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GameSalad® is game creation software that can be enjoyed by both beginners and pros! Games published in GameSalad® can also be deployed in many different mediums, including all of Apple's mobile devices -- iPhone, iPad and iPod -- as well as online. For beginners, GameSalad® is a great way to learn the fundamental concepts of game design and game programming mechanics. For the advanced student, watch out! You'll be prototyping, building and deploying your games to the app store in no time! The only question is: What kind of game are you going to make?

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Getting Started with GameSalad!

An introduction to the world of 2D game design with GameSalad! This tutorial includes an installation guide, as well as an introduction to the GameSalad launch pad and system.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 1 - Using The GameSalad Game Editor

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to use the GameSalad Toolbar, how to access the GameSalad Cookbook, how to prepare a new project for becoming a game, and how to navigate and add new objects to the Scene and Actor browsers.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 2 - The GameSalad Scene Editor

In this tutorial, we'll learn the basics of constructing scenes and actors in GameSalad, and also how to preview them in Preview mode.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 3 - Making Your First Level in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be learning about Scene Attributes, how to create basic actors for a sidescrolling platformer, and how to place them throughout our level. We'll also learn about the Camera Tracking widget, Option Copy method, and the differences between instances and prototypes.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 4 - Actor Movement and Blocking Volumes in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be learning two methods for actor movement, as well as how to construct and place blocking volumes.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 5 - Changing Images and Adding Collectibles in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be discussing strategies for behavior organization, moving invisible items, learning basic animation, and constructing a collectible items system. This may sound like a lot, but if we take it one step at a time, everything will be super easy and fun! We'll also learn about the coolest behavior in GameSalad — DESTROY!!!!

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 7 - Enemy Creation and Movement in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be constructing and adding movement to our enemy actors. We'll also learn how to organize our actors with tags, how to use boolean attributes, and how to govern the movement of one attribute by its interaction with another.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 8 - Firing Bullets in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be developing controls and actors that will enable our Spaceman to shoot bullets! We'll also be creating a rule that will cause our game to end when our Spaceman collides with our Baddy actor.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 9 - Advanced Animation and Actor Movement in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be fully animating our Baddy and Spaceman actors, as well as learning more about groups and actor movement.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 10 - Creating a HUD in GameSalad

In this tutorial we will learn how to make a "HUD" (Heads Up Display) for our GameSalad Game.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 11 - Creating A Flying Level in GameSalad

In this tutorial we'll be building an entire flying level from start to finish. A lot of the work will involve modifying actors that we've already created, learning how to make a spaceship fly in outer space, and adjusting collectibles to be gathered by more than one actor.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 12 - Boss Battles in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be constructing a boss actor and a boss level. We'll learn how to copy and modify existing behaviors and rules, as well as create a timed actor spawn.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 13 - Adding Touch Controls for your iPad or iPod in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be constructing 5 touch-enabled buttons that will be used to control our game. We'll also be connecting our buttons to our main actors, and discussing standard layouts for 5-button and 2-button scenes.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
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Part 14 - Creating a Particle System in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be going in-depth into the functions and creation of particle systems. We'll be learning to create the particle trail of a rocket, as well as a mechanism that creates fireworks!

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Part 15 - Jumping Through and Landing on Platforms in GameSalad

In this tutorial, we'll be creating an attribute and some rules that will enable our Spaceman to jump through platforms and then land on top of them.

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Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
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Publishing to the GameSalad Arcade!

In this tutorial, we'll be preparing and publishing a GameSalad Game onto the GameSalad Arcade. Here, we'll be following the standard publishing procedure, as well as taking some advanced initial steps that will save you significant time when uploading your game.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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The GameSalad Attribute Glossary

Within GameSalad, there are dozens of Game, Scene, and Actor Attributes. Here you can find an up-to-date reference guide for all of the attributes in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Publishing to iPhone and iPad

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Installing the GameSalad Viewer on Your Apple Device

In this tutorial, we'll be working in XCode to install the GameSalad Viewer on an iOS device. This is an essential step in the playtesting and publishing process, and this comprehensive guide will make sure that you have everything that you need to get it done right!

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Playtesting With The GameSalad Viewer

Welcome to Playtesting With The GameSalad Viewer! In this tutorial, we'll be learning how to transfer a game to an iOS enabled device via the GameSalad Creator and GS Viewer, and how to playtest it effectively before publishing.

Tutorial Type: Text

Platform Compatibility: Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Creating a Complete Game in GameSalad

Creating a complete game in GameSalad - Setting up the scene

Creating a Complete Game in GameSalad: Setting Up the Scene

In this video, you will set up your GameSalad project by importing all your artwork. You will then start adding interaction through behaviors.

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Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Creating a complete game in GameSalad - Spawning enemies

Creating a Complete Game in GameSalad: Spawning Enemies

This video will teach you how to spawn enemies from various locations and attack your ship actor.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Creating a complete game in GameSalad - Adding a score or points

Creating a Complete Game in GameSalad: Adding a Counter

In this video, you will learn how to create a point system in your game.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Creating a complete game in GameSalad - Creating a home screen

Creating a Complete Game in GameSalad: Home Screen

In this video, you will learn how to create a home screen for your game.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Creating a complete game in GameSalad - Adding music and sound effects

Creating a Complete Game in GameSalad: Adding Music and Sound Effects

In this video, you'll wrap up your game by adding music and sound effects.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Video Tutorials

01 downloading gamesalad

Where to Download GameSalad

In this video, you will learn where you can download GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Introduction to GameSalad

This video is an introduction to basic GameSalad functionality. You'll learn how to create a new project and add scenes.

Tutorial Type: Video

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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03 reveiwing the gamesald ui

Reviewing the GameSalad User Interface

In this video, you will explore the different areas of the GameSalad user interface.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Using the Accelerate Toward Behavior in GameSalad

Now that you know how to use the Accelerate behavior in GameSalad, this video will teach you how to use the Accelerate Toward behavior.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Changing an Actor's Size in GameSalad

This video will teach you how to use the Change Size behavior.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Making Two Actors Collide in GameSalad

In this video, you will learn how to use the Collide behavior in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Controlling the Camera in GameSalad

It's time to learn how to use the Control Camera behavior in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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How to Destroy an Actor in GameSalad

This video will show you how to use the Destroy action in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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10 move

How to Make an Actor Move in GameSalad

This video will teach you all about the Move behavior in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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How to Make an Actor Move to a Location in GameSalad

Learn all about the power of the Move To behavior in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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MUSICGENERIC

Adding Sound and Music to Your GameSalad Projects

Let's crank it up and learn how to add sound and music to your GameSalad projects.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Rotating Actors in GameSalad

This video will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about rotation behaviors in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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How to Spawn an Actor in GameSalad

In this video, you will learn to use the Spawn Actor action in GameSalad.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Working with Physics in GameSalad

In this video, you will learn how to apply real-world physics to your GameSalad projects.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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18 on screen controls

Creating On-Screen Controls that Drive Your Actors in GameSalad

In this video, you will learn how to use attributes to create on-screen controls.

Tutorial Type: Video

Platform Compatibility: Windows and Mac

Skill Level:

  • Everyone
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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