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March 16, 2009

Seven Flash Games with Great Splash Menu Screens

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I’m not going to say steal someone else’s ideas, but I will say using them for inspiration is genius.  And that’s what we’re doing with these seven great flash game menu screens.  From clean simplicity to excellent tertiary animation these games have something special in the way they first present themselves.  When you’re trying to influence someone to look at (and hopefully play) your game, first impressions are important. So use these guys as inspiration for some great splash screens.

The Last Stand 2
http://armorgames.com/play/1443/the-last-stand-2

The Last Stand 2 Splash Screen

Great 3D Render with excellent animation and soft blurs to give a frightful ambient feel


Boxhead The Zombie Wars
http://www.games.seantcooper.com/Boxhead_TheZombieWars.aspx

I was always told in college, "A little red goes a long way." And it does. BoxHead's simple splash screen is organized and well designed. And for little lego-esque people... they scare the crap out of me.

I was always told in college, "A little red goes a long way." And it does. BoxHead's simple splash screen is organized and well designed. And for little lego-esque people… they scare the crap out of me.


Stormwinds 2: The Lost Campaigns
http://www.herointeractive.com/swtlc/

Excellent tertiary animation. Aircrafts slowly move right to left at different depths. And there's an occasional lightning flash that illuminates the screen. What can I say? Awesome.

Excellent tertiary animation. Aircrafts slowly move right to left at different depths. And there's an occasional lightning flash that illuminates the screen. What can I say? Awesome.


Fancy Pants Adventure World 2
http://armorgames.com/play/553/the-fancy-pants-adventure-world-2

Yeah, doesn't make me get up a scream "GRAPHICAL GENIUS" either. But it's definitely sweet because you move Fancy Pants Man around in order to select where you want to go. It's different and it's cool

Yeah, doesn't make me get up a scream "GRAPHICAL GENIUS" either. But it's definitely sweet because you move Fancy Pants Man around in order to select where you want to go. It's different and it's cool


MasterMind World Conqueror
http://www.theswain.com/Flash/MWC.htm

Looks futuristic... and the nice tertiary animation kinda gives you that take over the world feel. I think they succeeded in what they were looking for.

Looks futuristic… and the nice tertiary animation kinda gives you that take over the world feel. I think they succeeded in what they were looking for.


Portal Flash Game
http://portal.wecreatestuff.com/portal.php

Kinda like The Last Stand, good 3D rendering and field of depth makes this screen look nice. The menu is simple and the animation doesn't exist. But it works, and I like it.

Kinda like The Last Stand, good 3D rendering and field of depth makes this screen look nice. The menu is simple and the animation doesn't exist. But it works, and I like it.


Straw Hat Samurai
http://lutc.net63.net/strawhatsamurai.html

I love this art style. It's all nice and screams Flash! But what's cool is that our Straw Hat Samuri is constantly walking and the trees are moving. It's a clean, slick animation and it's awesome.

I love this art style. It's all nice and screams Flash! But what's cool is that our Straw Hat Samuri is constantly walking and the trees are moving. It's a clean, slick animation and it's awesome.


So the next game you make… you may want to consider the slick style of these games before you finalize your splash screen.

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About the Author

Par
Hey! Don't be surprised, I'm a flash developer. While Flash is definitely one of my favorite languages to develop in, most of all I just like making games. If you want to see the games I've developed so far head over to my website, DigitallyBold, in the link below. If you want to know more about what I'm working on now and in the future be sure to follow me on twitter.




2 Comments


  1. Several on the pictures aren’t displaying properly but, the website still looks outstanding. I’ve been visiting this site for a couple of weeks now and i’m definitely impressed with the information. What will be rss address?


  2. CAN ANYBODY GIVE ME TUTORIAL FOR SHOOTING GAME.

    REGARDS,
    MARIA



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