The post about making your first game already got thousands of visitors in just couple of days (Thanks Kotaku and others). As this issue seem to be in people’s interest, I decided to give a brief list of tools that you can use to create your own game.
Resources for beginners
If you are a beginner in making games, check out the following tools. They’ll help you to get started.
- Game Maker – Haven’t personally used this, but many people seem to be recommending it to people, so here it is.
- Multimedia Fusion – This was actually one of the first programming kits I purchased in the past. I really recommend checking Multimedia Fusion, it has lots of good features for beginners. I liked it in the past, and it provided an easy way into making games.
- Dark Basic – Another good, pretty simple programming tool for creating your game.
- Blitz3D/BlitzMax – Very nice products, easy BASIC like syntax (in Blitz3D, BlitzMax has more advanced stuff). I’m using Blitz3D and created protos and games like Highpiled using it.
For more experienced developers
Bit more advanced resources, but worth checking for anyone who wants to get deeper into making games:
- Torque Game Engine Advanced – Engine especially for multiplayer game making. Many people like and recommend it. There’s a free demo which you can use to test it.
- Ogre3D – Open source graphics engine, with lots of modifications and additions available.
- Java Monkey Engine – Java based graphics engine with lots of features.
- Multiverse – Creating a MMO (like MMORPG game). Not perhaps the easiest solution for first game development, but if you are into making your massively multiplayer games – then you might want to check this out.
- DevMaster 3D engines list – Mentioned this earlier, but since it’s such a good place to find a game engine I couldn’t leave it away from this post.
Now, just pick your tools and start making your game.