Characters and all objects in the
game are all highly configurable
from the animation to the sounds
the character makes, in doing
different actions, like shooting or
jumping. Hopefully you have
some artistic talent, since the
game only comes with a single
baddie, a snowman and default
cabbage for scenery. You can
also add your own graphics into
the game by dragging and
dropping. This goes for all the
graphics in the game. PGF makes
it really simple, except you need
to have a source for the graphics, whether you create your own or have someone create them for
you. My biggest dilemma is, is there a market for a stick figure action hero?
During my testing with the default graphics and sound except for the added Nine Inch Nails song
the game was not bad and could even be better with custom graphics, if I had any. What would
have been nice is if it came with more stock graphics. But understandably it is meant for you to
add your own. During the time I have had the Power Game Factory, it had several updates and it
appears they are doing a good job keeping it updated.
While the interface is well laid out and it is easy to use drag and drop and changing properties of
objects, kinda like visual programming without the coding, I wish they had included a hard copy
of the manual. For a program this highly configurable, I felt this is a must. Returning back to
the HTML manual was a pain. But on the plus side, the HTML manual and, tutorial is really
easy to follow.
At first I was a bit skeptical but Power Game Factory has a lot to offer, but in the end, I believe
Power Game Factory is a great program for non programmers. It is extremely easy to use and
highly configurable. Don't get me wrong. Creating a game won't be that easy. It still takes hard
work, but at least you now have a great tool to do that work with. One thing I think is missing is
a manual. Also, it does not have more stock graphics and sound but I really can't begrudge them
for that since it is not really meant to make generic games from a template.
Being royalty free and runnable without the development software itself is a definite plus. For
any gamer or wannabe programmer who wants to make a 2D sidescrolling action game should
take a serious look at Power Game Factory. Hopefully if this does well, we may see and
adventure game version of this. To see all Power Game Factory does, check out their website
. Then let's see some new games!
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8