13 Small Games to Keep them Loading

If your game is over a meg and most users access this via dial-up, then you will have lost your audience before they have even seen it. Another game site is just a click away. Your job is to entertain the user; one useful way of keeping the interest of your players while your latest one-meg epic loads is to provide a small game as a pre-loader that they can play while the main game loads. In this chapter we look at creating games that use 20 K or less; for the bandwidth of a small gif we have a game to entertain and sustain their interest.

How to keep a Game Small

There are a Few Golden Rules for Keeping a Game Small:

Minimize the use of Bitmaps

ActionScript code is usually only a few K. But a single bitmap ...

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