Evaluation of Sprite Kit for iOS game development

University essay from Linköpings universitet/Linköpings universitet/Interaktiva och kognitiva systemTekniska högskolan

Author: Amaru Ubillis; [2014]

Keywords: game development; evaluation; iOS; Sprite Kit; mobile; 2D;


The purpose with this thesis is to investigate whether Sprite Kit is a good tool to simplify the development process for game developers when making 2D games for mobile devices. To answer this question a simple turn based strategy game has been developed with Sprite Kit. Sprite Kit is a game engine for making 2D games released by Apple.

Based on the experience I got during the development I will go through and discuss some of the most important tools provided by the game engine and how they helped us to complete our game.

The conclusions I reached after making a game with Sprite Kit is that the frame- work provides all the tools necessary for creating a simple 2D mobile game for iOS. Sprite Kit hides much of the lower level details and gives the game de- veloper comprehensive development support. This helps the game developer to save a lot of time and focus more on the gameplay when creating a game. 

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