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We’re going to take a look at a LEGO game creator that is hosted over at Miniclip. The game creator is built in Flash and outputs Flash based games. The game creator itself is pretty basic and for the most part consists of stringing together predefined levels into a new game. There doesn’t seem to be a way to build your own levels. You should be able to build and play games from this game creator on your Android device with the Flash Player.

There are three steps to this game creator. The steps are Make Your Level, Make Your Dice, and then Play Your Game. You can also share the game that you create with your friends. The games that you can create with this game maker tool are run and jump platformer games. You can only customize about 5% of the game in this game creator (mainly stringing levels together). You can also customize what the dice does (which acts as a powerup) on the second step of the game builder. There is no ability to customize the graphics or upload your own graphics with this game builder. However, this build your own game tool is free so that is a plus. For a game builder tool where you can upload and customize your own graphics you can make your own game for free with Pulado.

Make Your Own Lego Game 1

You first choose the Make option which allows you to drag and drop 5 levels into a string of levels at the bottom of your screen. You get to choose levels from 3 different LEGO themes. The themes are based on the LEGO board games that you can build and play yourself. They are Minotaurus, Atlantis Treasure, and Pirate Plank. As you might have guessed these themes are based on the minotaur Greek myth, the Atlantis myth, and of coarse pirates. The 5 different levels that you drag together creator one long level with no loading screen between. You seamlessly transition from one level to the next. There are about 30 different levels to choose from total which means there are way over 900 different combinations for you to choose from.

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In the next step of this LEGO game creator you get to choose what the dice powerup will do. The dice has six sides and you place a different powerup on each side of the dice. You can also click the auto fill button which will random place powerups on all six sides of the dice. The powerup options for you to choose from are “Next room, double coins”, “20 bonus coins”, “10 bonus coins”, “1 extra life”, “Rewind time 10 seconds”, “Rewind time 5 seconds”, “Lose 10 coins”, and “Lose a life”. Once you drag a powerup into each of the 6 slots on the dice you can move on to testing your game.

Make Your Own Lego Game 1

 

The last step in this game builder is to actually play and test your game to make sure that it is fun. You can always go back and re-arrange the levels and update what powerups are on the powerup dice as well. You can also share your game at this point with your friends. The are option lets you send a code to your friends (and of coarse the URL for the game builder). They can come to the game builder and unlock your game with the special code.

Lego Game Maker

 

And that is all there is to it. The LEGO games that you create with this tool are pretty fun platform games where you dodge enemies, pick up coins, collect powerups, and more. What are you waiting for? Get started making your own LEGO game by clicking here.

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Nick.com has a whole bunch of these build your own game creators based on various properties they have like Spongebob and iCarly. The game creator we will be focusing on for this post is their ‘The Last Airbender’ game creator. The game builder is built in Flash and it publishes out to a Flash client as well which means you could built and play these games on your Android devices (a tablet would probably be better than a phone because of the bigger screen size). The game builder doesn’t allow you to customize any of your own graphics for the game but it does lead you through six steps to building and publishing your game. You can only provide about 5% of the actually game with 95% of the game being provided for you. The six steps to create a game with this game creator are World, Level, Hero, Music, Goal, and Builder.

In the World tab you can choose from various environments from the movie including a snowy land and three other various mountain lands. Whatever one you choose becomes the background of your game. It also handles it’s own parallax which means there are three layers in there but that is all handled internally inside the game engine so you don’t have to setup all three of the layers yourself. With the Pulado create your own game engine you can control all three layers for a parallax. The next section is the level section where you choose from 5 different maps that are pre-built. Once you choose a level you can then choose one of four heroes from the Hero section. On the next tab after that you choose one of four music tracks for your level.

And of coarse the fifth tab is the Goal tab where you can choose what you would like the goal of the level to be. Your choices are Reach the Door, Collect them All, and Defeat All Enemies. They are pretty self explanatory. Reach the Door lets you drop a door on your map and the player has to get to the door to win. Collect them All requires that the player collect all of the items that you designate for them to collect. When you choose this option it creates a bunch of random items on the map for you. And finally Defeat all Enemies means you must destroy all of the enemies on the map to beat the level. When you choose this option it creates a bunch of random enemies on the map for you to defeat.

Finally there is the Builder tab where you can complete customizing your game. You can add on to the existing level by adding new walls, floors, decorations, and enemies if you want to. You can also choose where you want the player character to start the  game. You can zoom in and out to make it easier to edit the map as well. You can test your map here as well to see how the level plays and if it still needs tweaking you can come back and tweak the map some more before publishing it. Once you have your map exactly how you like it you can publish it and other people will be able to play it.

Head on over and start build your own flash game based on ‘The Last Airbender’ here.

One of the big boys on the block (that I know of) in the game creator business is Sploder. Sploder has been around since mid 2006 and I think they literally have tens of thousands of games built with their game creator. Originally it started out with one game creation wizard where you can create classic shooter type of games. Lately however they have expanded to include four different game creators: Platform Creator, Physics Puzzle Maker, The Algorithm Crew, and Classic Shooter. Another good thing about Sploder is there is no download AND you can even start creating games without registering. Sploder generates Flash games which you can embed on your own site or you can play them in your Android web browser.

Classic Shooter gives you one space ship which shoots and then you build out your level for it to fly around it. It has all kinds of things it can shoot at, powerups to pick up, and levels to run through (all designed by you of coarse). It has a sci fi space them and custom graphics can not be added. Additionally it has a robot version instead of a spaceship.

The Algorithm Crew is kind of a top down dungeon maze game creator (in 3D). It has a Generate Maze button which auto builds out a maze for your players to run through (or you can build it yourself). It mainly has a sci-fi theme and custom graphics can not be added.

Physics Puzzle Maker looks like it is for creating games like Angry Birds or platform games (or really any similar physics based Flash game). It has a huge number of options and different physics actions. Not only that but it has custom graphics which you can assign to elements in your game. All of the custom graphics seem like they have to be created in an editor provided by Sploder but the editor seems to support animation as well so it isn’t too much of an issue to draw up some custom graphics (Pulado allows for custom graphics).

Platform Creator is a pretty advanced platform game creator with all kinds of different options like vehicles, caves, tunnels, armor, extra lives, guns, whips, and many more cool toys for you to add into your games. Everything is drag and drop and it has a huge number of tile graphics for you to use to customize your game. I’m not sure if they are procedurally generated via a random seed or what but I literally scrolled through thousands of tiles. There are 10-20 spacey and dungeony kind of backgrounds which remind me a lot of Samurai Jack art style. In any event this is probably by favorite game creator of the four on Sploder’s site. No custom graphics here but a wide variety to choose from.

Overall I would recommend Sploder if you are into hand crafting your levels or if the game builder IS the game for you. Check it out here.