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How to Add Sprites to Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

The toolbox is a game design engine on Gamestar Mechanic that allows you to build great games and add sprites quickly. After you become familiar with its simple format, you can immediately start designing [more…]

How to Move and Edit Sprites in Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

The toolbox is a game design engine on Gamestar Mechanic that allows you to edit and move sprites in your game. Once you have become familiar with its simple format, you can start designing your own great [more…]

How to Clone Sprites in Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

As a Gamestar Mechanic designer, sometimes you may want to use a large number of the same sprite to create a line of turrets or a maze of blocks or whatever else. Simply placing the sprites in the right [more…]

How to Edit Universal Game Features on Gamestar Mechanic

If you want to change options that affect your entire Gamestar Mechanic game, click the Settings button under the name of your game, at the top of the sidebar. The button opens the Game Settings dialog [more…]

How to Edit Levels in Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

You can access the level settings on Gamestar Mechanic by clicking the Settings button on the left sidebar of the toolbox. You see a dialog box with a number of useful options. [more…]

The Gamestar Mechanic News Feed

The first screen you see after you log in to your account is the lobby, which is the hub for Gamestar Mechanic users. The upper-left corner of the lobby contains the news feed, which provides news about [more…]

Gamestar Mechanic: The Three Quests

The story on Gamestar Mechanic is divided into multiple Quests to help you master your gaming skills— however, if you don’t have a Premium account, you will be automatically directed to the first one. [more…]

How to Save and Publish Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

When you're finished working on your Gamestar Mechanic game, you can either save it or publish it by using the Save and Publish buttons in the lower-left corner of the toolbox. [more…]

How to Analyze Your Gamestar Mechanic Game's Reception

By selecting your Gamestar Mechanic game from the My Published Games section of your workshop, you can see the player page for your game. This is exactly like the player page: You can see reviews and comments [more…]

Your Gamestar Mechanic Game Enemies and Their Possibilities

Enemies are often the most complex sprites in the game because you (the designer) must edit them on Gamestar Mechanic to function as effectively as possible, without the player’s control. Before choosing [more…]

How to Effectively Apply System Sprites to Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

System sprites are essential to building complex games on Gamestar Mechanic, and only a few types of sprites can control the style and feel of a game. To create a game that functions exactly how you want [more…]

How to Use the Review Interface in Gamestar Mechanic

In Gamestar Mechanic, reviews and comments are displayed beneath the game screen while you’re playing a game. Here are some tips for how to use the review interface as well as leave your own reviews or [more…]

How to Rate a Game in Gamestar Mechanic

When you submit a review for a game in Gamestar Mechanic, you can specify a number of stars (labeled Rating) and a number of gears (labeled Difficulty). Check out how these ratings work. [more…]

How to Gain Experience Points and Ranks in Gamestar Mechanic

The abbreviation XP is short for experience points. In Gamestar Mechanic, you gain XP by performing certain actions on the site, such as publishing your games or leaving helpful reviews on games published [more…]

How to Obtain Badges in Gamestar Mechanic

In addition to Mechanic Ranks, you can improve your persona on Gamestar Mechanic by obtaining badges, which track your achievements on the site. If you look in your workshop, you see two boxes labeled [more…]

How to Participate in Gamestar Mechanic Challenges

A challenge is a special task that appears in the Challenges & Contests section of your Gamestar Mechanicworkshop. Challenges are similar to Quest episodes in that they may require you to play, repair, [more…]

How to Report Gamestar Mechanic Users for Unacceptable Behavior

If a user is doing something unacceptable on the site, whether by way of a game, a review, or a comment, you can report that person. This action sends a message to the site administrators and calls attention [more…]

How to Avoid Plagiarism in Gamestar Mechanic Games

When you draw inspiration from other users’ games in Gamestar Mechanic, make sure you don't plagiarize their content. Plagiarism is a serious offense that you should always avoid. Normally, people can [more…]

Gamestar Mechanic: How to Add a Citation when You Use Another User's Content

In Gamestar Mechanic, if you use unique content created by someone else, whether or not you add your own modifications to it, you should provide a citation to it — don't explicitly try to pass it off as [more…]

How to Direct Gamestar Mechanic Players to Your Games

If you don’t want to wait for people to play your games in Gamestar Mechanic, you have the tools to take matters into your own hands. Here are some tips to help you understand how to gain potential players [more…]

How to Publicize Your Games to Non-Gamestar Mechanic Players

Sharing your games with non–Gamestar Mechanic players has several advantages. Depending on the sort of communications system you use, the benefits of publicizing in this way can range from sharing with [more…]

How to Share Your Games Online to Gain Non-Gamestar Mechanic Players

Gamestar Mechanicoffers you a number of methods for sharing stand-alone versions of your games. You can see your options in the sidebar on the right side of the game’s page. By using the buttons there, [more…]

How to Gain Followers in Gamestar Mechanic

If a number of people regularly play any new games that you publish in Gamestar Mechanic, your games will become much more reliably popular. To develop this player base, you must convince players that [more…]

How to Balance the Difficulty of a Gamestar Mechanic Game

The most common example of balancing a game in Gamestar Mechanic is balancing its difficulty: Don’t make the game so easy that it’s boring, and don’t make it so hard that it’s frustrating. [more…]

How to Balance the Pacing of Levels in Your Gamestar Mechanic Game

The pacing (or rate of progression) of a level in Gamestar Mechanic is also a metric with two extremes. If the game drags on slowly, players lose interest; if it’s rushed, players get confused. A game [more…]

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