The Software

As for software, I’ll be using The Game Creators App Game Kit Studio, which although isn’t free, has a fairly low one-off price and no silly licensing restrictions.  It’s certainly a lot less system hungry than Unity or Unreal.

App Game Kit Studio is great for beginners and experienced programmers a like. It uses a powerful BASIC like language and can export to a variety of platforms.

AGK Studio in action

You can get it from the App Game Kit website or from Steam. At the time of writing, it’s £78.99. There is a free demo available from Steam as well.

I won’t be talking too much about the code itself, but I will talk about the theory behind it and how it all works.

Next, the graphics will be done using Paint.Net, a free 2D graphics tool along the lines of PhotoShop. It’s quite a powerful little app on it’s own, but you can download dozens of free plugins to add extra tools and effects.

You can download from

Lastly for Sound and music, I’ll be using Audacity to edit samples and LMMS to create any tunes, or possibly I may just use a stock tune from somewhere.  I’m afraid I’m not much of a composer or musician.

Audacity is a free easy to use multi track sound editor, it’s great for editing sound effects and adding things like echo or combining sounds in layers.

Audacity is available from

Finally LMMS  is a digital audio workstation application program. It allows you to create melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more.

LMMS is free to download from

The Hardware

One of the aims of this project is to prove that you don’t need a top end PC to create and publish a game with.

So, for I will be using my Linx 10 Tablet. I bought this device in around 2015 to replace an old iPad 2 which had broken. It cost £140 together with the Origami keyboard/cover.

Linx 10 tablet with origami keyboard/cover attached.
Linx 10 tablet with origami keyboard/cover attached.

The whole thing is powered by a Quad Core Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3735F CPU running at 1.33GHz (Increasing to 1.83GHz when required). There is 2Gb of LPDDR3 Ram and a 32Gb eMMC for storage. I also have an additional 64Gb MicroSD card for extra space.

The 10.1″ IPS display is touch sensitive and happily shows the eye candy provided by an integrated Intel HD Graphics card which is DirectX 11 compatible. It’s not the best graphics card in the world especially with only 32mb of dedicated RAM, but it should be more than ok to develop a 2D game.

It’s running the latest version of Windows 10, although only the 32bit version. The tablet itself came with Windows 8 (32bit) installed, but I upgraded back when Microsoft was doing the Free upgrade offer.

Peripheral wise, the tablet has a micro-USB connector to connect a mouse or other USB device. It also conveniently came with an “On the go” converter for plugging in regular sized USB plugs.

I’ll be using an old Creative Labs portable travel mouse. The keyboard does have a mouse pad but it doesn’t have mouse buttons and it’s not ideal for graphical work. I also have a small graphics tablet which I may use for the artwork, but I’m not sure

Normally all I use the tablet for is Netflix, editing documents, browsing the internet and occasionally playing emulated old school console games; but I think it’s up to the challenge! Only time will tell though 🙂


To make things slightly more challenging and/or interesting, as well as to prove you don’t need a high end PC, a large team or a shed load of cash, I’m going to be creating the entire game solo, using a really low spec PC, and as smaller budget as possible.

Coding at Geek Retreat (Pre-lockdown)

Originally, I was planning to work on this game in coffee shops and cafes around town, but sadly due to the covid19 pandemic the whole country is on lockdown so Instead I’m going to be stuck in my house.

I’ll explain more about the hardware and software I’ll be using in the next post.

Once the game is published, I’ll go over how much I spent on developing this project and any other costs, for those who are interested.

A little bit about me…

A Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k (My first ever computer)

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is David Hobbs. I’m the owner of Warriors of the Cucumber Software, which is a small independent studio based in Milton Keynes in the UK.

I’ve wanted to write games ever since I was a small child growing up in the era of 8 bit home computers like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. I didn’t even have a computer when I started to learn to code, just a book from the library, a pen and some paper.

I had my first games published in 1991, for the Commodore Amiga. These were written in AMOS, a variant on BASIC written by Francois Lionet. (If anyone is interested, Francois is currently developing a spiritual successor to AMOS, called AOZ Studio, see >here< for more information)

MK:GameDev Meetup

My biggest success to date came when I published Best Night Light on Android. It had a slow start but now, five years later, has reached almost half a million downloads!

I am a fairly active member (when time allows, lol) in a few Facebook Indie Dev groups, and on various forums and discords. I’m also involved in local game dev events such as the MK:GameDev Meetup, a friendly gathering of both professionals, amateurs and beginners talking about all aspects of game dev over a few drinks.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, then feel free to drop me an email or a message on social media and ask 🙂

Welcome to Dev with Dave

Hello World!

Hello World, and Welcome to Dev with Dave!

If you are an aspiring indie developer, then stick around as over the next few months, I will be planning, programming, publishing, and promoting a game before your very eyes! I’ll explain each step of the way in depth with blogs, videos and posts on social media.

I’ll also talk about the frustrations of the project, and the high points. And I’ll occasionally throw in cute pictures of my cats just to lighten the mood 🙂

Dave and Sirius enjoying the sunshine

Starting with designing and planning the game, I’ll talk about (amongst other things) the importance of having a plan to follow as well as showing you what I consider to be a good plan.

Programming the game is next, but as I have said previously, this won’t be a coding tutorial. I’ll discuss the theory behind the various aspects of the game, and show progress on the game with blog updates and video posts.

Once the game is finished, it’ll be time for publishing and promotion. I will be setting up the store page and uploading the game (Including a brief rundown on ASO, translations etc.). Setting up and starting an ad campaign with Google Ads, and talking about social media marketing and other things you can do to bring your game to the attention of those who want to play it!

So please, come along for the ride and we’ll take a journey into the world of indie game development.

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