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Newgrounds Wiki: Game Dev Resources

Newgrounds started out as a Flash community and all of the early games were made with Flash then uploaded in SWF format. Times are changing, however, as browsers will be ending support for the SWF format in 2020. We've kept our Flash-related links on this page but have moved them further down, prioritizing HTML5 development tools as the more modern path forward.

When you export a game in HTML5 format, you will upload it as a ZIP file to Newgrounds. The root of your ZIP will contain an index.html - this is the file we will load in an iframe on our page. Most software spits out a ZIP that is ready to go.

HTML5 Game Development Tools

Construct 3 - A 2D game development tool that works right in your web browser! Games can be made with drag and drop logic, no programming experience required. Export options include web, PC, mobile and Xbox One. Subscription-based. Example games. See the NG API Plugin.

Game Maker 2 For a fee, you can export your Game Maker projects as HTML5! Game Maker can also export to PC, mobile and various consoles. Example games.

Stencyl - A 2D game development tool that requires no coding experience but also lets you access your code. Now experimenting with HTML5 exports! Examples.

Construct 2 - The previous version of Construct, which is a flat fee but will ultimately be surpassed by C3 features. Example games. See the NG API Plugin.

Unity 3D - A great tool for developing both 3D and 2D games, able to export to HTML5, PC, mobile and various consoles. The downside is your HTML5 files will be more bloated than those created with Construct and Game Maker but this is a very powerful tool otherwise. Here are the tutorials that got @The-Swain moving with Madness: Project Nexus 2.

Clickteam Fusion 2.5 - Event based game development similar to Construct and Stencyl. Has export options for SWF and HTML5, as well as other platforms!

Twine - Free tool for creating interactive, nonlinear stories.

Tyrano Builder - Free tool for creating visual novels.

Pico 8 - Fantasy console with harsh limitations, resulting in small, creative games with a distinct look and feel.

HTML5 Development Frameworks

Phaser - Developed by @PhotonStorm, Phaser is an HTML5 game framework that is quickly gaining attention. If you are ready to move from SWF to HTML5, this is a good way to go! If you'd like an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) like the tools above, there is Phaser Editor!

HaxeFlixel - Flixel, remade with Haxe and able to export to SWF, HTML5, mobile and desktop. Cool stuff!

Official Flash IDE (Integrated Development Environment)

Adobe Animate, previously Flash - The original software to produce Flash content, created by Macromedia and later bought by Adobe.

OpenFL - Uses the Flash API, but goes everywhere that Flash Player cannot. Use a familiar workflow to accelerate development, and even leverage Adobe Animate as an integrated art pipeline.

Alternative SWF Development Frameworks

Instead of the Flash IDE, the following frameworks work in tandem with the free Flash Develop IDE. They all have tutorials that will walk you through it. WARNING: SWF content will no longer work in web browsers after 2020 so it is recommended you develop your games using the tools above.

Flixel - Developed by @AdamAtomic, the Flixel framework allows you to make amazing 2D games in less time than with Flash. Check out these examples and these tutorials by Schulles:

  • Flixel-Tutorial #1
    Flixel-Tutorial #1 by Schulles

    Follow this tutorial to learn how to setup flixel and create your own 8bit-platformer!

    Score
    4.16 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    60,116 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Flixel-Tutorial #2
    Flixel-Tutorial #2 by Schulles

    The second part of the famous flixel-tutorial exclusively on Newgrounds!

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    22,502 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
FlashPunk - Developed by ChevyRay, FlashPunk is an alternative to Flixel. It all comes down to personal preference. Check out these examples.

Helpful Tools

DAME Editor - Free general-purpose 2D visual level editor, making it easier to construct tile-based levels and spit out XML output for your games. Recommended by Flixel devs. Used in the development of Cat Astro Phi, for example.

Ogmo Editor - Like DAME, Ogmo is a free level editor. It's now open source and gaining momentum! Could be the new favorite.

Audio Resources

LabChirp - A program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos - whatever you want!

Bfxr - A program for making sound effects for computer games.

We also have an entire section dedicated to Music and Audio resources, including royalty free music.

Game Art Assets

If you need an artist for your game, you'd be surprised how many artists here on NG would be happy to partner with you! The important thing is you should have a viable engine demo before you approach anyone, to show you've taken initiative and have developed your abilities. If you aren't ready to reach out to anyone directly, you could instead make use of an asset pack!

Kenney Assets - A free art asset pack by @Kenney.