What is GameSalad?
If you have ever thought about creating your own video games but didn’t know where to begin, GameSalad is the answer you have been looking for. Whether you want to create games for Android, iOS, Windows 8, or Flash, GameSalad allows you to create visually appealing 2-D games with little to no programming experience.
It is a very powerful tool and the best part is that it is free to use. To unlock some of the premium features, you do have to purchase a Pro license; however, this is not necessary to begin creating games right now.
GameSalad is an intuitive drag-and-drop interface designed specifically for people without programming experience. Using this interface, you can create your own games and assign specific behaviors to various game assets without programming anything at all.
If you have some experience creating your own games, you may think GameSalad isn’t for you. Believe it or not, GameSalad is relied on by professional game developers because it is a quick and easy way to create game concepts. In other words, you can create original games without worrying about the technicalities typically associated with creating even a basic game concept demonstration.
Download GameSalad Creator
GameSalad Creator is a tool for creating games without needing to write any code. The free version allows you to develop games for the web (as seen above) and for Mac - and even for the iPhone App Store, if you have an iOS Developer account.
There's also a paid version, which lets you export your games for Android, add iAds and in-app purchases, tweet players' scores to Twitter, and more. For this tutorial, all you need is the free version.
Download the free version here. It only requires an email address and confirmation that you are over 13, and is available for Mac OS X Lion (and above), Windows Vista, and Windows 7.