GameMaker

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Summary

GameMaker (for Windows) likely ranks as one of the most commonly recommended 2D game creation tools. Like Game Editor, GameMaker offers both point-and-click programming as well as textual scripting, but GameMaker has a prettier interface. For example GameMaker shows a folder view of assets, objects, maps, and scripts, while Game Editor hides these various items in nested dialog windows. Also like Game Editor, GameMaker uses a custom scripting language that feels limited compared to real languages.

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Updates

29 Jun 2013 Added summary from full list
04 Apr 2013 Moved out from the full list onto this separate page
09 Dec 2012 Posted