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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Invasion Game in MonoGame for Windows Phone 8

Invasion is an open-source, 2D casual shooter game that has been around for almost 12 years. In July 2011, I ported Invasion from to XNA for Windows Phone 7. The latest version targeting WP7 runs just fine on Windows Phone 8, but the WP7 code won't build with VS2012 and the WP8 SDK because Microsoft doesn't support XNA development with them. So it is time to port Invasion once again and while I considered porting it to DirectX, Unity, or Cocos2d-X, I instead chose to first give MonoGame a try, because its API is closest to XNA's. MonoGame is still in development and you have to keep that in mind when porting your game. Some XNA APIs are missing, others are quirky, and one class is rather problematic. But if you can work around those issues, MonoGame is a good option for porting your XNA WP7 games to WP8 and for building cross-platform games in general. This article explains what I did to port Invasion to MonoGame for WP8, what's changed in this version of the Invasion, and what still needs work - both in Invasion and MonoGame. I hope this article and the source code will help other developers more easily port their XNA/WP7 games to MonoGame/WP8 and get started creating new games with MonoGame for Windows Phone.

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