How to Make an Online Multiplayer Flash Game

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How to Make an Online Multiplayer Flash Game
Online multiplayer games are a great way to connect with people around the world. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

One of the main programs used for online game programming is Adobe Flash, which is an art, animation and interactive software development program that uses an object-based code called ActionScript. Game developers take advantage of the benefits of designing, animating and programming without have to jump to several defernt programs.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Flash

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    Planning Your Game

  1. 1

    Plan out the basics. There are many options on what type of multiplayer game you can make, such as fighter games, adventure games, launcher games and classic board or card games. Decide on how many players you want to be able to play your game at once.

  2. 2

    Plan out the details. Once you have the basics, elaborate on them by writing out details such as storyline, characters, overall style and levels.

  3. 3

    Outline your game. Create a list detailing how the game will play out chronologically and how the players will progress. Be sure to include how players will help or hinder each other during play.

    Designing Your Game

  1. 1

    Design the elements of your game. Use Adobe Flash's built-in drawing capabilities to create characters, levels, weapons or any other items you may need to include.

  2. 2

    Animate your elements. By using Adobe Flash's animation capabilities, animate every action you want your characters, weapons or other elements to take. Be sure to save each animated action in a separate movie clip by clicking create button and selecting movie clip.

  3. 3

    Draw and animate menus and cut-scenes. Every game should have menus with a start button and options menu. Also draw and animate any cut-scenes you want to use to flesh out the story.

    Building Your Game

  1. 1

    Code your elements. Using Flash's programming language, ActionScript, code your characters, weapons and levels. Be sure to use the different animations you created for different actions.

  2. 2

    Code your menus. Use ActionScript to give your players the ability to change difficulty, sound volume and start the game by coding the menus you've drawn.

  3. 3

    Test your game. Run the game from Adobe Flash to check for bugs and any gameplay that may not work smoothly. Correct anything that needs fixed.

  4. 4

    Enable multiplayer capability. Since you're creating an online multiplayer game, code your game so it can be played by more than one person over the Internet at the same time.

  5. 5

    Publish your game. Use your own website or a Flash game showcase site such as Newgrounds to publish your game and make it available for players worldwide. Be sure to get a friend with Internet access to test out the multiplayer aspect with you once it's published to the site.

Tips and warnings

  • Details on coding your game with ActionScript is beyond the scope of this tutorial, so use the resources or pick up some books from your local bookstore on flash game development.
  • Know that video games take a long time and a lot of people to create normally, so don't get discouraged if you find yourself having trouble at first.

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