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How to make iPhone and iPad games

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Tutorial written by AshleyOriginally published on 6th, September 2012 - 8 revisions

Creating a game for iPhone or iPad is easy with Construct 2. If you haven't already, download the Free edition and get going with the Beginner's guide!

Note the term iOS is the operating system that both iPhone and iPad run. iOS is used to refer to either the iPhone or the iPad.

Development

You'll need to add touch controls. See this tutorial on touch controls for help on that.

Different devices have different size screens. See supporting multiple screen sizes.

Testing and publishing

You can preview over Wifi during development for rapid testing. (This requires a Construct 2 license.)

For best results, publish iOS apps using Cordova and target iOS 8.0+.

Another option is simply to publish your app to the web. iOS allows web pages to act like native apps. These are called web apps, and have various advantages and disadvantages compared to publishing in the App Store. See the tutorial Making an iOS web app for more.

To publish native apps, you have to be a registered iOS developer with Apple which costs $99/year. See How to become an iOS developer. You don't have to be a registered iOS developer to publish a web app.

You'll need a Construct 2 license to publish to iOS. See the store for options.

Other options

See also:
How to make Android games
How to make a Windows 8 app
How to make a Windows Phone 8 app
How to export for Firefox Marketplace
Publishing and promoting your Construct 2 game

Happy app making!

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procrastinator 5,650 rep

Very informative thanks!

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:45:12 PM
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ShakeSpear 1,437 rep

Please make a walkthrough of making a game for iOS :(

I am in love with Construct 2 and currently on a free version. I am so gonna buy it, but first I must create an iPhone game (demo would work)

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 4:15:39 PM
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nomnom 327 rep

can i make ios apps with the free version? and how do i test them???

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:37:19 AM
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p0tayters 799 rep

Okay real quick just to verify something here. I used game maker for a year now, working on a game for android and iOS. I never bothered testing it on my ipad because game maker will only allow you to test AFTER you paid the $99 ios developer fee, @Ashley do I not need to pay the $99 apple fee to test if I make it in construct 2?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:19:06 AM
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InvestedDuck 402 rep

@p0tayters You can test the app over a web browser with the free version but to test on a device you need the paid version. You can then test it through Xcode or through a mobile browser over wifi while your computer acts as the server.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:24:27 AM

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