This is a blog post to create a conversation on the tools and resources we can take advantage of for our final projects.
Text Adventure Engines:
An HTML, browser-based Interactive Fiction engine. Supports image usage, and knowing a bit of CSS can make your piece even more interesting
A text-based Advnture game engine that allows a substantial amount of customization. No programming necessary.
2D Art Tools:
This program is amazing if you want to look into pixel art. There’s a free version that doesn’t look as fancy and has the worst layer management, but its pretty great. Perpixel editing, and one of the most robust per frame animation suites I have ever used.
GIMP is a free Photoshop. Its a thing. It works. You can edit photos. Its really useful.
I really don’t have much more to say about this.
3D Art Tools
Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone tried to combine Maya, ZBrush and 3DSMax into one program? Meet Blender. Its a free tool that you can use to model and manipulate objects. These models can then be used to make crazy things happen. I do not have many examples of this program in games, but here’s one game that I actually KNOW uses Blender for modeling: Gorogoa (http://gorogoa.com/)
Construct 2 by Scirra (https://www.scirra.com/)
GameMaker by YoYo games (https://www.yoyogames.com/studio)
This one can be used to make top down action-adventures if you’re into LUA
RPG Maker VX/VXAce (http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/)
A Japanese product that is widely used by hobbyists and has a substantial amount of fan-created materials.The base engine is built around a JRPG battle framework, but since the engine is built in Ruby, modders have managed to alter and change the engine in wild and crazy ways.
Unreal Engine (unrealengine.com)
Despite the name, Unreal is quite real. Notable in the fact that you can visually code games with the Blueprint system. Optionally, you could code in C#.
I’m not kidding. This is a thing. Blender has a Game Engine. Good luck finding the documentation for it though.
C++. Unless you commit to this engine, I do not recommend touching it with a six-foot pole.