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Make Your Own Video Games

It can seem like making a video game is only possible with a degree and lots of complicated equipment. The games on this list let you design and share your own levels just using your controller and tools like Scratch.

You can unleash your creativity with these games that enable you to make your own games. Start with something familiar and try making your own levels in Super Mario Maker or get to grips with building in Minecraft. Build your confidence and creativity and soon you’ll be creating more complicated games in Dreams or LittleBigPlanet.

We put this list together with the help of the brilliant National Videogame Museum, (NVM). The World's First Fully-Playable Cultural Centre Dedicated to Games. If you want more information about making your own video games, the NVM has free resources to get you started.

This list includes 47 games from the last 24 years, with 1,094 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to make video games.


 

Loop Hero

Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Loop Hero is a dungeon exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you take the role of designer (or Dungeon Master) who use cards to create a world that is hard...

Conduct Together (Series)

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station...

Opus Magnum

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: PC

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...

Dreams (Dreams)

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Platforms: PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Anyone can learn how to create their own video games, music, animations and art in Dreams. Everything is controlled with accessible menus and interactions via the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 controller. This makes it easy to dive in and create...

Game Builder Garage

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Game Builder Garage enables anyone to make video games. Unlike other game makers, this offers in-depth lessons to take you from the basics to advanced techniques. The cute Nodon characters that power the visual drag-and-drop construction, enable players...

Minecraft

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Roblox (Series)

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, MarioKart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Blankos Block Party

Release Date: 17/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Blankos Block Party is an online game where you collect and create custom characters based on toy figurines. Along with the built-in modes of racing, platforming and shooting, you can also plug and play your own levels in a similar fashion how [link to...

Geometry Dash

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Wonderbox

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Wonderbox is a action-adventure game where you tap to build beautiful miniature diorama scenes in which to explore. Like Toad Treasure Tracker Each of these worlds has its own micro-adventure with enemies,...

Disney Infinity (Series)

Release Date: 18/08/2013

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Disney Infinity is an action game with themed adventures around iconic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Players unlock content in the game with physical figurines and PlaySet pieces placed onto a Base peripheral plugged into the console...

Hidden Through Time

Release Date: 12/03/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are tasked with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.

Scribblenauts (Series)

Release Date: 15/09/2009

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Release Date: 25/09/2018, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a running and jumping game where you play different farmyard animals trying to get to the end of the level. The twist is that it's you and your friends who build the levels as you play, placing deadly traps before trying to...

LittleBigPlanet 3 (Series)

Release Date: 27/10/2008

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Little Big Planet is a series of games staring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure, but also enable to player to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.

Ritual of Raven

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Ritual of Raven is a farming game like Stardew Valley but here you add programming code to the inhabitants of the farm to help them grow and harvest the plants. Similarly to Rabbids Coding,...

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 (Series)

Release Date: 03/12/2013, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 s Epic 3 is the latest game in the series, and you are on a mission to save your friends who have been scattered throughout the world by an earthquake. Work out the puzzles so you can progress through the game.

Escape Simulator

Release Date: 19/10/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Escape Simulator is a puzzle game where you try and escape a series of rooms. Like a real escape room, you look in drawers, read books, and solve riddles to provide the tools you need to escape. It stands out for the quality of the environments and head...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Series)

Release Date: 24/05/2004, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a series of puzzle games where you guide miniature Nintendo characters to the end of the level. The twist is that you can't control the characters, only the level itself. The exact interactions vary from game to game, but in...

Pony Island

Release Date: 04/01/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Pony Island is an adventure game where you are trapped in a computer by the Devil. You need to crash the computer to escape and stumble upon the Pony Island game that appears unstable. As you hack away at the game you uncover its corrupted code and your...

Levelhead

Release Date: 08/06/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Levelhead is a game-making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag and drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...

Pattern

Release Date: 07/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Pattern is a game about exploring different worlds. It's novel because of the lack of objective or direction. You are left to explore each world, with only the smokestack of a fire in the distance as a waypoint. When you reach the fire you can choose to...

Rabbids Coding

Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Rabbids Coding is an educational game where you use simple blocks of code to move a Rabbid and make it perform actions. It's designed as a simple way for younger children to begin to interact with code and understand how games work.

Tres Undos

Release Date: 03/01/2022

Platforms: Web

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Tres Undo is a hard puzzle game where you move blocks around a maze to fill holes and progress. The twist is that you can rewind time. On top of this the game layers the rewind ability to affect different elements differently. Then there are locations...

Drone The Game

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly....

Fledgling Heroes

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.

Sequence Storm

Release Date: 21/12/2018

Platforms: PC

This is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time with the music to score points. It sounds simple, but similar to games like Guitar Hero, it soon gets more complex. Unusually the rhythm play has a futuristic racing story.

Boom Blox (Series)

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Platforms: Wii

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...

Gunpoint

Release Date: 03/06/2013

Platforms: Mac and PC

Gunpoint is a stealth puzzle game where you play freelance spy Richard Conway, tasked with infiltrating buildings. To succeed you must avoid guards and bypass security, using various high-tech gadgets. Through these missions you seek to clear your name...

Hack 'n' Slash

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Hack 'n' Slash is a puzzle adventure game where you tinker with the properties of game objects to explore dungeons and fight enemies. Using your USB sword on enemies hacks them so you can change their game-code and behaviour. It combines a standard...

Hamster All Stars (Sokpop)

Release Date: 28/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Hamster All Stars is a creative racing game where you bet on hamsters. Rather than control the hamsters, you build a racetrack for them and then bet on the winner to win money to buy track upgrades. It's a twist on the game [link...

Sound Shapes

Release Date: 07/08/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Sound Shapes is simple rolling and jumping game where you make music by completing the levels. It features music from artists such as Beck and visual elements from other games and game makers. Originally on the Vita, it uses that systems touch screens...

Swift Playgrounds

Release Date: 13/09/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Swift Playgrounds (iPad and Mac) is a game where you learn to code. Three characters, Byte, Blu, and Hopper take young coders through the steps of making a game. Unlike other coding games, Swift Playgrounds includes modular lessons from a wide variety...

Wargroove

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.

Guild of Dungeoneering

Release Date: 14/07/2015, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Guild of Dungeoneering is a humorous dungeon exploration adventure with simple hand drawn graphics. But unlike similar games, instead of controlling the heroes you build the dungeon by playing cards to create rooms, monsters, traps and loot.

Hawks Quest (Dreams)

Release Date: 01/02/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

In Hawk's Quest Trials of the Adventurers Guild you explore a toy-like world as a small girl and after the comprehensive tutorial, discover a large world full of enemies and puzzles to solve. It looks like the remastered Legend of Zelda Links Awakening,...

Lego Mindstorms

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Gadget

Lego Mindstorms is a creative robotic toolkit made of Lego, augmented with motors, sensors and other electronics. The Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit enables you to build a five different robotic models with interactive and challenge elements. It’s...

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