GameMaker: Studio

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This is the program I use to make games. It is rather easy to learn, but it still has a lot of potential for advanced 2D gaming. 3D is possible, but it’s not the main focus. If you want to make 2D games, though, this is definitely a program to check out.

The offer to get the Standard version for free has now expired.

Games made with this program include Hotline Miami – which has been a hit on Steam – as well as Spelunky and Stealth Bastard. Check out the game showcase at the offical GM:S website here:
https://www.yoyogames.com/showcase

Project AM2R – Another Metroid 2 Remake

I am a huge Metroid fan, and I have played through most of the games in the series apart from Hunters on the DS, the Pinball spinoff and the original Metroid 2. I never owned a DS to play the former, and Metroid 2 was a bit “meh” for me because it’s sort of drab. Few interesting environments, somewhat repetitive Metroid killing and cave exploring, lack of a map, etc. So therefore, it was a joyful moment when I found this on the web some months ago:

Samus Aran blasting a floating enemy with her Ice Beam power-up. Nice graphics!

Screenshot from Another Metroid 2 Remake, a fan project that has some real quality to it. Click the image to go to their page.

Link: metroid2remake.blogspot.com

Video trailer: YouTube

This project hasn’t actually received an update since last December, but for what it is it is spectacular. This must be one of the best fan games I have played. It takes Metroid 2 and remakes it in the style Nintendo used for their official Metroid 1 remake… except this somehow feels even more polished and enjoyable. It has good gameplay, nice graphics, rearranged music, some new features here and there… and it’s all fantastic.

The controls are smooth, and never have I enjoyed using the Morph Ball so much. The translation of the old Game Boy graphics and mechanics is also stellar. The sound effects fit well, and I found myself liking the basic Power Beam for once, just because of that sound. Currently the game lasts up until the boss fight with Arachnus, which is a good chunk of gameplay already. You can get many of the upgrades and fight most types of Metroid.

Definitely a project to check out if you are a fan of Metroid or just classic games in general.

BIONICLE Fighter v14.0

BIONICLE Fighter version 14 is now available. Note: A small update was released. If you downloaded this as soon as it became available, you should re-download if you don’t have version “14b”.

Download (63.52 MB ZIP)

Screenshots

Changes (14.0):
– Added button for selecting game mode to the map screen.
– Added button for selecting random or fixed bot spawns, also on the map screen.
– Added pre-match display. Allows the user to view the map via the movement keys.
– Added basic surface light system and a button to turn it on/off.
– Added Psionic primary attack: Mind Wave. Homes in on enemies and lightly impairs movement.
– The Kanohi Avohkii (Light) can now create a blinding light burst at the user’s location.
– The Kanohi Krahkaan (Shadow) can now blind nearby enemies and block out light in dark areas.
– The Kanohi Ruru (Night Vision) can now be used to view everything in dark areas, though with a green tint.
– New map: Onu-Koro, the underground village. Features dark caves, mechanical lifts and a flooded mine section where items spawn.

Bug fixes and engine tweaks:
– Added new static light object; affected by light and shadow attacks. Toa of Light may absorb energy from static lights.
– Added a button for the “show scoreboard” key in Settings.
– Bots now display names above their heads.
– Fixed a bug where embers would sometimes fail to be destroyed after fading away.
– Fixed bug with Toa bots checking the armor array for their shield HP.
– Healthbars can now be seen by everyone. Other stats are still hidden.
– Kanohi Rode and the Psionic passive ability now faintly reveals people in the dark as well.
– Mangaia spawn points now place light stands on each side of themselves.
– Removed stun from Disk Launcher, added higher damage and longer cooldown.
– Spawn points now refill air.
– Updated Toa Mata boss trigger to use button input.