What is Game Maker?
Game Maker is a program developed by YoYo Games Ltd. that gives users the opportunity to design and create their own interactive games, which can be played in various platforms like Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS, Android or the Web. The software was originally created by Mark Overmar, but further development and distribution are now undertaken by YoYo Games.
The software provides the user with an integrated development environment or IDE that includes a built-in proprietary scripting language known as Game Maker Language or GML. The program also provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows for dragging and dropping of files onto the editing window. It comes pre-loaded with more than 500 different 3D objects (including characters), as well as pre-designed sound samples.
On the GUI, the user is given game genre options to help them get started: Shooter, Horror, War, Space, Driving, Jungle and Cartoon; to name a few. Each genre provides the user with characters, objects, and fonts that are suitable for the type of game the user wants to create.
The user can arrange action (movements) icons on the screen, to determine sequencing of the game. This feature enables users without programming knowledge to still create their own game. 2D and 3D graphics can be integrated into the game.
A preview of the game is available, to allow the user to see game flow and actual game play, before this is exported to different platforms.
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