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26 May 2012

A Young Game Designer

This morning, as I combed my news feeds for interesting material about mobile learning, I saw this blog post at 148 Apps: "13 Year-Old Releases First App, Mad Pigs"  I thought our nearly-13 year olds at ISOCS would be interested in this story.

Jack McGraw, the developer in question, has a webpage, where he tells the story of his app development.
Screen shot of http://jckmcgrawapps.weebly.com/ 
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Jack used GameSalad software to create his app, and a friend of his did the art work for the screens.  On the Game Salad Forum, you can read posts from Jack, and see more of the screen art work.

You can download Mad Pigs on the iTunes store for free
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Screen shot of http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mad-pigs/id525658204?mt=8
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GameSalad is
"an online community that empowers everyone to express and share their ideas through games. Our company was founded on the belief that all people should have the tools to make popular games, limited only by the boundaries of their imaginations. GameSalad provides a platform used by creators to rapidly design, publish and distribute original games that have been played by millions of people worldwide." (link)

There is a free version and a Pro version (US$299).  Be sure to read all the fine print with your adult, before you download the software and start a project. It is possible to make a game for free, and publish it on the software's arcade store.  It is also possible to buy a lot of "additions" to make your game "better", and to upgrade to a Pro account. Talk about all this with your adult.

Screen shot of http://gamesalad.com/creator/pricingClick on the image to see it full size

Here's the video of a webcast about how to design games: