How to Make a Pixel Game
Pixel games are simple, classic video games where the graphics are made up of tiny squares, or “pixels”. They are easy to create and fun to play. Here is how to make your own pixel game.
Choosing a Game Design
The first step in creating a pixel game is to decide on a game design. Popular pixel game designs include:
- Platformers – Players control a character to jump over obstacles and defeat enemies on their way to the end of a level.
- Shooters – Players shoot enemies with weapons to defeat them.
- Puzzle – Players must figure out how to move key objects around the game in order to complete objectives.
- Side Scrollers – Players traverse a side scrolling course by jumping and ducking around obstacles to reach the end of the level.
Think about the type of game you would like to make and make a list of game elements that you need. This will make the development process much smoother.
Creating the Graphics
Pixel games are made up of square pixels, so you will need an image editing tool like Paint.NET to create your graphics. Decide on the size of the pixels and the number of pixels in each sprite. Sprite sheets are common for pixel games, where all the sprites for a game are combined in a single image. This will make it easier for you to create your animations.
Developing the Game
Once you have designed your sprites, you will need to create the game itself. For this, you will need a game development engine like GameMaker Studio. With GameMaker, you can create your levels and setup your game logic, such as enemy AI, enemy movement, and object interaction. You can also create a scripting system with GameMaker, which will allow you to create more complex game elements.
Testing and Launching
Once you have created your game, you will need to test it. Test your game multiple times to make sure it is playable and the levels are balanced. Test with different players to get feedback on different aspects of your game. Once you are satisfied with the results, you can launch your game and let players enjoy it.
Pixel games are easy to make and enjoyable to play. Now that you know how to make them, you can start creating your own pixel game!