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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Stencyl (Java-based) is a new game development tool which allows games to be made with very little effort spent on programming. As described by the team:

Stencyl is a universal platform for tile-based game creation with an emphasis on user-friendliness and adaptability to many different genres. In other words, it's a tool that lets you create practically any standard kind of 2D game in existence.

StencylWorks, the game builder for Stencyl, is the tool that you'll be using to create games. It will be unveiled later this year.


3D games are not supported, but all creations made using this open source freeware development tool will run on Mac and Linux as well. I'm skeptical, but a lot of promises were made and if the developers keep their word then it could possibly rival Mark Overmar's popular Game Maker.
10 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said at 6/23/2007 06:21:00 AM:  
They go such a long way to make this cool tool and then they ruin it by making it Java-based. Oh well.
Blogger Jon said at 6/23/2007 11:20:00 AM:  
I don't know if you're nchaos from my forums, but if you aren't, I encourage you to have a look at my rebuttal.

http://forums.stencyl.com/showthread.php?tid=1260


Thanks,
Jon
Blogger gnome said at 6/23/2007 11:40:00 AM:  
Actually I'm all excited about this... Probably 'll give it a try and have my nice stad at game design.... Fantastic find Tim!
Blogger Alex said at 6/23/2007 06:25:00 PM:  
Seems good, let's hope they make it to release without being SMACKED DOWN by Nintendo for stealing all their games.
Anonymous FireSword said at 6/24/2007 04:26:00 AM:  
Great news!
Thanks Indygamer.
Blogger ifnyou said at 6/24/2007 07:51:00 PM:  
I'm excited about the fact that this is open-source and linux-compatible, because as far as I know then there is no equivalent tool currently available for linux. But without a chance to actually use it or play any of the games I can't say whether or not it really has the chance to rival Gamemaker...
Blogger Jon said at 6/25/2007 01:55:00 AM:  
Thanks for the feedback.

It's a bit refreshing to see positive comments after somebody posted/spammed under the project's name and got us in some hot water over that.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask them here.

- Jon
Blogger Tim W. said at 6/25/2007 02:10:00 AM:  
Hi Jon, I've seen your posts at GameDev.net as well and hope that the matter will be sorted out soon.

Anyway we welcome any sort of news about freeware development tools but if I understand correctly no official announcement about Stencyl has been made yet, so if you want this article to be removed do let us know. :)
Blogger Jon said at 6/25/2007 07:07:00 PM:  
This is perfectly fine with me. Out of curiosity though, how did you find out about it?

- Jon
Blogger Tim W. said at 6/26/2007 01:43:00 AM:  
GameDev.net, same as just about everybody else. :)