Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 10 months ago.
The Nodon are the star of the show. They not only lead you through your lessons, but each offers a set of abilities and tools specific to a particular part of game making. You drag and drop them into place to do things like getting a character to jump when you hit a button, setting the mood with some funky music, or cranking up the gravity to 11.
As you progress with the game, two teacher characters Bob and Alice introduce different Nodons and take you through step-by-step lessons from the absolute basics to more advanced concepts. The result is a game that not only shows you how to make your own levels but offers a viable pathway to enable you to do that.
Another great way to learn, along with the lessons, is to see what other people have mode. You can share things you built and download creations from other people using a special code with friends/family. Parents will like that you need to have been given a code in the real world to find a game, so kids can share with the people they know. There's no browsing of content made by strangers like in other game make games.
You can control the programming in different ways, and in particular the on-screen cursor:
- Mouse: You can plug in a mouse to the front USB port when the Switch is docked for easier control.
- Joy-Con Pair: You can use a pair of Joy-Cons to navigate and edit your games.
- Joy-Con Motion: You can use the pointing feature of the Joy-Con to direct the editor cursor.
- Touch Screen: You can use the touch screen when using the Switch in handheld mode.
The result is a surprisingly powerful way to make all kinds of games. From 3D platforming games to high-speed racing or side-scrolling shooting. Essentially, whatever you want to make there is a way to make it with Game Builder Garage.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.
Game Builder Garage
Game Builder Garage (Demo)
You can plug a mouse in to control the designer with this alone. However, to play a game you need to use a Joy-Con controller. You could design games (or download games) designed for use with one button or specific controls. You can't remap buttons, but the left and right stick function in the same way. You can opt to use touch screen, or point with a Joy-Con at the screen along with buttons for actions. There are extensive tutorial lessons and a comprehensive built-in manual for what each element can be used for.
You can't adjust text size. The subtitles are a good size but other text can be smaller or on a moving background. You can bring up the Log via the pause menu to revisit what has been said in the current lesson.
You can zoom in to the design mode to make elements larger.
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