Pirate Pig (the NME sample version) is available in Google Play, BlackBerry App World and the webOS App Catalog.
Making a game is the hardest part, especially one that has a lot of polish. Details count. There are a dozen ways Pirate Pig could be a better game, and have more replay value.
It took me a day to create the sample. I wanted to create another example you could use to help create your own projects.
If there is anything I have learned by submitting Pirate Pig to Google Play, the App Catalog and App World, it is that, in the scheme of things, the process is trivial. NME makes it very simple to target iOS, Android, BlackBerry and webOS. The “heavy lifting” of cross-platform compatibility and preparedness for submission for these catalogs is done for you. Making your game or application is the real challenge. Continue reading Submitting Applications to Google Play, App World and the App Catalog
One of the things that I love about NME is that it is easy to extend. Unfortunately, there is not much documentation on the subject, so I want to take a few minutes to help describe what you can do with an NME extension, and how to create one. Trust me, it is not difficult.
Beginning with NME 3.2, all you need to make an extension is add a file called “include.nmml.” This file is processed just like an ordinary NMML project file, with the exception that paths are relative to where your extension is located.
For example, in the “Test” extension I have created, this is my “include.nmml” file:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ndll name="test" />
<java path="project/android" />
You could include assets, defines, haxelib dependencies, NDLL references, Java code… practically anything you can define from an ordinary NMML project file for NME, you can define using your extension. Continue reading How to Create an NME Extension
If you need to create an application, Enyo is a choice you may want to consider. You can learn more at enyojs.com, and if you are a fan of Haxe-based development, there are externs for Enyo 1.0 on haxelib which can enable you to use the framework while also benefiting from the many advantages of haxe JS.
Although most of the samples for Enyo are applications, at least one sample, “Pirate Pig,” is that of a game. It is a quirky game that uses similar mechanics to Bejeweled. You can view the original version here:
In the spirit of a game jam, I wanted to create the game in two days. In the interest of supporting my wife, I wanted to also keep it during the day instead of working late. Continue reading NME Game Example: “Pirate Pig”
I created a native extension sample for NME this morning that I would like to share with you:
Have you ever wanted to access your own code, written in C, C++ or Objective-C? This sample should help illustrate the “glue” that makes it possible to write and access native code from Haxe. I’ve also added a new “extension” tag to the NMML project file format which should make the workflow even easier. Continue reading Sample Native Extension for NME
MineHX was created a year ago. At the time, my phone used a native resolution of 320 x 480. Like most games, MineHX was designed specifically for only one or two devices.
Supporting multiple screen sizes, and worse, multiple screen densities, can be rather complicated. I’ve done some work recently to make this process less painful, and would like to share with you a sample from MineHX. The whole game is not completed at multiple resolutions, but there is still enough here that you can borrow or improve the concept for your own games.
http://www.joshuagranick.com/code/haxe/MineHX%20Sample%20(10-03-2011).zip Continue reading Adding Screen Density Support to MineHX
I am very happy to share with you some of the first-fruits of integration between NME and Jeash — a working game!
Yesterday, I began the process of experimenting with adding an HTML5 target, thanks to Jeash. I am really impressed with how the project has developed since I last tried it out. Niel Drummond has done a great with the framework, as well as all others who have contributed to Jeash.
From the beginning, Haxe was created to be a “multi-platform programming language.”
For everyone who is excited by HTML5, you can now publish to Flash, C++ and Canvas as easy as…
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml flash
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml ios -simulator
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml webos
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml android
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml cpp
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml cpp -64
haxelib run nme test MyProject.nmml html5
Here is my previous “Actuate Example,” running in Flash and in Canvas as a comparison:
I have just posted a new screencast, walking through creating a new application with NME. The application compiles to Flash, Windows, Mac, Linux, webOS, iOS and Android. Starting with a blank project template, I load in bitmaps, create classes, add animations, handle key events, handle mouse events and cover some other principles that are great for understanding NME and how you can use it to create games.
The blank template I used to create this screencast is available for download, here.
Later in the screencast, I test the application again in C++, and find that the background is not tiling like I expected. I have just tested and confirmed that setting “cacheAsBitmap” to true on the background Sprite will make it look identical in Flash and C++. You might also be able to tile graphics properly if your image follows a standard “multiples of 2” dimension.
“…One codebase for all platforms? A dream come true.”
– from Twitter, 19 minutes ago
Going cross-platform is getting even easier. The latest builds of NME make it possible to cross-compile to Android, iOS, webOS and Windows, right out-of-the-box. Support for Mac OS, Linux, Flash, Neko and GPH should also be re-integrated soon. This is due, in no small part, to Nicolas Cannasse, who created the Haxe language and compiler, and Hugh Sanderson, who created NME for Haxe.
Update (01/16/2012): If you would like to get started with NME, the best resource is http://www.haxenme.org/developers/get-started. There are automated installers for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as a new “nme setup” command which simplifies the install of supporting tools for Windows, webOS, Android and other targets. These were not available at the time that I created this blog post.
Pictured: Actuate Example (Haxe) running on Windows 7, an HP TouchPad, an HP Veer 4G, an LG Optimus S and the Xcode 4 iPhone simulator
This is a screenshot of my previous Actuate example, running on Windows, webOS, Android and the iPhone simulator. With the NME install tool, do you want to know how easy this is? Of course you do: Continue reading Android, iOS, webOS (and More!) — Cross-Platform Made Easy