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What's some of the best beginner game-making software?

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John’s Answer

Hi Benjamin,

SPLODER • FLASH ENABLED BROWSER
Sploder is a browser based creation tool that uses flash to create games very quickly. This software really is for the novice developer as its more of a level builder than a creation tool. There are four game types to create and plenty of assets to drag and drop but your creation is limited to what the software can create. However, its easy to use and you can create a platforming hack-and-slash in a matter of minutes.

GAMESALAD • MAC or WINDOWS
Gamesalad is a great tool for game development as it requires no prior programming knowledge. It has an easy to use drag and drop interface and movements and interaction are all controlled by ‘behaviours’ where the user add rules to govern what each element will do. For those with a talent for art and animation, this is definitely one to start with.

STENCYL • MAC or WINDOWS
This flash based games engine is growing in popularity and has created many great indie titles. This tool is very similar to Gamesalad in many respects, in that, it uses behaviours to control the different elements of the game. It does, however use tile based levels which is great for creating large complex levels but with a low file size.

GAME MAKER STUDIO • WINDOWS or MAC
This is probably the most advanced software on the list offering a wider variety in the types of games that can be created using it. It has both a drag and drop system along with its customised programming language. This would be a great starting program for those truly serious about game development.

Obviously, you can choose any of the games above for your next game project but if you want my opinion I would say that you can’t go wrong starting with Gamesalad or Stencyl if you want to create mobile games or simple browser based games. Benjamin below are some additional beginner software games to explore and can be easily downloaded online. So, make your choice and get started with making your game ideas come true.

John recommends the following next steps:

CONSTRUT 2 • https://www.scirra.com/construct2
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RPG MAKERr • http://www.rpgmakerweb.com
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GAME MAKER • https://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker
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GODOT • https://godotengine.org/
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ADVENTURE GAME STUDUO • https://adventure-game-studio.en.uptodown.com/
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Susie’s Answer

Hi Bejamin, as a designer and animator I have only recently started playing around with Unity - it has a free download version with a library of assets that you can work with. Some games are all ready developed and you can edit the assets yourself and replace them etc. A lot of games made for tablets/mobile are created using this software and it is very user-friendly! I would highly recommend it if you want to start dabbling and getting used to the "behind-the-scenes" of some coding etc. While you can continue researching program languages and other apps/software that people use!

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Mansi’s Answer

We've also separated the list into 2D and 3D (although there is a bit of crossover).

1. AppGameKit – For dedicated creators.
2. GameGuru – The FPS Template Solution.
3. GameMaker Studio 2 – The hit maker.
4. CopperCube 5 – The Lightweight 3D Engine.
5. Unity 3D – The Serious Gamedev platform.
6. Unreal Engine – The best AAA graphics

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