Game development, especially for mobile, is one of today’s top industries. It’s a logical choice for developers given the volume of smartphone users globally.

But game development, just like web design and other similar projects, is not an easy process. There is much more to consider than just setting up a command to project a phrase or image onto the screen, which is why development tools are crucial if you want to pursue this line of work.

We previously published an article on Flat Trendz on the different resources for web design, but today we are going to highlight the common gaming platforms for game development. These platforms are, basically, digital workspaces for developers in which the other aspects of the final programs will be integrated. To look at it differently, a platform is like a software version of a motherboard, which is what holds the other parts of a PC or laptop together.

SIO2

SIO2, as mentioned by Maniac Dev, leans more towards iOS and MacOS game development and works hand in hand with Blender, a 3D modeling program. This means that aside from 2D, you can create 3D games with the platform as well.

An additional feature allows you to port your project onto the App Store or Mac Store once finished. A convenient addition to this already feature rich platform. You need to purchase it though, which for some is not the best option given that there are other platforms out there which are free. Nonetheless, the quality produced is on par with triple A studio games for just a fraction of the price as its industry-level counterparts.

Cocos2d-x

Cocos2d-x is used by millions of game developers, both novice and experts, mainly because of three things: it can be used for different systems (i.e. Windows, Linux, Android, iOS); it has an open-source setting, which means you have the freedom to do whatever you want with the program’s source codes and; it’s free!

Game From Scratch published a guide about the fundamentals in using this platform, and it was also specified that Cocos2d-x is based on C++, a widely used programming language. Perhaps that’s another reason why many developers find it easy to use.

The only catch is that the ‘2d’ in Cocos2d-x means you can only create 2D games. But seeing as there are still tons of 2D titles enjoyed by players around the world, Cocos2d-x will still be among the top choices for game developers. Another C++ game framework, Oxygine, is its main rival which is somewhat similar.

JavaScript

JavaScript is considered by many as the tool responsible for taking game development to the next level. It essentially flung the doors wide open and for the first time in the history of game development, anyone can create projects using a web browser and a text editor.

It’s still used by countless game developers, especially in creating browser games. For instance, popular gaming portal Betfair offers its player base a collection of ported tabletop games as well as slot titles that are mostly developed in JavaScript game frameworks. A sample source code shared on Programmable Web by Betfair shows how developers can view API interaction by acquiring lists of markets and runners. From basic commands to complicated codes, JavaScript is an excellent platform to hone your game development skills.

In fact, a post shared by NYC veteran developer Jesse Freeman implied that JavaScript is a great stepping stone before moving onto more advanced gaming platforms. And to illustrate further, different types of values are used such as arrays, objects and variables, which then form command lines in a text editor.

In a nutshell, there are numerous game development platforms you can master to produce any kind of game that you want to create. The three mentioned though, are among the most commonly used, which proves that they’re highly effective tools, whether for beginners or seasoned developers.

Do you have any other platforms to add to the list? Mention them in our comments section below!

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