Game Maker

The free(Lite) version enables newcomers to grasp the basics and build entire games although locked out of the more advanced features of the software.

The paid-for(Standard) version unlocks the more advanced features for a small price which goes toward the development of the software.

At present there is no plan to develop Gamemaker for Linux based systems. Hence Wine may be the only possibility for a working solution for all those who really want to make games using this software.

Currently you can obtain an 8.1 Standard licence for free if you previously had an 8.0 licence. Otherwise it will cost $25 to buy 8.1 Standard until June 1st 2011 when the price will increase to $39.99.

Application Details:

Version: Version 8.1
License: Shareware
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6-rc4

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What works

everything works so far as I can tell.

What does not

the test phaze where you run the game you made to test it out.


What was not tested

haven't tried saving any changes yet. thats about it.

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Additional Comments

everything works but test phase. too bad, because that's an important part. anyone wants to fix this ill drop some gold bricks for ya!!!!

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowParabola GNU/LinuxJul 04 20131.6-rc4Yes Yes NoGoldLuke 
CurrentopenSUSE 12.1Feb 27 20121.4-rc5Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 04 20111.3.25Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 16 20111.3.17Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes

This how-to shows how to get Game Maker running best. It assumes you have Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat installed. There may be different procedures for different versions/distros.

Make sure you've updated Wine to the latest version(1.3.17). If you haven't, copy and paste this in Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.3
wine --version

The last command should show "wine-1.3.17".

To make Game Maker run correctly, make sure that Internet Explorer 6 is installed. I don't think the other versions of IE work. To do so, open Terminal and copy and paste the following:

sh winetricks ie6
sh winetricks directmusic
sh winetricks dsound
sh winetricks d3dx9
sh winetricks mono210

It will open the installer for IE6 which then allows Game Maker's News screen to load. Then it installs directmusic and dsound to allow sounds to play. It also installs all the DirectX tricks needed for Game Maker to run correctly and the .NET compatibility.

After that, instead of installing Game Maker like normal, go to Uninstall Wine Software in WINE's menu. Then click the first button, browse to where the installer is and install Game Maker like normal.

After following the above steps, everything seems to work fine, but when running games there is some lag. Because all these tests were run in VirtualBox, the lag and other problems may be nonexistant in an actual installation.


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