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On this page you will find dozens of user friendly engines used in game creation. I've ranked them according to my expirience with them & first impression. Some engines look more intimidating then others. Rank is subject to change as I poor more hours into learning the program.

This little beauty can be used to create an online RPG (aka, MMORPG) all by itself. It has everything you could possibly need - and it's open source! If you find that Origins doesn't have everything you need then you can simply pop it open in Visual Basic 6.0 and get to work adding in your own exciting systems. homepage

First Impression:
There are very few dedicated mmorpg engines out there for casual game creation. This one looks flexible, but confusing at first. You have to create a login to start and password just to get started. With an import of your own graphics, you could create a nice looking & functional mmorpg. Version 2.0 adds many features.

Multimedia Fusion2 is the perfect tool for creating multimedia applications and exciting games.
Multimedia Fusion 2 continues the amazingly powerful graphical programming interface started with
Klik & Play and continued with The Games Factory. Featuring Powerful new objects, exciting new transitions and a graphics library packed with megabytes of royalty free graphics and sounds.

We also offer an SDK package so you can make your own extensions using C++. homepage

First Impression:
I followed the tutorial and made my first game with this engine. It was surprisingly easy and even though the tutorial was made for a 1-player game, I turned it into two. When I tried to expirience outside of the tutorial, It took a couple hours to get anything new and different.

This engine has a clean interface and drag & drop elements. I'd reccomment it for commercial game production.

This is it--a game maker for creating action games that depend on fast reflexes! Unlike previous tools that were for one specific genre, this title lets you create games in many genres with action elements from platformers, action RPGs, and shooters. homepage

First Impression:
I got really excited about this one and dedicated an evening for checking it out. There are games and video downloads that show you just what it can do. The problem is, it's stinking hard! I eventually quit cause I got frustrated. You should note, that I don't program and am only good at simple algebra. Check it out, you might have better luck then me.

Design your very own games using easy-to-learn drag-and-drop actions – you can create professional-quality games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects. And when you've become more experienced, there is an easy built-in programming GameMaker Language (GML), which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with GameMaker. homepage

First Impression:
I spent 10 hours trying to make two health bars for a two player game. The rest of the game only took me only 1 hour. If you give enough "work" time into this engine, you can make just about anything. It gets easier and easier as you go. Now if only I could master external resource handling.

The graphical scripter within 001 Game Creator is a simple, yet powerful method of creating events for your game without the difficulty of learning to write code. It uses the simplicity of pointing and clicking to allow the user to easily implement events in the form of a flowchart. homepage

First Impression:
Engine001 had one of the best first impressions for me. For now, I'll give it 4 stars, because when I launched it, I said, "I can do this." It doesn't support a huge amount of gameplay types, but updates will come.

Flixel is an open source game-making library that is completely free for personal or commercial use. Written entirely in Actionscript 3, and designed to be used with free development tools, Flixel is easy to learn, extend and customize. homepage

First Impression:
Not the typical download-your-engine-and-start-making-a-game program. Haven't had a chance to expirment with Flixel, by first impressions were good.

FlashPunk is a free ActionScript 3 library designed for developing 2D Flash games. It provides you with a fast, clean framework to prototype and develop your games in. This means that most of the dirty work (timestep, animation, input, and collision to name a few) is already coded for you and ready to go, giving you more time and energy to concentrate on the design and testing of your game. homepage

First Impression:
Flashpunk makes game creating easier. I like that is focuses on 2D games, cause I'm all about 2D.

With RPG Maker VX you can create games with a resolution of 544x416, 32bit colours with a smooth, steady framerate of 60 fps. The ability to have characters run is now included as a standard function and the in-game default font has been changed from previous versions for easier reading homepage

First Impression:
I used rpg maker 2003 to create a 10 hour rpg game. It was my first game.and I never released it. I love rpg maker. I only give it 3 stars cause I don't feel this engine is good for commercial game development. I could be wrong though, I've seen some games released that look like they could have been made on this engine.

Playbasic is a windows based programmnig language designed for 2D video game creation, and incorporates over 25 years experience in the video game programming field. Our aim is to create a game programming language that gives new programmers the flexibility and feature set for rapid game development, without the complexity or cost. So everybody can experience the challenge of game programming again. homepage

First Impression:
I've seen some people punp out some really quick games using this engine. I'm not a personal fan only because I'm not a programming guru. They have good support and tutorials.

Playbasic is a windows based programmnig language designed for 2D video game creation, and incorporates over 25 years experience in the video game programming field. Our aim is to create a game programming language that gives new programmers the flexibility and feature set for rapid game development, without the complexity or cost. So everybody can experience the challenge of game programming again. homepage

First Impression:
I've seen some people pump out some really quick games using this engine. I'm not a personal fan only because I'm not a programming guru. They have good support and tutorials.

Blitz Research Ltd is a software development company dedicated to bringing you the ultimate in games programming tools.

Our latest product is Monkey, which targets the hot platforms of the moment - including iOS, Android, the web (Flash and HTML5), Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, and more! Please see the dedicated Monkey website for more details.

We also offer the hugely popular and successful Blitz range of products, which this website is dedicated to.

Our latest Blitz product is BlitzMax, a programming language that can compile for Windows, Mac and Linux. BlitzMax is the ultimate programming language for desktop apps - it's powerful and extendable language means there is a module for just about everything.

Our other Blitz products are Blitz3D for 3D games, and BlitzPlus for 2D games and simple GUI apps. Both are highly suited to beginners to games development. homepage

First Impression:
At first glace, Blitz does not impress me as being an engine of choice. It does offer an array of different version such as 2D & 3D, but I wonder if you'll be better with another engine that includes the two in a single package. Help me change my mind.

Powered by award-winning Unreal Engine 3 technology, UDK’s feature set is packed with power and ease of use. These are just a few of the top-level features used by many of the world’s best game developers to create outstanding games. Build better, build faster, build more dynamically. Build with UDK. homepage

UDK now supports iOS! Step in to the next generation of mobile games.

First Impression:
This engine takes real work, but you can create an indie game and easily publish a great looking game on many platforms. Steam & direct2drive offer services to sell your game. Anyone play Dungeon Defenders?

Microsoft XNA is a set of tools with a managed runtime environment provided by Microsoft that facilitates video game development and management. XNA attempts to free game developers from writing "repetitive boilerplate code" and to bring different aspects of game production into a single system. wiki

First Impression:
I've worked with programmers on several occasions and find XNA to be choice for developers. The limitation is developing on windows phone 7, xbox live, and pc. And...having basic programming skills.

With Unity 3, we've put tremendous effort on world building tools – so you can assemble and tweak your levels at the speed of thought.We rewrote Unity's rendering pipeline so your games can look the best they can – and get a 50% performance boost on top.

Edit. Test. Play. With Unity, testing your latest idea is never more than a click away. This lets you drill down to find the fun, then polish it until it's perfect.

Unity 3 brings Beast lightmapping and Umbra occlusion culling to the table – a key part of making games look great and run fast across all devices.

Target platform can be switched instantly, so you can develop from a single source for mobiles, web, PC/Mac, and consoles.

Design the perfect aural ambience with our new integrated audio filters and in-scene editing tools. Captivating your audience has never been easier. homepage

First Impression:
I saw the day 1 release of this program and I have to say I'm really impressed. I don't know much about it except for the fact it's done very well for itself, and Star Wars the Old Republic used Unity to display the Galaxy Map on their site.

Torque 2D is an extremely powerful and easy to use 2D game engine. Built upon the Torque architecture, Torque 2D offers many of the features found in our cutting edge 3D game engine, but is customized for 2D gameplay. With its intuitive and powerful editor, anyone can jump into game creation with little or no prior programming or game development knowledge. Your license to Torque 2D provides you with a complete 2D feature set.

Cross Platform Development at Its Best

Torque 2D was developed with Mac and Windows computers in mind and works equally well on either platform. As with all of our products, Torque 2D includes the complete C++ source code to the engine and editor tools. It also includes access to TorqueScript, our scripting language which allows developers to write the same gameplay logic on Windows or a Mac and have it work on the other!

Level Editor

Torque 2D's Level Editor provides a suite of WYSIWYG tools for designing and editing a game. The Level Editor is fully integrated with the Torque Runtime and provides full access to all Torque subsystems. homepage

First Impression:
When I opened torqu for the first time the interface was clean and proffessional. It's not as easy to learn as game maker, but once you make something you have it forever. There are scripts you can drag and drop once they are made and plenty help on the internet.

Construct 2 is an amazing new program that lets you make games — no programming required! Construct 2's event editor makes building and creating games visual and easy for beginners and advanced users alike.

Add 2D physics to your games without writing a single line of code! Watch the 60 second video to truly see how easy it is. Music and SoundsBundled with over 120 sound effects, loads of original music tracks, ambient atmospheric sounds and sprite packs so you can be making amazing games in minutes!

Why not try out some online demos to see the true power of Construct 2? All games are HTML5 - which means they will work on loads of different devices (including your browser of course!)

Construct 2 can make platform games, puzzle games, space games, your imagination is the only limit! homepage

First Impression:
I've downloaded Construct 2 and will have my deeper impressions posted later. So far it sounds very promissing, though there seems to be a limitation on the type of games you can make.

AGK was developed out of our own need to create a one stop solution for making game apps for mobile devices. In the past TGC had developed games for one device and then wanted to port them to other platforms. The process of conversion was costly and repetitive. The team wanted to spend more time creating new games and not burdened with laborious conversion work.

The TGC team has a wealth of experience in creating game creation tools spanning well over a decade. Taking that knowledge and working with our loyal and enthusiastic community we set to work on creating AGK.

This phase one of AGK is just the beginning. We aim to spread AGK across as many different platforms as possible. Meaning games you code in our AGK BASIC will instantly work on other supported platforms as we bring them into the AGK portfolio.

We're very excited about AGK, we feel it's the foundation of a great game making platform and we're 100% behind its evolution and development. We will continue to work with our community to ensure the AGK meets their needs. homepage

First Impression:
I've worked with Darkbasic and had trouble using it to create a tic-tac-toe game. This is an offset of that product. Once again it's my fault I can't learn these because of programming requirments. If you have programming knowledge, the app game kit is a wonderful solution for indie game development.

Welcome to StencylWorks, web and mobile game creation done right.

StencylWorks isn't your average game creation software; it's a gorgeous, intuitive toolset that accelerates your workflow and then gets out of the way. We take care of the essentials like physics and native APIs so you can focus on what's important—making your game yours.

Publish to the App Store and the web in record time with StencylWorks.

Our drag-and-drop gameplay designer pays homage to the successful MIT Scratch project. We extend Scratch's simple block-snapping interface with new functionality and hundreds of ready-to-use blocks, including special blocks for native iOS features.

Power users can create and share their own blocks, import existing code libraries and create custom classes that interact seamlessly with block-based Behaviors. homepage

First Impression:
What is really applealing about Stencyl is the built in physics and drag & drog options. After playing around a bit, I can see how something like this can revolutionize game making. Anyone can do it!

It’s a game engine, made especially for game developers who want to create 3D games with modern technology standards. The software is programmed entirely in Java, intended for wide accessibility and quick deployment. homepage

First Impression:
Can't give more than 3 stars at the moment cause I haven't looked too deeply into this one because it's 3D only. Let me know what you think about it.

MMORPG Maker XB is a powerful multiplayer game development and authoring tool. Best of all, the MMORPG Maker XB suite can be used to create professional games with little to no programming skills required.

Equipped with a level editor, game engine, server runtime, and more, building your first multiplayer game can be as easy as point-and-click.

Simply start by loading up the editor and dragging your mouse around to lay the grass, dirt, or floor tiles. Patch it up by adding buildings, objects, props, and custom graphics to spice up your game. Link levels together to build gigantic worlds oozing with secrets to discover and more.

MMORPG Maker XB provides you with everything you need to begin building exciting multiplayer online games while removing the guesswork and learning curve typically required in such large scale games.

MMORPG Maker XB is completely web-based. Both the editor and game engine can be run inside a web browser -- on any platform! Our current official list of supported platforms and browsers for our game engine include:

  • Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Firefox 3.5+
  • Safari 4+
  • Chrome 5+
  • iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Palm WebOS

This covers 95+% of desktop internet traffic (Source: W3Counter, Nov 2009) and over 80% of smartphone internet traffic (Source: AdMob 2009). No competing product offers you quite as much distribution reach!

Unlike other complicated products (such as actual programming tools and compilers), you do not need to "compile" or "re-program" for a different platform. Just create one game, and our engine will make sure it works on any platform whether it's the decade-old Internet Explorer 6.0 to the roaming handheld iPhone devices.

First Impression:
Can't give more than 3 stars at the moment cause I haven't looked too deeply into this one. Let me know what you think about it.

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