How to Learn Construct 3? Next Steps for Beginners

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This first category allows you to open up complete projects of various game types.

Those games are all commented, giving indications on how they are implemented, so you may want to check them out to get ideas of game mechanics and what Construct can allow you to do in your own game.

Kiwi Story

Kiwi Story is a platformer game using a pixel art style of graphics.

  • Use the arrow keys to move your character around.
  • Use the Z key to jump. The jump depends on the “length of time” you keep the key pressed. The longer you press it, the higher your character will jump, akin to the way jump is implemented in a game like Super Mario Bros.
  • Use the up arrow key to enter doors in the levels, taking you to other parts of the level.

Beetles act as collectable objects and Kiwis act as health power-ups.

You can jump over enemies in the level to make them disappear (known as “stomping”, another game mechanic made popular by Nintendo’s game).

Demonoire

Demonoire is an RPG type of game, with strong influences from games such as Zelda – A Link to the Past.

  • Use the arrows to move your character around.
  • Use the Z key to confirm choices (when purchasing items for example) or to dash (move forward quickly on a short distance, using magic power).
  • Use the X key to attack (the player uses their sword in an arc, dealing damage to objects like bushes and enemies).
  • Use the Enter key to display the pause menu, which shows your equipment and character’s statistics.

You can collect Gems that act as money which you can use to purchase equipment in “Jojos Hut”.

Hearts will also randomly drop in order to allow you to replenish the health of your character.

Glokar

Glokar is a “shoot-’em-up” type of game. Classics of the shoot-‘em-up style include games like DoDonPachi, Radiant Silvergun, Thunder Force and many others.

  • Use the arrow keys to control your space ship.
  • Press or hold down the Space key to have your ship shoot projectiles.

In the levels, enemies will shoot your space ship in order to destroy you.

Destroying these enemies earns you points and allow you to keep on progressing in the level in an easier way (there will be far fewer projectiles to avoid once enemies are destroyed).

Pop Lab

Pop Lab is a puzzle game. It is a variant of the famous “three-match” genre.

The player has to arrange blocks of similar symbols and colours in order to get vertical lines of at least three matching elements in order to remove them from the board.

Doing so scores points and also do free up space to keep playing.

New blocks appear over time, gradually filling the board.

If the player does not manage to prevent blocks from touching the top of the game area, the game ends.

  • Use the arrow keys to move your “block selector” tool.
  • Press Z to swap the positions of the blocks highlighted by your block selector tool.
  • Press X to increase the upward movement of the board.

The game offers several game modes (Arcade, Timed, Practice) allowing the same concept to be experienced in various ways.

This finishes our quick overview of the game demos which are included with Construct and shows you a few of the many types of game that Construct can allow you to create.

Construct can allow you to make pretty much any kind of 2D game.

Let’s keep on looking through the Start Page and get a more in-depth look at some of the other projects Construct 3 has for you to learn from.

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