Make iPad Games With Codify

It's unlikely to transform you into the next Halfbrick or Firemint, but Codify, from the awesomely-named developer Two Lives Left, is an intriguing app for those looking to try their hand at the whole game-making thing.

Based on Lua and fully utilising touch-based controls to minimise coding fiddliness, Codify appears surprisingly straightforward — as far as DIY gaming software goes. There's a good compromise of flexibility and power, without abstracting away the coding side entirely.

Yes, programming can be intimidating if you've never done it before but, trust me, once you gain some mastery you'll be glad you can dive in and play around with variables and functions directly.

A meaty feature list can be found on the app's App Store page:

  • A full featured vector graphics and image renderer lets you prototype what you can imagine
  • Lots of fantastic example projects to learn from, including games and simulations
  • Generate random retro-game sound effects to use in your creations
  • Touch your code: tap numbers, colors and images to adjust them
  • Complete in-line reference documentation accessible from the keyboard
  • Intelligent auto-completion suggests keywords and functions
  • Add parameters to your simulation or game interface so you can tweak variables at runtime
  • Interact with the accelerometer and multi touch on your device
  • Codify renders your code with beautiful syntax highlighting

Simple things, like in-line referencing and auto-completion make life so much easier, and are a boon on a device like the iPad.

At $8.49, it's a little on the expensive end of the App Store's pricing tiers, but crazily cheap compared to say the $US1500 of the fully-featured version of Unity. Not that it's anywhere near as formidable, but it's definitely a more affordable outlay for the curious.

If you'd like some insight into how to works, Two Lives Left has provided this handy video.

Codify [App Store]


    I wouldn't be able to code on a touch keyboard, too slow, then again that would be a good thing.

    You would think they would remove the code all together and do game maker or stencyl drag and drop.

    Anyways looks cool, dont have an ipad tho.

    Comparing this to the $1500 version of Unity is incredibly disingenuous.

    You can't do half as much on this (cool) app as you can with the free version of Unity, and the Unity iOS license is only $400.

    Also, less than $10 for an app like this really isn't even on the high side of productivity software for iPad. Plenty of the more useful music creation apps are around the same price or more. I paid $19.99 for TNR-i and I'm glad I did.

      i was going to respond with that, but didn't. But as a unity user of the free verison you are able to create full 3D experiences for PC for $0 dollars.

    This looks really cool. Probably the most attractive reason to get an iPad right now.

    Comparing this to unity isnt very fair, considering unity has more features then 5 times the amount this does, just because it is on the ipad itself on the app doesnt mean it is any way,shape or form better then unity.

    On-Topic : Looks like something that might have some beginner game developers busy for awhile :)

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