Tag Archive: scratch

Slashdot has a question up titled “Ask Slashdot: Tools For Teaching High School Kids How To Make Games?” which asks what would be a good game engine to use with a high school class to make some games. Here is a rundown of all of the game creators we’ve posted about on this blog so far. I really recommend the first three (Gamestar, Sploder, and Pulado) for getting your game design on and then the second four (Stencyl, Construct 2, GameSalad, and Unity 3d) for getting your game programming on.

http://www.gamestarmechanic.com/ GameStar — web client — publishes to web/flash — free
http://www.sploder.com/ Sploder– web client — publishes to web/flash — free
http://www.pulado.com/ Pulado (make your own games) — web client — publishes to web/flash/cloud — free

http://www.stencyl.com/ Stencyl — desktop client — publishes to web/flash/ios — free
http://www.scirra.com/ Construct 2 — desktop client — publishes to web/HTML5 — free and paid
http://www.gamesalad.com/ GameSalad — desktop mac client — publishes to web/HTML5/android/ios — free and paid
http://www.unity3d.com/ Unity 3D — desktop client — publishes to web/flash/android/ios — free and paid

http://marketsmaster.org/flash_professional_8/ Flash 8 — desktop client — publishes to web/flash/android — free and paid
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=flash Flash Pro CS5.5 — desktop client — publishes to web/flash/android/ios — free and paid

http://www.gamegonzo.com/create/ GameGonzo — web client — publishes to web/flash — free
http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/html5 GameMaker — desktop client — publishes to web/HTML5 — free and paid
http://www.sharendipity.com/ Sharendipity– web client — publishes to web/flash — free
http://www.pictogame.com/ PictoGame– web client — publishes to web/flash — free
http://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch  — desktop client — publishes to web/java — free
http://starwarsgamecreator.cartoonnetwork.com/ Star Wars — web client — publishes to web/flash — free
http://www.nick.com/games/spongebob-game-builder/ SpongeBob — web client — publishes to web/flash — free

I have also includes links to Flash 8 and Adobe Flash Pro CS5.5. Flash 8 is much more suited to artists and simple coding while Flash Pro CS5.5 is the latest version which is more suited to programmers and also publishes games to Android and iOS. There are all kinds of tutorials for building games straight in Flash (without any other frameworks).

Scratch is a projected hosted at MIT that is an interactive story, game, music, and art create. Users download a client which is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and then create their masterpiece. The interactive games are then published to the Scratch website where they can be played in the web browser. They are published in Java (verses Flash like our Make Your Own Games engine on Pulado). According to their website there are over 2,200,000 published interactive projects on their site from almost a million members. That is quite a few games created with a game creator software.

Apparently lots of elementry schools use Scratch in the classroom to teach interactive story, game creation, and even programming. It has a simple code interface where you drag blocks of code together and change variables. Java produces some pretty unpolished graphics but with the right tools some nice looking games could probably be produced with Scratch. Scratch seems to be much more open then a lot of other game creators out there in that you can create or add all of your own custom graphics. In fact it looks like that is the main source of graphics for Scratch (things that you make yourself).

Scratch has a huge community of users in multiple different languages from around the world. They also have all kinds of video tutorials linked on their website on how to use Scratch. There doesn’t seem to be any mention of mobile on their site as I think it is more geared towards being a learning tool than anything else.

Check out Scratch for yourself on MIT’s website here.