October 23, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome
As the dozens of Indie Tools already presented should have already made clear, when it comes to game development software, we are spoilt for choice. There is, quite literally, something for everyone and, appropriately, there is also Engine 001. Another game creation program created with everyone in mind, hence another tool that doesn't require any programming knowledge.
Having already tried quite a few tools of the sort, all I can say is that 001's flow-chart styled drag-and-drop system feels pretty smart and very easy to use, but I suppose this has more to do with how one's brain is wired. Or, maybe, it is a matter of taste, but I frankly can't say which way of codeless scripting is the best. I do though suggest you give Engine 001 a try and see if it fits your needs and the way you design things.
Do keep in mind that, though generally versatile, this is a 2D game creator that seems to be extremely competent at creating top-down games and a rare tool that makes the creation of RTS and Diablo-inspired offerings seem feasible. Also, seems to handle platformers and JRPGs pretty well too.
Oh, and you can always ignore the mouse-driven GUI and try and script your game on your own. Or just use some of the built-in features that include such niceties as weather effects, pre-programmed enemy AIs, game templates, a variety of game systems and mechanics and, well, more.
Engine 001 comes in two editions. As you may have guessed the first one, the one dubbed "community", is the free one that lets you create and share your game but not sell it. For $10/month you'll be able to sell your game, have access to beta features, get to edit the raw files and enjoy some premium support.
Oh, and do keep in mind that for some reason installing this relatively compact tool does take ages. At least it did for me. Also, iOS and Android support is on the way...