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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 52 games from the last 20 years, with 1,436 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to make video games.
Release Date: 06/12/2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport people from one station to the...
Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid, Hand-Made and Pixels
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 are tasked with playing cards to create a level that is hard enough to be rewarding without...
Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Minecraft is an open-world adventure where you collect, craft and construct structures and items. Play involves exploring the world to find resources and good locations to build. Some of the best aspects of the game are less well known; along with the...
Release Date: 10/09/2015
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
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...
Release Date: 14/10/2019
Out Now: PS4
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Dreams is a creative game where you make your own games and play other people's creations. It's easy to dive in and create something simple using the basic controls, then as your skill and imagination grow the complexity and detail of your games can...
Release Date: 08/12/2017
Out Now: 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...
Release Date: 12/09/2017
Out Now: Mac, PC and PS4
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels
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.
Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person
Roblox is a series of games where 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...
Release Date: 16/10/2020
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Mario Kart Live: 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 the floor of your living room. You see the race from the view of the car beamed back to the...
Release Date: 17/11/2020
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
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...
Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you use to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...
Release Date: 11/06/2021
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...
Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
New Super Mario Bros. U is a 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...
Release Date: 12/03/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Hidden Through Time 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.
Release Date: 23/09/2020
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
Wonderbox is an 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,...
Release Date: 18/08/2013
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
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...
Release Date: 25/09/2018, updated in 2017
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
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...
Release Date: 27/10/2008
Out Now: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
LittleBigPlanet 3 is part of a series of action platform games starring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure but also enable players to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.
Release Date: 15/09/2009
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games which 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...
Release Date: 19/10/2021
Out Now: Mac and PC
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...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Pixels
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,...
Release Date: 03/12/2013, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Open World
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.
Release Date: 01/02/2019
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid
Wargroove 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.
Release Date: 07/05/2020
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Fledgling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a path 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.
Release Date: 13/02/2020
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
I Wanna Maker is a running and jumping game where you create unique levels and share them with other players. With over 1000 levels to play, all made by different people across the world, it offers a fresh platforming challenge with a wide range of...
Release Date: 04/01/2016
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...
Release Date: 08/06/2020
Out Now: 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...
Release Date: 21/12/2018
Sequence Storm 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.
Release Date: 24/05/2004, updated in 2024
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U
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 must manipulate the level by adding and removing platforms to reach the goal. The exact interactions vary from...
Release Date: 15/09/2019
Patterned is a puzzle game where you piece together beautiful patterns. It's a bit like a jigsaw but without the stress of forever finding more blue sky pieces. Each pattern begins as a sketch and you use visual clues to reassemble its scrambled pieces.
Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
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.
Release Date: 15/05/2014
Out Now: Mac, PC and Xbox 360
Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks and Cartoon
BattleBlock Theatre is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are a prisoner forced to play through deadly levels for an audience of cats! You move around the world, running, jumping and punching to collect the games and get to the exit. It's a...
Release Date: 03/01/2022
Out Now: Web
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Tres Undos 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...
Release Date: 02/08/2020
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...
Release Date: 14/07/2015, updated in 2022
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid and Hand-Made
Guild of Dungeoneering is a humorous dungeon exploration adventure, but instead of controlling the heroes, you build the dungeon. You play cards to create rooms and place monsters, traps, and shiny loot to lure the hero where you want them to go. The...
Release Date: 03/06/2013
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...
Release Date: 14/03/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Pixels
Pompom is a running and jumping game where you are a hamster on a mission to save your owner from an evil cat. However, you don't control the hamster but place platforms (and springs, whips, umbrellas, cannons) to ensure he can progress.
Release Date: 07/08/2012, updated in 2013
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
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...
Coming Soon: Mac and PC
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid
Star Stuff is a puzzle adventure where you help a young alien on their first day at a star factory by solving logic and coding puzzles. You explore each level, code your own bots (without needing to know any actual coding), and save the ever-expanding...
Release Date: 13/09/2016, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Text
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...