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Make Amazing Games in Minutes (Charles River Media Game Development) Paperback – 13 Nov 2005


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  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; Pap/Cdr edition (13 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584504072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584504078
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jason Darby (Bromsgrove, UK) has been making and designing his own games/applications for over a decade. He has written a number of game/screensaver creation articles in a several PC magazines including PC Format, Retro Gamer and PC Answers.

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I bought this book to learn how to use the software so I could teach my students. The failings are the lack of images and sometimes the lack of explanation of why. You will come out knowing how to create some games but not didn't always know why you had to perform some actions.

The book has very detailed written explanations but if you are more of a visual person like me you will find yourself spending more time reading than you would like. For a good start use the tutorial on the software, this book does allow you to create different types of games which is a bonus.

The big plus about this book is the CD. It has examples and images for your library which is a great. I have not found a better book at this time but be warned it is not for kids even though the software is.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Malling on 4 May 2007
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This book ticked three firsts for me! It was the first computer book I actually finished (I've tried dozens), it was the first computer book I actually understood and finally it was the first computer book I enjoyed. Not bad! The book (with demo software) gave a great insight into both making games and The Games Factory 2. If you've ever considered making your own game then look no further than this book. It holds your hand without being patronising. A book that totally delivers!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Create Games with a Click of the Mouse!!! 10 April 2006
By Paul Boland - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I am interested in game development. This book looks at creating games with Clickteams fortcoming software development tool, The Games Factory 2 and MultiMedia Fusion 2. There is a demo of the software supplied on the CD that comes with the book so you don't have to wait for the software to ship (which it will soon) before you can follow the demos.

The book takes you through the creation of a number of games, from simple space invaders to complex platform games, all with a click of the mouse. Yes, you read that right, TGF 2 allows you to create any game in any genre using nothing but the mouse!! There is no complex code to write, no variables to set up, no arrays to initialise... If you can pick an option from a popup menu, you can create any games and applications you want.

The book takes you through the creation of these games in an easy to follow step by step format and the chapters cover everything from a look at TGF 2's interface to how to code your first game. There is also a discussion on gaming in general which will point you in the right direction and show you the Do's and Don't's.

A very easy to read book which is packed to bursting with information on game creation. And not a single line of coding in sight (as long as you don't count the expressions for performing maths ;) ).

Want to make games?

Don't want to learn code?

BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent instruction book for beginning game makers 15 April 2010
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This book is a very informative book on the inside workings of how to use ClickTeam's programming products. It is a must read for anyone interested in creating click and drag programming for creating casual games. After reading this book I have much better knowledge of the inside workings of both The Game Factory and Multimedia Fusion the two progrmming products offered by ClickTeam. The author is a member of the ClickTeam development staff and provides useful insights for the novice as well as intermediate programmer. This is definitely a must read book for anyone using thes two products.
Amazing games in Minutes 17 Nov. 2011
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Book came new with everything included. I bought this book a couple of years back but would definetely do business with them again!
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didn't get much use 20 July 2008
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, I don't really know if this book is a good book or not. My son went off to tech camp last year to learn how to make video games. He came back all excited about his new found skills and continued to make games at home,so I bought him this book for Christmas. I don't even think he did more than scan through it and decide it was just too busy to take the time to read (he is a male and it was instructions). I definitely think it would be geared for a much older crowd (he was a very advanced 12yr old). Sorry I can't be more helpful than that.
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