Have a great idea for an iOS game but are turned off by the hours of tedious work involved in bringing your concept to life? Well, that’s what templates are for. Why waste time reinventing the wheel when CodeCanyon is filled with a brilliant range of iOS game templates that will help you cut through the drudgery and focus on the best parts of creating your own game?
To get you started, we’ve scoured through the almost 300 iOS game templates we have available and found the ten best and most current we have available today.
One of the top sellers at CodeCanyon, FIVES challenges players to create as many five-letter words as they can before the game’s timer runs out. Every time players match a word the timer decreases its time a little, to give them a bit of a reward. Players also have the option of sharing their best scores on Facebook and Twitter.
The FIVES template uses Xcode 8.x and Swift. It supports internationalization to multiple languages and comes with a comprehensive PDF User Guide to help you customise the game to suit your interests and tastes.
Users have commented on the template's “excellent code”, “good documentation” and “great support follow up”.
2. Brain Teaser
A great app for priming the memory and deepening concentration, the aim of Brain Teaser is for players to remember and draw connections between faces, shapes or words displayed.
The template is designed to be edited with Xcode. It's easy to reskin and supports AdMob out of the box.
Designed to increase concentration and enhance problem-solving skills and information-processing speeds, iMath is a fun app that challenges children and adults alike to complete basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division equations under time constraints.
The app is easy to reskin and supports monetisation with Chartboost and AdMob ads. It also includes Yahoo Flurry Analytics so that you can track every aspect of your app's performance. This template is written in Objective-C.
Sudoku is a popular puzzle game that initially displays a partially filled grid. The aim of the game is to fill each square with a number from 1 to 9. Each number can only appear once in the same column, row or 3 x 3 box. This app comes in five levels—from easy to expert—and once begun a level can be saved to continue playing later.
Following on the huge popularity of Pokemon Go, the goal of Catch The Monsters is for the player to find monsters in their area or an area they're visiting. When the app locates a monster, the player needs to get within at least 50 meters of them in order to catch them, earn points and move up the Top 10 Leaderboard. Players can also share their stats on social media, by mail or SMS.
The Catch The Monsters template comes with an admin interface, using the Parse SDK on back4app, that allows an administrator to name the monsters and place them in anywhere in the world. The app comes with a PDF User Guide and PSD icons included.
It's one of the best rated apps in its category on CodeCanyon, and users comment that Catch The Monsters has “easy code, great design, excellent customer support”.
6. 2048 Rounded
The 2048 Rounded game is a spin-off of the classic 2048 number puzzle game. The aim of the game is to get one tile to the number 2048 as quickly as possible by swiping the numbered tiles up, down, left or right so that matching tiles merge and are added together.
The template is written in Swift and can be edited with Xcode. AdMob is supported for easy monetization.
Tap the screen to fly the Flappy Clumsy Dragon, avoid obstacles, and fight with enemy birds. The best score is displayed on the leaderboard, and players can share results on Facebook and Twitter.
Graphics aren’t included with this template, so you'll need to reskin it with your own assets. The developer has created a reskinning tutorial to make it easy for you to create your own version of the game.
The template is made with the Lua language and the Corona SDK, so it will be easy to create an Android version too, if you want. The template also allows admins to include a popup window to encourage ratings. If you want to see how it works, you can try the demo right now on the Apple App Store.
Made with Cocos2dx and Objective-C, the aim of the Rush Hero Game is to move the hero to the left or right out of the path of falling rocks which will crush him. The template includes some fun graphics and great sound effects that are triggered when the hero gets hit.
The game comes with layered PSD files for all the assets, which makes it easy to reskin. Some of its outstanding features are the best score and game rating social features, as well as support for monetization through ad networks and AdMob banners. It is also Game Centre integrated and comes with detailed instructions for customisation.
9. Dragon Jump
With the Dragon Jump template, the player is a knight defending the kingdom from dragons flying overhead. The player can jump on the dragons to kill them or can kill them with a spear. Players may share their scores on various social media.
This template is integrated with Game Centre, so users can share their highscores, as well as with Google Analytics, ad networks, and AdMob banner ads for easy tracking and monetization. The template also comes with complete documentation to guide users through customisation.
10. Tic Tac Toe
One of the newest iOS games in CodeCanyon, this template for the classic Tic Tac Toe game allows players to play against the phone or against another player on the same phone.
Coded with Swift 3 and the latest version of Xcode, the game interface is fully customizable through Storyboard. Detailed instructions for reskinning and customising are included.
The app will auto resize for various screen sizes and supports AdMob. Users have found that “the app functions really well.”
This is just a small selection of hundreds of iOS game templates we have available at CodeCanyon, so if none of these featured templates quite fits your needs, there are plenty of other great options to choose from.
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