Making a game can seem intimidating, especially if you don't have the technical know-how. Don't let that scare you away, though. Everyone has to start somewhere, and luckily there are plenty of tools out there to help you dip your toes into the expansive world of game development. Here are a few great tools for beginners interested in making their own mobile games.

If you want to start off with the pure basics, you can't go wrong with Playr, which actually lets you make games on your own phone. The game provides a number of backgrounds, sound effects, and even entire game templates for you to choose from.

GameSalad is a visual development tool, meaning you don't have to know any programming languages to use it. Educators and developers alike use Game Salad to craft their games, with some pretty spectacular results. The tool also has a highly active community if you need extra support or inspiration.

Stencyl is a bit more complex, but allows you to create deeper games as a result. It doesn't require any programming knowledge. Instead it's another visual editor that's derived from Scratch. It's also got some pretty snazzy world editing tools when you're ready to work on the game's art and characters.

GameMaker Studio 2
This expansive game development suite lets you create games with its visual drag and drop interface, or, if you're feeling more adventurous, you can dabble in its actual programming language -- Game Maker Language. It provides all the tools you need to design your game -- from the art, to the sound, to the mechanics themselves.

So yes, stop making excuses and try one of these out! Practice makes perfect, after all.

Have you tried any of these tools? Share your experiences making games in the comments below.

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