My son is 10 years old and I’m trying to get him to think more logically. I’m also trying to introduce him to the concept of being a creator as well as a consumer. I’m trying to get him to experience the taste of putting a lot of time into something, and then the pride that goes with the finished product.
He’s always wanted to create a video game, so I read about game programming and found Contruct 2. It looks like a fantastic way to build a game without traditional coding syntax. I think many products like this exist; however, when I watched a couple YouTube videos (this and this) I was amazed!
We downloaded the free trial and started our first game last night, and it was pretty easy to put something extremely basic together. After an hour, we had a character running around, jumping on platforms, collecting cherries, and unlocking doors. Also, we were able to incorporate character animations for walking, jumping, and just standing. It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but it was functional and the development feedback loop was very fast.
Now, we just need to find an artist. 😉