Is it possible to build an iPhone application using Corona in only 24 hours? Yes, it is.
Over at GameSalad, (where I used to more or less live,) there was this growing trend of 1 day challenges. As the name implies a developer would attempt to create an iPhone game in 24 hours or less.
Given my affair turned committed relationship with Corona I figured that I would quietly attempt my own 1 day challenge to make an iPhone game that I’d always wanted to try my hand at.
I present, Sushi Slice -
That, my friends, is the result of around about 24 hour work – although to be fair I probably spent at least an hour of that talking to my partner, two hours on Skype to my sister and another hour or so on the phone to my mother.
That means the total time spent on the app was 20 hours, or 12 hours if you don’t include the time spent on assets such as art and music.
The project was born of a desire, in part, to show was Corona could do – as well as to prove that for someone who prior to converting Corona zero knowledge of Lua could create an app in a similar amount of time as they would do in GameSalad while still managing to include the extra features Corona offers. (Such as a custom splash screen, Facebook integration along with OpenFeint integration and leaderboards.)
Below you can see a few more screenshots of my app, submitted this evening;
And that’s it!
While the game may not be the kind of thing you look at and think “That’s fantastic!”, it certainly holds it own against many of the games I’ve seen created in such a short time frame.
Plus, as you can see, that time frame includes the implementation of Facebook Posting and OpenFeint. My app includes more than 15 achievements as well as leaderboards for each game mode.
I don’t wish for anyone to leave GameSalad – but I think having the option between two tools is a good thing; and knowing that someone who has only recently started to learn LUA and Corona can make something like this in such a brief amount of time, well, I think that might inspire others who have previously looked it over to give it another shot.
PS – I have not given up on writing a short eBook for newbies to Corona, it’s just been tabled temporarily. I hope to get back to it in a week or two. (It’s just going to be a basic, free guide to help people get started out.)