iDesign Therefor iPad, Part II: Codea
A commenter on Kaminazo just referred me to a more sophisticated game editor for iPad. It’s called Codea. Available directly on the App Store from Two Lives Left for $9.99.
Finally, I have what I’ve been wanting since I began using Game Salad: an editor program that functions directly on the peripheral. Now I can create games from my mobile device and test them directly on it in real-time as I program.
Codea uses a programming language called Lua that I am not familiar with. But after previewing its functionality on YouTube and checking out the in-App tutorials and sample projects, LUA doesn’t seem much different from all the other scripting languages I’ve encountered. The App also gave me access to forums and tutorials on the basics of both Codea and Lua.
I’m most excited about the potential for designing 3D environments. Perhaps this format will be good for the tower defense game I’ve been working on.
As I delve deeper into Codea and begin working through the tutorials and beginning stages of design, I’ll blog again.
If you’d like to see Codea in action, check out this video: