If you have even a slight interest in making games, then this beginner game maker course is for you. We will work together over the next 4 and 1/2 hours to make a really fun game which will leave your family and friends in disbelief that you created it yourself. There's even a challenging boss fight to conquer. You'll be amazed at how easy the program is to use and navigate once you begin.
I'll show you the basics of building using Gamemaker Studio, giving you the tools to then move on and start creating your own games. Some things you will learn include:
Join me in this course, but be prepared to change the way you look at games forever.
To future students, my challenge to you is to beat my current highscore of 9220, that 3rd boss is kind of tough.
Note: This course is based on Gamemaker Studio 1.x, and demonstrates how to obtain the free version from YoYo Games. As of March 2017 though, the registration for new licenses from yoyogames has been discontinued. If you already have a license for Gamemaker Studio 1.x you can use that to follow along, otherwise you can use the free Gamemaker 2 trial version. Be aware it is limited in how many sprites and objects it can create and also has a different interface. Version 1.4x can still be downloaded though, and the link is provided in the first lecture.
Questions to test your knowledge.
Review of the Game Mechanics - Part 1 section
A review of the Game Mechanics - Part 2 section
Review questions for the boss fight section.
Music supplied in this lecture are credited below:
Severe Tire Damage Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Note: if you want to compile the game so it runs fullscreen, go to the Global Game Settings button, then under Windows, and the Graphics tab select the "Start in Fullscreen Mode" option.
Also, don't forget to change your code and disable your testing keys - escape and also 'T' which generated the smartbombs!
Thank you for joining me for this course, hopefully you can take what you’ve now learnt and apply it to your own games. I’ll have future Gamemaker courses coming up, so keep an eye out for those. I also have a youtube channel and a twitch stream coming up where you can see tutorials and other great info to help you along the way.
Please leave any comments in the comments section and I’ll answer them as promptly as possible. Thanks again, and congratulations on creating your first game.
Questions on finalising the game
I spent my youth teaching High School Mathematics and Computer Studies, before moving into the business world and delivering tech support, web design and programming improvements.
Eventually my love of gaming called and I started to move my programming skills more into the gaming side of things. Gaming is such a fundamentally fun thing to do for many people, and the rise of games in the last generation as an acceptable form of social media has been phenomenal. I believe we're just seeing the start of our gaming potential as a species, and am thrilled to be a part of the rising wave.