When children begin begging for a pet, parents often panic. The adults fear that they will wind up caring for the animal while children play and spend time with friends. Virtual pet games teach valuable lessons about the responsibility of caring for a pet. Parents can use these to teach their children what will be involved. Industrious parents can add personalized touches by acquiring game-making knowledge and basic art skills and creating these games.
Step 1: Download a game-making program and learn how to use it. Game Maker 8 is a popular program and other free programs are available online. Practice by creating a few simple games before moving on to create one featuring virtual pets.
Step 2: Select the pet that will be featured in the game. Base this on what pet the children want. Create a list of pet needs, wants, and behaviors.
Step 3: Use paper and pencil to draw the graphics for the game. This streamlines the process of virtual design. The final version should include characters, animations, levels, backgrounds, and other graphical elements.
Step 4: Create the drawn graphics within the gaming environment. Use animation to reflect the different temperaments and behaviors of the animal. Create animated scenarios of eating, sleeping, playing, jumping, walking, running, going to the bathroom, learning tricks, sulking, chewing, and other situations. If it is not cared for properly a virtual pet can die, so do not forget to depict this worst-case scenario.
Step 5: Program the animal behaviors and gaming physics including inertia, impact, and gravity. If using multiple animals, make sure these physics affect them in the same way but create moods and behaviors that are specific to an animal.
Step 6: Test the game by playing it and identifying programming bugs or errors. A bug can freeze game play and make the game crash. Bugs can also make a virtual animal behave in an unintended way. As these errors are identified, correct them in the programming code until the game plays flawlessly.