Video Game Creation Tools


Gamestar Mechanic

http://gamestarmechanic.com/
Recommended Grade Levels: 1st-8th

Gamestar Mechanic is a game-based digital learning platform designed to teach the guiding principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging and creative environment.

Scratch

http://scratch.mit.edu/
Recommended Grade Levels: 2nd-10th

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

Activate!

http://www.activategames.org/
Recommended Grade Levels: 7th-12th

Activate! is a site where you can play games AND you can learn to make them, too. The games on Activate! are about getting active and solving problems on your street, in your town, and in the world. Issues such as energy conservation, solar power, environmental conservation, and pollution are explored. Who knows? Maybe playing and making games about these important issues can help us deal with them in the "real world!".

Alice

http://www.alice.org/
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th+

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.

Name
Platform
Compiles For*
Cost
App Game Kit 2
Mac/Windows (Optionally via Steam)
Mac/Windows/iOS/Android/Blackberry
$99
BuildBox
Mac/Windows
Mac/Windows/iOS/Android
$2,675
Xojo
Mac/Windows
Mac/Windows/Web/iOS
$99-$299