Session- February 2020

Side Scroll Skills

Side scrolling games are 2D directional adventures.

This month you will build two side-scrolling games using two different platforms: Mario Editor and LevelHead. 

This month we will be the Scroller Skills Badge.

The Principle of Scaled Complexity

To make a GOOD sidescrolling game, you should introduce elements over time. When you play these kinds of games, they usually introduce one object at a time and then combine them with increasing complexity.

Trolling by make your game impossible does not sell most games. Therefore, you can only pass the following activities if another member or instructor can beat your level. You can’t get a badge by making impossible levels.

If you like to build hard levels, finish the activities first then you can go back and make hard levels.

1- Mario Editor

CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD. To play it, unzip the file to your Desktop.

Play the tutorial to learn how to use the software.

To complete this section, your game must have:

  • The Increasingly Complexity Pattern
  • 3 enemy types
  • 5 obstacle types
  • 5 item types
  • 2 scenes (use at least 1 pipe to warp)

At the end of the month, we will put everyone’s games in the same file and publish it to itch.io for download! (Game must be approved by instructors) 

2- Levelhead

To play it, log in to Steam and ask for a Steam key code.

Play through the gameplay tutorial (the first two levels). That unlocks your Workshop.

To complete this section, your game must have:

  • The Increasingly Complexity Pattern
  • 5 enemy types
  • 5 obstacle types
  • 5 checkpoints
  • 2 puzzles or challenges (using keys, items, etc to encourage problem solving)