Book: Learn Cocos2D 2

Learn Cocos2D 2 (Third Edition)

Release Date: August 29, 2012

Explains both Cocos2D 2.0 and Kobold2D v2.0 side-by-side. All source code projects and descriptions have been updated to fully utilize ARC (automatic reference counting). ARC makes learning Cocos2D even easier and results in faster code with fewer bugs.

Also explains TexturePacker, PhysicsEditor, Tiled, Glyph Designer, Particle Designer and other tools. Source code is compatible with Xcode 4.4, iOS 6 and Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8).

Download Source Code (3rd Edition):

Cocos2D Source Code (ARC) (Cocos2D v2.0; includes 12 Cocos2D ARC templates)
Kobold2D Source Code (ARC) (Kobold2D v2.0; uses Cocos2D v2.0)
Download Kobold2D and install it to get the Kobold2D & Cocos2D Xcode documentation.

Exact game engine versions used by the book:
Download cocos2d-iphone v2.0 and/or download Kobold2D v2.0.4


Second Edition

Release Date: November 9, 2011



Explains Cocos2D v1.0, introduces Cocos3D and Kobold2D. Also explains TexturePacker, PhysicsEditor, Tiled and other tools. Source code is compatible with Xcode 4 and iOS 5.

Download Source Code (2nd Edition):
Source Code (Cocos2D v1.0.1)
Download Kobold2D

First Edition

Release Date: December 2, 2010

Learn iPhone and iPad Cocos2D Game Development book cover

Explains Cocos2D v0.99. Source Code is compatible with Xcode 3 and iOS 4. Explains tools like Zwoptex, VertexHelper, Hiero, Tiled and others.

Download Source Code (1st Edition):
Original Source Code (Cocos2D 0.99.x)
Updated Source Code (Cocos2D v1.0.1)


Full Description

Create compelling 2D games with Learn cocos2d 2: Game Development with iOS. This book shows you how to use the powerful new cocos2d, version 2 game engine to develop games for iPhone and iPad with tilemaps, virtual joypads, Game Center, and more. It teaches you:

  • The process and best practices of mobile game development, including sprite batching, texture atlases, parallax scrolling, touch and accelerometer input.
  • How to enhance your games using the Box2D and Chipmunk physics engines and other cocos2d-related tools and libraries.
  • How to add UIKit views to cocos2d and how to add cocos2d to UIKit apps.
  • The ins and outs of the Kobold2D development environment for cocos2d and its pre-configured libraries, including Lua.
  • Best of all, this book will have you making games right from the very start. It guides you step-by-step through the creation of sample games. These fun examples are modeled after popular App Store games and teach you key concepts of the new cocos2d 2 game engine and relevant tools like TexturePacker (texture atlas), PhysicsEditor (physics collision shapes), Particle Designer (particle effects), Glyph Designer (bitmap fonts), and others.

This book offers a rock-solid introduction to creating games made entirely with cocos2d and little or no iOS SDK and OpenGL code. It also details alternative implementations, identifies the best free and commercial tools for cocos2d game development, features coverage of the author’s improved cocos2d game engine (Kobold2D), and even helps you enhance your game’s marketability on the App Store.

Who this book is for

The book is aimed at beginning game developers looking for an easier and even more powerful way to create compelling 2D graphics using OpenGL and Objective-C. It is assumed that the reader will have some knowledge of object-oriented programming and the Apple and iPhone/iPad developer environment.

Learn Cocos2D Book Reviews

139 Responses to “Book: Learn Cocos2D 2”

  1. Bekki says:

    I’m still working with adding a cocos2d view to a UIKit project. If I take your sample app and add another VC to it, and push ViewController onto a nav controller stack, the second time I load your ViewController, the cocos2d view doesn’t work any more. I just comes up blank and doesn’t respond. Is there some cleanup/re-init or run command that I need to call the second time, since the runningScene is already assigned? I think it has to do with assigning the view for the director in this snippet:

    for (UIView *v in [self.view subviews]) {
    if ([v isKindOfClass:[CCGLView class]]) {
    v.hidden = YES;
    [[CCDirectorIOS sharedDirector] setView:v];
    break;
    }
    }
    The view probably gets deallocated and gets reset when the VC is popped, but I’m not sure what to do to handle that.
    Thanks!

  2. Mihai Popa says:

    This is a really good book and I learned a lot from it, not only on cocos2d but also on game development in general!

    Any plans for a fourth edition that contains maybe an introduction to cocod3d?

    • I believe in the 2nd edition I had half a chapter devoted to cocos3d. It’s been removed for the 3rd edition because at the time cocos3d was not compatible with cocos2d 2.x which was the focus of the book. Besides that cocos3d is a niche project used only by very few. You may have noticed how little tutorials you can find for it on the web. Pretty much everyone who wants to get serious with 3d development switches over to a purely 3D engine like Unity, UDK, SIO2. Mainly because the use of tools and having a proper asset pipeline is so much more important for 3D game development.

  3. angian says:

    Hi. Maybe someone already pointed that out. Found an issue in sample code from the book (CH12): your way of invoking

    CCPhysicsSprite* sprite = [CCPhysicsSprite spriteWithTexture:spriteTexture_ rect:tileRect];
    sprite.position = pos;

    gives me EXC_BAD_ACCESS with current version of Xcode (4.6) + Cocos2d + Box2D (latest). I think it’s because in the current version of CCPhysicsSprite setting position expects a b2Body to be already defined for the sprite.

    Maybe I’ve mixed up stuff somewhere…

  4. Esko918 says:

    Hey whats up. A couple of months back I decided to buy a book of yours called Learn Cocoas2d game development with iOS5 but havent gotten around to reading it until now. Im just wonder since im getting around to it practically a year or 2 after the book was written, should I actually read this book or jump into the newer version of the book you wrote? I know this has manual memory management but im ok with that since by doing this book ill get a refresher again, but Im wondering in your opinion what do you think I should do. And also anothe question if you dont mind, I literally just read there is another framework built on top of cocoas2d which is kobaold2d I believe. Should I just scrap the whole learning cocoas2d path and walk down the kobold2d path? What advantages does that have over cocoas2d? also i dont know if i will get an email with a response to this message so if not can you email me the response, i might forget exactly what article i posted this on and well I would like to hear your response. Thanks

  5. wangzhaolong says:

    There is an error in the row below:
    int newSize = [ [_sizeCheckers objectAtIndex: _curFile] contentLength ];
    The error is as follows:
    /Users/wangzhaolong/Kobold2D/Kobold2D-2.0.4/__Kobold2D__/libs/cocos2d-iphone-extensions/Extensions/FilesDownloader/FilesDownloader.m:264:23: Multiple methods named ‘contentLength’ found
    I can not delete the error.Can you help me?

  6. Mike says:

    Sorry , but where can I find a download link for the book ??

  7. Muskie says:

    I upgraded to Version 6.0.1 of Xcode between Chapter 4 and 5 and now there is an error in cocos2d-ios in CCAction.m

    /Users/muskie/Code/Kobold2D/Kobold2D-2.1.0/__Kobold2D__/libs/cocos2d-iphone/cocos2d/CCAction.m:331:3: Multiple methods named ‘setPosition:’ found

    Apparently in the newer versions of cocos2d they’ve fixed this. I’ll try redownloading Kobold2d.

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