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On App Store, the most popular app category among all is the Games category, something that even Apple accepts as a fact. There are various kind of game players, from the fanatic ones, until those who play from time to time, as well as numerous kind of games. However, there is one common element, no matter what kind of player each of us is, or what kind of games we like to play: Games are much more interesting when they allow players to achieve goals, or when they allow to compete or play against other players. One could describe it as a social gaming network that offers multiplaying features, available for and used from iOS and MacOS users.

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In September , Apple released the GameKit framework, which allows developers to create social multiplayer games without needing to develop a back end. Since its initial release, Apple has added turn-based gaming, player photos, friend suggestions, achievement points and challenges. Although Apple has since scaled back Game Center and its integration with iOS, many games still use some of its features. There are three phases of the game: placing, moving and flying.

Start by downloading the starter project using the Download Materials link at the top or bottom of this tutorial. After unzipping the downloaded materials, open Nine Knights.

The sample project is a complete local multiplayer game. Build and run to see the menu scene. It contains a single play button. The menu scene takes care of presenting the game scene for now. Finally, the game scene is where all of the player facing gameplay happens. Before you can use Game Center, you have to configure some things in the project and App Store Connect.

To get started, open the project file in Xcode. With the Nine Knights target selected, choose a unique bundle identifier under the Identity group. Next, select the Capabilities tab. Next, head over to appstoreconnect. After logging in, select My Apps and create a new app by selecting the plus button in the top left. Fill out the information in the form. After App Store Connect creates the app, select it. Then, navigate to the Features tab and select Game Center.

Select the plus button next to the Leaderboard section title to create a new leaderboard. Select the Single Leaderboard option and fill out the next form however you want. Make sure to add a language as well so App Store Connect can create the leaderboard. Game Center authentication is now ready for you to use! For Nine Knights, it makes the most sense to authenticate to Game Center right away.

In some games, it might be more appropriate to wait to authenticate until the player indicates a desire to play online. You want to attempt Game Center authentication when you first create this helper class. Add the following override to accomplish this:. You can determine if the user successfully authenticates in your completion block by evaluating GKLocalPlayer.

If the user needs to sign in to Game Center, iOS passes a view controller in the completion block for you to present. Finally, if anything goes wrong, you can handle the error that is also returned. Authenticating to Game Center is straightforward. It primarily consists of setting the authenticateHandler variable and Game Center takes care of most of the logic for you.

Right now, Game Center knows if the player is logged in or not, but the rest of the app does not. To use the authentication notification, add the following to the top of the authenticateHandler block:. Additionally, setup the onlineButton at the end of the setUpScene in: method:. Starting a local game and then returning to the menu causes the button to become disabled again.

To fix this, open GameCenterHelper. Now, back in MenuScene. Things are starting to come along. Now that the player is authenticated to Game Center, you need a way to start a new game. Open GameCenterHelper.

Open MenuScene. Initially, the matchmaker view controller shows a new game view. To fix this, first add the following extension at the bottom of GameCenterHelper. Then, add this to assign the delegate in presentMatchmaker , before presenting the view controller:. The two methods you implemented log any errors that occur and dismiss the matchmaker. Great job! You now can create new matches with Game Center. After creating a match, you have to back out of the view, close the matchmaker, then open the matchmaker back up.

The final piece to complete the online experience is handling the turns of the game. Game Center deals with turn-based games by storing the players, the current player and the match data. To start receiving turn events right away when the player logs in, you need to register the local player. To use this protocol implementation, change the print statement in the authentication block in init to:. You can fix this by keeping track of the matchmaker view controller and dismissing it, if needed, in the turn event method.

Next, one of the most important things is to display the game. Now you can see games. To prevent this, you need to add a few more things to the helper class. If there is, it ends the game.

Otherwise, the turn ends. It also updates isSendingTurn so the player cannot accidentally, or maliciously, take more than one turn. You now have a game that can authenticate to Game Center, manage matches and send turns back and forth between players.

Once you understand the pieces of a turn-based game with Game Center, you can apply these concepts to other iOS or macOS games. You can download the completed version of the project using the Download Materials button at the top or bottom of this tutorial.

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Create experiences that keep players coming back to your game. Add leaderboards, achievements, matchmaking, challenges, and more. GameKit provides you with the ability to create apps that allow players to interact with each other. Multiplayer apps allow your game to create real-time network matches. Players can invite other players to join their game.

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In September , Apple released the GameKit framework, which allows developers to create social multiplayer games without needing to develop a back end. Since its initial release, Apple has added turn-based gaming, player photos, friend suggestions, achievement points and challenges. Although Apple has since scaled back Game Center and its integration with iOS, many games still use some of its features. There are three phases of the game: placing, moving and flying.

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Building, evolving, and maintaining a sophisticated game requires a well-planned design—GameplayKit provides architectural tools to help you design modular, scalable game architecture with minimal effort. Creating great games also requires deploying complex algorithms to solve the problems underlying common game mechanics—GameplayKit also provides standard implementations of such algorithms, allowing you to spend more time on the features that make your gameplay unique. Because GameplayKit is independent of high-level game engine technologies, you can combine it with any of those technologies to build a complete game: SpriteKit for 2D games, SceneKit for 3D games, or a custom or third-party game engine using Metal or OpenGL ES. GameplayKit provides seven core areas of functionality, which you can combine or use independently to create your game:. Use these robust, flexible implementations of standard algorithms as the building blocks for many kinds of game mechanics. Entities and Components. Design more reusable gameplay code by building on this architecture.

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