There are a number of discussions on stackoverflow.com about what is the best iPhone game platform/engine. My question is not necessarily what is the best, but what is the best for an experienced iPhone developer but not not experienced in game design. This will also be a solo project plus a graphics designer. Consider I will be working full-time at my day job and will need to support a number of other iPhone apps. In other words, designing the game will be very much a part-time project but needs to go out in 2 – 4 months(?). Ramp up time needs to be quick. I’d like to build 2D in the beginning and then go to 3D.
I lean toward Unity 3D since it has lots of documentation and help. From what I can see, the iPhone basic version is $399 and you get the IDE for free. Can anyone confirm?
Unity3D is for 3D but I’ve read you can still do 2D. I’m trying to find out what is involved there. One drawback with Unity3D is the 8-15 second Unity splash screen. I’ve also read this doesn’t get much better with the higher priced version. But I suppose that is the price you pay for the convenience of having a simpler framework available.
Cocos2d is a great framework and free but lacks documentation. It also requires much ramp up time to learn its framework and choose a suitable physics engine. I don’t see this route as practical. I can see learning it across a long timeline as a side project but then you eat into getting your game out the door fairly quick. If I go with Unity, I probably abandon Cocos2d altogether since I will have invested so much into Unity.
Does my reasoning for Unity sound feasible?
Based on some of the comments, here is the type of game I’m referring to initially: A 2D shooter similar to Zomebieville but most likely without its large feature set.