Open Source RPG Maker Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to RPG Maker 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 RPG Maker and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to RPG Maker are Open RPG Maker (Free, Open Source), GDevelop (Free Personal, Open Source), Cocos2d-x (Free, Open Source) and GB Studio (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 14, 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  about 1 year ago

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      Requires coding while RPG maker doesn't
      Top negative comment  over 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 about 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 over 2 years ago

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      It seems more of a kid-friendly alternative. Plus, it is licensed by MIT.
      Positive comment over 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 about 1 year ago

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      It's the most similar thing you're going to get.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      adjust rpg maker as you wish
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      It's very similar to RPG Maker, and is fairly easy to use.
      Positive comment about 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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      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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      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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      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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    4. 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 over 1 year ago

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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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    5. 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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      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.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      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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    6. Duality is a modular 2D game engine / editor combo, written entirely in C# and built on top of an OpenGL backend.
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