A round-up of free/cheap tools for video game creators

A round-up of free/cheap tools for video game creators

Ever wanted to make your own video game? Now you can!

 It's easier and cheaper than ever to make your own video game. But if you have ever dreamed of making your own video game, you will need a few tools. Luckily, the internet is here to help you out.

Lifehacker created a list of game-making platforms and sorted them by coding experience. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced programmer, there are tools you can use today to get started on your video game.

Unreal Engine 4 went free two years ago, and has become one of the most common game engines for indie games. The free suite will let you develop games for any platform, and all future updates will be free, as long as you agree to "pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter." That's pretty reasonable, for one of the best and most popular game engines around!

Planning to create a mobile game? Here's a list of the 8 best tools for creating games for Android and iOS.

On the artwork side, PC Gamer has an excellent collection of tools for making pixel art, for that retro indie asthetic.