My first game, Three or More: Monster Match, was approved for sale on the App Store last night! It’s been a fun time since I started learning Objective-C in August to sending off my game for approval on October 5th. At one point I even considered stopping development and shifting gears into a more familiar language when Apple removed language restrictions on compiled native Flash apps not too long ago.
All development was done in Objective-C in the XCode IDE using the Cocos2d for iPhone framework which was very easy to understand and use. Coming from other languages I was in for a big shock when I had to worry about memory management and actually optimize for my iPod Touch development device I picked up. Getting used to finding my way around Mac OS X was fun as well.
All in all it felt very rewarding to stick with Objective-C as my development language and getting approved last night was an amazing feeling. From sitting down with Learning iPhone Programming: From Xcode to App Store and iPhone Game Development: Developing 2D & 3D games in Objective-C in August to now it feels like it has been a lot longer than it was. Right after I submitted I was already working on new versions of the game.
I was very nervous that I submitted a Halloween themed game for October on October 5th but thankfully it was approved by the 14th! Only 9 stress filled days of waiting, pretty low will all the horror stories I hear about getting approved.
Go get the game and let me know what you think!