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#OGAM Invasion-month 1

OGAM... One Game A Month...January 2015
I had planned to re-use some existing assets but I ended up following a tutorial for Space Invaders, chiefly because I needed to understand how the Corona SDK composer API works, and this tutorial was one of the few recent tutorials covering that... partly because the theme for January's OGAM was 'resolution', and I thought a nice low resolution 8 bit style game was appropriate.


The composer API is the Corona scene manager, which creates a scene object which listens for certain events...and I'm still not entirely happy how it all hangs together. 
Luckily the composer API is the topic of the last couple of CoronaGeek Hangouts have been discussing composer.



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