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Free RPG Maker Alternatives

The best free alternative to RPG Maker is Godot Engine, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to RPG Maker and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to RPG Maker are GDevelop, Open RPG Maker, Scratch and Cocos2d-x.

RPG Maker alternatives are mainly Game Development Tools but may also be Role-playing Games or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of RPG Maker.
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  1. Godot Engine icon

    Godot Engine

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    161 alternatives to Godot Engine 

    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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    1.  LightweightGodot Engine consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableGodot Engine can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Godot Engine, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    4.  MultiplayerGodot Engine offers a game mode for more than one player.
    5.  Support for scriptingGodot Engine supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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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. GDevelop icon

    GDevelop

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    103 alternatives to GDevelop 

    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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    Events to build the logic of a game
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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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  3. Open RPG Maker icon

    Open RPG Maker

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    81 alternatives to Open RPG Maker 

    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.

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    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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    Scratch

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    75 alternatives to Scratch 

    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. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas...

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    Cocos2d-x

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    78 alternatives to Cocos2d-x 

    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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    1.  LightweightCocos2d-x consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Cocos2d-x requires coding! A lot of it.

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    GB Studio

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    6 alternatives to GB Studio 

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

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    1.  No Coding RequiredGB Studio can be used without an coding or programming skills.
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    Almost everyone thinks GB Studio is a great alternative to RPG Maker.
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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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    Construct 2

    64 alternatives to Construct 2 

    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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    1.  PortableConstruct 2 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  No Coding RequiredConstruct 2 can be used without an coding or programming skills.
    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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    ENIGMA - LateralGM

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    88 alternatives to ENIGMA - LateralGM 

    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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  9. RPG Paper Maker icon

    RPG Paper Maker

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    58 alternatives to RPG Paper Maker 

    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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    Guest

    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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    Urho3D

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    70 alternatives to Urho3D 

    Urho3D is a lightweight, cross-platform rendering and game engine implemented in C++ and released under the MIT license. Greatly inspired by OGRE and Horde3D.

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    1.  LightweightUrho3D consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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