How to Make Games for the iPad

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Creating your own iPad games can be very lucrative. You can use the games as part of your portfolio, as an example of your skills for prospective employers or even to earn money via sales on Apple's App Store. Before making your own iPad games, however, you'll need to invest hundreds of hours into learning and mastering the skills necessary to program the apps. The entire process from concept to finished product involves a lot of effort and time, but it can be accomplished by anyone willing to put forth the effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple's iOS Developer Program account
  • The latest iPad SDK
  • Learn Objective C, which is the programming language used to create iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch applications. This process is time consuming and will require an hour or more of studying everyday for months. Consider enrolling in a technical school to ensure you're learning the proper skills.

  • Join Apple's iOS Developer Program, which, at the time of publication, costs $99 per year. The iOS Developer Program allows you to download the latest iPad SDK (software developer kit), test your applications on a virtual iPad and ultimately upload them to the official Apple App Store.

  • Develop a game concept and code it once you have the necessary knowledge. Consider hiring (or acquiring a volunteer) graphics designer to create the graphics for your game, otherwise you'll have to do the artwork yourself.

  • Test the game extensively, distributing it to a handful of iPad users you know for feedback. Correct any glitches, bugs or quirks they encounter.

  • Submit your iPad game to iTunes Connect via the "Program Portal" under your Developer Program account. The Developer Certificate you received as part of your account must be valid. The certificate expires every six months. You can purchase a certificate renewal via your Developer account if your certificate has expired.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can monitor your app's sales and trends via iTunes Connect once your game has been approved and added to the App Store.
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