How to Make a Flash Game From Scratch

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How to Make a Flash Game From Scratch
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Building a Flash game can be done by anyone that has basic computer knowledge. It does not require any game programming or computer science know-how, which is why many people build games using the Flash platform. The first step you must take in building a Flash-based game is deciding on what kind of game you want to build. Maybe you want to build a fighting game or maybe a skateboarding game. Whatever your idea is, it is best to have a some idea as to what you want to make before going into the project.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open your Flash program and start a new project. Make sure that you save it and name it something that you will remember.

  2. 2

    Build characters and objects by using the paintbrush and pencil tools in the toolbar.

  3. 3

    Animate the objects by creating "Actionscripts." Every animation is a script that will cause a character to move. Click "new frame" under the timeline menu. Slightly move the character with each new frame. Repeat this process to make an object appear like it is walking, fighting or moving.

  4. 4

    Build other objects that will interact with the character. The building process is the same as building and animating a character.

  5. 5

    Design a background by creating it in the timeline bar. Design it using the pencil and brush tools.

  6. 6

    Test the game by going to "Control," then "Test."

  7. 7

    Save the final product.

Tips and warnings

  • Save your progress constantly.
  • If you have a very slow computer, it may load during the creation of animations.

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