How to Create Flash Games With Action Script 3.0

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How to Create Flash Games With Action Script 3.0
Creating a video game can be fun and rewarding. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

ActionScript 3.0 is an object-oriented language used mostly for Web and software design targeting the Adobe Flash Player platform. Video games created using the ActionScript programming have become very common for online gaming. Some websites, such as, are dedicated to showcasing this type of video game. With the right direction, determination and proper resources, almost anyone can develop Flash games using ActionScript 3.0.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Adobe Flash

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    Planning Your Flash Game

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    Plan out your game. Start with what kind of game it will be, such as shooter, puzzle, action, platform or something that doesn't even fit into a specific category. A lot goes into making video games so make sure you decide on your story, style, and game type before beginning to design your game.

  2. 2

    Sketch your game elements. Your video game will be filled with a world of characters, locations, items, storylines and music. Start sketching out idea of what you want all of these elements to look like. Be sure to tie in some sort of style between all the elements.

  3. 3

    Outline your game. Decide on what levels, upgrades, or bad guys you want to come first and last and fill it up in between with progressively more difficult elements. This will ensure keeping your players interested and challenged.

    Creating Graphics For Your Flash Game

  1. 1

    Draw your characters. Whether your good and bad guys are people, vehicles, plants or anything else you can think of, you'll need to draw each and every one of them. Use Adobe Flash to make an animation for each action your characters will take.

  2. 2

    Draw your levels. It doesn't matter if there are 100 short levels or one big, unending level, they all need to be drawn for your characters to roam.

  3. 3

    Draw all miscellaneous items. Objects that your character interacts with such as, obstacles, health upgrades and weapon upgrades need to be drawn and clearly show what they are and what effect they'll have on your character.

    Coding Your Flash Game

  1. 1

    Code your characters. Using ActionScript make sure that your playable characters have the ability to be controlled by the player and that your nonplayable characters will act on their own. Be sure to include a code for each action you want the characters to make and link them with the appropriate animation.

  2. 2

    Code you miscellaneous objects. You want to make any health or weapon upgrades have the ability to affect a character when they touch it. Use ActionScript to make sure the item disappears but a value goes up for the character.

  3. 3

    Code your levels. Follow your character close up by using ActionScript telling the game to view only a portion of the level and to follow your playable character. Make sure to create a heads-up-display so that your players can see the status of their characters including life, weapons equipped and where they are in the level.

  4. 4

    Test your game. Use the play movie feature in Adobe Flash to test out your video game and make any necessary changes.

Tips and warnings

  • Video games typically take a very long time and require a large staff to create.

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