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Last Updated: December 14th, 2012

Here are the winners:
  • Russ Brown
  • Srinath
  • Maxwell Kozlov
  • PogoWolf
  • barser
  • GIBsonCubed
  • RichY
  • Jays2Kings
  • Minh Tam Dinh Thai
  • superstepa

Congrats, everyone - we'll be in touch shortly.

The number of quality games in the Play Store may be increasing at a healthy pace, but let's be honest, there's still some room for improvement. Unfortunately, even if you know Java, creating games can be a little different than creating an app. You need some help - a professionally-written book to break down and explain each part of the process, then help you bring it together.

Beginning Android Games, Second Edition

Zechner 4677-0 POD.indd

Enter Beginning Android Games, Second Edition, published by Apress. Tailored to people with a basic knowledge of Java, the book breaks down the game-designing process into 16 chapters. You'll learn everything from how to create the game engine and graphics to marketing, monetizing, and publishing your game - in other words, the entire process from start to finish. Which explains why it took authors Mario Zechner and Robert Green a whopping 714 pages to cover everything.

Beginning Android Games, Second Edition offers everything you need to join the ranks of successful Android game developers, including Android tablet game app development considerations.  You'll start with game design fundamentals and programming basics, and then progress toward creating your own basic game engine and playable game apps that work on Android and earlier version compliant smartphones and now tablets. This will give you everything you need to branch out and write your own Android games.

The book is available digitally for $27.99 or in print for $39.99. But don't worry - we've partnered with Apress to give away a few copies to get some of you started.

The Giveaway

We'll be giving away 5 print copies, available only to residents of the US, and 5 eBooks, available to anyone in the world. As always, all you need to do to enter is drop us a comment below, and include a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. The contest will run from today (Wednesday, December 5) until Monday, December 10 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will then be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Good luck!

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Charlie

    Mario, we love you! ;D

  • Daniela

    This book look like instresting. I want an e-book.

  • ppritcha

    I'll take one.

  • Lewis

    One of these ebooks would make my life complete!

  • http://twitter.com/macdonst Simon MacDonald

    I'd love to win the eBook so my daughter and I can learn to program a game together.

  • John

    Would love to have a copy!

  • badlogic

    Mario here (author). Thanks to Android Police for doing this! Keep up the good work, hope the winners will enjoy reading and using the book.

  • Ka Wing

    I bought the first edition a year ago. I'd like the 2nd edition as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.jordan.9404 Matt Jordan

    714 pages of Android awesomeness sounds good to me. :)

  • http://twitter.com/7Merlin Merlin

    I want this book :-)

  • derpist

    This looks sounds great. Always wanted to learn the quirks of making an android game.

  • yasith

    Hoping to win a copy :D

  • Federico Daniels

    Would love to get the book, seems exactly what I'm looking for. Online-copy only though, as I don't reside in the USA.

  • http://www.chrismweb.com Chris Moeller

    Awesome, the new edition looks great!

  • KLM

    I'm currently developing a game and i want this book

  • Chris W

    This book looks great

  • Roger Browne

    please put me in the running for a free copy, thanks.

  • Alejandro Téllez

    I'm developing an Android game as dissertation project. Already a fan of libgdx. I'd love to win this eBook so I could actually do some good with it :)


  • Martin Rajniak

    I am an android programmer and I would like to start developing games for Android. This can be a nice book to start of.

  • Mitch

    Must have for an android game developer

    And to other readers, try out LibGDX! it's awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alessandro.lensi Un Drago Lensi

    Mario is a great guy and LibGDX Rocks!

  • enurdaendunedai

    I'd take an ebook :)

  • Fotios Kossyvas

    I would love having this ebook !

  • http://twitter.com/Anush_Surendran Anush Surendran

    Would love to win this book! :)

  • Guest

    I wouldn't mind an ebook :-)

  • http://twitter.com/jaebird jaebird

    Son wants to do game development!

  • http://www.facebook.com/edu.garcia.564813 Edu Garcia

    I'd love to have an ebook copy of this book.

  • sasqoc

    Please send me an ebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117807142 Disko Chuk

    add me to the hat! null@househeads.org

  • SuspendedPhan

    Mario is the best!

  • Daniil

    LibGDX Very cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/zach.shaner.7 Zach Shaner

    Drop my name in that hat :) zachashaner@gmail.com

  • Jeff Pogodzinski

    I bought the first edition and I am ready for the next!

  • QuanahHarjo

    Color me interested.

  • Ali Ahmed

    AN amazing book, It would be like my dream coming true.....!

  • GPhilo

    An awesome book from a great writer! Reading his blog since over one year, and it's always enlightening! Count me in ;) lethr@hotmail.it

  • http://www.facebook.com/costin.sergiu.3 Costin Sergiu

    I loved the first Edition, please send me this book :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/DLuChiu Dave Lu Chiu

    cool :) dluchiu@gmail.com :D

  • RiDeLub

    I would like to have a copy of that :)

  • Mollymus

    I want to win! Please!

  • cougarten

    it would be a pleasure to see how they do multitasking/threading :) (the ebook I'd take)

  • Maxwell Kozlov

    It would be amazing to have a copy of that book.

  • Ingo Klein

    i just decided to switch from AndEngine to libGDX.The prototyp of my Game is build in pure java so this Book might be helpful ;)

  • Jacek Bajor

    I am in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deepumukundan Deepu Mukundan

    Need to learn gaming in Android :) Please give me a digital copy.

  • Minh Tam Dinh Thai

    It's cool. Please give me a digital copy. tamdinh@gmail.com

  • Joan

    I'm just beginning to make an android game using LIBGDX. It's an awesome lib and there are lots of tutorials and documentations out there. but it would be really awesome if I had this ebook, It will certainly cut down a lot of googling time so that I have more time for actual coding.

    please count me in for the ebook draw as I'm not in the US :D

  • just4phil

    bring it on santa clause!!!! :)

  • Akos

    Wanna be graet to own a copy :)

  • barser

    please add me in the running for a free copy. Thanks!

  • Michele

    Outside US here! Gimme the ebook!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036771601 Jesse Holt

    Yes, please!

  • Kevin Li

    Hi, I am from China, I love libgdx, i follow it since it's 0.9.3, i made lots of demo game using it, but still little confused by some parts. if it's possible , share me a free copy of this book please, sadly i can't even afford digital copy,... thank you very much :)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I wouldn't complain about being able to crack this open sometime soon