The Apple Game Center wiki last edited by _k1_ on 02/13/14 10:15AM View full history

Announcement

Steve Jobs with Game Center at WWDC on April 8th

Game Center was originally announced at an Apple iOS event on April 8th, 2010. A preview was later released to developers in August. Game Center was billed as one of the "7 tent-poles" of iOS 4.0, but did not end up shipping with the final build of the OS.

Release

Game Center was released on September 8th, five months after it was originally announced. It was part of the iOS 4.1 update. Game Center is supported on all iPhones and iPod touches, except the iPhone 3G.

Features of the Application

Game Center is a core app (unable to be deleted) that acts as the hub for friend invites, as well as being able to browse through your Game Center-enabled games.

Upon first use, one must create an account using their Apple ID. The app will prompt for basic information, and then will ask for a nickname, which is the name people will find you by.

The app is divided into 4 main categories. The home page is for the profile, and shows the nickname, number of friends, number of Game Center games, and number of achievements. There is also a field for a slogan or motto of some sort, and at the bottom one can manage the technical aspects of their account.

Friends

Friends list

The "Friends" page is next, which shows what games your friends are playing and allows you view their profiles for more information about their games. One a friends page you can see their Game Center stats (# of friends, games and achievements) as well as games that you have in common with them. You can also compare scores and achievements with your friend.

Games

Games

The next page is the "Games" page. From this page you can see all of your Game Center games, with how many achievements you have unlocked, as well as overall ranking. Tapping a game will allow you to see detailed information about that particular game like leaderboards, achievements, and players that you have recently played against.

Requests

From the Flight Control page you can view leaderboards and achievements

The last page is for "Requests". You must approve each friend. You can find other friends by either sending them an invite by entering their nickname, or their apple ID email. As with Ping (Apple's music social network integrated in iTunes) there is no Facebook or Twitter connection at this time.

Features in Games

While playing a Game Center-enabled game, you can view the achievements and leaderboards from the game's menus. Achievements will pop up upon completion.

Multiplayer

That's a lot of planes, Mr. WJD4ME...

One of the biggest advancements Game Centers brings is multiplayer matchmaking and invites. However, there is a very limited amount of Game Center-enabled multiplayer games; even games that have been updated with basic Game Center support, like Real Racing, do not feature online multiplayer.

Pangea Software had the first multiplayer Game Center games: Cro-Mag Rally, a cart racer released in 2008, Nanosaur 2 a flying-combat game set in pre-historic times, and Enigmo 2, a fluids based puzzle game.

The pre-game set up is all done through the in-game menus, but one all of the settings have been confirmed, the Game Center UI pops up, giving you the option of opening up player-slots (to a maximum of 4 total, including you). You can invite friends to the lobby, or let Game Center match-make to fill up the slots.

Once Game Center has found players, it will then connect you to them in the game.

Voice chat is also a staple of Game Center multiplayer, and the mic can be muted/unmuted by a button on the top left side of the screen.

The multiplayer information is based off of the current multiplayer games available. As more developers update their games, we will have more accurate information about what type of multiplayer experiences Game Center can provide.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.