3 Tools For The Novice Game Developer
What gamer hasn’t dreamed of creating his/her own game? Many gamers aren’t just satisfied with playing games, some want to do more. Now fortunately there are tools available to the novice game developer. Allowing them to make their ideas into reality. In this first of a two part series of posts we will look at three game development tools for the novice developer.
Now keep in mind that game design and development is hard work. If you have a real interest in developing your own title I would recommend that you learn a coding language. We currently live in a time when individuals can self-publish a game. That doesn’t mean that you can do so without putting forth any effort.
Accessible development tools for the novice game developer.
Stencyl is a nifty little program as it allows developers to publish on many platforms. The program offers beginners a way to develop a game without coding in the traditional sense. Instead Stencyl uses what they refer to as the block-snapping interface. This allows people to create a game without having to write code to make the game actually work.
You’re still actually coding your game; you’re just doing so in a way that isn’t so daunting for a beginner. Aside from various purchasing options the software offers you methods to monetize your game. This makes Stencyl a great option for someone who isn’t familiar with the finer points of coding.
2. Adventure Game Studio
Adventure Game Studio offers some real advantages for a novice developer. The software is free which is a plus if you’re just starting out in your game development quest. Don’t let the free price tag fool you the development suite has a host of features. It allows you to import sprites, set up custom animations, and built-in translation support to name a few.
There are also a plethora of resources for those who wish to take advantage of them. Perhaps the most notable is insta-game; it’s exactly what its name suggests. You can use pre-designed items such as backgrounds, items, and characters to make a game quickly.
There is a level of coding required with Adventure Game Studio. Learning a coding language is one of the best steps you can take on your game development journey. For using this particular software having knowledge of C# or Java would be beneficial. If you’re a novice game developer than Adventure Game Studio is a good software suite to start with.
GameSalad is perhaps the most geared toward the novice game developer. Especially when compared to the other two suites on this list. The reason for that is simple; the software is already in some classrooms. Thus there are a lot of learning materials built just for beginners. In fact the first course titled “Your First Game” claims that you can have your first game completed within an hour.
The software allows you to publish to many platforms such as Android and IOS. Of course for some publishing a game might not be enough. GameSalad offers some monetization options as well. These include in app purchases and ads, as gamers we’re all familiar with these options. Sadly you don’t get all this for free it comes at a price. Pricing for the software starts at $19/month for GameSalad basic. With GameSalad pro pricing starting at $29/month. You do get access to quite a bit, it maybe hard to justify the subscription. But if you can justify it GameSalad would make a great development suite for you to start out on.
Part of being a novice game developer is trying different things and figuring out what works for you. Hopefully this list has provided you with some insight, getting into game development even has a hobby can be overwhelming. Don’t be deterred, but if its something that you’re passionate about then pursue it. Who knows maybe one day people will be playing your game.
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