Game Maker includes documentation in PDF format. Here you find the same document in
some other formats:
Game Maker documentation as pdf
Game Maker documentation as Word document
Game Maker documentation as html
Please find below a Japanese translation of the documentation of version 4.0 of Game Maker
made by Alberto Palacios Pawlovsky. (As I cannot read Japanese I did not verify the contents.)
Japanese translation of the Game Maker documentation as Word document.
Please find below a Russian translation of the help files of version 4.0 of Game Maker
in the form of html pages.
made by Igor Kniazev. (As I cannot read Russian I did not verify the contents.)
Russian translation of the Game Maker help as html.
To learn more about the creation of particular types of games I plan to create a number of short tutorials.
These tutorials require version 4.2 or later of Game Maker.
Because people asked for it, you can download two demoprograms about motion
here. Later I will create a tutorial
Tutorial 1: Platform Games (zip file, 180 KB)
This tutorial shows you how to create a simple platform game. It treats such aspects as how to make
a character jump and land, how to crush monsters when the character jumps on top of them, and how
to use tiled backgrounds for creating appealing graphics. Updated to Game Maker 4.2
Tutorial 2: Maze Games (zip file, 1 MB)
This tutorial shows you how to create a simple maze game. It treats such aspects as how to make
a character move from cell to cell, how to display the score and the
lives, how to create monsters, and how to add all sorts of special
features like movable blocks.
Tutorial 3: Multiplayer Games (zip file, 190 KB)
This tutorial shows you how to create a multiplayer game. It shows how to set up a connection,
how to createw game sessions and how to communicate between the games. Two examples are given:
a two-player pong game and a simple chat program. This is an advanced tutorial and requires some
coding experience in GML. It requires version 4.1 of Game Maker.
Tutorial 4: Isometric Games (zip file, 300 KB)
This tutorial shows you how to create an isometric maze game, that is, a game that give the
impression of being 3D by viewing the world under a 45 degree angle. It shows that Game Maker
is more powerful than you might think and can actually create 3D looking games.
It requires version 4.1 of Game Maker.
Tutorials by others
There are also other people writing tutorials on how to work with Game Maker.
These can be found here.
Beginners guide to Game Maker programming by Carl Gustafsson (560 Kb)
Good GML Programming by Allen Cheung (25 Kb)