The Video Game Machine is a New Sandbox from Stardock

The Video Game Machine

The Video Game Machine is a brand-new sandbox title from Stardock Entertainment, where players create their own games. Whether it’s a side-scroller, shoot ’em up, or adventure game, players can use the genre to take care of basic game mechanics. From there, they set up the game’s rules and the characters they want in it (knights, superheroes, ninjas, cats, and more).

The Video Game Machine includes a host of pre-made games that players can edit or they can choose with a blank slate and start creating. Players can share their games online as well as download games made by others to try them out. An Alpha Test for The Video Game Machine begins on May 29th, and will include the first two genres: Platformer and Adventure. Those who aren’t intrested in actually making games can also play a host of class-c-style games within. The Video Game Machine is 9.99, and users can pre-order to gain access to the Alpha at this link.

“If you play games, odds are you’ve wanted to try making one too,” said Scott Tykoski, lead designer. “The Video Game Machine is a game that lets you pick a genre, choose some rules, and unleash your inner game designer.”

“The game has been designed to be easy enough that anyone can create their own games while still having enough power that savvy gamers can create truly unique games with it,” said Tykoski. “We’ve made the art style match the 1980s/1990s golden age and included a lot of premade graphics sets so players can be up and making their own games in minutes.”


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  • Civvie420

    My first foray into this type of software was in early 1980s with a title called The Arcade Machine for Apple II. It was pretty good stuff back then.