How to make browser based games
Making a game that is playable in a browser is a great way to go. These kinds of games tend to be very easy to design and very easy to distribute. No need for a bulky engine to run the game. You can simply have players run it in a browser.
There are several different programs that can do this and I am going to look at one that has a lot of promise.
It is called Construct2 and it is made by Scirra. The version I use in this tutorial is the free version "Construct".
So, how do you make a game with this program?
Well, game making is a very creative process and with a program like this you are only limited by your imagination but let me give you a quick overview of the process.
You work in a workspace like the one shown below. The center area is the place where we see what the game is looking like. I have already placed a background tile.
Now from here we place various objects called sprites that we can manipulate. The picture at left is a closeup of the workspace. On the left is our player and on the right are three monsters.
(And note: The program comes with graphics but you can design your own! This is half the fun! create your own players, monsters, backgrounds and more.)
Now, from here we would assign various properties and variables to our sprites in the game. I have selected our player and now we can change/modify the way the player behaves by modifying the properties on the left.
Things have to happen in the game right? These things that happen are called events. Lets say you want your player to fire a bullet when you press the mouse button. This would be an event and you can easily assign that to the player. Here is a screen shot of an event. You simply assign a variety of events that will, or possibly will happen.
Okay, this is all a pretty basic overview of how a game is made with Construct2 but it should give you a pretty good idea of how it is done and whether or not it is right for your game making!
If you want to download the free software or learn more about it check out the website here: Construct2 by Scirra
Here is a video by the company that shows how easy it is to make a game.
Game Creation for Teens - Get ready to make fun and exciting computer games, no programming required! Game Creation for Teens shows teens and other beginners how to make their very own awesome games using the Games Factory 2, a simple drag-and-drop game creation system. By the end of the book, you'll have made three amazing sample games and have the skills and information you need to make more games on your own. You'll start by exploring the different game genres and learning how to organize and develop your own game ideas before you begin creating. Then you'll learn about game creation fundamentals such as graphics settings, methods, and features, as well as how to use and record music and sound in games. Once you have the basics down, the book will introduce you to the Games Factory 2, including how to install it, important program terminology, and a walk-through of the important editors and screens you will use next when you create the three sample games in the book. Creating the games will help you explore and test out the functionality of the Games Factory 2 and build your skill set with the program. You'll finish up by learning how to add objects, pictures, and animation to your games to make them more interesting and dynamic, and even how to test and debug your games. Game Creation for Teens provides you with the information and techniques you need to make your game ideas a reality!
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