Create 2d mobile game with QML
I'm a windows phone developer. I want to create rich graphic 2d game with physic simulate (like Angry Birds) target on mobile platforms (include Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8). I want to create it with Qt (because it is cross-platform), but i have not experience with OpenGL, then i choose QML (i read a QML Maemo game tutorial). I have a question: "Is QML enough performance to do that?".
Sorry, I use english not well!
Hi, and welcome to the Qt Dev Net!
[quote]I have a question: “Is QML enough performance to do that?”.[/quote]
Google Labs says yes: http://blog.qt.digia.com/blog/2014/07/21/google-labs-voltair-game-built-with-qt/ (they integrated a 3rd-party physics engine into a QML game)
I've read through the source code. I think they used LiquidFun (C++) library for physic, then they wrote QML extension to call this library. My question mean i will use Qt Quick in QML to render graphic, move and animation. In this case, Is QML (Qt Quick) enough performance?
Qt Quick is designed especially for graphics rendering on mobile devices. It uses hardware acceleration and has built-in animation API, so it should have no problems with rendering a 2D game.
Anyway, I encourage you to download the Qt 5 Everywhere "demo app":https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digia.Qt5Everywhere&hl=en and see the graphical effects you can achieve with Qt Quick on your mobile device.
Thank a lot. I will write some small games with Qt Quick for experience.
I just saw this thread now so I'm a bit late in the discussion, but anyways, here my thoughts about it:
- "Chicken Outbreak":http://v-play.net/showcases/#chicken_outbreak2 - a physics based falldown game similar to Doodle Jump
- "Squaby Tower Defense":http://v-play.net/showcases/#squaby - a TD strategy game with user-generated content
- "Flappy Bird":http://v-play.net/doc/howto-flappybird-game/ - a Flappy Bird game fully made with QML
- 10 more games available "here":http://v-play.net/doc/vplay-examples/
These games are published in the app stores (see the download links "here":http://v-play.net/showcases ), and also available open-source, so you can have a look at how they are made with QML.
The only thing where you need to be careful about, is to do the right things with Qt Quick.
These tasks are better suited for C++ for example:
- entity movement, either with animations or physics-based
- any computational complex algorithms like AI
- in general, things that are happening per-entity per frame
In general, I'd recommend starting development with as much in QML as possible - the time & code you save during is well worth it! As JKSH wrote, you get a very good rendering performance thanks to the Qt Scene Graph.. If you then realize performance issues (e.g. with the Qt Quick profiler of Qt Creator), you can move the parts where you have problems to C++ later.