For middle school kids designing their own computer game is a great way to not only have a great time but also learn something. To get started we need to install YoYo GameMaker. There are version for Windows and Mac available.
Do you want to develop computer games without spending countless hours learning how to become a programmer? Then you’ve come to the right place. Game Maker allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code. Making games with Game Maker is a lot of fun.
Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions, you can create professional looking games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games! And when you’ve become more experienced, there is a built-in programming language, which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with Game Maker. What is best, is the fact that Game Maker can be used free of charge.
You can do anything you want with the games you produce, you can even sell them! Also, if you register your copy of Game Maker, you can unlock extra functions, which extend the capabilities of the program. Game Maker comes preloaded with a collection of freeware images and sounds to get you started.
The full version of Yo Yo Game Maker costs $25, but the lite version will do everything we need for our current project. The full version is a great investment though and it is also worth it to support YoYo Games. We have two copies of the full version software here. Tomorrow we will start designing our game.