Buildbox Review – An amateur today, professional tomorrow
For the past few weeks our team at Edamame has been playing around with potentially the most controversial game development software available on the market, Buildbox.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Buildbox is probably the first ever codeless game development software made for professionals.
The software costs $99.00 / month; $1188 / year; or $2675 outright and is one of the most expensive game development tools currently available.
So, is every developer’s dream – codeless game development – really worth the high price? Well, you’re about to find out…
Buildbox is amazing! In one 41 minute tutorial (See video above), we were able to make a full on platform game, and were capable of editing it, expanding on it, or even starting over and making an entirely new game.
If you have a spare 41 minutes we’d strongly recommend you watch it. Seriously, if you’ve studied game development you’ll realise just how amazing this is…
(For people who haven’t studied game development)
Normally developing a game when you’re new to the programming language and software takes weeks and sometimes even months of intensive study in order to create a single game. Once you’re done, most of the time you’ll know how to edit very basic things like colors and sprites, but often the rest will be too difficult to understand.
One close developer friend of ours took 6 months to learn his first programing language thoroughly enough to make his own original games.
With Buildbox you could literally have your game on the App Store and Google Play within a series of weeks. Something that a year ago would have been considered impossible, and with anything other than Buildbox, still is…
The user interface – that’s pretty much all Buildbox is – is extremely easy to navigate and understand, making it easy for anyone – even those with no prior game development experience – to easily create high end games within a week or so.
Now before you race off and purchase a Buildbox subscription, we need to let you know a little about the negative side of using Buildbox.
Firstly Buildbox is limited in what you can do by the actual program itself. Users who wish to make a game featuring cutting edge game development technology not yet integrated into Buildbox will have a fair few problems to get through if they wish to integrate features before an official Buildbox update.
Second buildbox is a 2D engine. For those wanting to make 3D first person type games, Buildbox is out of the picture. For now…
With these thoughts in mind let’s head to The Conclusion…
All in all, it boils down to what you want to do. Developers wanting to make fun and simple games like The Line Zen, The Pit, or even SKY, Buildbox is more than capable… Infact, all of these top chart games where made with Buildbox…!
Developers who don’t know how to code are now building best seller games every day using Buildbox. Why not turn that burning idea you’ve got into a reality?
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