• Liona De

Making your own game can seem like a daunting task to take on. However, if you have the creative talent and strong pursuit, creating a flash video game can be an achievable goal. It just requires a little hard work and creative effort.

The first thing to do when making a flash game, is think about your game on paper. Before any coding or animation steps are tackled, it is necessary to understand the end game or goal of the game you want to create. This requires sitting down with a notepad and pen and start jotting down general ideas of what kind of game you envision to create. Do you want to create an endless runner? A brawler? A puzzle game? An RPG? Pick a genre or type before tackling the programming aspect. Create your characters, sketch out your concept art and know exactly in your head what you plan on creating before you attempt to make it. 

The next thing you should try to do is familiarize yourself with the program Flash. Flash, while being an extremely useful program, is definitely limited in its abilities. Most games made with flash are most suited for 2D games. Therefore, if you are attempting to create a 3D game, you might find yourself in a bit of a problematic situation. It is not impossible, but it would be best to commit yourself to a 2D medium game if you are determined to use Flash. Also, it is good to know that most people who make flash games create games that are relatively short so that people can play them quickly when they have a break at work or when they are bored. The average Flash game is 15 to 20 minutes. So, make sure whatever your game goals are fit into the scope of that length.

Flash games are programmed in AS3, so it is necessary that you learn this program at least a little so that you can successfully make a game. The good news is you can create a simple game even with a small understanding of AS3. There are many online resources and books that you can use to learn this programming. Go on Amazon to order an array of books that will help you learn the program. It might be difficult at first but if you keep dedicating yourself to the craft, you will learn all you need to know to make a flash game. 

The next step is just to make sure you download Flash Professional. That is the only program you will need to make a Flash game. Once you have the program, you can get started on creating your game. Make sure you take it seriously and don’t get discouraged if the computer programming aspects of game making are new and daunting. This skill will come with practice and time. Just make sure to keep your creative passion strong and you are sure to make an amazing Flash game in time. Happy Game Making!