Resources: Beginner Tutorials

If you’re looking for some great beginner tutorials besides AS3GameTuts’s Getting Started with AS3, or Pong, here is a list of some of my favorites:

Highly Recommended:

The Avoider Game Tutorial – Michael James Williams

This is basically the pinnacle of the flash gaming tutorials for beginners. Michael J Williams takes you through 12 easy-to-follow steps to make an Avoider game complete with many features. After you complete this you will feel very confident with the basics of AS3.

Other Great Tutorials:

How to Create a Brick Breaker Game in AS3 – Flash Game Tuts

This tutorial is from the website that gave me the inspiration for AS3 Game Tuts.  It is a very thorough tutorial on creating a Breakout style game in AS3. This site has many other helpful tutorials for all sorts of game styles.

AS3 101 – ActiveTuts+

So you want to figure out actionscript 3? This is the place to do it. It doesn’t teach you to make any specific games, but if you start from the beginning and read all the way to the end, you will be an actionscript pro.

Flash ball game creation tutorial – Emanuele Feronato

This is a quick tutorial that shows how to move a ball around using the arrow keys. Useful.

Number guessing game in AS3 – iLike2Flash

Create a simple higher-or-lower guessing game in Flash AS3

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials:

This 8 part tutorial series from the Kongregate will teach you to create a horizontal space shooter flash game in AS3. You can see what the result looks like by clicking here.

The AS3 tutorials don’t link to one-another, so bookmark this page if you need to and use this list of links to find each section.

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 1

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 2

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 3

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 4

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 5

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 6

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 7

Kongregate AS3 Shootorials – Part 8

If you know of any great beginner tutorials that I left out, please let me know in the comments so I can update the list.

And if you think you’re beyond the very basics, you might want to give my Platformer tutorials a try.

Thanks!

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10 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Programming

When you first start learning to program, there are a bunch of easy mistakes that make you waste time or lose motivation. Here is a list of my Top Ten Tips for new game programmers, which might save you a lot of time and trouble:

1. Start small

  • One of the all-time biggest mistakes for new programmers is to choose a massive project to be their first game (like a complete RPG)
  • I know it’s sometimes hard to hold yourself back, but a lot of people (myself included) have wasted time by trying to take on too big of a project in the beginning
  • Start with small, simple games, and work your way up to the big league once you know what you are doing

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