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Getting Started With Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 is a game engine made by Epic Games. The Unreal Engine has been around for over a decade and has been used to make a ton of games. The latest release of the engine (4) has a new business model too: it’s free!

You can download and make games right now and release them commercial. All Epic asks is that you pay them a royalty of your sales.

To get into Unreal 4 here’s some helpful resources.

If you’re used to using Unity you’ll want to check out this handy guide on using Unreal 4 for Unity developers.

Good sources to learn Unreal right from Epic:

Official Unreal Engine 4 tutorial playlists

Unreal Engine 4 Wiki (includes written tutorials, too)

Unreal Engine 4 Documentation

 

Within Unreal there is a visual scripting system called ¬†Blueprint. Here’s a good tutorial on getting started with it.

Getting Started With GameMaker and RPG Maker

RPG Maker

RPG Maker is what it sounds like: a game engine for making RPGs. It has a good map editor and you can piece together good simple RPGs in a very quick time, you can also make rather complex and intricate games. The limit is your imagination, oh and it only runs on Windows.

Here’s a good tutorial on building a village and short game. It’s designed so you can try out most features RPG Maker has during the one month trial. You can also find this Tutorial Town on Steam.

GameMaker

GameMaker can be used for quick prototyping to finished and polished games. It’s a Windows-only game engine that has a good community behind and a lot of good resources online.

Here’s a good series of videos on getting to know GameMaker.

As always you can find a list of more game engines on the game creation software page.

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