Demystifying Construct 3


Construct 3 allows you to easily make games for HTML websites, and export to all kinds of platforms. It's free, fully contained in-browser, and no installation required, so it works on Macs too! Construct 2, also made by Scirra, is a downloadable program (for Windows only) that works in much the same way as Construct 3. 

Both Construct 2 and 3 come with incredibly useful tutorials that I highly suggest following, as well as a few example games that you can tweak to get the feel of it. Scirra also has additional tutorials that are incredibly helpful, and if you need help on a specific niche issue, the Scirra Forums provide a lot of assistance, guides, and plugins.

Let's get started making your first game. We'll be making a Snowball Fight demo game. You'll learn everything you need to know to make a simple game!

SEE THE FINISHED GAME

It's helpful to know what we're heading towards, so click here to open the finished game!  (Art assets made by Patrick Owens on Tumblr. You can find them here: https://po-art.tumblr.com)

Then you can see what we're aiming for: a player who looks at the mouse, moves with the arrows keys, and shoots monsters with the mouse.

GETTING STARTED

If you're not already looking at a fresh copy of Construct 3, simply visit editor.construct.net. That's right, Construct 3 runs right in your browser! There is nothing to install or set up. If you see an error, check the system requirements page, you might need to update your browser or system.

CREATE A NEW PROJECT

Click the New project button. A dialog will appear asking for some details. You don't have to change anything, but you can type in a name for your project if you like (how about My First Game?). Click Create and you should see a new empty project something like this.

A new empty project in Construct 3


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