How to make your own game without development skills

On October 14, 2013

gameOnline games are a huge time-waster and money-maker, and are highly popular, as they require very little, if any, installation. They are usually free, and you can play for any given period of time, be it a few short minutes between breaks at work or long hours on weekends with nothing to do. If you have a good idea for a game but really don’t know all that much about programing one, you have a few options to bring your ideas into reality all the same.

Game-Building Programs

There are many ways in which you can create a game without knowing how to program but they depend on what kind of game you want to create:

  • Flash: This app is really popular and used for many different tasks, though you need certain knowledge of the program’s code to build a complex game, for simple side-scrolling or puzzle games, a few tutorials will be all you need to have your game ready. Flash has the advantage of being at the same time your art editing program, but if you want to create a richer game, it’s not your best choice

  • IG Maker: This software lets you build a 2D game of the Action RPG, shooting and platform genres. It gives you a lot more freedom to add your own art and it comes with animation tools and plug-ins specific to each genre.

  • Ren’Py: Unlike the previous two programs, Ren’Py is open-sourced and free to use. While this is a good thing, it has a limited use for games, as you can only use it for interactive novels and life simulation games. However, if you are aiming to write a Graphic Adventure, it’s the best choice for your project.

Go Online

Regardless of what kind of game you end up going for, being online is a good idea. Any of the three options above support playing the game online, and you can use your site to release promotional material, guides and, if you want, sell a downloadable version of your game. Since you want to avoid any programming at all, look for some good free game website templates that you can modify easily to match the design of your game, and you are ready to go live.

Sell, Sell, Sell

If you do decide to build a shop into your game’s website, be sure you pick the right options and tools to be able to sell digital content in downloading format. You can find many eCommerce platforms with a shopping cart and merchant tools to implement into your page without feeling like your head is going to explode.

All in all, you don’t need to be a computer genius or know a lot of programming to create a complex and rich game and go out to the market. With some creativity and time, and the right tools, you can create a great product on a low budget and be your own one-person videogame studio, but focusing only on the fun part of it!