The Software

As for software, I’ll be using The Game Creators App Game Kit Studio, which although isn’t free, has a fairly low one-off price and no silly licensing restrictions.  It’s certainly a lot less system hungry than Unity or Unreal.

App Game Kit Studio is great for beginners and experienced programmers a like. It uses a powerful BASIC like language and can export to a variety of platforms.

AGK Studio in action

You can get it from the App Game Kit website or from Steam. At the time of writing, it’s £78.99. There is a free demo available from Steam as well.

I won’t be talking too much about the code itself, but I will talk about the theory behind it and how it all works.

Next, the graphics will be done using Paint.Net, a free 2D graphics tool along the lines of PhotoShop. It’s quite a powerful little app on it’s own, but you can download dozens of free plugins to add extra tools and effects.

You can download from

Lastly for Sound and music, I’ll be using Audacity to edit samples and LMMS to create any tunes, or possibly I may just use a stock tune from somewhere.  I’m afraid I’m not much of a composer or musician.

Audacity is a free easy to use multi track sound editor, it’s great for editing sound effects and adding things like echo or combining sounds in layers.

Audacity is available from

Finally LMMS  is a digital audio workstation application program. It allows you to create melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more.

LMMS is free to download from