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Angry Ninjas Sling Shot Game Starter Kit for Building an iOS Universal App!

 Angry Ninjas Starter Kit: An Easy to Customize XCode Project PLUS High Definition Video Documentation

Sling shot games are quite popular in the App Store aren’t they? Well why not ride that wave and create your own popular app. This template is ready for you to make a great game out of it. All thats required is a bit of time on your part to build some fantastic levels and add your own artistic twist. We’ve done the hard part. Now you get to do the fun part!

Like all our iOS Starter Kits the project files are included with video guides (accessible online or offline) covering every detail of modifying the app for yourself.

Some Basics about the App Template:

  • Runs at 60fps on the iPhone 4, iPhone3GS, iPod Touch and iPad.
  • Supports high resolution images for the Retina Display iPhone.
  • Preference settings for the iPad or iPhone (for example, you can change things like the stack location, screen pan speed, throw power of the sling shot, etc by changing simple variables)
  • Uses Box2D, an advanced physics engine for realistic collisions (the same as another well-known sling shot game) We like the physics as they are, but you are welcome to toy with gravity, the accelerometer, or any other property to drastically change the game.
  • Supports as many levels as you want to build.
  • The in-game Menu will show 10 sections, and each section can have multiple levels. Players will have to complete all levels in a section before the menu unlocks that section to jump to.
  • Level progress is saved in the NSUserDefaults. So even if the game quits, players will have a variable saved for the number of levels they have completed.
  • High scores are also saved in NSUserDefaults
  • You can set the number of characters to toss per level and how much score is required to pass the level.
  • You can set bonuses per level for the number of characters that haven’t been used to pass the level.
  • You can change the layers of background art on a per level basis. The clouds, hills, and ground plane are all separate scrolling pieces of art.
  • Drop in your own .mp3 files for sound fx or background music.
  • Includes three sound preferences which get saved even if the player quits the game. So players can enable or disable Sound FX, Voice FX, or Ambient FX ( or Background Music )

The Extra Special Cool Features….

This wouldn’t be a “Cartoon” Smart Template if we didn’t add some easy ways to make this game really come alive with your own art and animation.

Here’s some of the artistic highlights…

  • It is incredibly easy to add a variety of shapes to your level’s stack with built in vector definitions for the collision environment. For example: squares, triangles, circles, trapezoids, parallelograms, hexagons, octagons, pentagons are preset properties for your stack object. Wanna know more? Skip to 00:07:21 for details in the demo video below
  • Includes two animated impact FX that can be played anytime a stack object breaks (you can add as many more as you like). Different FX animations can be applied to different objects or enemies.
  • Supports custom break animatiosn for stack objects or enemies. So if you want to include even more animation for a specific object breaking apart you can.
  • Stacks are incredibly easy to build. We recommend using an art program like Flash or Photoshop to design your stack then just copy the center x and y locations of each object into XCode. Skip to 00:18:53 for details in the demo video below
  • Two lines of very easy code add each stack object or enemy to the stack. All your properties for the object are defined in one line. Usually YES or NO values for options like: breaksFromNinja , hasAnimatedBreakFrames, damagesEnemy, breaksOnGround, makeImmovable. Skip to 00:10:44 for details in the demo video below.
  • Every Stack Object or Enemy can have a custom point value.
  • You can add as many different slingshot characters as you like, depending on level or the order they get thrown in.
  • Slingshot characters have different artwork frames for poses like “standing in line to be thrown”, “blinking” , “in air”, “roll”, “roll and impact”, or “on the ground”. You can add as many different poses as you like and choose when they appear.
  • Enemies can have damage factors. So it may take more than one collision with a ninja or stack object to damage the enemy enough to be destroyed. In our demo video you’ll notice the enemy gets a bandage or two after being collided.
  • Enemies can also have separate animated frames for breaking (for example, the enemy in the template disintegrates )
  • Choose between embedded images or a font for the post-object break Scores (which float above the object that broke). Currently the template uses images for scores in values of 100,500,1000, 5000 and 10000.

Wanna know a lot more? Check out this Demo Video of the Starter Kit…

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in App Templates, iPhone and iPad Apps


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iOs Ebook Starter Kit with Video Tutorials

Includes Three XCode Templates to Publish an iOS Book App PLUS Eleven High Definition Video Tutorials Explaining the Templates and How To Get Your App in the Store!

Add in your own images and publish a realistic page-turning book to your iPad immediately! Then add a little extra code to really make your book standout for inclusion in the App Store.

The three XCode templates are…

  • One eBook template without code for In-App Purchasing  (described in detail in videos 1-5 )
  • One eBook template with code for In-App Purchasing (described in video 6 )
  • One eBook template with code for In-App Purchasing and a lot of extra code (described in videos 7-10)

After watching the videos you’ll know how to…

  •  Add sound FX & background audio to specific pages
  •  Add animated images
  •  Add buttons that reveal other images (great for kids books!)
  •  Add special FX to your pages with just a few lines of code ( snow, rain, fire, sun, fireworks, sun, galaxies, and more)
  •  Add an index to jump to pages
  •  Add an in-App purchase option to give part of the book away for free, and the rest for sale.

At the very least, all you need to do to setup this book is replace the already included sequential images (page0.png, page1.png, and so on) with your own images. In landscape mode your images will be 1024 by 768. You’ve also got the option to include a cover page (named “page0_with_options.png”) which can include text over your book cover which instructs readers where to swipe or press to flip the page forward and back and how to get to the index. This alternate cover page can be seen when the app first loads, but if the viewer returns to this page later, they’ll see your usual cover art ( “page0.png” ). Other than that, you’ll just need to change a variable in the Constants.h file which specifies how many pages are in your book.

So in just a few steps, you can publish your book to your iPad. Getting approved for inclusion in the App Store takes just a little bit more work. We’ve included some short videos with example code to impress upon your App Reviewer that your book belongs in the App Store in the Books category. Without something extra, your book will probably get rejected with a note that it would be better off in the iBookStore. Basically meaning its not doing enough to be considered an “app”. The iBookStore is for books created in a different format than this template, and gets far less sales and searches than the App Store. But don’t worry,  its incredibly easy to add sounds, buttons, special FX, or animation that will get your app approved. Video tutorials 7-10 go into all that.

We’ve also included an initial setup video for beginners to XCode and app development. It will give you an overview of what you need to know about XCode to setup your app, and where to go in iTunes Connect and the Development Portal to sign your application and submit it. So while it would be great if you knew a bit of programming and had prior development experience, this template does not require it. Just watch the included videos!

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in App Templates, iPhone and iPad Apps


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