What are the best 2D game engines for beginners?

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    #1Stencyl

    Stencyl
    Stencyl is a game creation platform for beginners. It allows the creation of video games for any platform. The free mode is complete with the necessary tools.
    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Joseph Carlson
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "If your new to game making and need to find a way to get started, then Stencyl is what your looking for. This platform has everything you need to make your games come to life. A great game engine platform that caters to the novice or non-coder. Check it out, the software and tools are free to use and you only pay if you want to publish your game. "
  2. 18

    #2Construct

    Construct

    Construct is a game development software that utilizes the HTML5 platform. It is specifically made for developing 2D games. It allows anyone to create games without any knowledge in coding needed. Offers free trial.

    Software

    Windows

    $99- Varies by plan

    Tammy Chapman
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "A lot of fun and entertaining. I wanted to use it to learn more about game development, but that isn't really possible here. If you just want to make fun games/levels, enjoy, if you want to learn coding, keep looking. "
  3. 16

    #3Pico-8

    Pico-8
    PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges
    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    $14.99

    Cynthia Rodriguez
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "Pico 8 offers a simple console for editing, sound, music and maps. It has simple built in tools to write lua commands, This is a nice system for the people who want to build simple and custom games . Pico 8 is popular in schools and compatible with mac, windows and linux. "
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    #4BYOND

    BYOND

    BYOND is a community-driven, game development platform. Players users can find games created by the developer community and creators can develop their own game with an easy-to-learn language, online support, tools, articles, tutorials and much more.   

    Software

    Windows, Linux

    Free

    Brenda Cunningham
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Lots of games to try out but also help with creating your own games. There are easy tutorials to follow and forums full of helpful people happy to answer questions. It is especially designed for beginners so not as intimidating as other sites out there."
  2. 10

    #5GameMaker Studio 2

    GameMaker Studio 2

    GameMaker Studio 2 is a software for making 2D development environment. This will help game developers to turn early concepts into a complete product. It offers easy to use interface and useful tools. It offers a free trial.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $39- Varies by plan

    Anna Diaz
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "Game Maker Studio 2 is a complete platform that can source beginners who are learning how to develop and build games. Game Maker 2 works in collaboration with YOYO games. The resources from YOYO games are available for all your game making needs. There are also integrated tutorials and your learning materials will be right on your workspace."
  3. 8

    #6Clickteam Fusion 2.5

    Clickteam Fusion 2.5

    Game and software creation has never been easier or quicker than with Clickteam Fusion 2.5! Discover the tool used by so many multimedia professionals, game creators, and creative people from all walks of life. 

    Software

    Windows

    $99.99- Free trial available

    Charvi Chauhan
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "Clickteam Fusion is a game development platform with great ideas for people who want to learn to program games or software. They offer a free trial package to see if it is something you may like. Then you can purchase it and use it with steam also. This website offers a great solution to a new programmer."
  4. 6

    #7RPG Maker VX Ace

    RPG Maker VX Ace
    RPG Maker VX Ace is a tool for making your own role-playing game! It offers content creation to both beginners and advanced devs. Simple and enhanced features, and a larger collection of graphics.
    Software

    Windows

    $79.99- Free trial available

    Justin Woods
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "So I was looking for an easy 2D game engine for beginners to spend time with my son with, I loved it and he loves it. Our relationship is greater than ever thanks to RPG Maker VX Ace"
  5. 5

    #8Pyglet

    Pyglet
    Pyglet is a game engine for Python that allows you to build and create games with its multimedia library and a object-oriented programming interface.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Gary Weaver
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "Best 2d game engine. Love all the preset assets and it really helps me boost my skills and makes me feel like I can create something amazing."
  6. 4

    #9Ren'Py

    Ren'Py
    Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by thousands of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Shreya Verma
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "This is great because engineers can get together and create super games. I think my son uses this already. He said he was creating some awesome games with some guys in India. He is a robotics and computer engineering major at the University of Michigan."
  7. 1

    #10pygame

    pygame
    Pygame is a set of Python modules designed for writing games. Pygame adds functionality on top of the excellent SDL library. This allows you to create fully featured games and multimedia programs in Python. Pygame is highly portable and runs on nearly every platform and operating system. Pygame itself has been downloaded millions of times, and has had millions of visits to its website.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Pamela Coleman
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "Pygame is an advanced website for gamers and programmers with experience. Pygame in my opinion is not a good resource for the beginner who is trying to gain programming skills. The novice game programmer should avoid pygame in the beginning but should not forget about it as their programming skills improve."

Summary

Best What are the best 2D game engines for beginners
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1StencylSoftware 21 Free
2ConstructSoftware 18 Paid
3Pico-8Software 16 Paid
4BYONDSoftware 14 Free
5GameMaker Studio 2Software 10 Paid
6Clickteam Fusion 2.5Software 8 Paid
7RPG Maker VX AceSoftware 6 Paid
8PygletSoftware 5 Free
9Ren'PySoftware 4 Free
10pygameSoftware 1 Free
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