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24. July 2018


Back in May of 2018, Pixel Game Maker MV was first announced, a new 2D game engine from Kadokawa, the makers of the seminal RPGMaker series of game engines.  Instead of targeting the JRPG style of game, Pixel Maker is aimed at top down and side scrolling platforming games like Zelda, Metroid or Castlevania.  These tools are aimed at people who want to do minimal programming, however they can be extended using the JavaScript language. 

Pixel Maker is now available on Steam in early access form.  Here is the description of Pixel GameMaker MV:

Create action games with ease - no programming necessary
You can now create your very own full action games without the need for any programming whatsoever. Compatible with JavaScript extensions, anyone from total beginners to seasoned developers can enjoy game creation to the fullest.
Create endless fun with “Multi-Viewpoint/Multi-Versus”
Allows for both top- and side-based views, as well as cooperative or competitive local play between up to four players. 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.


If you are interested in learning more, I purchased the engine and did a brief hands-on, mostly walking through the interface.  That video is available here as well as embedded below.  The early access release is currently available at %20 off the retail price, currently just over $60USD.  As you will see from the video below, this is an early access product and some features are certainly missing, incomplete localization certainly topping the list!

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18. July 2018


When I started GameFromScratch, by far and away the most common question I got was “what programming language should I use?”.  It’s amazing how much the world has changed in the last decade!  These days game engines are by far more important than programming language to the majority of developers, and one game engine has risen to the forefront of most peoples consciousness…  Unity.

I consistently cover a wide variety of game engines, here, on DevGa.me and on YouTube and one comment comes up far more often than any other...  “Why Not Just Use Unity?”.  Why would I use this game engine instead of Unity.  So I decided to take some time and answer exactly this question.  The short hand text version is available here as well as covered in a great deal more detail in this video.

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17. July 2018


Are you looking for an open source cross platform HTML5 powered game engine, that’s open source, free and comes with a complete editor in addition to the underlying framework?  Perhaps the Wade Game Engine by Clockwork Chilli is what you are looking for.  While open source, WADE is shipped under a custom license you should take note of.  The TL;DR version of the license:

This license allows you to make games and non-games, for any purpose including selling and licensing, without paying anything to Clockwork Chilli. However you must not:

  • Distribute non-compiled (or non-minified) versions of Clockwork Chilli's source code.
  • Create a product that competes with WADE.

You can run WADE directly in the Chrome browser or can download a local installed version for Linux, Mac and Windows platforms.  If you want to learn more, be sure to check out the WADE game engine in action in this video or embedded below.

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12. July 2018


Tilengine is a 2D graphics engine that replicates 16bit style graphics, including SNES Mode 7 effects.  It previously was available under the MIT license, but the rendering core was proprietary.  Now the entire package has been released under the LGPL license.


Details from the Tilengine forum:

Tilengine is now a complete open source project. I've released the full source code under the LGPL license, that allows usage in closed source applications as well as in open source projects.


I've opened it because Tilengine is now a mature project that requires more work than I can do in my spare time. Previous version was released under the MIT license, but kept the rendering core as a closed source component, distributed as a prebuilt binary. I hope that this movement will encourage more people to adopt it, either to use in their own projects, or to contribute to it helping to expand the Tilengine community.


GitHub project doesn't include prebuilt binaries or external dependencies anymore. If you don't want to build the library yourself, the official place to get the prebuilt binaries for every supported platform is in its itch.io profile, just as before. Please keep in mind that as of this writing, binaries on itch.io aren't yet updated and still hold old MIT-licensed 1.21 binaries. I'll post a note when they get updated.


This new 2.0 release number reflects the change of philosophy. This release is nearly the same as the older 1.21, but has a new feature: the ability to create multiple instances of the engine and switch between them with a global context mechanism.

If you are interested in learning more about Tilengine, be sure to check out our hands-on video:


For more details about the change of Tilengine to the LGPL license, be sure to check out the following video:

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28. June 2018


Lately we’ve featured a couple RPG Maker style game engines targeted at creating JRPG style games, including RPG In a Box and Smile Game Builder.  Today we are looking at RPG Playground, the work of a single developer.  RPG Playground is built using the Haxe programming language and the Kha framework, another topic we’ve covered recently.


Right now RPG Playground isn’t incredibly full featured, it’s got world building tools, a nice collection of tiles and animated sprites to work with and a basic game scripting system.  In time the developer intends to add the ability for artists to add their own content while giving programmers the ability to extend the engine and create a game with no need for an artist.  Here is the developers ultimate master plan for the project from the Road Map:

  1. Build a tool that allows anyone to make their own Role Playing Games, and easily let others play their game.
  2. Make sure artists can make an RPG using their own graphics, without the need of a programmer.
  3. Make sure programmers can make a game without the need of an artist.
  4. Programmers will extend the engine, so any game type can be build at this time: platformers, 3D, … .


If such a project sounds interesting, be sure to check out our hands-on video with RPG Playground.

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