There’s only one thing better than learning through games, and that’s learning through MAKING games. Even the simplest 2D platform requires the application of skills like Design, Understanding an Audience, Storytelling, Communication of a Concept through Visual Language…not to mention Creativity and Innovation. But making games is complicated, right? And expensive?
Not really. In fact, with the free, online tools that are out there now, any ten year old can have a shot at making a game.
Gamefroot is a fantastic toolbox for making nice-looking platform games.
It’s simple to use. There are numerous art and gameplay assets to choose from…
…and the key advantage with Gamefroot is that you can share your work to the iPhone.
While also free, Scratch is a downloadable rather than online resource. So you’re going to need a little space on your hard-drive. Not much, though.
This should give you a decent idea of what’s possible in Scratch, at least on the storytelling front.
…but it’s free, online, and a great introduction into the thriving market of Flash games.
And there we have a dabble in the deep, dark waters of game making. Anyone of the above resources allows you to create games that beat the living snot out of the old Atari 600XL offerings that I enjoyed so much back in the eighties.
Happy game making, all!
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