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Make Amazing Games in Minutes [Paperback]

Jason Darby

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Oct. 14 2005 Charles River Media Game Development
Many game enthusiasts have aspirations to create their own games but don't know where to start. Make Amazing Games in Minutes introduces the game creation process to the aspiring game developer with no experience or programming ability. Taking the reader step-by-step through the various stages of developing a game and using the popular "drag and drop" game creation software included on the CD-ROM, the reader can build his very own games. Using the tutorials and step-by-step methods, the reader will complete a fully playable retro game, as well as platform, bat & ball, and side-scrolling shoot-em up games. Other chapters cover more complex game features such as adding effects and scoreboards, porting the game onto the Web, and installation script building. This must-have book is the essential resource for anyone interested in learning game creation and the retro game style.

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Jason Darby (Bromsgrove, UK) has been making and designing his own games/applications for over a decade. He has written a number of game/screensaver creation articles in a several PC magazines including PC Format, Retro Gamer and PC Answers.

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Create Games with a Click of the Mouse!!! April 10 2006
By Paul Boland - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book because I am interested in game development. This book looks at creating games with Clickteams fortcoming software development tool, The Games Factory 2 and MultiMedia Fusion 2. There is a demo of the software supplied on the CD that comes with the book so you don't have to wait for the software to ship (which it will soon) before you can follow the demos.

The book takes you through the creation of a number of games, from simple space invaders to complex platform games, all with a click of the mouse. Yes, you read that right, TGF 2 allows you to create any game in any genre using nothing but the mouse!! There is no complex code to write, no variables to set up, no arrays to initialise... If you can pick an option from a popup menu, you can create any games and applications you want.

The book takes you through the creation of these games in an easy to follow step by step format and the chapters cover everything from a look at TGF 2's interface to how to code your first game. There is also a discussion on gaming in general which will point you in the right direction and show you the Do's and Don't's.

A very easy to read book which is packed to bursting with information on game creation. And not a single line of coding in sight (as long as you don't count the expressions for performing maths ;) ).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instruction book for beginning game makers April 15 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very informative book on the inside workings of how to use ClickTeam's programming products. It is a must read for anyone interested in creating click and drag programming for creating casual games. After reading this book I have much better knowledge of the inside workings of both The Game Factory and Multimedia Fusion the two progrmming products offered by ClickTeam. The author is a member of the ClickTeam development staff and provides useful insights for the novice as well as intermediate programmer. This is definitely a must read book for anyone using thes two products.
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing games in Minutes Nov. 17 2011
By Numonic - Published on Amazon.com
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Book came new with everything included. I bought this book a couple of years back but would definetely do business with them again!
2 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't get much use July 20 2008
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, I don't really know if this book is a good book or not. My son went off to tech camp last year to learn how to make video games. He came back all excited about his new found skills and continued to make games at home,so I bought him this book for Christmas. I don't even think he did more than scan through it and decide it was just too busy to take the time to read (he is a male and it was instructions). I definitely think it would be geared for a much older crowd (he was a very advanced 12yr old). Sorry I can't be more helpful than that.

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