Bubble.io has revolutionized app making by allowing everyone to do it! You don't need to write a single line of code, and you have access to advanced functionality and design tools to fit nearly any app creation need. But what if you need to make a game? What is the Bubble.io for game development?
GDevelop is a free, no-code, open-source game creation tool. Like Bubble.io, GDevelop allows people to create without writing a single line of code. Today, we'll compare GDevelop and Bubble.io and see the similarities and differences of both platforms.
Like we mentioned before, both GDevelop and Bubble.io are no-code development tools. This means that you do not need to learn a new programming language, or hire someone who knows a programming language (which can be expensive).
GDevelop and Bubble.io use slightly different ways of creating the logic to run apps and games, but the idea is the same: every action has a consequence. For example, if you hit this button, then an action happens.
The GDevelop Scene Editor is similar to Bubble's own Design interface. Both allow you to easily place new elements on your project, such as buttons, text, and in the case of GDevelop, characters, background art and more.
Another great feature of GDevelop is that you can then modify what you put on the Scene Editor through the Event Editor, making things like character movement really easy!
There's also no need to start from scratch! GDevelop comes with over 200 game templates and starter projects for almost any application.
Both GDevelop and Bubble.io are super modular. This means you get a basic set of features for all projects. But it also means that if you have a specific need, you can usually find a plug-in for it that makes it easy to implement a new feature on your app or game.
In the case of GDevelop, these are called "Extensions" and there are A LOT to choose from. You don't need to create logic for common things like platformer character behavior, bullets, health systems and a lot more. You can just add an extension to an object, modify the parameters and you're off to the races!
Of course, once you create your app or game, you want to be able to share it with the world. Bubble.io has competitive pricing for this, and it allows you to create excellent web apps.
GDevelop goes a step further: you can export your game to the web, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS as a native app, and most of these platforms support one-click exports even with a free account!
And there you have it! GDevelop really is the Bubble.io for game development! It's an easy to use, no-code app that allows you to make nearly any kind of game you'd want without writing a single line of code!
Both have similar workflows, with a design window and a logic window to program things with. Both are extremely expandable thanks to plug-ins, and both can export games and apps, with GDevelop even able to export to half a dozen platforms for free!
So if you're familiar with and like Bubble.io, but have wanted to make a game instead of an app, give GDevelop a try today!