How to Make Flash Games

Flash games are fun to play, which is why their popularity continues to grow, year after year. If you enjoy playing flash games, chances are, you will like knowing how to make flash games even more! However, developing flash games is harder than it may seem. It will take a significant amount of time and effort to develop the skills necessary to create quality flash games. Following this step by step tutorial is a good place to begin if you want to build games like this free Aztec Treasure slot machine game.

1. Get Flash

It is impossible to build games if you don’t have flash on your computer. So, before you do anything, get the necessary programs and download them on your computer. You will be best off if you invest in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, part of the Adobe Flash Platform. This software is used by leading companies around the world to develop everything from video games to professional websites. It is well suited to building flash games.

2. Practice Using Flash on Adobe

A good flash game developer has thorough knowledge about Adobe. If you are unfamiliar with the program, take the time to explore, look through the program’s help section, read a book or online tutorial, or ask a friend to explain the program to you. You may even want to enroll in a class for learning flash animation. These classes are taught at several community colleges and other locations. The adobe website also provides interactive online classes and tutorials, which are perfect for anybody who prefers to work at his or her own pace.

3. Learn ActionScript 2.0

How to Make Flash Games

How to Make Flash Games

ActionScript is a scripting language that is used to create websites and a variety of interactive computer programs. It is also another necessity for creating flash games. Once you know Adobe inside and out, you need to familiarize yourself with Actionscript. You should find an ActionScript tutorial to learn the coding language. There are several tutorials available on the main ActionScript website, www.actionscript.org. If you chose to take a class on Adobe, chances are, you will spend some time in class learning about Actionscript. As with Adobe, there are classes entirely devoted to teaching ActionScript, although they are not as common as Adobe classes.

Optional: Once you know ActionScript 2.0, you may want to also familiarize yourself with ActionScript 3.0. ActionScript 3.0 is much more complex and difficult to learn than ActionScript 2.0, which is why I suggest saving until you understand the basic scripting language. However, the coding in ActionScript 3.0 will benefit you as you begin building more complicated flash games.

4. Create Basic Games

Once you are familiar with Adobe and ActionScript 2.0, you are ready to make some flash games! However, this is not the time to begin working on a complex flash game, unless you want that flash game to be a complete flop. Instead, begin by building simple games and work your way up. This means that once again, you will need to find guidance from tutorials. Fortunately, there are a lot of them out there. One great place to start is at www.tutorialized.com. This website provides a multitude of tutorials for creating simple flash games as well as tutorials for Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and many other useful programs. You may also wish to check out the website’s flash message boards. Many of those who frequent the boards are experts when it comes to flash and are happy to give you tips and answer any questions you may have.

If you already have ideas in mind for a more complicated game, it may help to break the game into smaller parts and focus on mastering them. For example, if you want to make a flash game set during a war that involves violent battles, you should start by learning how to make a simple point, aim and shoot game. A good tutorial for simple shooting games can be found at this flash tutorial page.

I suggest you learn how to build the following games before you go on to bigger and better projects:

  • Pacman
  • Mazes (especially mouse mazes)
  • Basic shooting games (especially balloon shooting and artillery games)
  • Brick Breaker
  • Magic 8 Ball
  • Racing Game (ie. car racing, horse racing, motorcycle racing, etc.)
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Platform Game
  • Snake Game

5. Practice Makes Perfect

Even after you are comfortable with building flash games, it is important to continue educating yourself by following tutorials about building games. You can never know too much about already existing flash games. Building a knowledge base will give you the tools you need to create complex flash games.

Now is the time to use your creativity. Coming up with an innovative flash game will most likely require time spent tinkering around on Adobe. This is how the great game developers stumble on new concepts and ideas for flash games.

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