Lynda.com is great. They have whole courses on developing games. You can use MovieClips to handle your intro and completion screens or you could have seperate FLA/SWF files. It really depends on the complexity of what you are developing. Either way you will need a good grasp of using variables/arrays to store the information at the highest level and pull it into the child files/MovieClips as needed.
To stay organized, It is important to name your Layers, and Frame Labels. You can add folders to group your layers.
I never have used multiple scenes in a project.
Keep learning on Lynda.com they will answer most of your questions.
Thanks jkell. I am working my way through the Lynda.com stuff. I watched the intro to Flash CS and now am doing the Actionscript 3.0 series.So far these two haven't addressed the issue of managing and arranging the different segments of the games. Can you recommend some other ones please?
I know about naming layers etc but that is not what I am referring to.
The games I am trying to make are very simple IMO. Each part of the game is only one screen i.e. one game is on a screen and the player drags and drops some images into the right places. Then they move onto the next game.
I will keep looking. I assumed this would be widely covered as things seem to get quite complicated quite quickly if anything is more than a little bit deeper than one activity per fla file.
If it is as simple as a drag and drop interaction, you can use the timeline to create a series of interactions. Every different interaction can be on its own keyframe. Give yourself 10 blank keyframes between each interaction. If you use frame labels you can keep things pretty fresh and clean.
The finished version would have more objects to drag, but it would be the same idea. Then, once all objects have been successfully dragged to the right places, the game would move onto a new screen with different letters to drag.
Could that all be done on different parts of the main timeline or should each mini-game be in its own movie clip?
Thanks for the link to that course, I will start on that when I've finished my current one.