RPG Maker Alternatives

    RPG Maker is described as 'The RPG Maker software series is a set of game creation suites aimed at easy 2D role playing game creation' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to RPG Maker for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Godot Engine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like RPG Maker are Open RPG Maker (Free, Open Source), GDevelop (Free, Open Source), Construct 3 (Freemium) and Cocos2d-x (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 6, 2021

    1. Godot is a fully featured, open source, MIT licensed game engine. It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can export to PC, Mobile and Web platforms. It is a cross-platform 2D and 3D game engine and game development IDE.
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      Godot Engine vs RPG Maker opinions
      Some users think Godot Engine is a great alternative to RPG Maker, some don't.
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      This engine isn't as simple as RPG Maker, but it is a fully featured engine with MIT license to boot.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Godot is a power tool to make real games. Would be cool if it supported a proper programming language tho.
      Top positive comment  9 months ago

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      Requires coding while RPG maker doesn't
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

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      RPG Maker is rather easy and fun to use. You do not need any programming knowledge. Godot requires coding for most features.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      RPG maker is an easy to use software that doesn't require any proper coding to produce a full game. although you can use programming if you want to for more intricate or complex features. Godot however, to my knowledge, isn't as code-free as RPG. Not a good alternitive if you're in it for the code-free experience.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      not user friendly, need knowledge of computer scripting for even the most basic use of godot
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      It seems more of a kid-friendly alternative. Plus, it is licensed by MIT.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    2. Open RPG Maker is a free and open source clone of features from the RPG Maker series (i.e. rpgmaker200, rpgmaker2003, rpgmakerxp), as well as many other features. All of the data files are in XML format and are easily editable with any text editor.

      Discontinued

      The last update was released on February 12th, 2014.

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      Open RPG Maker vs RPG Maker opinions
      Most users think Open RPG Maker is a great alternative to RPG Maker.
      While discontinued this is very similar to the actual engine
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      It's the most similar thing you're going to get.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      adjust rpg maker as you wish
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's very similar to RPG Maker, and is fairly easy to use.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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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.
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      GDevelop vs RPG Maker opinions
      Some users think GDevelop is a great alternative to RPG Maker, some don't.
      While GDevelop has a lot of great features, it really isn't very similar to RPG Maker at all. The games you make for GDevelop are more like games you would play on your phone rather than actual RPGs.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Construct 3 is a powerful 2D game development engine which uses Scirra's intuitive event system to allow its users to build all kinds of games and apps.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Linux
      • Windows Mobile
      • Android
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      • Blackberry
      • Android Tablet
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      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.
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      Cocos2d-x vs RPG Maker opinions
      Most users think Cocos2d-x is a great alternative to RPG Maker.
      Cocos2d-x requires coding! A lot of it.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    5. A free and easy to use retro adventure game creator for your favourite handheld video game system. Create Real ROM files: Run your games on any compatible emulator, if you've got a flash cart you can play them on a real console!
      GB Studio vs RPG Maker opinions
      Almost everyone thinks GB Studio is a great alternative to RPG Maker.
      If you want retro-style gameboy games, this is the one for you! No programming needed, though there is LOTS of limitations to fit with the game boy format. The best thing is that you can put it into an actual game boy console!!!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    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

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      Some users think Construct 2 is a great alternative to RPG Maker, some don't.
      • FreeProprietary
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      • Online
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      Make & play games, it’s easy and fun with RPG Playground. You have the story and game design, RPG Playground brings it to reality. No need for programming or making art, everything is provided. And the best part is that it's a FREE RPG Maker.
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      RPG Playground vs RPG Maker opinions
      Almost everyone thinks RPG Playground is a great alternative to RPG Maker.
      EybiSea I can create an RPG Game for free, the mechanics is simple if you understand it.
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

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      koonsolo Simpler and easier to use than RPG Maker, and FREE! Works in your web browser and on your mobile devices. No download, no coding. The graphics resemble those from RPG Maker XP, which a lot of users still prefer.
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

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      Free extremely easy to use and amazing artwork and easy coding language
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      PixlTemp Though I use RPG Maker VX Ace the most, RPG Playground is an excellent alternative. Lacking some features, but I'm sure it will have them soon. The developer is very talkative and takes everyone's suggestions. I'm sure it will grow into an amazing game creation website one day.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      This is a free website which offers all of its features for free. Its easy to get started on and has only a few minor drawbacks. Its still in development but is definetly worth a try!
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      It runs online in your web browser, and is free. It's also easier to use.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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.
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    7. Adventure Game Studio (AGS) - is the IDE and the engine meant for creating and running videogames of adventure (aka "quest") genre. It has potential, although limited, support for other genres as well.
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      It doesn't work quite the same. And ontop of that, I don't like AGS.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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