How to Make a Video Game in One Hour – Really!
Video game design software has taken a lot of the hard work out of making video games and left the creative part up to you. There are software applications that will help you make a game quickly, easily, and in only one hour. Now you are not going to have a big game. It will be only something small. But you will be able to play it and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you did it, and the confidence to know you can do more.
There are two different software programs I recommend you to try if you want to make a game in one hour. If you want to make a side-scroller then use Games Factory 2, and if you want to make a 3d game then use Reality Factory.
Make a two-dimensional side scrolling game
This is your best option for making a full-fledged, and fully functioning, video game in an hour. The best software for this is the Games Factory 2 software available from a company called Click Team. They have a free download trial version of the software so you can give it a try before you purchase it. And it comes with a tutorial that takes you through all the steps of making a simple breakout style game. This is the kind of game where you control a paddle to deflect a bouncing ball in an attempt to break blocks on the top of the screen. I downloaded the trial software and followed the tutorial and it took me a total of an hour to complete the game.
The Concepts of Game Design
The Games Factory 2 software gives you all the basic skills you need in understanding how video games are made and after using the software you will be able to make multiple screens, add sounds and music, and you will understand gaming concepts like asset management and collision detection.
Three Dimensional Dungeon Type Games
If you are really determined to make a three dimensional game and you don’t want to make side scrolling two-dimensional type games you can get the free software called Reality Factory and in about an hour you can have a very simple single room game up and running. In this game you will have a character that will run around and shoot a gun. This kind of accomplishment is actually quite surprising and you will be amazed as you walk your character around your single room game. This kind of game development software is much more complex than the side scrolling software and it will take much longer to really get good with it. But it is something that you might find is worth the effort because you will learn how to make extremely rich and interesting game worlds.
Video game making is no longer the territory of the genius programmer who can whip up thousands of lines of code. The software available today has taken all the programming out of game making and given you the freedom to express your full creativity.
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