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The Game Maker's Apprentice shows you how to create nine exciting games using the wildly popular Game Maker game creation tool. This book covers a range of genres, including action, adventure, and puzzle games -- complete with professional quality sound effects and visuals. It discusses game design theory and features practical examples of how this can be applied to making games that are more fun to play.
Game Maker allows games to be created using a simple drag-and-drop interface, so you don't need to have any prior coding experience. It includes an optional programming language for adding advanced features to your games, when you feel ready to do so. You can obtain more information by visiting book.gamemaker.nl.
The authors include the creator of the Game Maker tool and a former professional game programmer, so you'll glean understanding from their expertise. The book also includes a CD containing Game Maker software and all of the game projects that are created in the book -- plus a host of professional-quality graphics and sound effects that you can use in your own games.
Way back when Mario was still a mere twinkling in Miyamoto s eye, I was the proud owner of a state-of-the-art Commodore 64 microcomputer. It came with a game development s- tem called The Quill, which allowed anyone to create their own text-based adventure games. It may have been incredibly crude, but it suddenly put at my fingertips the thrill of enterta- ing my nearest and dearest by devising interactive challenges of my own. Unfortunately, I knew little about game design, and rather than easing my players into a new and alien world, I treated them as opponents that had to be defeated before they could reach the end. Their sp- its crushed, they left, never to return . . . It took me years of playing a variety of good (and bad) games to eventually learn how to treat the player to the game-playing experience that their investment of time and money deserved. It took just hours of reading this book to wish I d had its invaluable guidelines and the accompanying Game Maker tool to help me take my own first steps into game devel- ment all those years ago."
Create nine exciting games using the wildly popular Game Maker game creation tool. This book covers a range of genres, including action, adventure, and puzzle games--complete with professional quality sound effects and visuals. The CD contains Game Maker software and all of the game projects that are created in the book--plus a host of professional-quality graphics and sound effects.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Your First Game: Welcome to Game Maker.- Evil Clutches.- Section 2: Action: Colonize.- Break Free.- Game Design Review: Challenge, Goals, and Interactivity.- Section 3: Puzzles: Koalabr8.- Lazarus.- Game Design Review: Features, Level Design and Rewards.- Section 4: Enemies: Tank War.- 1945.- Game Design Review: Balance.- Section 5: Intelligence: GML Programming.- Pyramid Panic.- Mud Madness.- Game Design Review: Behavior and Opponent Modeling.- Final Words.- Appendices: Sound Effects.- Artwork.- Music.