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  • Free Game Development Tools For Novice Game Creators

    [02.20.18]
    - Thomas Glare

  • Unreal Engine 4

    One of the leading programs in the market for game engines is Unreal Engine 4. It includes a wide range of features and tools for creating stunning games. If you intend to develop beautiful games seriously, Unreal Engine 4 will make your work more comfortable and exciting.

    The Unreal Engine 4 can be rightly called the leading software for developing quality games. Thanks to it, such masterpieces as Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect, Mortal Combat and many other equally worthy projects appeared. The engine has gained a well-deserved popularity due to the huge arsenal of opportunities that were introduced into it for 17 years of hard work. Today, Unreal Engine 4 has become a serious platform for building stunning virtual entertainment using the most modern technologies.

    The editor workspace has a lot of buttons and panels, and at first glance, it may seem incomprehensible and complex, but it will not always be so. In fact, working with the interface is very comfortable, it is just worth a little understanding. Since Unreal Engine 4 is more like a professional tool, then it requires appropriate studying. If you want to create really cool video games, then you have to allocate a decent amount of time to study the extensive functionality of this engine. The costs of time will pay off with a vengeance when you begin to receive a tremendous pleasure from the process of creating professional games.

    Its main features comprise:

    • Powerful development environment

    • Visual programming with the unique Blueprint system

    • C ++ programming capability

    • Advanced design tools

    • Creating games for the system Windows, Android, Linux, Mac OS and iOS.

    • Support for DirectX 11/12

    • Advanced particle editor and visual effects editor

    • Convenient creation of simple models, landscapes, and animations

    • Quick testing of the created game

    • Flexible tools for creating cut scenes, etc.

    Game Maker: Studio

    GameMaker: Studio is a full-featured game development tool that includes a level editor, resource manager, code editor and custom scripting language known as GameMaker Language (GML). The early versions of GameMaker were very simple and many people remember them. Now everything has changed, with several commercial successes, including some very famous games.

    In the Master collection of the engine GM: S a cross-platform compatibility for desktop computers, HTML5 and mobile devices (for both Android and iOS) is implemented. In addition, it is possible to integrate version control and monetization (for example, advertising and purchase in the application). The total cost of the Master collection is about $ 800 dollars at the time of this writing. Therefore, this engine is ideal for:

    • Anyone who is interested in cross-platform development

    • Indie teams of developers with a small budget.

    A low entry threshold in GM: S is possible thanks to the integration of the drag-and-drop interface. So, this is a fantastic tool for people with little programming knowledge as a first experience. Its interface is a great way to learn the process of creating the program and some basic logic.

    Thanks to its management capabilities, GM: S allows developers to create and run very simple games quickly, which is great for gaming jams and creating game prototypes.

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