Great iPhone Game Development Forums

I feel the need to find some good forums to do any of the following:

  • Ask questions on coding issues
  • Ask questions on where to find graphic artists
  • Find people that want to beta-test my games
  • Tell the world about my new amazing game :)

I googled a bit on “iphone game development forum” and found a couple of forums. To get the feeling on how big each forum is, and what their main topic is, I take a look at the number of posts in the biggest category. The numbers are taken at 10 AM P.S.T. so of course the viewing changes across the day. So here we go:

iPhone Dev SDK Forum (Coding in general)
iPhone SDK Development
– (579 viewing / 47,667 threads / 95,000 members)
This forum is mainly discussing the iPhone/iPod Touch SDK, but it’s very big and a lot of members. They also have a subforum for Game development (15 viewing / 1760 threads) so it’s not that big.

iDevGames Forums (Game coding)
Graphics & Audio Programming (2 users / 2,260 threads / 3,000 members)
This forum ranked very well on Google and looks good, so I don’t know why it’s this relatively small. Might get bigger in the future.

TouchArcade Forums (Game reviews and announcements)
iPhone and iPod Touch Games (357 Viewing / 22,508 threads / 75,000 members).
This forum has a big category where developers post about releases of their games, and people can comment. I’m looking forward to post here! I think it’s also a good place to get inspiration on what kind of games people like, and what they mostly comment on.

GameDev.net (Game development in general)
This forum is HUGE (176,685 member) but it has no specific forums related to iPhone development, but it covers a wide range of topics, and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of stuff there regarding game design, graphics and sound, which I find interesting. They also have a section for announcements where you can show off.

Cocos2d for iPhone forum (Cocos2d mostly)
This is a small but sweet forum. Not that many members, but be sure that all members there are fully dedicated to knowing everything about cocos2d. I’ve posted some threads there and got quick and good response.

Indiegamer (Being a indie game dev)
This is also a nice forum with lots of discussion on how to make a living as an indie game developer and of course, a place for announcements. Not specific for iPhone though.

TiPB.com (iOS blog with games)
iPhone App Announcements (16 viewing / 2,593 threads)
Here is another place to shout out about your game to the world! They also have a big forum discussing games in general.

Cprogramming.com (C coding)
You maybe don’t know it yet, but soon you’ll gonna need some tips about C, which is what Objective-C is built on, and here is a huge place to get help and info quick.
(125 viewing / 43,000 threads)

If you know of any other well visited forum that should be on this list, tell me!

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2 Responses to Great iPhone Game Development Forums

  1. Ola says:

    Thanks for the nice list! Bookmarked it! I really like your other posts too! I’m getting into iPhone game development myself. Hope you haven’t given up on this and hope to see more posts from you soon! Hadet så bra,
    cheers from a norwegian living in Sydney. :)

    • Niclas says:

      Thanks a lot for your comments Ola! :) iPhone development is currently on ice for me right now, I think it took too much time, which I sadly don’t have. But I think I’ll get back to it some day again, when I instead can pay a programmer to do it, since I found that I’m more into designing games, than actually coding them :) Have a good winter! ;)

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