Coding a game may be something you like the idea of but, much like putting together a web site, without the right tools to work with it can seem like an incredibly daunting task. There is no piece of software that is going to create a game for you, but Stencyl is an incredibly intuitive game creation engine that can be used by anyone with the right idea – it does not matter if you are able to code by hand or not. Stencyl 2.0 beta is the latest release of the software and it packs some serious impressive features.
Version 2 of the program – which is available not only for Window and OSX, but also Linux – picks up from where previous releases have left off, proving you with a set of tools that enable you to do everything from designing in-game graphics to using drag and drop action building to determine how different elements will interact with each other. This is an interesting approach to game production, and this is a tool that can be used to make Flash games as well as games for iOS and Android.
The look of the app itself is impressive enough, but it is the ease with which it enables you to get results that is sure to turn heads. In many instances, the process of creating a game can be reduced to dragging and dropping ready-made code snippets into place, creating scenarios for the game as you go. If you don’t want to split your work between two many apps, you can use Stencyl to create the characters and objects for your game and use the Actor Editor to tweak appearance, characteristic and behavior.
The free version of the app enables you to create SWF based Flash games as well as titles for Android device – including publishing to Google Play – but if you’re more interested in creating games for iOS or want to create standalone games, you’re going to have to upgrade to the Pro version. This enables you to publish to the App Store and opens up the possibility of making money from your creations. With support for Game Center, accelerometer controls and much more, there is scope for some seriously eye-catching results.
You can find out more by paying a visit to the Stencyl 2.0 (Beta) review page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk