Game Maker: Top Down Car Game (Part 1)

In this tutorial I will teach you how to make a simple top down car game, in Game Maker 8. The game will look similar to anyone who saw the early GTA games. The game will consist of a car which can be driven around a track.
For this game, you should have a basic knowledge of Game Maker Drag & Drop, and a version of Game Maker eight Pro.

How long this will take is depending on your skill level and whether or not you use already made sprites or create your own. If you use  already made and have some experience you could probably whip through this in a matter of minutes. If you have never made a game, or create your own sprites it could take a bit longer


If you do not have Game Maker 8 you can download it here


Step 1: Creating a New Game

First of all make sure that you are in a new game, and that you are on advanced mode. If you are skip the rest of this chapter. If you are not in a new game, or are not sure, click on file at the top left of the screen and click ‘new’ on the drop down screen. Alternatively you can press the button that looks like a blank sheet of paper.


To check if you are on advanced mode, press the ‘Advanced Mode’ button also in the ‘file’ drop down list. If the ‘Advanced Mode’ has a tick next to it, it means the game is running in Advanced Mode (which is what we want). If it does not have a tick, press it and a tick should appear.


Step 2: Creating a Room

OK, now that’s out of the way we can actually start to create something. Click the ‘create a room’ button on the top bar, the one that looks like a white and blue box.


This is the room that our game will be set and played in. A room is like the playground, where all the action takes place. Just like football, there cannot be a game if there isn’t a pitch.


In your room you should notice a few things: A grey background; a grid; and a menu at the side with various tabs.


The first thing we want to do is make the background a bit more appealing. To do this we click on the backgrounds tab. Do not be put of by all the options the only thing that we need to worry about is the top one, ‘draw background colour’. Click on the grey box and a colour window should appear. We now choose a colour that will be the background colour of our room. You should choose something that isn’t too eye straining, something that is light and colourful. I am going to choose the third colour on the top row for my game, a light green colour. Select your colour and press the ‘OK’ button.

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