For those of you who don’t know, there’s a site called Humble Bundle. It originally started as a site offering bundles of games for reduced prices with a portion of sales going to charities. Over time they’ve grown into a complete online store, still offering their original bundles. On top of that, they regularly offer free games, great deals, and there’s even a monthly bundle that you can subscribe to.
This month one of their offerings is the 8-Bit Pixel Game Dev Bundle (Bundle expires on April 17, 2019). This bundle offers all sorts of assets that can be used in GameMaker Studio, RPG Maker, or whatever you want to use to make a game. Because I have an interest in eventually making my own game, I figured I’d pick that bundle up.
In the past there have been many other game dev bundles. Some included assets, others included game making engines such as the two mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, this is the first game dev bundle I’ve bought. Which means I now own all kinds of assets to use to make a game, but no game making engine. . . I really wish I had jumped on the previous bundles.
Another thing I need to keep in mind is I don’t necessarily have to pay for assets. There are all kinds of free assets available out there from sites like OpenGameArt, Game Art 2D, and even Itch.io! So just because I’ve purchased some assets doesn’t mean I needed to and maybe I shouldn’t buy more.
The two main engines I’ve looked into for making games are GameMaker Studio and RPG Maker. I really haven’t looked into either much, although neither are free. Obviously, there are many other possible engines like Unity and Unreal. But I feel like they may be a bit less beginner friendly.
Obviously, just having some 8-bit assets doesn’t make a game. First and foremost, I need a better computer. That will be happening soon. Then I’ll need to look deeper into engines. Maybe I’ll buy one, maybe I’ll pick something free, or maybe there will be another bundle that will include what I need.
Got any suggestions? I’d love to hear what you have to say!