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PostSubject: General Information: How to make a game?   Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:45 pm

How do you make a point-and-click game, room escape game, or another type of game?


If you plan to make a complex online game, you need to use Macromedia Flash Professional. Unfortunately it is expensive, and you need scripting knowledge. You can download a test version for 1 month.
http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/flashpro/

Meanwhile you can also create simple online games, and games for the iPhone/iPod Touch with the new version of Adventure Maker.

You can also use Javascript to create your game, however you need to learn this language first. Here is a good Online Tutorial



If you would like to make a downloadable game, you need a game engine. Game engines can be freeware, shareware or commercial. Depending on the engine, you need to know more or less about scripting. Some engines don't need any knowledge of scripting, however your creativity will be limited in that case. Also pay attention what the limitations are for free versions if there is also a full/paid version.

List of game engines (where you also find more information about them):
http://www.ambrosine.com/resource.html
http://www.adventuredevelopers.com/engines.php
http://www.madmonkey.net/page.cgi/engines
http://developer.apple.com/games/gameenginesonmac.html (for Mac users)

Single engines:
http://www.adventuremaker.com
http://www.blitzbasic.com/Products/_index_.php
http://www.verge-rpg.com/ (RPG creation)
http://goldenstudios.or.id/products/GTGE/index.php
http://soft.firstproductions.com/pstudio/index.html (for platform games)
http://www.yolkfolk.com/dizzyage/index.html (for classic adventure games)

Tutorials for PowerPoint Games: (new!)
http://pptheaven.mvps.org/tutorials.html
(PowerPoint 2002/XP and above)


How you make the game depends very much on the software that you use, and can't be answered here. Take a look at the different programs listed here, and look at their tutorials and manuals. Many engines are available at least for a trial period if they are not free. So you can try out if you get along with them or not. Additionally, I would also recommend you to visit their forum to see if and what kind of help is available. And of course it is also important to see if the Help documents are understandable to you.


Usually you also need a software for creating your game screens and sprites (if not included in the game engine). You can use a 2D programm or a 3D programm. There are a lot of programs to choose from, they can be freeware, shareware or commercial.


Where can I upload my game?

You need to upload your game to your homepage, or to a free file host.
Examples of free file hosts:

http://www.putfile.com/
http://www.upload2.net/
http://freespace.filefront.com/1
http://www.savefile.com/
megaupload.com/
4shared.com/
http://freespace.filefront.com/


Related Articles for further reading:

http://www.gamedev.net/reference/start_here/ (Contains a lot of articles about programming for beginners)
http://www.gamedev.net/reference/ (Big online library of articles about different aspects of game making: Programming/Arts/Game Design/Music and Sound etc.)
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