The How-tos section of MFGG is devoted to tutorials, originally those designed for The Games Factory and Multimedia Fusion, and eventually Game Maker. How-tos can also be tutorials for skills such as spriting, though these are rare. Usually, downloads consist of a open-source application, which can be opened to reveal how to do something in the program used, and an executable for those who do not have the appropriate program. How-tos exist as learning tools; users are expected to make changes or additions, and refrain from simply copy-pasting code.
Usually complex and accurate engines aren't released open-source, which means that the majority of downloads in the How-tos section don't explain everything needed to create a game, but can help a considerable amount.