At the time I had just discovered Defold and after a few tutorials it seemed promising. The side-scroller tutorial was easy to complete. This became my goal. Then life happened.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to code with Defold as much as I had originally planned. Matter of fact, it would be almost a year until I'd pick up game development again.
This holiday season I launched Defold and was completely lost. I couldn't remember what I had built. I began reading through the tutorials again but it felt like things were more complicated than they needed to be.
I did a quick youtube search for Defold and only found a handful of tutorials that made sense.
Since I'd spent the last year working with Java I googled for java based game engines and I re-discovered LibGDX. After a few tutorials I felt it was a lot quicker to get a game up and running.
This past weekend I picked up a copy of Java Game Development with LibGDX which has been a great.
In this blog I'll try to explain what I learn and also share any progress on my game dev journey.