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Gideros Mobile Game Development

By : Arturs Sosins
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Gideros Mobile Game Development

By: Arturs Sosins

Overview of this book

Have you ever had an interesting idea for a mobile game? Have you ever wanted to jump on the mobile app bandwagon? Developing a mobile game has never been so fun and easy, and with the vast amount of smartphone users, it may also become a profitable thing to do. Gideros is a Lua-based framework that facilitates effortless native iOS and Android application development along with hardware acceleration. Gideros also comes with a built-in box2D physics engine and extended memory management features to make mobile game development a breeze. Gideros Mobile Game Development shows you how to develop an original and exciting game in Gideros, helping you create your very first project and guiding you through the configuration of settings and assets to help you target devices with different resolutions. This book teaches you everything you need to know about Gideros, from installing Gideros on your operating system to creating and efficiently managing your Gideros projects and creating your very first game, all with the help of well explained examples. You will learn how to quickly create game prototypes in Gideros, how to test and set up projects to automatically target devices with different resolutions, and how to polish your prototype with animations, sounds, tweens, and even physics to create your very first cross-platform game. By the end of this book, you will have learned everything you need to create visually stunning physics and exciting cross-platform games using Gideros.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Installing Gideros

Currently, Gideros has no registration requirements for downloading its SDK, so you can easily navigate to their download page ( and download the version that is suitable for your operating system. As Gideros can be used on Linux only using the WINE emulator, it means that even for Linux you have to download the Windows version of Gideros.

So, to sum it up:

  • Download the Windows version for Windows and Linux OS

  • Download the Mac version for OS X

Gideros consists of multiple programs providing you with a basic package needed to develop your own mobile games.

This software package includes the following features:

  • Gideros Studio: It is a lightweight IDE to manage Gideros projects

  • Gideros Player: It is a fast and lightweight desktop; iOS and Android players can run their apps with one click when testing

  • Gideros Texture Packer: It is used to pack multiple textures in one texture for faster texture rendering

  • Gideros Font Creator: It is used to create Bitmap fonts from different font formats for faster font rendering

  • Gideros License Manager: It is used to license your downloaded copy of Gideros before exporting a project (required even for free accounts)

  • An offline copy of the Gideros documentation and Reference API to get you started


The minimum system requirements to run Gideros are as follows:

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 1 GB RAM

  • 210 MB disk space for MS Windows

  • 340 MB disk space for Mac OS X

  • 64-bit Snow Leopard version or later for Mac OS X

Gideros does not require the Android or iOS SDK's to develop, run, and export your app projects, thus you could build your app on Windows for both iOS and Android platforms. But you will require those SDKs after exporting, when you will want to build and submit your apps to the proper market.

Although installing and setting up those SDKs is not part of this chapter, let's examine what you need for each platform to build an exported project and submit them to the markets.

To build your app for an iOS platform you will need the following:

  • iOS SDK

  • Xcode

  • Apple Developer License

To build your app for the Android platform you will need the following:

  • Java JDK compatible with Android

  • Android SDK 2.2 or higher

  • Android compatible IDE (as Eclipse + ADT or Android Studio)

Installing Gideros on Windows

To install Gideros on your Windows operating system, download the Windows version of Gideros from Then double-click on the downloaded .exe file to launch the installation wizard.

The first dialog will allow you to select the components we are going to install. You can leave all the components as selected by default and proceed by clicking on the Next button.

The next dialog will allow you to choose the directory where you want to install Gideros. You may provide any directory you want by clicking on the Browse button and navigating to your desired directory, or leave the default value and proceed by clicking on the Install button.

After that, the Gideros installation will start copying all the needed files and you will see the progress bar filling. When it completes, there will be a Completed message displayed and you may click on the Close button to finish the installation.

After that, you may launch Gideros Studio from your provided install location or from the Start menu, if you had chosen the default option to create shortcut there.

Installing Gideros on Mac OS X

To install Gideros on your Mac OS X, download the Mac version of Gideros from Then double-click on the downloaded .dmg file to mount it.

After that, all you have to do is to drag-and-drop the Gideros folder into your Applications directory. It will create a Gideros folder inside your Applications folder, where you will be able to access all Gideros-related files and programs.

Installing Gideros on Linux

There is no Linux-specific version of Gideros, but it is possible to use a WINE emulator to run the Windows version of Gideros on Linux. If you don't have WINE already, you can install it using the apt-get install wine command or if you are using the Software Center, you can simply do the following:

  • Open Software Center

  • Type wine

  • Install WINE

After that, you can download the Windows version of Gideros from

Then, in the command line, navigate to the folder where you downloaded Windows installer and type wine installer_name.exe:

wine gideros_2013.06.1.exe

Then, to launch a specific Gideros application, for example, Gideros Studio, you need to navigate to the directory where Gideros was installed (typically, /home/USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Gideros/) and type the following command:

wine GiderosStudio.exe