Did you know that you don’t need to know how to code to create amazing android and iOS games? In this review, I will show you software that makes it really easy to create simple and advanced games.
Plus I’ll show you some really cool games that were made using each program.
What You Will Learn
1. Which programs are available and how much they cost
2. What does the UI look like
3. How can I learn to make games
4. What are some popular games made using each software
5. Which one is the best program to make games
There are various programs to create games and covering all of them in this post would be impossible. Therefore, in this post I will show you the four most popular game creation programs. This is not supposed to be an extensive review, but a good comparison of each of them.
Stencyl vs GameSalad vs Construct 2 vs GameMaker
*Green indicates, the feature is included in the free and paid version. Blue means the function is only available in one of the paid plans.
|OS||Mac, Windows, Linux||Mac, Windows||Windows||Mac, Windows|
|Publish game on website||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Windows Phone Games||no||no||yes||yes|
|Pro Price||$99-$199/Year (depending on functions)||$299/year||~$130-$430||$100-$900 (depending on functions)|
Next I’m going to show you what these programs look like.
I’m not going to lie, it definitely takes a while to learn each of the programs. I cannot say if one has a steeper learning curve than the others, but you should definitely check out some of these tutorials to get started.
All programs are documented really well, I could not make out a clear winner. Some tutorials are more up-to-date than others though.
Construct 2 Tutorials
Yoyogames GameMaker Tutorials
When I was looking for a software to create games, the first thing I was checking out were popular games made using the program. It is difficult to cherry pick some of the best games so please take my suggestion with a grain of salt.
Games made with Stencyl
Games made with GameSalad
Games made with Construct 2
Games made with GameMaker
So which one is the best program to make games?
I don’t really have the right answer for you. I tested out all four programs and there were some things I liked about each of them. Just from the standpoint of ease of use, community and documentation, I became a big fan of GameSalad and GameMaker by Yoyogames. The best thing is that each of them offers a free version so you definitely have time to test each of them.
So just choose one and get started. As always, please post any questions in the comments section and feel free to connect to me via Google+ or Facebook.