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3 Top Game Development Software Free Edition

Top 3 Game Development Software Free Edition

Top Game Development Software

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For new people looking to get into game development it could be hard to get started. What engine should you use? What sort of assets do you require? How good are your programming and/or art skills? This is our free game development software edition. In this edition, we look at the top game development software that a developer can use today!

There are so many game engines out there and it’s just figuring out which one would be best for your game. I don’t think there really is a one product fits all. Each engine has their pros and cons. So what engine should I look into?

If you search on Steam for example, you’ll find several game development software that is out there for sale, however if you are short on cash, you can always take a look at the following list of game development software free editions and determine from there what you might like to try:

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[Game Development Software Free Version We Recommend For Starters]

GameMaker: Studio

Pros
Pros:

  • Great for beginners!
  • Drag and drop features.
  • Java-esque code called GML.
  • Fast development.
  • Perfect for 2D games.
  • Perfect for Designers!
Cons
Cons:

  • 3D games are a bit harder to do.
  • Limited amount of scripts in the free version.
  • To get the most out of GameMaker:Studio, you will want to get the full edition which may be costly for some developers.

 

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[Top Game Development Software We Recommend For Experienced Developers]

Unity3D

Pros
Pros:

  • Great for intermediate and advance users!
  • Use C# or Javascript.
  • Great engine for both 3D and 2D games.
  • Free for demo builds (Pro membership for brandless builds)
  • Perfect for Programmers!
Cons
Cons:

  • Harder for beginners to use as you’ll be mostly doing a lot of stuff in code.
  • Limited amount of scripts in the free version.

 

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[Free Game Development Software We Recommend for Beginner-Intermediate Developers]

Unreal Engine

Pros
Pros:

  • Great for beginners!
  • Blueprints (Visual Programming)
  • C++ for actual programming
  • AMAZING lighting system
  • Perfect for Level Designers!
  • Free to get started and sell your games! (5% Royalty fee on sales of games however)
Cons
Cons:

  • Higher learning curve compared to Game Maker: Studio, lower learning curve than Unity 3D
  • Heavy focus on 3D, but is able to produce amazing 2D games. This con comes from the Unreal Marketplace (More 3D assets than 2D assets available to purchase)

Final Thoughts + Bonus: Top Game Development Software Tools!

While the engine is just one component to the process of game development you may need other tools to help you with your development. From software that helps you create your art to software that manipulates your development files.

As an added bonus, another top 3 development tools to use:

Stay tuned for more tools, resources, and information for your game development needs.