Whilst playing games researching online I came across a fantastic resource for programming in Flash. Shootorials, by Kongregate, is a series of video tutorials leading novices through the basics of Adobe Flash and results in a fully playable side-scrolling shooting game (Xenon, anyone?).
The whole thing is done in ActionScript 2.0 (meaning you can do this with Macromedia Flash MX 2004, and presumably some previous versions too) and if you can’t wait until the final parts are released in early November, you can download the source code and image files and skip ahead. The code is heavily commented and is easy to follow.
I’m planning on using this with my new after-school club after half-term and I’ll let you know how it goes.