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21. September 2019


After more than a year when it was first released in early access, Pixel Game Maker MV has finally released on Steam.  Pixel Game Maker MV is designed to create 2D games in both a top down and side scrolling perspective.  It provides all of the tools you need to create a game, as well as a ton of completed examples to learn from.

Pixel Game Maker MV is described as follows on Steam (where it is currently on sale):

Pixel Game Maker MV allows you to build up your own action game with no programming knowledge necessary. This engine was designed with the idea of giving a voice to people's passions, allowing them to freely express the game that they have held in their hearts. Create the game that you want to play now!

Using only six tools, you can create the game of your dreams!

  1. Resources - Prepare and arrange image assets required for your game
  2. Tiles – Create “tiles” necessary for map field creation
  3. Objects – Provide characters and items with various gimmicks
  4. Animation – Enliven and enrich your graphics
  5. Scenes – Build stages using tiles and objects
  6. Transition – Connect scenes to bring your games into shape

Key Features:


An Easy to Use Visual Scripting System - No Programming Necessary
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned developer, Pixel Game Maker MV offers a flexible game creation system, allowing you to plan, create and build an exciting game using the intuitive visual scripting system.
4 Player Support Straight Out of the Box
You can build your own multiplayer games with Pixel Game Maker MV without any additional programming or plugins needed. Create cooperative or competitive local play between up to four players.
Customize your game further with JavaScript
Pixel Game Maker MV supports the use of JavaScript to create plug-ins and perform actions not available in the Visual Scripting system. This allows you to create and customize your game without restriction.
Create Endless Fun with “Multi-Viewpoint/Multi-Versus”
Allows for both top- and side-based views, combine this with the multiplayer function to bring your game to a whole new level. Works with any genre, so the games you can create are limited only by your imagination!
A Simple Way to Create Rich and Beautiful Game Graphics
Using the graphic import feature, physics engine, particle effects, and multiple layer combination, you can create your own ideal game in exactly the way you want to make it, easily and without all the hassle.
Allows for Functional Expansion
You can use JavaScript to expand on and add to the pre-existing features. Master using these extended functions and add-ons to create even more complex and beautiful games!


When we first look at Pixel Game Maker MV, we were not impressed.  We took another look at it in the video below if you want to learn more about this release.

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20. September 2019


There is currently an AppGameKit Bundle over on Fanatical, an opportunity to pick up this seminal game engine and a ton of content for an extremely low price.

The bundle is composed of 3 different tiers ( each higher level tier contains all of the lower tiers content as well ), broken down as follows:

Tier 1 (@ 5$ USD):

  • AppGameKit Classic Game Engine
  • Games Pack 1
  • Games Pack 2
  • 3D Asset Pack

Tier 2 (@ 10 USD):

  • Tier 1 +
  • Giant Asset Pack 1
  • Giant Asset Pack 2
  • Sound Library
  • Shader Pack

Tier 3(@ 20USD):

  • Tier 1 & 2 +
  • GameGuru Loader


I have covered AppGameKIt in the past including this closer look review, this video on AR in AppGameKit and this tutorial/introduction to AppGameKit Studio.  I also previously did this video on GameGuru if you are interested in learning more about the Loader included in the third tier.  You can learn more about this deal in the video below.  Using the above link from Fanatical also helps support GFS with each purchase, so thanks if you do so!

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25. August 2019


RPG in a Box, is an all in one voxel based RPG game engine built upon the Godot game engine.  It was just released in early access on Humble Store, Itch.io and Steam.  RPG in a Box contains all the tools you need to create your own RPG including voxel editing and animation tools, dialog creation tools, world editors and more.

Current features include:

Voxel Editor

Build tiles, objects, and characters from 3D pixel blocks (i.e. voxels) and easily animate them with the editor's frame-based/stop-motion animation system. Importing from MagicaVoxel (.vox) or PNG sprites is also supported.

Map Editor

Create grid-based worlds with the tiles you've built, then bring them to life by adding interactive NPCs and objects using the editor's intuitive navigation and interaction system.

Scripting

Set up and trigger in-game events with the visual, node-based script editor. Simply drag and drop the desired actions (no programming knowledge required), or manually code "quick scripts" using the custom, Lua-like scripting language.

Dialogue

Write conversations for your NPCs using a visual, flowchart approach similar to that of the script editor. Branching dialogue is supported via player choices and condition checking.

Camera System

Choose from three available camera types for your game: standard, first-person, and isometric. Stage dynamic cutscenes using the engine’s flexible camera scripting system.

UI Customization

Design one or more dialogue box themes and customize the appearance of many other interface elements such as the inventory, main menu, and credits roll.

Basic Items

Define basic items for the player to find in containers or earn through the completion of tasks. Attach scripts to trigger effects for potions and other consumable items.

Sound FX Generator

Generate fun, retro-style sound effects using the built-in tool based on Dr. Petter’s SFXR

Check out RPG in a Box in action in the video below.

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24. July 2019


AppGameKit Studio, the successor to the AppGameKit game framework was released today.  Available now on Steam and coming soon to the Game Creators website, Studio builds on top of the API provided in the AGK framework, bringing a full editor environment for designing, coding and debugging your game.

From the Steam description:

AppGameKit Studio is a fully featured game development tool set. We’ve re-imagined the game development user interface with an all-in-one work space. You can now quickly drag & drop assets to visualise your scenes, code with AppGameKit Script, easily browse app media, run live debugging sessions, access online help and lots more.


AppGameKit Studio allows you, in a few easy clicks, to quickly publish your games to Steam, iOS, Android and a host of other places! Get your apps and games in front of millions of potential players and make yours the next big hit.

Working with a pre-release version, we created a text based introduction and getting started crash course available over on DevGa.me, as well as the video version embedded below.  Either version should give you a good idea of the features that AGK:S bring to the table, as well as give you a good grounding on how to get started.

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5. July 2019


YoyoGames have just released GameMaker 2.2.3.  If you have the Mobile version of GMS, you can now target the tvOS platform.  The release also contains a number of new features including DND (drag and drop) programming support for comments, several fixes and more.

Summary of the 2.2.3 release:

2.2.3 introduces tvOS as a new export target if you have the Mobile licence, the ability to add comments to your DnD projects (and lots of other DnD fixes), the option to turn off the file system sandboxing on Desktop platform, support for exporting asset packages locally so you can share with your team more easily, and better communication of when your licences are to expire. Plus, this release has a whole bunch of major stability fixes to stop startup crashes and various other issues whilst using the Windows IDE, and issues with keychain certificate trust settings and building for Ubuntu on the Mac IDE.

We have also changed the way we handle startup crash messages on Windows, so that now (should you even see issues after all the fixes in this release...) it's a one-click report submission tool which automatically gets all the info we require for us to fix your issue and sends it directly to us without you having to file a Helpdesk ticket.

Be sure to check the full release notes available here for in-depth details of this release.  If you want to learn more about GameMaker Studio 2, be sure to check out our Closer Look available here or watch the video available here and embedded below.

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