If you’re a fan of JRPG classics such as the older Final Fantasy titles or Chrono Trigger then this engine will allow you to make games in their vein very easily. The editor’s interface has lots of options for those not proficient in coding, so you’ll find it fairly easy to learn with no experience provided you’re willing to delve into a little bit of scripting. While this is really only built to make one type of game, the luxury is it makes making that type of game as easy as can be. Even if this is your first attempt at development, RPG Maker will help you put together something very playable really quickly.
It comes with a load of its own art and audio so you won’t need to create any of your own assets to be able to build something. Expansion packs for the editor also offer loads of different assets should you need something more suited to your game – though you do have to pay for those.
With a little creativity, though, you don’t necessarily have to make an RPG full of turn-based battles. Narrative-focused titles such as To The Moon were made using RPG Maker, and it’s possible to use the engine to make puzzles and cutscenes. Some developers have, with the help of plugins, even managed to make point-and-click adventure games.
The lesson to take away from RPG Maker is that all that matters is you use the engine that’s right for you. You can then bend it to make the games you want. As with most tools, if you’re willing to get creative you can use it to do so much more than you might at first imagine. And you can get started with our easy step-by-step guide over on p64 – perfect for building your confidence.