Note: The functionality of Game-Make-inator is being merged into the next generation of Illumination Software Creator.
Game-Make-inator: Easy, fun, visual game making.
Price: Free. Supported by donations.
Seriously. Try it. It’s awesome.
1) Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.
2) Resulting games run, stand-a-lone, on Windows, Linux and Mac.
3) No licensing restrictions on your games. Distribute them however you like.
4) Use your own graphics… or go old-school and use big, colorful blocks.
5) Comes with example games to get you started.
How it works is pretty simple:
Think of it like a painting program. Only instead of a painting… you get a video game. And you don’t really need any artistic ability.