Top 5 Free Game Development Software

Top 5 Free Game Development Software

Have you ever thought about developing a game? but just hold yourself back because of coding and fear of paid tools. If yes, then we can help make your ideas a reality. Of course, even simple games like carrom pool, brain out requires a lot of effort to look good. What if I say there are tools that let you develop free games just by drag and drop. All you need is the correct tools and how to operate a computer.

We have listed some free game development software that will help bring your ideas into real life

1. Construct-3

One of the best things I loved in construct-3 is easy to make. If you wanted to create a game like Maze Challenge it would take less time than any other games out there. The reason is that construct-3 is a “non-coding engine”.Construct 2 was downloadable in PC, but Construct -3 is available to use in the browsers. Now you can make an Android & iOS Games in the browser itself that sounds great!

Construct is not versatile and developing big is a challenging one. If you’re trying to make big games, construct-3 is not the right one for you. But construct is best for making 2D games.

Developed by: Scirra Ltd

Initial Release: October 27, 2007

Written Language: c++

Latest Update: Planned to support JavaScript as an optional language for advanced users

Free Edition: In free Edition construct-3 allows use maximum of 100 events, 4 layers in any layout, 2 effects in a project.No permission to sell your games

Paid: $99/year

Comparison chart for free vs paid

Advantages 

  • Runs on all your browsers, no need to download.
  • You can even work offline.
  • Auto Updates
  • Even at subscription ends you can access or download your projects

2. Unreal Engine

The most powerful free Game creation Engine. Creating a game unreal is very simple for beginners. Though unreal engine 4 provides blueprint visual scripting to develop a game without a single line of coding still you must be aware of the fundamentals of a program to use the blueprint.UE4 lets you to export your games into multiple platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, HTML5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Oculus VR, and more.

Developed by:  Tim Sweeney,  founder of Epic Games

Initial Release: May 1998

Written Language: c++

Latest Update: Unreal Engine 4

Download: Unreal Engine 4

Free Edition: You can access the entire, including source code.

Advantage 

  • Real-time workflow.
  • Rendering technology is one of the biggest benefits.
  • Unreal engine having good VR integration

3. Unity

Unity is another potent game for developing software. It lets you design both 2D,3D, virtual reality and augmented reality games. Unity is broadly used among veteran game and hobbyist developers. By using an asset store you can acquire 3D models, HUD graphics, and environmental textures for free.

Developed by:  Unity Technologies,

Initial Release: June 8, 2005

Written Language: c++,c#

Latest Update: unity 2019.2.12

Download: Unity Engine

Free Edition: As same as the unreal engine, there are no restrictions to use features as long as you earn much less than $100,000 in annual revenue from your video games

Paid : $75 /month.

Advantage 

  • Unity engine support across 27 platforms 
  • The quality audio and video supported by this engine
  • Debugging is much easier with unity game development.

4. Game Maker Studio


Game Make provides basic edits for free versions and supports, Windows PC, Windows 8  and Mac OS. The visual scripting system and intuitive Editor enables beginners to create an entire video game without writing a single line of code. Unfortunately, the free version doesn’t allow exporting your video games on any platform.

Developed by: YoYo Games

Initial Release: 15 November 1999

Written Language: C++ (Runtime), C# (IDE)

Latest Update: GameMaker Studio 2.1.3

Download: GameMaker Studio 2

Paid : $99 /year.

Advantages :

  • Ease Of Use
  • It is the fastest development, very flexible and pretty capable.
  • Its main advantage is DND (Drag and Drop)

5. Game Salad

It is another free Game developing software.it is an Integrated Development Environment mainly developed for non-programmers. Game Salad consists of a visual editor and a behavior-based logic system. Game Salad is best for the web-based game development platform. The major features are Multi-Platform publishing Tables/arrays, Game preview, Scene editor, Integrated physics, Expressions. By using Game Salad you can create only 2D Games. 

Developed by:  GameSalad

Initial Release: 15 November 1999

Written Language: Javascript 

Latest Update: Creator 1.25.95

Download: GameSalad

Paid: $17.00/month

Advantages:

  • There are a lot of pre-made templates
  • Drag and Drop options
  • This allows you to add your own background design, character or item 
  • You can sell or buy games on the Gamesalad website.

Other Famed Free Game Development Software

If you feel any complexity in above-listed game makers, then you can explore these things:

  • Godot
  • AppGameKit
  • CryEngine
  • Amazon Lumberyard
  • RPG Maker
  • LibGDX
  • Urho3D

              “Bring out your ambitious ideas into the real world”

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