You don’t need any special knowledge to create computer games. With Game Maker, you can be creating computer games of your own within a matter of hours.
What Is Game Maker?
Game Maker gives you all you need to create your own computer games. With Game Maker, and a tutorial found at the Game Maker website, Game Maker Pages, I was able to create a simple video game in less than two hours, and without feeling a single moment of frustration. Not only did I make a computer game, the tutorial helped me understand the concepts of the program. And understanding a program is the first step to using it with confidence.
Game Maker lets you start creating simple computer games right out of the box. And, as you learn the program, you can make more and more complex computer games.
With Game Maker, you can make all sorts of computer games. Maze computer games, like Pacman. Breakout computer games, like Tetris. Platform computer games, like Super Mario Brothers. Even role-playing and 3-D computer games.
Once you’re finished creating your game, Game Maker allows you to create a stand-alone executable of your game, so you can distribute it so others can play.
Learning To Use Game Maker
The help file that comes with the program is useful. But the Game Maker website, Game Maker Pages, is the real mother lode of information. At Game Maker Pages, you will find several tutorials that will take you step-by-step through the creation of several kinds of computer games. Game Maker Pages is also packed with resources. Things like:
* Sprites, images and objects you can use in the game.
* Music and sound files.
* Backgrounds, to help you define the look of the game.
While you can make all of the above yourself if you’re feeling really creative, using the resources provided for you by Game Maker Pages is much easier, especially if you’re just starting out.
Along with links to other helpful sites, Game Maker Pages also provides you with articles and e-books, to help you learn more about game making in general, Game Maker in particular. There are also plenty of completed computer games on the site, to give you an idea of the kinds of computer games you can create.
You can run Game Maker on Windows 98, ME, XP, NT4 or 2000. You might also need extra components, depending on which version of Game Maker you use.
For people like me, who’ve always wanted to try their hand at creating a computer game, but didn’t feel they had the programming knowledge to do so, Game Maker is a great program. It’s easy to learn and use. And, best of all, it’s fun.