Best game making software for PC users [2020 Guide]

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Game design and development require the knowledge of a programming language.

Whether they’re amateur or professional, game developers must learn ActionScript, JAVA, C++ or some other complex programming language necessary for creating 2D or 3D games.

But, fortunately, these days, there are various game-making tools that don’t require coding.

In other words, with all of the tools on the market in today’s gaming industry, you can really get into game development without any formal education.

These are user-friendly and they include a straightforward drag and drop interface, an event system, graphics editor, a level editor, behaviors, special effects, and more toolsets that will make development much easier and it will also save both time and energy.

If you want to make an actual run at game development as a more serious career, you should probably pursue some more conventional means, but all the recent success stories really show that it’s entirely possible to succeed without them.

The modern generation of game creators not only offers a fantastic toolset, but it also allows game developers to monetize and publish their amazing games on Google Play Store, iTunes, and more app stores.

Some of the most popular PC games have been developed using the advanced software programs.

Here’s a list of the best game creating software for PC games which will turn out to be appropriate for both moonlighting developing after you get home from your regular job in the evening and for going all-in on a long-shot Kickstarter to make your dream game become a reality.

You’ll find all resources you need to get started below, so enjoy!

Best game maker software for PCs

Editor’s choice: Indie Game Maker

autodesk indie game maker

We recommend this software as anyone can start making a simple game or a more complex one using 3D modeling software, which is now a requirement for any game developer’s toolkit.

This software gives you framework to design and share a great gaming experience.

With Indie Game Maker you get to create your game in three phases, each of them allowing to be as creative and complex as you want it to be.

The great thing about this Game Maker is that you can set the groundbase of your design and start testing, iterating and then work on the details to smooth it up. You just need enough to get going.

If you want to learn more about the game developement you can download the Cat-Fu Game kit and get to look into each phase assets as documented by the game makers.

From this you can add your own characters or environments, or even re-build an entirely new game.

You can start with the free trial just to plunge into the process. With your characters and environments created in 3D, you can then start building your game.

You build levels and create the rules for how your game works in the Stingray game engine on Maya LT. Altough it has a good complexity level, you don’t need to be a programmer to use it.

Looking for the best game design software that include game-debugging tools? Here are our top picks.

  1. Construct 2

This will be your best bet in case you have never written a line of code in your whole life. This game development tool is GUI-driven, and this means that everything is drag-and-drop.

Variables and game logic are implemented using the design features included in the app. On the other hand, even if you want to write code you should know that it’s unavailable.

With this software, you are able to export your work to a dozen of different platforms and formats, and you don’t have to change a single thing in your game to accommodate these options.

After you finished your game, you can export it to the Windows Store, HTML5, Chrome Web Store, or Facebook. If you get a paid copy, you can also export to Windows, Linux, Mac and more.

Construct 2 features some of the most complex documentation included in a game development tool.

Most developers lack skills in music, art or animations, but this is not a problem when using Construct 2 as you can always browse and purchase ready-made assets from the Scirra Store.

You can also get sample games with a source which can be helpful for studying and learning new tricks and tips of all kinds.

The free version of this tool is limited to 100 events, two simultaneous special effects, four object layers and access to a small portion of the included sample assets.

Chose one of these great HTML5 editors for Windows 10 to create perfect projects!

  1. Quest

Before we had fancy HD graphics and more gigs of storage space, some words of a screen were enough.

Back then, before graphical games, you would only have some text-based adventures that unfolded similarly to a choose-your-own-adventure story.

As you might imagine, making a text based game is really an advisable first undertake of a game project.

You will not have to worry about lots of programming and graphics, and that’s why you will have enough time to focus on creating believable stories with a narrative with in-depth dialogue trees and choices.

Quest is a very intuitive and straightforward text-game creator, and its interface is free of clutter.

The UI is designed in such a way that really makes sense from a game-creation point of view.

In case you are planning on creating stories for others to get involved with and if you want to keep things basic, the software is the perfect place to start, and you can even use it entirely in your browser.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other gaming software, check out our wide collection of guides.