The Game Maker's Apprentice
Game Makers Apprentice shows you how to create nine exciting games using the
wildly popular Game Maker game creation tool. This book covers a range of genres,
including action, adventure, and puzzle games complete with professional quality
sound effects and visuals. It discusses game design theory and features practical
examples of how this can be applied to making games that are more fun to play.
Game Maker allows games to be created using a simple drag-and-drop interface,
so you don't need to have any prior coding experience. It includes an optional
programming language for adding advanced features to your games, when you feel
ready to do so.
The authors include the creator of the Game Maker tool and a former professional
game programmer, so you'll glean understanding from their expertise. The book also
includes a DVD containing Game Maker software and all of the game projects that
are created in the bookplus a host of professional-quality graphics and sound
effects that you can use in your own games.
As you progress through this book you'll build a series of excellent games
that you might never have even dreamed you could be capable of creating right
now. The instructions are clear and concise, but also encourage you to experiment
with your own designs. For example your version of the captivating and original
Koalabr8 game (Chapter 7) will almost certainly be a unique piece of software.
The crazy devices you invent, and the way you lay out your levels, will certainly
differ from mine. Watch out for Lazarus too (Chapter 4) it may interest you to
know that this eponymous hero first appeared in Jacob's student portfolio, and
was partly responsible for securing his first programming job in the industry!
Alexander Aris of Oxford, United Kingdom says,"The Game Maker's Apprentice
has to be one of my most eagerly awaited Computer Book purchases for quite
sometime. The fabulous presentation and great use of terminology, really makes
it a joy to read. Each chapter guides you through gently, in order to achieve
more confidence into creating your own game or project. Each page is colourful
and the beautiful illustrations brings things to life.
"The book is accompanied by a great CD with all of the examples, resources
and Game Maker itself, which is really easy to get into. Within no time at all,
you'll get used to it's interface and workings. The tutorials start you off
with the basics and progressively bring you to the wonderfully powerful Game
Maker Language (GML). So not only can you create games using a Drag 'n' Drop
interface, you can also use a powerful programming language as well. All of
this is included in the unregistered version, but by paying an ever so
reasonable registration fee, you unlock the full potential of Game Maker.
"I used Game Maker to create my first ever PC game, Bugsy. The Game Maker
Forum helped me out when I came across a problem or a bug I couldn't resolve.
There a lots of games and projects created with this wonderful program. You
will also find many other sites across the Internet that provide helpful
advice and tutorials. Not forgetting the official Game Maker site run and
hosted by Mark Overmars.
"The books co-writer, Jacob Habgood, has made a marvellous job along side
Mark, to make this a very interesting book indeed. You might also be interested
to know, that another book covering the Game Maker theme,
Basic Game Design and Creation by Namu Swamy is available as well. This also
brings you to the Game Maker stable to learn some very easy steps into the basics
of game design without it appearing too boring or tiresome. Your gaming ideas
and projects start here!"