Name: Buildbox for Mac
Released: November 11th, 2016
Mac Platform: Intel
OS Version: OS X 10.9 or later
Web Site: https://www.buildbox.com/buildbox/
Design your own games for various devices, helped by an intuitive set of tools, with this easy-to-use application that requires no prior coding experience
If you are a gamer, at some point, you have probably dreamed of building your own games and making a living from selling your creations. However, game design is a lot more difficult that it may seem at first glance, and having to spend many years learning to code can be discouraging.
Buildbox is an intuitive OS X app created with novices in mind, as it simplifies the game development process, making it accessible even to beginners. It should be noted, however, that this tool cannot be used to design artwork from scratch, as original content has to be created separately or obtained from other sources.
Easy-to-use application that is accompanied by extensive guides
Assuming you are new to the game development scene, even a utility as simple as this could prove to be challenging, as learning through trial and error can be frustrating and time-consuming.
Buildbox goes beyond simply providing extensive documentation. By registering on the developer's homepage, you gain access to an extended 30-day trial and are enrolled in a '30 Day Game Challenge' that guides you through the development process step-by-step.
User-friendly interface that relies on drag and drop actions
Buildbox prefers to keep things simple when it comes to inserting new objects to be used in the assembly process. Assuming you have prepared the necessary artwork beforehand, you can drag items and drop them into the scene editor.
The application then brings up an overlay that allows you to specify whether the inserted file represents a background, object, character or power-up.
Build unique games with varied gameplay styles and export them to numerous platforms
Many presets are provided by Buildbox, each suitable for various types of games, and you can test them on several screen sizes, to get an idea of what the finished product would look like on certain devices.
The completed game can be exported to multiple popular platforms, complete with in-app purchases or ads, should you wish to monetize it.
All in all, Buildbox is a suitable application for users taking their first steps in the game development business. It is easy-to-use, while offering an extensive set of tools and providing comprehensive instructions.
What's New in Version 2.2.7:
• Fixed: incorrect behavior when embedding particles in animations.