Tag Archive: platformer

I’ve looked at this Citrus Engine which is a platform game creator built with and for Flash before but previously it was not free to use. I check back in with it today and discovered that it is now perfectly free to use. I would assume that you need to be a somewhat experienced developer to be able to use the Citrus Engine because it uses ActionScript 3 but it also has a drag and drop Level Architect. The demo game on the homepage of their site is really really nice. Super smooth and contains very simple platform style functionality such as jumping and collecting items. And because it is built in Flash that means it will run on Android devices (and it might be possible to compile it in AIR for Android and iOS).

Here is a screen shot of the Level Architect that you could use to design levels for use in the Citrus Engine. According to their blog there are also other level editors available for the engine. Emanuele Feronato also has a blog post titled How to create a Flash platformer using Citrus Engine which shows how to build a simple level with Citrus Engine. It looks like he does it via code however. The level editor is also built in Adobe AIR.

I didn’t really want to dig into this platform creator when they were charging for it but now that it is free I’m sure I will find a project to use it with. If you aren’t quite into the coding part of creating games yet or if you just want to quickly prototype ideas before building your game in Citrus you might try to make your own games with the Pulado game designer first. If you run into the need for more advanced features and as you become more experiences with creating games then you could dive in and make something truely magical with the Citrus Engine.

Head over and test out the Citrus Engine for yourself 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.