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Free GameMaker: Studio Alternatives

The best free alternative to GameMaker: Studio is Godot Engine, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to GameMaker: Studio and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to GameMaker: Studio are Unreal Engine, GDevelop, Scratch and Wick Editor.

GameMaker: Studio alternatives are mainly Game Development Tools but may also be Animation Makers or Programming Languages. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GameMaker: Studio.
This page was last updated Apr 14, 2022
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  1. Godot Engine is a feature-packed, cross-platform game engine to create 2D and 3D games from a unified interface. It provides a comprehensive set of common tools, so that users can focus on making games without having to reinvent the wheel.

    Godot Engine vs GameMaker: Studio opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Godot Engine is a great alternative to GameMaker: Studio.

    A very important Enigine to take into account to replace the vast majority of 2d and 3d engines, such as Unity 3d or Game Maker, for example. A superb Engine.

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  2. Unreal Engine is a professional suite of tools and technologies used for building high-quality games across a range of platforms. Unreal Engine’s rendering architecture enables developers to achieve stunning visuals and also scale elegantly to lower-end systems.



  3. GDevelop is an open-source game making software designed to be used by everyone. Any kind of 2D games can be created with it and no programming skills are required to get started. Logic of games are made using visual events.

    GDevelop vs GameMaker: Studio opinions
    Almost everyone thinks GDevelop is a great alternative to GameMaker: Studio.
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    Not truly open source it is more of a Freemium/Subscription deal. Platform export requires an account, which has 2 exports per day only on the free tier. The other tiers are 2 bucks/month for Indie and 7 bucks/month for Pro.

    The source code is on github, I have not looked at the source code, maybe one could remove the limitations by setting up your own export server, but that is pure speculation.

    However the version you can download from their website is very limited, keep that in mind.

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    Very good alternative, which ended up beating Game Maker, Construct 2 or Stencyl.

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    Gdevelop gives you a event-editor with which lets you describe your game's logic without writing a single line of code, it has piskel integrated in it which makes it extra easy to edit the spites. And of course, since it's open-source, it always gives us the best it can without having to 'upgrade the license'

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  4. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

    Scratch vs GameMaker: Studio opinions
    Some users think Scratch is a great alternative to GameMaker: Studio, some don't.

    I might be a teen but I love scratch its fun and simple.

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    It has original Block-Based enviorment!

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    Scratch is literally for Grade 4 and it is not even related to GameMaker: Studio.

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    Bruh its for 2nd-4th grade

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    Far too simplistic, near impossible to make a full-size game, no written-code option. Great for teaching or introducing people to coding, but definitely not an alternative to GameMaker.

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    too simplistic: this engine is an introductory one, definitley not an alternative to gamemaker

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    It can be modifed and uploaded to scratch's forums,Scratch 3.0 Is GREAT,kids can use it too. and the fact that you can install any version of scratch,scratch 3.0 also gives back merieos of scratch 1.4 and oldeer.

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  5. The Wick Editor is a free and open-source tool for creating games, animations, and everything in-between. It's designed to be the most accessible tool for creating multimedia projects on the web. Your creations can run on any device with a web browser - that means mobile too.



  6. Scirra Construct is a 2D game development engine with a focus on building games visually. No programming is required though the software uses a visual method for event handling that relies on programming concepts like variables, loops and conditions.

    Discontinued

    Construct 2 was taken off of the market in July 1, 2020, full support will be ceased in July 1, 2021. https://www.construct.net/en/make-games/buy-construct?action=c2retirement

    Construct 2 vs GameMaker: Studio opinions
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    It's like Construct 3, but popular!

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  7. Cocos2d-x

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Blackberry 10

    cocos2d-x is a cross platform open source free 2D game engine for mobile gamedev, that is fast and stable, easy to learn and use.

  8. ENIGMA - LateralGM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    ENIGMA, the Extensible Non-Interpreted Game Maker Augmentation, is an open source cross-platform game development environment derived from that of the popular software GameMaker.

  9. Open 3D Engine

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Open 3D Engine (O3DE) is an Apache 2.0-licensed multi-platform 3D engine that enables developers and content creators to build AAA games, cinema-quality 3D worlds, and high-fidelity simulations without any fees or commercial obligations.

  10. Moondust Project

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    So what exactly is this? This is a free and open-source game engine and toolkit, that allows the creation of games of the platform genre.

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