

If you're playing, enjoy!  I have many improvements planned for future updates.  I'm especially interested in Apple's Gamecenter (which is what stopped me from implementing OpenFeint).  Hopefully that'll come sooner rather than later.  If you see any bugs or have feature requests, sound off please!

Here's to hoping we see more Kuwaiti developers out there.

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First to comment! :D
MABROOOK! Finally.. and it's looking real good, great job.
Keep the good work up and make us proud :P

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoconut

dude i just bought it now gimme back my 3$

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermjkout

bs tara 6awalt el'3eba ya khoy ; )

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralothman

agool at least include the app store link ; p

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralothman

Congrats dude! You could've included the link to the app store as alothman said Learn marketing! :P

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter3baid

Coconut: Alla ybarek feech!

mjkout: I'll buy you shawarma

alothman: ee walla I forgot how people look like. Tara il link mawjood 3ala il 9ora bas I guess yabeela Available on App store ha?

3baid: I'm not doing marketing yet yam3awad, let me make sure the thing works ok :p

July 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterBojacob

Congrats, Bo Jacob!

Looks beautiful!

Wish you all the best with your iPhone development adventures! :D

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaider

Wow, I'm really impressed... I would never be able to pull a card-game off =D

Oh, your contact form is unavailable. So please drop me a mail or something, there's something I'd like to ask you.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ8GEEK

good work keep it up!

please we need kuwait stock market application! :)

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternawaf

nice application & nice blog but where did you go :)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterbananaQ8

i will buy that game for my iphone. Thank you friend...

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradana web tasarim

Mabrook, great app but lots of new guys want to download it and according to apple, this app is no longer available?.. Please bring it back yal ghaly

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBusubah

busubah: I kinda got lazy and didn't renew my Apple Developer membership. I didn't think they'd take the game off 3ad! I'm working on renewing but it's really annoying with Apple since you have to fax your details.

Inshalla gereeb it'll be back.

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterBojacob

Bojacob you're the best man. I will let the shabab know it's not gone for good. Thanks for the quick reply :)

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBusubah

Busubah, they finally renewed my subscription, so it should be available inshalla. If not today, then surely tomorrow.

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterBojacob

Mashallaah mobdi3 walla
Bs yarit law et6awr barnamj bor9at el kuwait 3l app store w tkon fe 5a9yat el motab3a l9fqaat w awqat-ha ljmee3 el as-hom live !
Also el zoom in lel chart !
U can add 5a9yat el alarm 3shan el wa7d ygdr ytab3 sahma !
Thanks alot ;))

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I’ve been in hibernation for the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on my first iPhone game – but now I’m back, since the game is finally on the App Store!
Thanx for sharing such nice post with us!!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersupermario

Nice application but where did you go?

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKuwait City

That looks great!

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTechPlanet

looks good, just stumbled upon the site... thx!

freddie lungberg
sample hiphop

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSample Hiphop

please we need kuwait stock market application! :)
I AGREE !!! please make one, would be great!
self defense specialist

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterself defense specialist

الله يعطيك العافيه
اذا تكرمت نزل اللعبه على السوق الامريكي لانه لايمكن تنزيل اللعبه الا من السوق الكويتي و هذا الشيء غير متوفر للكل

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterاسامه

موجوده بكل الاسواق. شنو الرساله الي تطلع؟

October 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterBojacob

اللعبه لم تكن موجوده بالسوق الامريكي امس

بس اليوم مساء لقيتها و نزلتها

شكرا مجهود واضح و تستاهل


October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterاسامه

الهاند عجيبة والله و ناطرين التحديث
والله يخليك لا تنسى تحديث برنامج بورصة الكويت
نبي الاسعار المباشرة لكل الاسهم و خاصية الزوم للجارت و تعديل ابدليه في القائمة 😜

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

whao, great game!! love it :)

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergratis horoskop

لو سمحت عدل اللعبة عشان تشتغل على الفريموير 4.1

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohamed

I really enjoying this block
Wow! great game I am impressed of it and I really loved card game :)
good work keep it up!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjhonsmith

I am really inspired by your game. Keep it up and best wishes for coming time.


I really liked this game but recently I changed my handset to samsung and it is a shame it is not available on the play store.

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHamid

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