Zechner 4677-0 POD.indd
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.

  • pyroflyx

    Ooh! This would be a nice read over the holidays!

  • http://twitter.com/chriszissis chris zissis

    I'd like to get into Android dev at some point. This would be a great tool to get started.

  • Jesse

    Would love a copy

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    Just what I need!

    I've been refining my java skills and made my first app for my school, but now I'm interested in making a game :D
    (Link for those who are curious ;D)

  • Niall

    Just finished computer science in college, and have been looking at this road. Would love this if possible.


  • Jason Banich
  • http://twitter.com/_jeffreyk Jeffrey Kim

    This will be an awesome read!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryokimball Ryo Carlos Kimball

    Nom all the books!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=202301834 Eloy Tavera

    I would love a copy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503010756 Tyler Lane

    I'd love a copy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jelqzko Jelqzko Atanasov

    Hey, I'm an Android developer, quite interested in Android game development, but so far I don't have any experience in game dev, so this book will be really helpful. E-mail me jelqzko@gmail.com

  • Daniel C.

    this books looks awesome!

  • Tim

    Oh god i need this

  • http://www.fmbv.nu/ ICDeadPpl

    It's perfect reading for the xmas holidays!
    jrock [ at ] fmbv.nu

  • Will Cooke

    Throwing my name into the hat.

  • http://twitter.com/YoX89 Jonathan Hagberg

    Always wanted a book like this.

  • G-ram

    Could really use this right now.

  • Sergio Guillen-Pantoja

    I'd love one (digital edition). I hope I win :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mcdonald.ryanj Ryan McDonald

    This is exactly what I need...

  • wolfkabal

    Meh, why not

  • joshua

    I'd quite like this. ebook format please.

  • Gwenhael Le Moine

    looks sweet

  • Aaron

    That would be a good read.

  • http://twitter.com/emaxxim emanuele boncimino

    It's a great opportunity for me to become an apk maker. Go Android Police.

  • Matthew Leighton

    This book looks really cool!!!

  • Pedro Montejo

    Why not!

  • Brian Calendine

    Would love to get into game development

  • Eric Archer

    Looks like a great book!

  • Erik Cho

    This is what I'm talking about! With contests like this it's not always possible for anyone outside of basically North America to participate, but you throw in a digital copy of the book and now everyone gets a shot.

    Just an FYI though I do live in the US, I'm just saying ^.

  • PopeJamal

    Thank You!

  • ScottColbert

    Would make a Christmas present for someone...okay-me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527590537 Onur Odabasi

    I'd love a copy, thanks!

  • DennisHeffernan


  • http://www.facebook.com/smellmyfist Will Wong

    Would love some guidance on game design :)


  • http://profiles.google.com/mr.greenglue Michael S.

    This would be perfect! Thanks!

  • AndroidFan

    I would love the paper book, but no US residence :( Ebook please?

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    I would love a copy! I'm a self taught app developer, and a professional artist/ designer. I would love to get into game development, my developer name is "kodiak 211" if anybody wants to check out my work. I've done mostly live wallpapers, something else I'm really wanting to do more with... Hears my link on Google Play store...


    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      If anyone wants to know how I did my live wallpapers, I built them in a program called "Blender" awesome program!!!

  • Dar

    Would love a copy...

  • jafunk

    would love a copy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

    Would love to get ah old of it, but good luck to all who enter!

  • chrulri

    Awww yes! This is something I can get my girlfriend for christmas. She always wanted to know how to make mobile games.

    > chrulri@gmail.com
    > Non-US -> Need eBook, please.

  • Corben Crew

    I could really use this, but I wonder if it helps with flash games too

  • addx

    happy penguins all around

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    i can read!

  • https://plus.google.com/116879163037230501137/posts Cullen Maglothin

    Would be a nice thing. :)

  • Miguel

    I'd love a copy, thanks!

  • Desverger

    Funny that this popped up today, I was actually looking for a good Android game dev book. I wonder if it deals strictly with Java based games or if they get into the nitty gritty of the NDK. Also, wonder if the book would be a good introduction to OpenGL ES. Either way, I'd love a copy and I'm sure I'd put it to good use. :-)

  • Kristian Sandoval

    I've always wanted to try a game on Android but don't know where to start.. this would be great!

  • Outrager

    I would love one of these to learn.

  • Jeff

    Would love a little help :)

  • Russ Brown

    Definitely something I'd be interested in!

  • markucsb

    Sweet sign me up

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    This sounds really interesting.

    navjot94 at gmail dot com

  • Clint Pedersen

    I've always wanted to start doing some android game development. This might just be the thing to get me going.

  • http://threeQuartersTwelve.tumblr.com nate8nate

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sheldon H Henderson

    I've had a game idea for years, but no Android knowledge to do it. This would help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonard.eshuis Leonard Eshuis

    have some great ideas, but not the skills (yet) to make apps.

  • Sam Mitchell
  • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

    Go games!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001124436335 Ionut Lala

    That book would help me a lot with game development.

  • Amer Khaznadar

    I've been trying to learn stuff like that on my own during my free time. So I would love to have a shot at one of the ebooks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Thejackalheadedman Michael Williams

    count me in on the free stuff thejackalheadedman at gmail dot com

  • stridakira

    That's awesome! I've needed a book like this to help me out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Sunghwa-Woo/542631978 Ray Sunghwa Woo

    I want to learn these things.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    This would definitely be useful. Planning on delving into the android dev scene and there was a few game ideas I wanted to persue. PLEASE HELP? thanks guys :)


  • nmw407

    I would love to win this. It would be a great christmas present for my son who wants to be a programmer.

  • spy

    Gimme one non us copy.

  • Kirt Bush

    This looks like a useful guide, I may end buying it even if i dont win :)

  • Mustaqim Azmi

    I've always wanted to make games for Android but left me in a blank with stuff I don't understand. A copy of this would be great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/halfvoid John Strine

    I so very much would like this.

  • VonDerThWood

    This would be awesome

  • http://twitter.com/MattS154 Matt S

    Might be something for this CS major to do over XMas break :P

  • McLean Riley

    Today is my birthday. Maybe I can win and learn to write a game haha

  • Franko515

    I'd love to learn about Android game making

  • Matthew Fry

    Getting started is really all I need. I have development experience but I don't know how to get something up and running in Android. Point me to the APIs, to the packages, to the drawing.

  • RonPodovich

    ill take one

  • rapperman

    Awesome! Another giveaway. Would love to learn how to create a game!

  • elyas

    hope to win one
    maybe it be my first step in programming

  • Jays2Kings


  • Stuart Lamont

    Yes please!

  • Mason Wilson

    my head overflows with ideas...

  • simi

    Looks very promising!

  • Josh Legoza

    I would love to win one of these. I've got a great idea for a game, but don't have any game development knowledge. This would really help me out!

  • Jeff

    Anyone read this? is it any good?

  • David Bar

    I want to build an adventure game that take fully adventge over the phone feture this realy come in handy

  • Ahmad


  • Razah

    i'd like one :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    My game will kick ASS! Literally, you will push a button and a boot will kick an ass. That's all.

  • Bob Crown

    Yaay a book giveaway this make you think about the thing you can develop hope I win

  • Lonnie

    count me in

  • Trenton Mak

    Would love to start developing games for Android!

  • Philipp Blattner

    I'd love an E-Book of that! :)

  • Ivan Max

    That would be nice to have :)

  • Ovi

    Just in time for winter holidays.

  • Michael

    Yes please :)

  • Josh

    Would love the print copy of the book... for some reason i still prefer those.

  • Brian G

    would love some help making games

  • Mauricio Vazquez

    I would love receiving the e-book

  • Ed Baker

    Now this is a giveaway! Knowledge is power.... I'd like love a copy.

  • http://twitter.com/Andrex56 Axc

    want It :D

  • http://twitter.com/Letsan Rodrigo Chiong

    I'd love to get the e-book :D

  • Kabuto178

    Enter away, :)

  • http://twitter.com/kentuckydean David Moore

    Book please...

  • Ankhwatcher

    Count Me In!

  • Raunaq Vohra

    I'd love one of these!

  • Chris Hut


  • Mike Olmon

    comment is android-eclipse-java, animation libraries, templates, plugins... Wow, lots of new stuff to learn to get to the bleeding edge of technology!

  • andrew zavala

    sounds like a great book, would love to dive into it!

  • The_mentor

    I'm new to android development and already have a few apps cooking hoping to get a chance to get into android game development.
    Hoping to get a free copy ;-)

  • GraveUypo

    know what? i really want a digital copy of this.... so here's an email

  • Dick

    Yes please :)

  • XzinteR

    One of those ebooks would suit me mighty fine

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Yes please

  • heat361

    I really really really really want this. I've been trying to find something to teach me how to make games and you guys have it

  • benegessrit

    Nice :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=182700194 Arsal Khan

    Me please

  • http://twitter.com/ace8187 Arsal

    me please

  • Arsal Khan

    me please

  • Martin Stitz

    make it mine :)

  • alf

    Best luck!

  • Dewey Spicer

    Should I bother outsourcing the iOS port or just keep it Android exclusive? :-)

  • http://twitter.com/ZenYagami zen kun

    im a current developer but i wish i can use this book pleasee!! pleasee!!! i want the ebook :( sometimes its expensive the shipping more than the book and some places only allow american credit cards :( pleaseeeeeee

  • Sasquatch4ever

    As a student who actually just finished his first app, I would love it!

  • http://twitter.com/pappsinteppadon Papp Sinteppadon

    i never read, but I will read this

  • patatdrolleke83

    I want the ebook version :)

  • Nick Garcia

    I've been meaning to pick up a book like this, might as well take a shot at getting one for free! Thanks AP!

  • Natan Moraes

    It would be awesome if I win this book :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/untcodegeek Phil Fernandez

    Would love to win this book!

  • anthony G

    I would love this book!

  • Andre

    Oh that would be great. Got my business plan ready, now I could have my development plan as well to score with Angels. Put me in for the digital copy plz.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dharr18 Dave Harrison

    This would be a welcome addition to my library.

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    Pick me cause I love #winning (trickedout0305@gmail.com)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.shearer.334 Alan Shearer

    hook me up babes!! :)

  • http://www.nanosmo.com/ Chad Fenwick

    I've been learning Java. This would come in handy.

  • Jens Ågren

    Oh yeah! Let me please win a digital copy.

  • critofur

    I'd be happy with either the book or the ebook.

  • casinrm

    I've gone through AP Comp Sci A. I hope this is enough so enter me in. I really would like to make an Android game.

  • MarkR

    Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    It's a good thing I didn't go with my purchase, might win a copy! (Actually have several ideas cooking in my head).

  • Senectus

    yeah, the ebook version over here please :-)

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    this is awesome. i was thinking about using some other tools but this book will be much help :D ebook please!

  • Rmac

    This would be nice.

  • buzzdalf

    I'd love a print copy of this book please :-)

  • Soegiarto

    I want the ebook version ^_^

  • tltan86

    Amaze me.

  • utahst8

    I am trying to get into the app market and this would really help!

  • Rodrigo

    I want the e-book version :)

  • Demerine


  • http://www.facebook.com/raphaeldexter Raphael Dexter

    have some idea for game, but still have no idea how to start. hopefully can have a book to assist.

  • Andy

    man this would totally be an awesome additional resource for my school app dev club! :)