Getting started with Cocos2d-x tutorial for beginners
In this getting started with Cocos2d-x tutorial designed for beginners we are going to get familar with the Coco2d-x game engine and will create a simple game to showcase the many features of this game engine .
So lets get started
What is Cocos2d-x ?
Coco2d-x is an open source game engine for building 2D games for Desktop and mobile devices (Android and iOS) . Coco2d-x is a C++ port of the well known and the popular Coco2d engine which is a very powerful game engine for making 2d games for IPhone .
Coco2d-x is based on C++ which is the programming language for game development exprets in all times but has also a script language Lua which is the scripting language used mainly by game developers so as you can see cocos2d-x was inspired for an already successful game engine which is built using C++ language and also integrated the most powerful scripting language for game development ,this combination makes Coco2d-x one of the best 2D game engines in the world .
Here is a list of the features of Coco2d-x :
Coco2d-x is open source with a strong community .
Cocos2d-x is very fast .
Coco2d-x is free to use ,you don't need to buy any license either to use or to sell your 2D games .
Getting started with Cocos2d-x
Next extract the ZIP file somewhere in your drive .
Then open up your terminal/command prompt ,navigate to coco2d-x folder and run
For MAC and Ubuntu users Python 2.7+ is already installed which is a requirement for setup .For Windows you need to install Python 2.7+ in order to continue .
Make sure you follow the instructions ,especially for configuring and activating environment variables .
Now lets scaffold our first Coco2d-x game project ,so navigate to where you want to put your game projects and run the following with your terminal/command prompt or just specify the folder with -d switch
cocos new -l cpp -d ~/cocos2d-projects myFirstGame
Now navigate into your project folder
cd myFirstGame ls
You are going to find many target project folders for Linux , Win32 ,MAC ,Android ,iOS etc . Choose your target ,since i'm using Ubuntu i'll go with proj.linux
Now just run your game with
cocos run -s . -p linux
If you get this error
No CMAKECXXCOMPILER could be found.
It means g++ is not installed ,you can install it with
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install g++
SEE YOU IN THE NEXT PART