Today I’m going to talk about Stencyl. This is another program you can use to design games without any knowledge of computer programming. For those of you who are familiar with Scratch, you are going to like this software. Like Scratch, you put pieces (or blocks) together to design your video game. It is very easy to learn, and there are a lot of tutorials out there for this program. The pricing isn’t too bad, and like the other programs that I have shared (Construct 2 & Game Maker), you can export the games you create on several platforms. Take a look at all of these programs, and decide which one works best for you.
- Mac OS X
- Linux 32-bit & 64-bit
Minimum System Requirements
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
- Ubuntu 10.04 or later
While they don’t display other requirements on their site, I recommend that you have at least:
- 2 or 4 GB RAM
- 2 GHz Processor
Pricing & Platform Exports
Stencyl is free to use; You can test your game on Flash, Windows, and android, but you can only publish to web with a watermark. The free version is for personal use only. If you purchase the indie or studio subscription, you get better features. Take a look at the graph.
|Publish to Web||●||●||●|
|Access to Customer-Only Forums||●||●|
|Ad Support: iAd, AdMob, and more||●|
|Leaderboards for iOS & Android||●|
|In-App Purchases for iOS & Android||●|
Another thing that I want to point out is that you can get a student / teacher discount for $50 off of the studio subscription. You can get a discount if you’re enrolled in elementary school, middle school, high school or college. To verify, you have to allow them to scan your student or teacher ID card.
They also have subscriptions for schools. There is no free plan, but two yearly plans; Basic and Full. The basic plan is $299/Year for 30 students and $10 for each additional student. If your school requires paperwork, they’ll handle the paperwork. All you need to do is tell them what is required when you contact them.
The Basic plan is $299/Year for 30 students and $10 for each additional student. In the Basic plan, you have to install the software manually and you can only create web games.
The Full plan is $499/Year for 30 students and $15 for each additional student. The Full plan has more features than the Basic Plan. With the full plan, you get the MSI installer and you can create Web, Desktop, Android, and iOS games.
Finding documentation for this software is extremely easy. On the website’s help page, there are crash courses, a full written guide, videos, books, sample games, and a blocks guide. There’s also a guy on youtube, who created tutorials on how to use the software. You can check out SunriseKingdom’s Stencyl playlist right here. He also has playlists for Unity (Which I will talk about in a later post), Unreal Engine, and Blender.
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