The Game Maker's Apprentice

Game Development for Beginners

Authors: Habgood, Jacob, Overmars, Mark

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The 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. You can obtain more information by visiting book.gamemaker.nl.

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 book—plus a host of professional-quality graphics and sound effects that you can use in your own games.

About the authors

Jacob Habgood worked in the U.K. games industry for seven years, writing console games for Gremlin Interactive and Infogrames/Atari. During this time, he contributed to a wide range of titles and lead the programming teams on MicroMachines (PS2, X-Box and Game Cube) and Hogs of War (PlayStation). Jacob is now a doctoral student at the University of Nottingham, researching the educational potential of computer games. As part of this research, Jacob runs clubs and workshops teaching children and teenagers how to make their own computer games, providing free activities and resources through his website: www.gamelearning.net.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The desire to create computer games attracts many young people to computing. This book meets the needs of this group of readers and students very well. It is also a fine introduction to the making of computer games for the experienced software developer who always wondered how games were made. … There are excellent software development lessons that can be learned using this book … . the book provides a superb introduction to programming as well as to game construction." (Anthony J. Duben, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (5), May, 2008)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Welcome to Game Maker

    Habgood, Jacob (et al.)

    Pages 3-8

  • Your First Game: Devilishly Easy

    Habgood, Jacob (et al.)

    Pages 9-38

  • More Actions: A Galaxy of Possibilities

    Habgood, Jacob (et al.)

    Pages 41-63

  • Target the Player: It’s Fun Being Squished

    Habgood, Jacob (et al.)

    Pages 65-83

  • Game Design: Interactive Challenges

    Habgood, Jacob (et al.)

    Pages 85-98

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4302-0159-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-59059-615-9
  • book with CD
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Game Maker's Apprentice
Book Subtitle
Game Development for Beginners
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Apress
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-0159-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-0159-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-59059-615-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 311
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 150 illustrations in colour
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