YoYo Games

GameMaker: Studio

4.5 / 5 27 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Game developers


Average Ratings

27 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $39.00
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • YoYo Games
  • www.yoyogames.com
  • Founded 2007
  • United Kingdom

About GameMaker: Studio

GameMaker Studio, the fastest and easiest to use cross-platform game development platform. GameMaker Studio has been developed with usability and efficiency at its core, allowing developers to create games in a single code base and then publish them to run natively across an unprecedented number platforms including Android, iOS, OS X, HTML5, Ubuntu, Windows UWP. Together the entire GameMaker family of products have been downloaded more than five million times.


GameMaker: Studio Features

  • 2D
  • 3D
  • Analytics
  • Animation
  • Asset Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • eCommerce
  • Network Management
  • Physics
  • Player Management
  • Prototyping
  • Virtual Reality

GameMaker: Studio Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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An engine that feels really easy to learn but it's hard to understand due to the lack of updated doc

Jun 25, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: One of the most beautiful engines for small studios. A lot of the things are very intuitive. You have the option of use nodes for the code or coding it by hand. If you go for the 2nd option, you don't need an external application to edit your code: all happens in the same engine interface! The basic tutorials are all you need to understand most of the general things you'll be using, and it's been used for so many small indie devs that most of the questions you have are already answered out there. The engine will run in Nintendo Switch very soon!!

Cons: It's expensive. The FREE trial version allows you only to create 10 objects which is a painful joke. If you want to give your prototype a decent try you'll have to pay for a permanent licence (only for desktop, web and mobile). The ULTIMATE package provides a 12 months licence for all console platforms including ps4 and xbox. Another decisive element is that documentation was not up to date. I found a lot of deprectaed methods in the official documentation. Some more advanced stuff have to be learned by try and error or watching lots of videos until you find one that's actually using the same version you're using. So this engine is great for small teams but you absolutely require to have some experienced members on the team that helps you to get the best out of it. For me, paying to try it is not worth it.

Overall: It helped me save money because the license is so much cheaper than paying a % of the total revenue as other engines require.

As an animator/instructor I've both used and review courses on Game Maker Studio

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Hands down, Game Maker Studio is one of the top development packages for making 2D games, and pretty good one for 3D games as well.

In addition, as a beginner developer, you really cant beat the tools set offered in Game Maker Studio. Their visual scripting system couldn't be any easier and will allow you to piece together a game with little (or no) programming at all - a really awesome feature for those who are intimidated with learning a programming language. Fortunately, as expected, you can program within GMS as well, so the option is there if you need to go beyond what is offered with their visual node system.

In addition, GMS is arguably the best bang for your buck when it comes to development engines. Hands down it beast the competition here, and this alone makes it stand out above any of its competitors.

Cons: Sure, some of the 3D gaming features aren't as robust as other engines, but everything you need is here. Also, as strong as the visual node-based script system is, there are times where it cant do everything - no necessarily a con given how powerful and amazing this system is, but it is worth mentioning.

Overall this is a great engine and should be considered by any beginner or indie developer.

Fun, great for a newbie or casual user who wants to learn fundamentals of game design

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This software makes game creation accessible for a more casual user or someone who wants to learn some of the fundamentals of game design in a hands-on way. It's more complex than other designers without being overwhelming, which makes it a good fit for a beginner who doesn't want to be boxed in by something too simple or too complex. As a result you get more flexibility with what you do and depth to what you learn, provided you are motivated to do so and can teach yourself things to use in the program. There are a number of games online that were created with GameMaker so you can see what people have made.

I don't use the program as often as I used to, but I still really value the things I learned while using it. I have a greater appreciation and understanding of game design as a whole thanks to GameMaker.

Great experience, YoYo's GMS is perfect for smaller gamedev studios and individual devs alike

Dec 12, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and how quick you can actually have a prototype going. I have been using it for years now, and I get paid to develop games with it!

Cons: Console support, 3D support (this is a 2D game engine), small little quirks like built-in variables being non-optional, etc.

Overall: A full time job! And some scripting/game design skills!

If you're looking to make a 2D game, GameMaker is the way to go

Dec 04, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use and has a fantastic community that can help you with whatever you need. It also has a free version for you to try out if GameMaker is right for you.

Cons: Although the community is very responsive, yoyo games, in my experience, is not. There are still some emails that I've sent to them that have yet to be addressed. Also, GameMaker isn't as strong as other engines. Other engines can give you more freedom of control.

Overall: I have over 5000 hours with GameMaker and still going. I've learned how to make games with it. If you're looking into getting into the industry then this is a great learning tool. The community is also one of the best and can help you figure out almost anything to help your game get finished.

Perfect 2D game dev software coming from other 3D programs

Feb 16, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I've used plenty of other game dev programs before, but nothing was too great for 2D development. I decided to try Game Maker at a recommendation from a friend, and I loved it immediately. With my prior knowledge I found this program so simple to use, but I'm sure that beginners would love it as well. It can do just about ANYTHING you want it to, you just have to find the particular way GM wants you to accomplish that.

Cons: Of course, this is primarily a 2D software, so if someone is looking for 3D programming it's best to look elsewhere.
I also think I confused the particular customer service rep I was dealing with when I was asking a particularly technical question about sprite animation. I eventually independently found the answer, and it may just have been the one reps knowledge or my wording that was the problem is I won't knock them too much for that.

Great Game engine to create 2D games.

Apr 20, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Easy learning curve, Has lots of tutorials that are easy to follow with code and demos you can download. Lots of resources to create the games you want. There is a large active community to help you when you need it. There a large marketplace to buy assets for your game. The software has all the latest technology to make your game design easier to do with some automation. You can export your game to play on all platforms, Windows, android, ios, linux and more.

Cons: Tech support can be a little slow to answer ticket questions. The add on to export to mobile are not included in the main software and have to be purchases as separate addons.

Overall: easy to use and create 2d games that i have always wanted to make.

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If you are willing to pay for it, it's great!

Mar 19, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The paid version gives you access to a lot of libraries you can implement to your game, it's the best system if you are looking to work on a 2D game.

Cons: If you are looking to make a 3D game, game maker won't work for you, the free version doesn't liet you do much. In order to be able to work decently you'll need the paid version.

An easy game maker!

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It provides a lot of tutorials to progressively start coding your games. It also doesn't require an expert graphic or developer to start making your own games (they will be required for bigger games though)

Cons: This might be a pro of a con, depending about how you see it, but GameMaker comes with "packages" that will allow you to export games for Android, HTML etc, and they must be purchased separately.

A great entry point into the more intricate elements to game development.

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The interface is extremely straightforward and simple to use.
There is a surprising amount of depth that you can get out of the basic tools.
Very easy to test out your project.
The visual style of coding makes it easy to troubleshoot.

Cons: While there is a lot you can do, there is still a lot you cannot with this software when it comes to 3D development.
Getting started can be daunting, but once you get it down it becomes intuitive.

Overall: Easy to make simple 2D games!

Great for build games cheap and can do a lot in this engine

Jun 13, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I like the fact you can add your own assets and objects with the level design editor in gamemaker. The programming is easy and can be picked up by anybody really and the power you can put into some of your games are great some amazing titles on the gamemaker showcase at the moment.

Cons: Nothing bad to say really the ui could do with a bit of work and maybe the add ons could be cheaper but all round a great product.

Overall: Well made a lot of games in the software for personal use, it is easy to use and a great little engine to start with as some of the bigger engines can seem very hard to understand.

The Best 2D Game Creation Software

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: A great entry way into making games, with or without coding experience. If you devote enough time you can get some fantastic results.

Cons: I've had trouble hearing back from customer support at all in reference to emails I sent to them. Other than that, the overall software is great and even has a scaled down free option if you want to try before you buy.

Good Start For Beginners Game Development

Mar 27, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Gamemaker is very stable and has a long history been around for 18ish years. I would consider it a beginners platform into game development with its easy to learn scripting language you wont find anywhere else called Game Maker Language (GML). Also, the community support is great there is a ton of information to absorb and tools to get you up and running.

Cons: Game Maker Language (GML) is pretty basic compared to more robust languages so I don't recommend this for users who are used to Unreal engine or Unity. Its more for people trying out game development and taking the first couple of steps.

Overall: Game engine for learning basics of game development to build a working knowledge of game mechanics.

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This helped me love coding

Jun 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: O.k., so I used the free version of this software to start out with. I wanted to get a feel for it and see if it was right for a person like me who knows very little coding. It was an easy drag-and-drop style system which allowed me to use it with ease and yet learn a little coding along the way. I was able to make a complete mobile game using this software.

Cons: A little expensive to use if you want to make mobile games.
Just to make a computer game it costs a lot, so keep that in mind when you start building your first game.

Overall: If you don't know how to code, but want to make a game, this will work.

Great for learning how to make games.

Jun 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I messed around with this software when I was thinking of getting into game development. The interface was pretty easy to navigate. Lots of tutorials on the web and Youtube to help learn. You can definitely learn how to make games using Game Maker.

Cons: Licenses are expensive and if you want to make mobile games, which my aim was, then you gotta shell out a little more. Just kinda lost interest in mobile game development and stopped using.

Get in for free, perfect your skills.

Feb 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: As a total beginner I wanted to pick up game maker to see what the buzz was about. What I found was the simplest program, of any type, there is. The basics are beyond intuitive, and the more complex stuff becomes intuitive. Great place to start learning the basics of game development.

Cons: The only negative I could possibly come up with is that you're largely limited to a 2D perspective. You can make things in a 3D form but this isn't really the program for that, as they won't look or act quite right. Or maybe I'm just not doing it quite right!

Our company has used Game Maker and it is the best and easiest way to build 2D games or apps.

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: One the surface, Game Maker is a very easy to understand and use without knowing much about programming, and entire games could be made on this level. But there is also a deeper level where programmers can add any type of custom code to do make the game or app do whatever they want.

Cons: The only cons I have come across so far with Game Maker is that it uses .pngs for the final art files, which can be quite large. This means you need to be really smart with what images you use and how you use them, or your apps can start getting quite large.

Overall: Fast and easy way to create 2D games and apps.

GameMaker: Studio is a great tool for creating 2D games

Feb 22, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: GameMaker has a lot of great libraries and can be used for projects of any size - We've used it for everything from minigames up to full-scale commercial projects.

Cons: The export options are a bit deceiving - They claim to be one-click exports and should theoretically work out-of-the-box, but in the majority of cases you'll need to tinker significantly with the options and with optimizations to make it work.

Takes some time to get the hang of it but well worth it

Jan 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love how it is drag and drop. Makes it easier for novice users. Finding some of the features are kind of difficult as the menus are not as straight forward as I would have liked. Overall good software to start with and use to make games.

Cons: The only real con I can think is that it is a little confusing to figure out at first. It is not as straight forward as some of the other software. However, once you learn where everything is, you can do a lot.

Beginner game development app, easy to learn and easy to use.

Apr 20, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: You just need a bit graphic design or programming knowledge to create your own projects. It's easy to use and there is a variety of tutorials to learn how to properly use it.

Cons: You need to buy some formats to export your game to other platforms like HTML5, iOS and Android. For the ones that have more experience on programming languages, they will find some limits on the scripting language that the app uses.

Excellent engine to design video games, nice interface and very comfortable for users

May 21, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like that it is a software with many functionalities for the creation of video games, the way to create it is simple, it is few words, it is a very friendly and easy to use software

Cons: I do not like much that even though its interface is friendly, it shows many metaphors a little unrecognizable

Overall: Thanks to this software I was able to design a small video game for android and it helped me to see how beautiful this video game design environment was

Very good software to build games.

Feb 17, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The best feature of this software is that you are able to create games easily and publish them to various platforms.

Cons: Some of the licences are a bit expensive, but I assume that's acceptable since it offers the more complex features you only need if you are already selling the game or publishing to multiple plaforms.

Very simple game development software

Jun 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's easy to pick up and learn in an afternoon with very intuitive drag and drop tools. And your games can be exported to mobile apps!

Cons: Exporting packages must be purchased separately. Also you are limited to 2D side-scrolled or top down games, but if that's what you want, this is a great beginner tool.

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A simple game development software for side scroller games

Jul 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I got this game development software for free in a bundle on humble bundle. It Is great for side scroller and pixel style game development.

Cons: This software can't create open world or FPS style games. It create a real hindered as to what a use can accomplish.

Did some student projects with GameMaker

Mar 28, 2018
3/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: GameMaker is one of the best entry engines to work with. It's easy to use and can help you learn and understand better some basic gamedev practices

Cons: Being simple is also it's problem, for you can't count on it too much for some more powerful/advanced stuff

Game development for all types and experience levels

Sep 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Anyone can pick this software up and learn to make their own games on multiple platforms, and includes tools for sprite creation as well.

Cons: The menus weren't the clearest and it did take some getting used to in terms of finding everything desired.

The Sandbox Experience with the coding is excellent

Apr 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ability to work inside a sandbox environment with the coding I understand, and I am able to work with it

Cons: I honestly do not have any problems with the software as of yet, but will update when i use it more in the future