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Goldo

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Looking for a good 2D game maker
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:51:16 pm »

Hi guys,

For a side project, I'm looking for a good framework built around Python for 2D games, let's say the equivalent of what Ren'py is for Visual Novels.

I'd rather it would be based on Python as I had a hard enough time teaching it to myself, I wouldn't like to have to start from scratch...

I've looked and I couldn't find a middle ground between pygame, where you have to create all the building blocks yourself, and visual game-making tools that have little to no programming involved.

The game I have in mind is a kind of 'Tactics' style game (think Shining Force or Advance wars...)

Can you guys recommend anything?
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 02:12:52 am »

Did you consider trying out Unity or RPG Maker (free weekend on steam at the moment + sale)
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2019, 02:26:04 am »

The most used are rpg maker, unity and unreal engine; don't know much about them all, I only know that rpg maker games tend to be quite boring when it comes to make MC walk around maps, looking for items, npcs and so on.
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 07:16:53 pm »

There are a few that come to mind.
Pyglet seems to be a good choice as it's written purely in Python. Pygame is too, but it seems to have issues with large games.
I've also been hearing things about KivEnt but don't know much about it.

Overall, I'd say either Pyglet or Cocos2D.
Cocos2D is one I've never heard of before but I did some reading.
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2019, 08:25:27 pm »

The most used are rpg maker, unity and unreal engine; don't know much about them all, I only know that rpg maker games tend to be quite boring when it comes to make MC walk around maps, looking for items, npcs and so on.

… and playing with the screen size of a mobile on a PC screen, without mouse :D
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2019, 09:54:20 pm »

Thanks guys! That's a good list to get me started.

About Unity: I've considered it, but as far as I know it isn't based on Python. As for RPG maker, I tried it before and I doubt it's good for what I'm looking for.
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 12:31:45 pm »

Can you guys recommend anything?

Bit late to the party, but I thought I'd shove Godot out there, I tripped over it a few years ago while looking at various engine options (or someone pointed me at it), it has a python like scripting language, and can incorporate python, C++, C# and various other things, it does 2D and 3D. It was pretty nice when I last played with it, and it seems to have improved since then. Just an option if you're looking around. Not pure python, but it might suit your needs.
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2019, 06:11:45 pm »

Can you guys recommend anything?

Bit late to the party, but I thought I'd shove Godot out there, I tripped over it a few years ago while looking at various engine options (or someone pointed me at it), it has a python like scripting language, and can incorporate python, C++, C# and various other things, it does 2D and 3D. It was pretty nice when I last played with it, and it seems to have improved since then. Just an option if you're looking around. Not pure python, but it might suit your needs.

I was just about to recommend Godot as well; glad to see someone else beat me to it. I have played around with Godot, Unity and LÖVE and Godot has been much nicer to use the others. Also GDScript's syntax is similar to Python's. And also, Godot is released under the MIT License. So yeah.. I would highly recommend Godot. :)

PS: Here is a list with some games developed with Godot: https://github.com/qarmin/Games-created-in-Godot
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2019, 09:33:58 am »

Thank you guys, I have also come to the conclusion that Godot is likely what I'm looking for.

I'd like to throw some complex procedural generation in there, though, and GDScript might be too lightweight for that. I know it's possible to plug python modules into Godot somehow; I'll have to look into it.
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2019, 08:24:39 pm »

Thank you guys, I have also come to the conclusion that Godot is likely what I'm looking for.

I'd like to throw some complex procedural generation in there, though, and GDScript might be too lightweight for that. I know it's possible to plug python modules into Godot somehow; I'll have to look into it.

That's great to hear! Please keep us updated with your progress  ;D

You have probably found this already but here you go: https://github.com/touilleMan/godot-python
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2019, 10:07:16 pm »


That's great to hear! Please keep us updated with your progress  ;D

You have probably found this already but here you go: https://github.com/touilleMan/godot-python

Thanks! Like I said, it's a side project. I probably won't be doing anything meaningful with it for a long time. I'm sure people would like me to finish BK first! :)
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Re: Looking for a good 2D game maker
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2019, 08:54:19 am »

Hey Goldo - one comment from a BK lover. I also play and follow Strive 4 Power - a fantastic slave trainer built in Godot. I'd like to note that the platform is actually quite hard to build a modding community around. Not sure if that's the type of game you're thinking about, but modding, while super easy, is hard to implement from a community perspective.
Just one thought. The games that are built are fantastic.
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