What are the best 2D game engines for rapid development?

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    #1Construct

    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

    Cheryl Jensen
    Written on July 5, 2017
    "Construct 2 gave me the user friendly platform I needed to build the game I had always envisioned. I am only computer savvy to an extent and had many game ideas in the planning stages but wasn't sure how to implement them. I am very glad I decided to use Construct 2 to move my ideas from the planning stage into action."
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    #2Cocos2D-X

    Cocos2D-X

    Cocos2D-x is a platform for developing multi-platform games. An open-source software made in C++, the is for games, apps and other GUI-based programs. JavaScript and Lua bindings are included in this software.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Jean Evans
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "I really enjoy this solution. I had not heard of Cocos2D-X before this and doubt I would have found it. I've mostly stuck to GameMaker Studio for creating 2D games, and am excited to explore this new engine and learn more about it. So far, it looks like what I have been wanting."
  3. 1

    #3GameMaker 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

    Carol Gray
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "If you can dream it, you can make the game you want to play. This site takes a beginner and teaches them through individual lessons how they can make their own game, and they make it easy to learn. The sections are broke down into classrooms, and there are plenty of other game makers that you will never lose interest. "
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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

    Chris Tang
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "A great community to bring players and designers together. Easy to use and a lot of fun. I am so glad that I took a chance on this. Whether you create or just play, give this a shot. You will be glad you did."

Summary

Best What are the best 2D game engines for rapid development
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ConstructSoftware 7 Paid
2Cocos2D-XSoftware 3 Free
3GameMaker Studio 2Software 1 Paid
4BYONDSoftware 1 Free
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