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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 a game development tool in the development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to RPG Maker for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Godot Engine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like RPG Maker are Open RPG Maker, GDevelop, Scratch and Cocos2d-x.

RPG Maker alternatives are mainly Game Development Tools but may also be Role-playing Games or Programming Languages. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of RPG Maker.
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The RPG Maker software series is a set of game creation suites aimed at easy 2D role playing game creation.

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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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    Godot is a power tool to make real games. Would be cool if it supported a proper programming language tho.

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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.

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    Requires coding while RPG maker doesn't

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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.

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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.

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    not user friendly, need knowledge of computer scripting for even the most basic use of godot

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    It seems more of a kid-friendly alternative. Plus, it is licensed by MIT.

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  2. Open RPG Maker icon

    Open RPG Maker

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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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    It's the most similar thing you're going to get.

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    While discontinued this is very similar to the actual engine

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    adjust rpg maker as you wish

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    It's very similar to RPG Maker, and is fairly easy to use.

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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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    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.

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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.

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    Cocos2d-x

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
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    • 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.

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    Cocos2d-x requires coding! A lot of it.

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  6. 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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    GB Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A free and easy to use retro adventure game creator for your favourite handheld video game system.

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    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!!!

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  8. 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.

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    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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    RPG Paper Maker

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
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    RPG Paper Maker is a free game maker engine including a 3D universe with many 2D sprites and some simplified 3D objects. Pretty close to the RPG Maker series, RPG Paper Maker finally give a way to create RPGs in a totally 3D universe as easy as it is in 2D!

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    Good if you want to make 2.5d-style RPG games. Also consider support the developer if you're serious to use this engine.

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    Because it is adopted on RPGMaker series and it is uses Javascript to allow you to manipulate the game in its own way.

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    RPG Playground

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad

    Make your own Role Playing Games, fast, easy and for free.

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    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.

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    I can create an RPG Game for free, the mechanics is simple if you understand it.

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    Free extremely easy to use and amazing artwork and easy coding language

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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!

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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.

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    It runs online in your web browser, and is free. It's also easier to use.

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