Cool Tools


Game Hacking

  • Alice (PC & Mac) - programming in a 3D environment (intermediate)
  • Corona SDK Starter (PC & Mac) - game design platform for apps (advanced)
  • Craftyy (online) - learn about making games with HTML 5 by remixing games
  • Game Adventure Studio (PC) - bring your adventure game to life (intermediate)
  • Gamestar Mechanic (online) - learn to create a game by playing a game (beginner)
  • Game Maker Studio (PC & Mac) - game design platform to create casual, social games (advanced)
  • Game Salad (PC & Mac) - game design engine for multiple platforms including mobile (advanced)
  • PyGames (open source) - a set of Python modules designed for writing games (advanced)
  • Scratch (online) - create and share interactive stories, games, music and art (beginner)
  • Stencyl (PC & Mac) - web and mobile game creator (intermediate)
  • TouchDevelop (online) - create mobile games (beginner)
  • Twine (PC & Mac) - create your own interactive adventure game (intermediate)
  • Unreal Engine (PC) - 3D game making developer kit (advanced)
  • Unity (PC & Mac) - 3D game design engine (advanced)

Image Hacking

  • Compfight (online) - a flickr search tool
  • Creative Commons (online) - search for images you can reuse and remix
  • CGTextures (online) - great site to find background image inspiration
  • ezimba (online) - image converter
  • GIMP (open source) - advanced image editor
  • InkScape (open source) - free vector graphics editor
  • Paint.Net (PC) - awesome, free image editor
  • Pickle (Mac & PC) - pixel editor
  • piq (online) - draw pixel art (export a BMP)
  • Piskel (online) - sprite editor (export a PNG)
  • pixabay (online) - copyright free images
  • Pixlr (online) - online photo editor
  • Seashore (Mac) - simple image editor
  • SumoPaint (online) - image creator with lots of cool effects

Audio Hacking

  • Audacity (PC & Mac) - sound recorder & editor
  • Bfx (online) - make sound effects for your game
  • EarSketch (online) - code your own music (intro instructions)
  • Free Music Archive (online) - interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads
  • Freesound (online) - collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, & recordings released under Creative Commons licenses
  • Incompetech (online) - royalty free sound effects & full music tracks
  • Jamendo (online) - creative commons music tracks
  • PartnersinRhyme (online) - free sound effects
  • Soundation (online) - generate 4 audio track sounds
  • WolframTones (online) - tool to generate interesting sounds

Code Hacking

  • Blockly (online) - program your way through a maze and other blockly apps
  • CodeAvengers (online) - another fun Javascript tutorial
  • Code Maven (online) - very visual Javascript tutorial
  • CodeSpells (Mac) - learn to program by crafting your own magic spells
  • Hackety Hack (PC & Mac) - learn Ruby programming
  • Khan Academy Code Editor (online) - code runs while you edit plus lots of video tutorials
  • light-Bot & light-Bot 2.0 (online) - program the bot to light things up
  • Processing (open source) - learn programming fundamentals within a visual context
  • Robo Rally (online) - a robo rally programming game (select Examples of Play -> Mini Rally Training Ground)