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Make Your Own Video Games

It can seem like making a video-games 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.

Image 174You 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 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 videogames, the NVM has free resources to get you started.

This list includes 28 games from the last 2008 years, with 519 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to make video games.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 16+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 519
 

 

Roblox

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 15/06/2016

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Roblox

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

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

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Developer: @VelanVentures

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart 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...

Minecraft

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Mojang

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

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...

Blankos Block Party

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 17/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Creative and Open World

Developer: @ThirdKindGames

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

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...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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

Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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...

Disney Infinity (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 18/08/2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Developer: @AvalancheWb

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @HeyNorthplay

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Wonderbox

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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,...

Geometry Dash

Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @RobTopGames

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Hidden Through Time

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @RoguesideGames

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Loop Hero

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @_FQteam

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Dreams

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Price: 37% off

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative

Developer: @MediaMolecule

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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 controller. This makes it easy to dive in and create something simple. Then,...

LittleBigPlanet (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 27/10/2008

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @MediaMolecule

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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.

Scribblenauts (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 15/09/2009

Price: 78% off

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @5THCell

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Fledgling Heroes

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @SubtleBoom

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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.

Opus Magnum

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Zachtronics

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Drone The Game

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @Drone_The_Game

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

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....

Boom Blox (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Price: 57% off

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Physically Active, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @EA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 45% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @ClevEndeavGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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...

Sequence Storm

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 21/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Racing, Rhythm and Sports

Developer: @SEQUENCE_STORM

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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.

Wargroove

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ChucklefishLTD

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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.

Gunpoint

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 03/06/0013

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SuspiciousDev

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Levelhead

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 08/06/2020

Price: 35% off

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @BScotchShenani

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...

Tooth and Tail

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @PocketwatchG

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game about anthropomorphic animals. Before each match, you choose a commander from four factions and six units from a pool of twenty. You then use these units to build farms, lookouts and gather resources.

Collapsus

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @WraithGames

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...

ClusterPuck 99

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/03/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Sports and Strategy

Developer: @PHLCollective

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

ClusterPuck 99 is an 8 player sports game where teams bash and jostle each other to gain control of the puck. The aim is to work together to get it to your opponent's goal, while avoiding other players and spikes. You can use power-ups and speed boosts...

Double Kick Heroes

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 11/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @headbang_club

Players: This is a single player game

Double Kick Heroes is a heavy metal rhythm game. You tap buttons in time to the music to lead your band through the zombie wasteland. It revolves around the "double kicking" drumming technique. When you get this right you can speed up the music.


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