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Stencyl is a game creation platform that allows users to create 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and the web. The software is available for free for web publishing, with options to publish to desktop or iOS or Android available for purchase.

The engine uses a drag & drop interface to build games, logic, and functionality while still allowing the option to code, import libraries and write custom classes. The authoring tool has four main facets:

  • The Behavior Editor is used to create and edit code and game logic in modular pieces known as behaviors and events.
  • The Tileset Editor is used to import and edit tilesets, including their collision shapes, appearance, and animations.
  • The Actor Editor is used to create and edit game entities (Actors) and their settings, including behaviors, physics, and animations.
  • The Scene Designer is used to create and edit levels and game states (Scenes) by utilizing actors, tilesets, and behaviors.

The engine has support for selling your game on app stores, implement in-game purchases, or embedding ads, for those that are interested in pursuing the commercial side of game development.

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