Flash Builder Game Tutorial

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Flash Builder Game Tutorial
Create exciting games that can be used on your computer. (James Woodson/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Adobe Flash is a development environment that is primarily used to create rich media for Web applications. The versatile program can be used in a variety of ways, including game development. In order to create games using Adobe Flash, it is helpful to have a background in computer programming, specifically in ActionScript3. With a knowledge of ActionScript3, creativity, and some free time, it is easy to make games with Flash.

Skill level:
Challenging

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Things you need

  • Adobe Flash Professional CS5

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Design your game, write down ideas, characters, settings and rules.

  2. 2

    Open Adobe Flash Professional CS5 and select "New Project."

  3. 3

    Insert the graphics that will serve as the setting background by selecting "Layers" and "Background Graphics." Your background graphic will be inserted into the main window. To adjust the placement of the graphic click once on it to highlight it, and press a second time to drag it into place.

  4. 4

    Insert your characters, by selecting "Layers" and "Foreground Graphics." In programming, characters are referred to as "sprites," or images that are separate from the still image that serves as the background.

  5. 5

    Select "Window" from the tool bar at the top and click "Actions" to open a text box for programming.

  6. 6

    Insert your ActionScript3 code that will shape your game. Adhere to the standard rules of ActionScript3 programming. An example of acceptable ActionScript3 code follows:

    function show Message(){

      trace("Hello eHow World!");
    

    }

    show Message();

  7. 7

    Add additional animation to your game by clicking a graphic, then selecting "Layers" and "Add a control." Select sprites that you inserted and add motion with the toolbox that appears on the right hand side of the screen. "Add a control" is the function which defines the physics of your game for your sprites.

  8. 8

    Hit "F5" to run your program and check it for errors.

  9. 9

    Click "File" and "Save As..." to save your completed game.

Tips and warnings

  • Share your games with others by putting them on the Internet.
  • Adobe Flash can cause your computer to become unstable if improper code is inserted into a program.

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