Marmalade 7.1.2 is now out

Marmalade 7.1.2 is finally here. 7.1.2 is a very important release from my perspective as it covers a few important areas, including:

  • iOS loader is now built in Xcode 5 and iOS SDK 7 to comply with the new Apple iOS submission rules – Apple are making it a requirement from February 1st 2014 that all new app submissions and updates be PIE compliant, which this update fixed
  • GCC has been upgraded to 4.7.4!
  • Plenty more fixes and updates, see the full list here

AppEasy Core SDK is now open source!

If I remember correctly I promised a while back that I was going to open up the source to the AppEasy Core SDK. if you don’t know what that is then its a FREE open source cross platform game and app engine for mobiles and desktop that can be re targeted to work on anything you like as long as you implement the platform abstraction layer. At the moment, a Marmalade SDK layer is implemented so you can use it right out of the box. You will however need a Marmalade license to use it, although having a Marmalade license will give you deployment access to a vast range of platforms so its well worth it. if not then simply implement the platform layer for whatever platform(s) you desire. If you dont fancy any of that and just want to use Lua and XOML then you can always give the AppEasy service a try, which lets you deploy apps to iOS / Android and Windows desktop without the need to compile and re-write code etc..

AppEasy Core SDK is basically the big professional and powerful child of the old IwGame Engine. The IwGame Engine started as a tutorial project that I started a few years ago that was meant to teach developers how to use the Marmalade SDK. However, Marmalade has no out of the box game engine so IwGame evolved into a fully fledged game / app engine to fill that gap, although it was hastily developed and built directly on the Marmalade platform. I’m very much a recycler, so that’s not how I generally like to write an engine, I like to have a clear separation between engine and platform so it can be re-targeted at different platforms quite easily. I also wanted to get rid of the obscenely long names and add some proper structure / documentation to make the whole thing more easily understandable.

Well I think I accomplished all that and more, I also added many new features and fixed a mass of bugs along the way. When I get the time I will be replacing the old IwGame Engine page with an AppEasy Core SDK page, for me IwGame needs to be buried now I think.

I also developed a game / app editor called Goji Editor that lets you develop full on games and apps within the editor and export to AppEasy, Marmalade Quick and other engines coming soon, including HTML 5.

AppEasy Core SDK has the following core features:

General Features
- FREE and open source! (MIT)
- Can directly use data exported from the Goji Editor (
- Can be targeted at any development system / SDK by implementing the platform layer
- Marmalade SDK platform already implemented, giving you access to many platforms out of the box
- Develop using XML, Lua and / or C++
- Easy to learn mark-up driven language called XOML that enables rapid development
- Support for Lua scripting
- Styles and Templates
- Local and web based assets
- Proportional sizing and positioning
- Auto screen sizing and device orientation lock
- Local storage access
- Multi-touch input
- Accelerometer and compass support
- Smooth sub-pixel rendering and batch rendering for speed
- Touch panning and pinch zoom
- Persistent data
- HTTP POST / GET defined declaratively
- Access to video camera streaming
- Define actions that can be carried out when events occur

Game Features
- Polygonal based sprites and sprite depth
- texture atlases and batching
- Support for Scenes (game world / app canvas) and Actors (game / app objects)
- Images, fonts, compressed WAV sound effects and and MP3 music
- Animation
- Box2D Physics (fixtures, shapes, materials, collisions and joints)
- Video Playback

App Features
- Create simple or complex user interfaces
- Full support for simple and complex data bindings
- Data definition and organisation
- Access to local and remote data
- Support for SQLite

User Interface Features
- Text input boxes
- Buttons / Check boxes
- Labels
- Icons
- Sliders
- Panels (StackPanel, WrapPanel, Canvas)
- Grids
- Image / Text View – Support for pinch zoom and pan
- Web View (display web content)
- Tab Bars
- Video Overlays
- Sliders
- XML data bindings
- Multi-touch based user interface (up to 5 simultaneous touches)

Monetisation Features
- Ad integration
- In-app purchases

Advanced Features
- XOML Variables
- Modifiers
- XOML Programs and commands
- Inline scripts

Social Features
- Facebook API support

API documentation
API documentation is located at

The AppEasy Core SDK comes complete with:
- PDF documentation located in the Docs sub folder
- Extensive doxygen code documentation
- An example app that contains 70 examples demonstrating many parts of the SDK
- An example game
- XML schema for XOML

Whilst free support is not provided, a community support forum is available at AppEasy Community

You can download AppEasy Core SDk from Github

Goji Game and App Editor beta is now available

The Goji Editor has finally entered beta and is now available for download from

What is the Goji Editor?

One of the more difficult processes involved in developing applications and games is how to create and organise the content. By organising content we refer to managing all of the elements that make up the game or app, such as images, sounds, brushes, physics materials, level layouts, user interface layouts, scripts and so on. The Goji Editor primarily helps you to quickly create and test game levels / app layouts and organise the lifetime of resources as well as test in real-time across different screen resolutions.

Goji’s secondary function is to enable full game and app production using available game and app development systems such as AppEasy / IwGame Engine, Marmalade Quick, Corona, GiderOS, HTML5 etc,.,. Goji aims to be as platform and development system agnostic as possible to ensure that exported data can be used by any development system and on any platform.

What does the Goji Editor look like?

Goji Editor Screenshot

Who is the Goji Editor for?

Goji has been designed primarily for designers and developers that create apps and games for mobile and desktop systems. However, Goji is flexible, supporting a huge canvas area and could be used in any capacity that involves organising and laying out graphical information spatially. Goji is also a great learning tool for students that are interested in learning the process of putting together apps and games in an environment where they can make changes and see the results of those changes very quickly.

What are Goji’s features? 

  • Create and organise game level levels and app layouts into scenes and actors

  • Export to many different game and app engine / programming language formats, including AppEasy / IwGame Engine, Marmalade Quick, JSON, XML (HTML5, Corona and GiderOS coming soon)

  • Export in multi-resolution friendly format, allowing exported data to be used on any sized display

  • Assisted layout editing, including tools to enable easy layout / layout management, bookmarking, edge / vertex snapping, directional cloning and so on

  • Full drag and drop support, drop entire folders of resources onto Goji and Goji automatically sorts them all for you

  • Support for import of SVG, Texture Packer and other formats

  • Support for physics including fixtures, joints and the ability to test physics

  • Definition of gaming logic and play using events and actions lists

  • Support for Lua / Javascript and other language editing, includes syntax highlighting, code folding and search / replace

  • Interactive play mode that launches the game using the built in engine or other engines, also shows coloured debug output

  • Create complete working / runnable projects

  • Support for user properties


  • TexturePacker is a tool that is used to combine many images into a single image, usually referred to as a sprite / texture atlas. Packing images into a single image improves rendering performance.

  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format is an XML based format that is used to represent two dimensional vector art work. Goji imports the following tags svg (scene), g (layer), image (actor), rect (shape) and path (shape or geometry). SVG is used by packages such as Inkscape and Adobe illustrator

Future features

Features that are currently in development or will be available in the near future include:

  • Export for Corona, GiderOS and HTMl5

  • Complex actions lists

  • Support for animation creation using timelines

  • Deployment to iOS and Android devices

  • Support for audio, video, web views, in-app purchase, ads and many more additional services

How do I download the Goji Editor?

At the moment the Goji Editor is in open beta and is free to use, however the Goji Editor will eventually become a paid product in the future. To download the Goji Editor please register and sign in then click the download menu to be taken to the download area where you can download a beta copy of the Goji Editor.


Thinking about paid advertising to sell your new mobile game or app?

If you are thinking about paid advertising to sell your new mobile game or app then you may want to think again. I came across this very informative article outlining the experiences of a real mobile game developer and would recommend it as a must read:

Misadventures in Mobile Advertising on Gamasutra

The article paints a VERY bleak picture of extortionate CPI advertising where the likes of Apple (yes Apple you read that correctly), are effectively charging over $60 per user acquisition. To add insult to injury the developer that got the acquisition is paid just a cent! This is not limited to just Apple, many advertises are up to the same extortionate tricks.