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If you want to get started with game design you should take
a look at the game design software and game design tools listed
below. We also strongly recommend that you also pick up some
books on the subject as it will really help you get the basic
knowledge about the process of designing a successful game.
3D Game Makers
Make a game with DarkBASIC, it has become one of the more
popular choices of game design programs for both beginners
and the more advanced hobby game programmers out there.
The more advanced option of DarkBASIC. If you have the extra
cash this is just as a good option as DarkBASIC, or even better
in many ways.
Wish to create your own video games that have high quality
on your own with little time to waste creating a game engine,
a 3D framework or network components, then GLBasic could be
a good choice.
Lawmaker Game Engine
The Lawmaker Game Engine is a powerful and robust 3D game engine
tailored for novice and advanced game designers. The 3D game
engine and tools provide a complete development solution for
current and next generation games.
The 3D Gamemaker
With the 3D Game maker you can make your own game in seconds.
You don’t have to know any programming to make games
with The 3D Gamemaker.
Game Maker is a gamer design program that allows you to make
your own computer games without having to learn any programming.
Engine Torque Game Engine SDK
The Torque Game Engine (TGE) is for the more advanced game
designers. The 3d game engine features multi-player network
code, state of the art skeletal animation, seamless indoor/outdoor
rendering engines, drag-and-drop GUI creation, a C-like scripting
language and a built in world editor.
3D game programming with gameSpace can deliver stunning results.
No longer are eye photorealistic 3D graphics limited to the
domain of large game and film studios.
3D GameStudio is a very popular game design software amongst
independent game developers. Many successful games have been
published using game engines that were created using 3D GameStudio.
3D Adventure Studio is an Adventure game maker for making
adventure games in style of Gabriel Knight 3.
2D Game Makers
Game Editor is a game design software that lets you design games
with little or no programming or technical knowledge.
BYOND is a powerful and flexible game creator, with an easy-to-learn language and tools for developers, plus articles and tutorials. Multiplayer games is easily built with the built-in online support.
RPG Game Makers
RPG Toolkit is a very powerful editor and game engine that lets
you create your own RPG game.
RPG Game Engine
Explorations RPG Game Engine is a powerful role playing game
engine that lets your make your own RPG game.
RPG Maker 95
RPG Maker 95 is a program created by ASCII in 1997, allowing
the creation of RPG. You can do drawings, music, dialogues,
maps and more.
RPG Maker 2000
RPG Maker 2000 is designed to create console-type RPG games.
The results will look very much look like and old SNES game.
RPG Maker 2003
Based on the very popular RPG maker 2000, RPG maker 2003 lets
you make your own RPG games.
RPG Maker XP
With the new RPG Maker XP, you can make even better RPGs than
with RPG maker 2000 and 2003!
RPGds is a RPG game creator and has a single primary purpose:
to allow you to create your own RPGs.
2D RPG Engine
Sphere is a 2D RPG engine, in development since 1997. It allows
you even if you don’t have much programming experience
make a RPG game like Final Fantasy VI or Phantasy Star.
Hephaestus is a construction kit for making computer role playing
games (often called an "RPG maker"). The scripting
is done in the Java programming language and it also features
a map editor.
Role Playing Game Engine
IRE is an attempt to create a cross-platform computer role-playing-game
engine similar to Ultima 6.
Fighting Game Makers
Fighter Maker 95
Fighter Maker 95 as one could guess from the title lets you
make your own fighting game.
MUGEN is a very popular 2d game maker for making your own fighting
game. You can make your own character and supply them to the
game or you can download some of the thousands of characters
other people have made from one the many MUGEN fan sites.
Adventure Game Makers
Adventure Game Studio
With the Adventure Game Studio you can create your own 2d
point-and-click adventure games, much like the old Sierra
and Lucasarts games.
- Interactive Fiction Game Engine
Inform is a text adventure game maker and consists of a compiler
and a library of standard rules written in the Inform language:
you will need both of these to get anything done.
TADS is a set of programming tools specially designed for
writing adventure games.
ADRIFT Generator is a program that allows you to create your
own Text Adventures. It is written for Windows 95/98/NT/2K/ME/XP.
Aiee! allows you to create and play interactive text adventures,
or "interactive fiction".
GameScroll is a program for playing and writing interactive
fiction games like.
Free Music, Sound Effects and Stock Footage
Preview and download high-quality original music, sounds and stock footage for use in your projects at Productiontrax.
Other Tools and Software
Video Game Design Pro
Video Game Design Pro is an industry-specific software solution which features
tools and functionality exclusively for the use of the creation, management,
and implementation of video game design documentation.