The Games Factory

The Games Factory


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 241 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2 build D240
File Size:
16.73MB
Date Added:
July 18, 2006
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $59.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
305,401
Downloads Last Week:
16
Additional Requirements:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' review

Once you figure out the interface, you can build professional-looking games with The Games Factory. However, it's a long slog. The program comes with background elements, active objects, and even some animated characters. You can choose to include functions such as the boss key (F5) or instructions (F1), but you can't change key assignments. Neither of the options for the Jump action is the intuitive up arrow.

The help is spotty. It refers to the Multimedia Level as the "game level." Also, it says you can include sound files, but it doesn't tell you how. According to the Lectures file we downloaded from the publisher's site, the program imports MIDI soundtracks and WAV samples. Importable image files include PCX, BMP, IFF, RLE, and DIB. The animation editor will bring in existing FLI or FLC files.

The trial version lets you build and test a game, but you can't export it as a standalone file or as a Web game. Buying the Home version allows you to distribute games and screensavers for free, whereas the Pro version adds the right to charge for your creations. Aspiring game designers with patience and time might find The Games Factory useful.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.4

    out of 241 votes

    • 5 star: 198
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5 stars

    "Gooooooooooood"

    October 18, 2010   |   By terence1234567

    Version: The Games Factory 2 build D240

    Pros

    This product is very good, it is same as the real one.

    Cons

    I have noyhing dont like about it.

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  • 1 stars

    "****"

    March 28, 2008   |   By warkid247

    Version: The Games Factory 2 build D240

    Cons

    sucked it didn't do anything i wanted it to do

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  • 2 stars

    "Sort of outdated"

    November 03, 2007   |   By Games4Girls

    Version: The Games Factory 2 build D240

    Pros

    Relatively easy to use.

    Cons

    Can only do 2D platform games, very limited. There are better game development systems.

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  • 3 stars

    "Does have some good stuff"

    September 14, 2006   |   By Nic-V

    Version: The Games Factory 2 build D240

    Pros

    Easy to use. Good for beginners in game making.

    Cons

    Not many functions i better like Gamemaker

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  • 4 stars

    "Extremily good, but a few minor problems"

    July 23, 2006   |   By lsproc

    Version: The Games Factory 2 build D240

    Pros

    It is easy. Just start it up, press New, open a object library, drop the objects in, program them and your done. In reality that would take me about 10 mins. Next there is expansion. Anybody with knowlege of I think it is C can make an extension (you might be able to do that on MMF2 Developer). For TGF1 there was MooSock (Multiplayer Online Object), File Encryption etc. Im sure these great extensions will be ported to this one. Finally its stability. The older 1.06 build 32 version, being partly 16bit based even if you chose the 32bit version was awful, crashing all the time. This though is just excellent. It has never crashed during my trial and the 'limited' games I have made (the entire library of objects was not included to make the download small) were excellent. Faster and more responsive than the older 1.06 build 32 created games.

    Cons

    It takes a while to learn. Well didn't BASIC, C, Windows, DOS, Your Computer? I happen to be a young person who gets this stuff well and I do find it a little bit harder than the old TGF1. And that seems to be it.

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