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Wrap up

That's it! We just made a game in 20 minutes or so, which shows you just how fast SpriteKit is. I even showed you how per-pixel collision detection works (it's so easy!), how to advance particle systems so they start life with some history behind them, and how to adjust linear and angular damping so that objects don't slow down over time.

If you're tempted to work on this project some more, you could start by fixing a bug: if the player gets in a difficult position, they can just remove their finger from the screen then touch somewhere else to have the spaceship immediately jump there. How could you fix this? Well, one easy way is to add code for touchesEnded() that terminates the game if the player stops touching the screen.

If you're looking for something bigger to try, how about turning this game into a full space shooter. To do this, you need to create lasers going the opposite way, then make those lasers also collide with the space debris. In terms of controls, it wouldn't be hard to use touchesMoved() to move the player and touchesBegan() to fire lasers.

Share your success!

One of the most effective motivators of success is sharing your progress with other people – when you tell folks what you're doing and what you've learned, it encourages you to come back for more, which in turn will help you reach your app development goals faster.

So, now that you've done all the hard work it's time to share your success: tell folks that you've completed this project, either by clicking the button below to start composing a tweet, or by writing your own message from scratch. This will definitely encourage you to keep learning, but it will also help other folks discover my work – thank you!

 

About the author

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