This Instructable will show the basics of Scratch, a simple and easy to use design program, and how to make a Super Mario game using it.
Scratch is one of the best programs for beginner designers and I am sorry for all the people who use more advanced programs than Scratch, but this instructable is for everyone and anyone.
The thing that most people don't understand about games is that it takes loads of time to create one. If you refer back to one of the first Mario games, and look at one level, it could take you between one and three days to design something that works as well as that IF you can program decently. For this reason I have created a one level Super Mario game which has almost all the 'rules' of how to make your game work.
During this instructable I will be referring to certain things and will just call them by either abbreviations or by other names entirely. As to not confuse you I have created a list of what I call what:
Rules: The things on the left side that you can pull onto sprites script
(go to) Paint: When you go to costumes of a sprite and click edit, it will bring up the Paint page
S(x): Sprite number x
g+w colour: the colour in Paint that is the bottom right colour, the one with 4 blocks in it.
Step 1: Getting Scratch, setting it up and Finding Images
The first thing you need to do is download Scratch. It is a free and can be found at scratch.mit.edu/ .
Once you have downloaded scratch I suggest fiddling around with the "rules" and with the examples they give you; try figure out how they work and then make your own. Once you have had enough of fiddling, create a new program and create 8 sprites, (13 if you want to do coins). When you create a new sprite it will ask you to make a new image. Just place a dot in each of them. Later on you will change each of the images.
The next thing you need to do is get your images. You can either make your own or you can get some from the internet. I got most of mine form the internet and have placed them in the images for you to get. They are in their raw form so some editing will have to be done. I however created my own coins as I couldn't find any images of flat faced coins.