Programs to Make 8-Bit Games

Save

There are programs that can be found on the internet either for free or a small fee that can allow a person with minimal experience to design their own simple computer games. 8-bit technology is a little dated now, but it can still provide a very entertaining gaming experience, as seen on cell phones all over the world. Popular, classic 8-bit systems include the Commodore 64 and the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

GameMaker

  • Yoyogames.com's GameMaker application is a powerful tool for creating your own 8-bit games. No knowledge of computer programming is required. With a handy point-and-click interface, you will be compiling games of all genres in minutes. You can show off your creations by sharing them on the forum so people all over can download and enjoy your game. The lite version of the software is free to download, but to get full functionality, you will have to pay $25 to upgrade.

Phrogram

  • Phrogram is another application that allows you to create your own gaming software. Not quite as user-friendly as GameMaker, this one does involve some elements of programming, but it presents them in such an easy way that anyone can catch on. One really nice feature is that it compiles your creation into a self-installing file, so you can send your game to anyone and they can install it on their computer like it was a real commercial package. A fully-functional trial version is available for download, but it only lasts for thirty days, after which it costs $49.95 to purchase.

Sploder

  • Sploder.com is a web site that has built-in Flash applications that allow you to design your own 8-bit games. Another point-and-click, non-technical app that is made for anyone to be able to use, there is a huge community of people that have posted their creations to share with others. The games are then voted on by the users to determine which games will be highest-rated and featured on the front page of the site.

References

  • Photo Credit controller image by Thommi from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Make 8-Bit Music Files

    Whether you call it chiptune, chip music or 8-bit music, you can recreate this vintage sound with a digital audio workstation and...

  • How to Make an RPG in Game Maker

    The creation of an RPG, or any computer game, can be an arduous but extremely rewarding process. Large software companies can spend...

  • How to Make SNES Video Games

    The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was the best-selling 16-bit video game system of all time and still holds a place in...

  • How to Make Sprite Animations

    Early video games had very limited graphics capabilities. Each game character, or "sprite," was rendered as an 8 or 16 bit picture...

  • How to Convert MP3s to 8-Bit

    Macintosh and Windows users can download a free audio program called Audacity. It allows users to edit, manipulate and convert audio to...

  • How to Make an 8-Bit Remix

    Recording artists including deadmau5, Crystal Castles, and Matt & Kim contribute to the growing interest in the 8-bit electronic genre by mixing...

  • How to Make an 8-Bit Character

    8-bit games such as "Donkey Kong," "Balloon Fight" and "Mario Bros." have inspired creative 8-bit themed artwork in the decades since the...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Geek Vs Geek: Robot battles, hoverboard drag race, and more

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!