Googles’ Game Builder lets you build video games

Game Builder

Area 120 which is “Google’s workshop for experimental projects,” has brought up its latest prototype is Game Builder. It allows you to build simple Minecraft-style 3D games for yourself as well as others to play through. The game lets you drag and drop characters and scenery into an empty sandbox for you to further construct your own world and then use preset commands to string together how things interact with one another. It’s free to play and available on both Windows and macOS. With Game Builder, you can create and play games with your friends in real time.

Game Builder uses a drag-and-drop, card-based visual programming system, which doesn’t require any coding. However, if you still wish to take things up a level, you can build your own cards in Javascript. There are thousands of 3D models to work with when you’re building characters. And the tool is meant to be collaborative — multiple users can build or play games simultaneously. Google hopes it will appeal to everyone from newbies to experienced game designers and says you can slap together a game in 10 minutes or spend hours crafting one. You can find Game Builder on Steam for PC and Mac.

According to Google, Game Builder is for those that “have an idea for a video game,” but have no experience whatsoever. It’s particularly catered for existing gamers that are already familiar with Minecraft’s drag-and-drop world building.

It could be a first-person action game starring a snail on the (slow) run from the law, or a multiplayer game featuring only pugs. There’s only one problem: You’ve never built a game before. You don’t know how to program. You don’t know any 3D artists. And every tool you find won’t let you collaborate with friends.

You can now download Google Game Builder for free on Steam for Mac and Windows today.

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