Got an idea for a video game? Google has something to help you make it real in the most fun way possible — by playing a video game.
Game Builder is a free-to-play 3D simulation game developed by Area 120, Google’s in-house incubator for experimental projects.
Designed with a simple sandbox UI, Game Builder gives you all the tools you need to create a brand new game from scratch. For starters, you get thousands of options for creating your characters through the 3D models available on Poly, Google’s online library of free-to-use 3D characters.
Establishing character interactions and the rules that govern your game’s world is just as simple. It doesn’t matter if you have little or no coding experience; all you need to do is to drag-and-drop to your heart’s content. The game’s card-based visual programming system will take care of the rest.
On top of all these intuitive features, Game Builder also boasts of a multiplayer mode, enabling collaborative, real-time game development. Want to see how well your ideas are working? Have friends beta test your game while you fine-tune every detail.
Interestingly enough, Game Builder has been available on Steam since November last year, albeit as a prototype. It looks like Google wants more people to jump in on the fun, releasing a blog about this project yesterday.
Despite its low-profile initial release, Game Builder has already accumulated a “Very Positive” reputation on Steam, based on 191 reviews at the time of writing.