October 2, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome
Watch the video I posted above and you'll both know what Game-o-Matic is all about and whether it's something you should be interested in. There, job done! Off I go then!
Oh, okay. Here's something for those that don't feel like watching videos then. Just hit the jump and read on.
Game-o-Matic is an incredibly ambitious tool, that actually tries to create any game you may want, without you programming, scripting or even designing anything.
You simply use its intuitive drag-and-drop interface to describe your game idea via a flow-chart of sorts, click a button and the thing then magically creates a game for you. If you don't like said game, you can always -via one more simple click- ask Game-o-Matic to create a different variation. When you find the version you like, you can then add your assets (or choose from a rich selection of clipart) and voila! A game. In mere minutes.
The tool operates in a more-or-less black-boxy way and is squarely aimed at non-developers, though I do believe it could be pretty handy in exploring concepts and coming up with very early prototypes. Also, well, for getting fresh ideas, as Game-o-Matic can really come up with some properly bizarre game mechanics.
Mind you, I have yet to achieve something I would care to share with anyone yet, but I'm pretty sure this is only a matter of time. Besides, just making all those silly games about bunnies empowering wolves that can be absorbed by whales is far too enjoyable to give up.
You can give the Game-o-Matic beta a try here. Oh, and do keep in mind that even though this is a browser-based app, it will let you download your finished games to your computer. Or, well, post them on facebook I believe.