How to Make a Zombie Game on Game Maker

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How to Make a Zombie Game on Game Maker
Make a zombie game the way you want! (zombie 48 image by chrisharvey from

Love zombies? Love video games? Do you have an idea for a zombie game or think you can make one better than those already available? You can make your very own zombie killing game with Game Maker by YoYoGames. So whip out your chainsaws and samurai swords, because this one is going to get bloody!

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Things you need

  • Image software such as Photoshop, Flash or Gimp.

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    Braaainstorm! Think of ideas for your zombie game. In addition to a storyline, plan for characters, levels, style and game type. Look at other zombie games and adapt your favourite aspects from those games while incorporating your own.

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    Outline your video game. Once you have your ideas brewing it's time to put them in a sequential format. Challenge your players by sorting your level or enemies' difficulty from easiest to hardest.

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    Set up your rules. Consider both the video game rules, such as your player's life count or damage meter, and the zombie rules, such as how fast they are or what happens when your hero is bitten.

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    Draw all the characters for your game. Use the image-creating software to create your "sprite," which is an object's image. Animate your sprites by slightly altering the character's pose and making a .gif.

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    Equip your hero and create obstacles by drawing miscellaneous sprites. If you want your hero to be able to pick up new weapons or extra lives, or have to dodge flying limbs or puddles of infected blood, you need to create a sprite for each one.

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    Design the levels your characters will roam in. The levels do not usually require much coding, so be sure to focus your designs on where your characters and objects will be in the level.

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    Make your characters playable by dragging and dropping the prewritten code called "actions" into each object's property sheet. Be sure to assign actions to every event, such as when a zombie attacks your hero.

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    Drop in actions for your weapon upgrades, extra lives and obstacles. Include actions to destroy the object and add or subtract value from the hero's properties.

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    Create a HUD, or heads-up display, to show your players how many lives and points they have, and what weapon is equipped. With large levels, code the "camera" so it will follow your character in a closer view.

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    Test your game by clicking the "Run" button.

Tips and warnings

  • -Use animation software like Flash or Toon Boom to smooth out your character's movements.
  • -To add a level of detail, show damage to the hero or zombies by assigning a new, damaged sprite for each time it gets hit. This way your zombies can lose arms and chunks of flesh.
  • -Keep learning. There are tons of tutorials online and even some great books that detail using Game Maker.
  • Don't get discouraged. Professional video games usually take hundreds of game makers who have gone through years of schooling. Even with a few buddies, this project may take a very long time.

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