The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners by Jacob HabgoodThe Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners by Jacob Habgood

The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners

byJacob Habgood, Mark Overmars

Hardcover | July 20, 2006

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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

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.

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 ...
Title:The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for BeginnersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:311 pages, 25.4 × 17.8 × 0.01 inPublished:July 20, 2006Publisher:APRESS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590596153

ISBN - 13:9781590596159

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Program and a Perfect Book I first found a download for gamemaker 6.0 a year ago, and loved it right away, although I did not know how to use it. I looked up a tutorial, and found this, buying it on the spot. It contains all of the essential materials for learning how to design your own games in multiple steps. At times it seemed too thourough, and at other times it didn't seem quite thourough enough although you could still understand what they were trying to tell you. Everything you need is included on a disc that comes with the book including sprites and scripts. The program is perfectly modeled, and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to make games. The only downside is that you have to pay an additional $20 online to register the product and access multiple other features, which is what brings it from a massive five too a normal four. Other than that - game maker is one of the best game design programs out there.
Date published: 2008-02-15

Table of Contents

Getting Started.- Welcome to Game Maker.- Your First Game: Devilishly Easy.- Action Games.- More Actions: A Galaxy of Possibilities.- Target the Player: It's Fun Being Squished.- Game Design: Interactive Challenges.- Level Design.- Inheriting Events: Mother of Pearl.- Maze Games: More Cute Things in Peril.- Game Design: Levels and Features.- Multiplayer Games.- Cooperative Games: Flying Planes.- Competitive Games: Playing Fair with Tanks.- Game Design: Balance in Multiplayer Games.- Enemies and Intelligence.- GML: Become a Programmer.- Clever Computers: Playing Tic-Tac-Toe.- Intelligent Behavior: Animating the Dead.- Final Words.