How to Make a Strategy Flash Game

Written by eric benac
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Flash is a design software that can be used to create a wide variety of games. Strategy games are games that involve thinking ahead and planning your moves carefully. They range from board games such as chess to real-time, multiple-player games such as "World of Warcraft." Making a strategy game in Flash requires coming up with a good idea, designing the graphics, all the levels and the backgrounds and programming the actions of your characters and enemies.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Learn how to program using Flash. There are tutorials available online at sites such as Tutorialized and Flash Game Design. Make a few simple programs using the software before trying to make your own game.

  2. 2

    Pick the type of game you want to make. Choose a gaming mechanic on which to focus your game. Gaming mechanics vary between games. For example, "Tetris" has players making lines using geometric boxes. "Warcraft III" has players gathering gold and wood and attacking with fantasy-based creatures. Before you program your game, write out how your gaming elements interact on paper.

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    Draw all the game's visual elements on paper. Visual gaming elements should include levels, characters, enemies, backgrounds and any other visual element you need. Drawing them on paper makes it easier to design them in the game.

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    Use Flash to create your visual elements. If you are unable to create suitable artwork using Flash software, find someone who can. Let them create your visual elements to create a professional-looking game.

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    Program your gaming elements. These gaming elements include your characters' actions, the physics and the gaming mechanic. Characters' actions can include walking, jumping or any other action necessary in your games. Physics include gravity and inertia. Integrate your programming with your visual elements including the character sprites, the levels and backgrounds.

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    Play and test your game to make sure it has no bugs or programming errors. Bugs can include actions that cause the game to restart, graphical errors, problems with the controls or even poor implementation of your gaming mechanic. Look through your code to find the bugs. Fix the bugs in your programming as you find them.

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