Tools of the Trade

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Game Development : Tools of the Trade

Tools, books, software, tech and learning courses that will help aid you when developing games. As you will probably tell from my selection of books I’m a fan of the O’Reilly books

Unity Development Books

LibGDX Books

General Programming

Not ready for a book? start off with my Unity Game tutorial where we look into making a 2d space shooter.



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Youtube Channels

Brackeys is a youtube channel dedicated to Unity Development. Has useful tutorials on all aspects of unity and is very game focused.

Quill18 This youtuber has tutorials that are generally longer and encompass the whole game lifecycle rather than focus on one aspect of game development.


Development Testing Tools

The Samsung s8 is a great all round phone which can be used to test android apps and cover a large portion of the most common android devices according to


Photoshop/Gimp are both image manipulation programs which is an essential tool for developing games. You could use MS paint but you’ll probably have a bad time trying to get things the way you want.

Piskel is an online sprite editor and an excellent tool for making sprites and animations.

Mafica Voxel model tool

MagicaVoxel – This free application allows you to build 3d models out of single cubes. Its like a 3d pixel art model maker that lets you export your model in different formats.

Other websites

Other tools

Tiled – 2d tile map editor tool. Allows you to make 2d tiled maps and save them to files. You can then import them into you project. With this tool I was able to get a level designer to design a level for me without them having to know anything baout the game or code I was making. All you need is a set of sprites and this tool.


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