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    Sep. 22, 2011
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    Free; $39.99 to buy

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If you want to make your own games, this is the program to try first. Game Maker installs quickly and launches automatically, starting up by generating a new project. A basic project includes sprites, sounds, background, paths, scripts, data files, time lines, objects, and room features, as well as game information and options, all of which you can configure freely. In particular, the application offers a good deal of control over sprites, which can be scaled, rotated, made partially transparent, and blended with a color. Each feature offers samples to show you how to create your masterpiece. All you need is imagination and the freeware's help file. You might not be able to create something, such as Doom or Heroes of Might and Magic, but mah-jongg and golf are doable. Though writing a game might seem intimidating, Game Maker brings it within reach.
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4 stars

"Use Game Maker 8.0 instead"

November 30, 2013  |  By Slofrog

2013-11-30 10:04:14  |  By Slofrog

 |  Version: Game Maker 8.1


- Very easy to use
- Good for creating basic games (and programs?)
- See also my review for version 8.0


- Very buggy
- No sprites, sounds etc. (unlike Game Maker 8.0)
- Often prompts to upgrade to Standard (paid) edition


If you haven't got a good reason for using version 8.1, install version 8.0 instead. It isn't as buggy and it doesn't spoil your EXE game with watermarks and ads.

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5 stars

"Amazing program!"

June 23, 2013  |  By slenderpman

2013-06-23 17:21:20  |  By slenderpman

 |  Version: Game Maker 8.1


Extremely flexible and easy to use. Unlike other similar game-making programs, this one allows you to create your own parameters and resources for games, which means that its only limit is the creativity of the programmer. Plus, it the interface is simple. Other programs have interfaces that can be intimidating and difficult, but this one is nonthreatening and easy to work with.


Somewhat expensive, although there is a free demo version that gives access to most of the features. Also, map creation can sometimes be frustrating.


Of all the game making programs I have seen, this has to be my favorite. It is usable by both beginners and advanced users because of its flexibility. I would recommend this program to anybody who is interested in making games.

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1 stars

"I thought it was free"

April 20, 2013  |  By anunusualwoman

2013-04-20 16:27:32  |  By anunusualwoman

 |  Version: Game Maker 8.1


none whatsoever


I was led to believe it was free because I only searched for free but it says I have to buy it to use it. Not to download it, but to use it. I uninstalled of course.

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4 stars

"Great but has a issue"

February 17, 2012  |  By firemaster1337

2012-02-17 16:37:01  |  By firemaster1337

 |  Version: Game Maker 8.1


It does what its supposed to do


Once and a while it said it can not create valild runner data and it can be fixed by reinstalling


untill it is fixed I shall stay with a 4 star rating

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2 stars

"Hard to understand how to use this program!"

January 08, 2012  |  By mammy2921

2012-01-08 18:49:53  |  By mammy2921

 |  Version: Game Maker 8.1


None at all!


Hard to do!


Removed it from my computer

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1 stars

"Not installing properly!"

October 17, 2011  |  By Kevy_MT

2011-10-17 18:03:16  |  By Kevy_MT

 |  Version: Game Maker 8.1


I have no idea because the program will not install correctly on my system.


I have had and installed the previous versoon of Game Maker and enjoyed it, so I decided to upgrade to the newest version. After I downloaded the program, and started to install, everything started to go wrong. Several files had problems installing on this program, and now the program will not run at all.


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I am terribly disappointed with both CNET and the creators of Game Maker. This software doesn't even deserve the rating I have given it in my opinion because of the installation issues I experienced. I have downloaded some pretty good software from CNET, I would honestly like to continue doing just that, but when junk like this program and in CNET, I begin to wonder why I even come here. I do not apologize for my review of this program.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Mark Overmar
Publisher web site
Release Date September 22, 2011
Date Added September 22, 2011
Version 8.1
Category Games
Subcategory Games Utilities & Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 12.12MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 1,074,392
Downloads Last Week 551
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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