Help my kid make a flash game
June 6, 2011 8:49 AM   Subscribe

After spending more time on them than he should, my 7 year old has decided that he wants to make his own flash game. I have done the obligatory googling without finding anything obviously suitable. Are there any applications out there (free or $) designed or suited for kids? I don't imagine that he will be making anything from scratch, but assume there are some drag and drop applications out there with which he can have fun. Thanks.
posted by magwich to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have any experience with this, but JumpCraft is designed by a friend of a friend. From the video, it looks like a fairly kid-friendly way to make a 2D sidescroller.
posted by segfault at 8:52 AM on June 6, 2011

Does it have to be flash? My kids have had fun with Gamestar Mechanic.
posted by not that girl at 8:55 AM on June 6, 2011

Stencyl was just released and looks to be at least marginally kid-friendly. Might also want to take a look at Scratch.
posted by aparrish at 9:00 AM on June 6, 2011

Scratch is definitely what you're looking for.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:07 AM on June 6, 2011 [3 favorites]

Seconding Scratch.
posted by ambulatorybird at 9:31 AM on June 6, 2011

Game Maker (not flash, but relatively easy). Memail me if you want the notes from a workshop I do on this for middle schoolers.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:39 AM on June 6, 2011

Was coming in to say that he certainly could make it "from Scratch." My 11 year old made a minimal game with Scratch needing very little coaching or outside reading. It's pretty easy once you get how the instruction blocks work.
posted by cross_impact at 11:08 AM on June 6, 2011

Echoing Scratch. We put it on all out student laptops and our middle school students us it in class. It's geared exactly to what you want.
posted by jmd82 at 11:19 AM on June 6, 2011

Kodu is another educational game development platform that could be worth looking into.
posted by samsara at 1:14 PM on June 6, 2011

My daughter took a video game design summer camp course last year and used "MultiMedia Fusion 2 by ClickTeam" which seemed to be a pretty simple drag and drop, if-then based program.
posted by Gucky at 4:21 PM on June 6, 2011

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