The Games Factory

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Once you figure out the interface, you can build professional-looking games with The Games Factory. However, it's a long slog. The program comes with background elements, active objects, and even some animated characters. You can choose to include functions such as the boss key (F5) or instructions (F1), but you can't change key assignments. Neither of the options for the Jump action is the intuitive up arrow.

The help is spotty. It refers to the Multimedia Level as the "game level." Also, it says you can include sound files, but it doesn't tell you how. According to the Lectures file we downloaded from the publisher's site, the program imports MIDI soundtracks and WAV samples. Importable image files include PCX, BMP, IFF, RLE, and DIB. The animation editor will bring in existing FLI or FLC files.

The trial version lets you build and test a game, but you can't export it as a standalone file or as a Web game. Buying the Home version allows you to distribute games and screensavers for free, whereas the Pro version adds the right to charge for your creations. Aspiring game designers with patience and time might find The Games Factory useful.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2 build D240

General

Release November 8, 2008
Date Added July 18, 2006
Version 2 build D240

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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Total Downloads 334,258
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

Get ready to amaze your friends and family! Be ready to hear, "How did you do that?" Nothing beats the feeling you get when you complete your first game and other people play it. Nothing is more inspiring than having people anticipate your next creation. Make your computer into a games factory today! The Games factory 2 is the follow up to the hugely successful Games Factory. The Games Factory's simpler interface and controls can be a great way for adults and children to get started in the fun, educational, and rewarding, world of Click creation! The Games Factory provides everything you need to manufacture Arcade games, Platform games, Adventures, Screen Savers. You simply click on an object, drag it to the play field, and click on the action it should perform. We supply all the heroes, monsters, powerups, and other objects you need, plus the sound and music for your games. Of course, you can easily add your own, custom items if you choose.