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Game Maker

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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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  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 190 votes

    • 5 star: 109
    • 4 star: 33
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 18
  • Current version:

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    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good program for the rest of us"

    November 30, 2013  |   By Slofrog

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    - Very easy to understand and use
    - A tutorial and three examples for newbies
    - Many features, especially in Pro (paid) edition
    - Programming scripts for advanced users

    Cons

    - A newer (but worse, in my opinion) version is available

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best :)"

    March 19, 2011  |   By 0R74ND0

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    I Love It! Easy To Use Program... "* * * * *" Stars

    Cons

    NONE! It's Cool...

    Summary

    So Far It's Awesome...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wow, this is amazing!"

    February 1, 2011  |   By TheRekcah

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    Make advanced games with drag-and-drop! How good your game is depends on how much time you put into it, NOT your skill level!
    The lite version is free, and you only need pro if your are a semi-serious programmer.
    Giant community at yoyogames.com.

    Cons

    Lite version [this download] is some-what limited when compared to the pro version, but lite is still MORE then enough to make games for fun.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Its A great first step to game making"

    December 19, 2010  |   By Hawk223

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    You can learn 2d game making simple stuff like side way scrollers ect in a afternoon
    all of the basic programming is drag and drop from a side menu. you can find a wealth of game sprites the "pictures" of a game from the resorces arcive.

    Cons

    all thoe 3d is a + with gammaker its by no means drag and drop, + the gamemaker has its own programming language simler to c+ these art realy cons but a worth while note.

    Summary

    If your new to game making or just like to try it for the first time this is the game programming tool for you, I would also like to say greenfoot and alice are good java base game learning tools.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Useful and easy!"

    November 26, 2010  |   By Ekmeta

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    Extremely versatile and easy to use program. Like before, excellent 2D support but 3D is rather limited... makes games making really easy!

    Cons

    None! There are no problems.

    Summary

    Easy to use, fun, and worth the price!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant!"

    October 27, 2010  |   By tigerchips

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    Easy to learn. Has a wiki guide and a forum in case you get stuck. Has free downloadable resources. Free tutorials.

    Cons

    No cons yet!

    Summary

    I made a puzzle game in one week with the free lite version! Outstanding!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely Superb"

    September 14, 2010  |   By Abyssaldemon

    Version: Game Maker 8.0

    Pros

    Easy game development, excellent 2d support. Easy for beginners but has advanced functions and set a basis for other programming language. Expandable with extensions and .dll's.

    Cons

    Horrible 3d, and multi-player functions.

    Summary

    I have used it everyday since I got it 4 years ago and have used it for personal enjoyment, gain and even school projects. It's even fun, for all ages.

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