Time for a quick look at developments taking place to various free Game Maker alternatives which may be of interest to Game Maker users.
Scirra’s open-source game creation software Construct still receives regular updates and version 1 should be out very soon. A brief comparison of Game Maker and Construct which I wrote last year remains one of the most popular articles on GMB. Ashley Gullen from the Construct project recently revealed (in a Russian interview) that they have already decided to plan a complete rewrite for Construct 2 which will have some kind of commercial option and the ability to create games for use on other platforms.
Gendai Games who are behind the GameSalad iPhone Game Maker have recently secured $1M of funding and are currently recruiting. A week after the launch of Apple’s iPad more than 10% of the 100 best selling games were developed using GameSalad. The fact that tools such as GameSalad have been allowed to continue means that there remains a possibility of a future version of Game Maker offering the option to create games for a variety of iDevices.
Stencyl, labelled vapourware by many, is currently promoting the fact that the cross-platform tool can be used to create flash games. I applied to the beta ages ago, heard nothing and now many months on there is still no public version. To be honest I’ve lost all interest in the project though it will be good to see how it compares to Game Maker if a public release ever becomes available.
The Flashpunk ActionScript library has attracted a small following of members of the Game Maker community. Development of the framework which is intended to be used to design 2-dimensional flash games has been ongoing with the latest change made yesterday.
It will be interesting to see whether these new game development tools take people away from Game Maker or instead draw a new crowd of people to “easy” game development.