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GameMaker Alternatives for Linux

GameMaker is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Godot Engine, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to GameMaker and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to GameMaker are Unity, GDevelop, Unreal Engine and Scratch.

GameMaker alternatives are mainly Game Development Tools but may also be IDEs or Programming Languages. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GameMaker.
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Game Maker is software program for Microsoft Windows meant to simplify computer game development.

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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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Godot Engine is a great alternative to GameMaker.

    It's open source and amazing in some ways. It's totally free. It has it's own features and downsides but overall for me it's an amazing tool.

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    Uses Python. Easy to learn. Nodes system very powerful.

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  2. Unity is a multi-platform game development tool, designed from the start to ease creation.

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    It has a great physics engine and powerful c# scripting

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  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.

    Events to build the logic of a game
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    Most users think GDevelop is a great alternative to GameMaker.

    Similar to GameMaker: Studio and Construct 2, GDevelop allows you to develop software, particularly games, for Windows, Mac, Linux and HTML 5. It allows you to program your apps and games using an event-based system, just like Construct 2.

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  4. 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.

    A screenshot of the new Unreal Engine 5. Source: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/unreal-engine-5-is-now-available-in-early-access
    Some users think Unreal Engine is a great alternative to GameMaker, some don't.
  5. 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.

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    it is a good name for beginners on game making

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    Its good and easy to progra.

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    Scratch is a program to learn kids how to code

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    Its the best! i use it to make animations and A LOT of other things

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    It Is Easy To Use And It Works On All Devices!

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    For starters, it is a web application, it is also not even coding,

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    LÖVE

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    Hi there! LÖVE is an awesome framework you can use to make 2D games in Lua. It's free, open-source, and works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS.

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    Most users think LÖVE is a great alternative to GameMaker.
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    The most powerful game development platform is now available to everyone. Full engine source code. All features. No royalties. No obligations. No license fee.

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    it's AMAZING software for free, what's better? =)

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  8. The RPG Maker software series is a set of game creation suites aimed at easy 2D role playing game creation.

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    Most users think RPG Maker is a great alternative to GameMaker.
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    Stencyl

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    Stencyl isn't your average game creation software; it's a gorgeous, intuitive toolset that accelerates your workflow and then gets out of the way. We take care of the essentials, so you can focus on what's important - making your game yours.

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    Most users think Stencyl is a great alternative to GameMaker.

    Stencyl is very, very similar in general to game maker. I currently have a linux computer and cant use gamemaker because of that, but stencyl works great!

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    ENIGMA - LateralGM

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    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.

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