Google releases a free video game that looks just like Minecraft – and it lets you make actual video games

Google releases a free video game that looks just like Minecraft – and it lets you make actual video games

IF you’ve ever wanted to create your own video game then you’re in luck as Google’s Area 120 has released a free game that lets you do just that.
The aptly named Game Builder let’s you create simple Minecraft-style games for yourself or other people to play with and you can download it now.
3 Game Builder lets you create your own video game universeCredit: Area 120/Google
The game should be as easy to use as building houses on the Sims as no coding experience is required.
All budding creators have to do to construct their world is use a drag and drop method to put characters and scenery in empty sandbox structures.
A string of preset commands then needs to be put together to determine how all the ‘building blocks’ interact but more experienced players can also craft their own interactions using JavaScript if they’re familiar with the software.
Game Builder is free to download and play and available on Windows and macOS.
3 No coding experience is required to play but experienced coders can use their more advanced skillsCredit: Steam
3 You can download Game Builder nowCredit: Steam
According to Google: “You can make moving platforms, scoreboards, healing potions, drivable cars and more.”
Game Builder also has a co-op mode, meaning multiple players can build a single game at the same time.

If you need inspiration then you can simply browse and play other peoples games.
Game Builder was actually released back in November 2018 but Google has only just started to publicise it now.
You can download it from Steam now.
Google’s hidden gamesHere are the phrases you need to type into Google to play some free games in your browser…

Zerg rush
Tic Tac Toe
Play snake
Atari breakout (in image search)
Spin a dreidel
Fun facts/ I’m feeling curious
Earth Day Quiz

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