Disclaimer: This guide was originally written by Andy Reitberger. It has been published here with his consent. If yo want to access the original article you can do it clicking here.
Important: Add the “Cocoon Play Games” plugin to your project (you must have installed the Cocoon Construct2 plugin).
Upload your game
In order to use the Google Play Games Function in your game you must have uploaded an apk file to the Play Store (beta phase).
First visit your Google Play Developer Console. If you don’t have an account yet, create one.
The fee for a new account is 25$. This is a one-time payment. After that, there are no recurring payments to made like on the ITunes Store.
Build your game
In order to upload an apk file to the store you must compile it first.
Create a new project
If you already have created an app at your Google Play Dev. Console you can skip this step.
Click on “All Apps” and then on “+ Add new App”.
Enter the title of your game and click on “Upload APK”.
Now switch to the ‘BETATEST’ tab and choose “Upload first APK-File in Betaphase”.
If the upload was successfully it will take awhile till your app is reachable via the test link.
Create a Game Service
Go to the tab “Game Services” and click on “+ Add new Game”.
Then enter the details of your game. It’s recommended to use the same name that you used on your game.
Click on “Next” and go to the tab “Associated Apps” and select the platform you want to associate with the current game service.
In this example we want to add an Android game, so I choose Android as platform.
- You find your ID in the header below the name of your game (marked in the blue rectangle). This is your Google Play Game ID. If we use later this term then we refer to this ID.
- In order to select your recently added game you must have uploaded an apk file before (note that it may take awhile till your game is shown here).
Copy your Google Play Game ID and change to your Cocoon cloud account.
Then select your Project (if you have none, create one) and click on the tab “Plugins” and select “Cocoon”, search for the Plugin “Google Play Games Social API” and click “Install”.
The installer will create automatically a parameter called APP_ID. Insert here as value your Google Play Game ID.
Then save your settings.
You can now compile your game!