One of the best ways to start out building games is to build levels in an existing game first. Over at Fupa.com they have a flash game called “Fupa Kingdoms: Defense” and it allows you to build your own tower defense maps and then publish them for other people to play. There are over 2,300 maps created by other users for you to rate and play. You can customize the background of the map with all kinds of different tiles including grass, dirt, sand, water and more. Another customizable option is the path that the enemies in the tower defense game will follow (you get a path editor for that). You can also customize the look and feel of the towers which you can build on the map.

Up to six different towers can be defined in your game. You can customize the base and turret part of the tower. You can also choose what projectile the tower will shoot from around 15 different options. You also control the range, speed, cost, damage, and what the upgrade options are for the tower. On the surface it appears like there are only a few options to customize but as you dig deeper it really does open up a huge number of options that can be tweaked for your tower defense game. If you want to make your own game that is not a tower defense game go check out the Pulado engine.

In the enemies editor you can create up to 20 different enemies by changing their body and face. There are literally thousands of different combinations to choose from. Once you set up your enemies you can proceed to creating the different waves will the player will have to defend against. You can customize the enemy wave count, speed, hit points, what score they give off, and how much money they drop when you destroy them. Lots of options.

Some of the last few options that you can configure for your tower defense map is the music for the map and how much money the player should start out with (with one of the options being unlimited money). You can preview your map to see if it is just right and then you can go back and tweak it if it is not. Once it is done you can choose Save Map and it will go into a database where other users can rate your map. Once enough have rated it, it will go into the giant list of other maps for people to play. You can also embed your custom map creation on your own site where people can play your tower defense map.

Head on over and start building your own tower defense game!

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