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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.

Build Your Own Game 1

 

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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The latest version of GameMaker is called GameMaker:HTML5 and exports to HTML5 format which can be played in any modern web browser without any plugins like Flash. Additionally HTML5 games can be played on iOS and Android. One issue with HTML5 games is that for the most part they aren’t packaged into a single distributable file like Flash SWF files are. However, Google’s Swiffy Flash to HTML5 convert embeds all of the assets within a single file (so it is possible but that method is not widely used). In any event the GameMaker:HTML5 editor looks pretty complex and full featured. It has it’s own programming language similar to ActionScript which I assume either gets exported to Javascript or there is a Javascript interpret for it which allows it to be run in the browser.

There are a variety of HTML5 game examples built with their software for demo on their site. They even have what looks like an isometric social game combined with a tower defense game called Grave Maker which is pretty impressive. Currently they are charging $99 for GameMaker:HTML5 and it only runs on Windows for now. It also comes with it’s own animation studio image editor so that you don’t need any other software besides GameMake:HTML5 to begin building your game. Additionally because it is all built in Javascript you can plug in external Javscript libraries which allow you to do stats tracking (like Playtomic or Google Analytics) and you can also talk to a server for client/server games (or chat). Lots of possibilities here.

GameMaker:HTML5 lets you customize backgrounds, load up all of your own custom graphics, customize the player, the enemies, fonts, timelines, and pretty much everything down to the code itself. It is much more advanced than a simple game creator. However, the trade off is that it takes longer to build a full on game and you may need to know programming to be able to do that. With the make your own game engine by Pulado most of the hard part of actually creating the structure for the game is provided for the user which leaves them to the actual game design. In any event GameMaker:HTML5 looks like a really nice package.

The GameMaker:HTML5 client also supports collaboration between multiple people on a team using source control which is a really useful feature when you have more than one person working on the same game. According to their timeline they are also working on the ability to directly export iOS and Android app files for the HTML5 games which will save time from having to package the HTML5 games yourself.

Lastly here is a trailer video from them about GameMaker:HTML5. They demo games as broad as everything from Solitaire, to social games, to physics games, and many more all built in HTML5.

Check out the GameMaker:HTML5 client from YoYoGames for yourself here.