a place to download game maker 7

Kelsey Higham
Sep 8, 2012
8:38pm

Game Maker is one of the best tools available for non-programmers to make videogames. But boy, is it hard to download.

Summary

Download Game Maker 7 Free for Windows from sjsugamedev.com, or Game Maker 7 Free for Mac from YoYo Games.

Mac

If you're downloading Game Maker on OS X, you only have two options: Game Maker 7 for Mac Free and Game Maker 7 for Mac Pro.

Free

Games made with Game Maker 7 for Mac Free will run on OS X, and can be ported to Windows. If you have Game Maker 7 Free or Pro for Windows, all you have to do is open up the .gmk and create a new executable (under File > Create Executable…).

Pro

If you make a game with Game Maker 7 for Mac Pro, which costs $20, you can open it again in Game Maker 7 (or greater) Pro for Windows. Game Maker 7 (or greater) Free for Windows won't open it. The paid versions of Game Maker: Studio™ might open it, I'm not sure.

If you buy Game Maker 7 Pro for Mac, you do not automatically own a license to Game Maker 7 (or whatever) Pro for Windows. You have to buy a separate license for Game Maker 8 Pro for Windows, or find someone with a working Game Maker 7 Pro for Windows license.

Windows

If you're downloading Game Maker on Windows, things get a whole lot more confusing.

Game Maker 7 Free

This can no longer be downloaded from YoYo Games, but you can download Game Maker 7 Free at AfterDawn, a site I've never heard of but Patrick found on Google. AVG didn't find a virus in it, so maybe it's safe. In case AfterDawn goes down or stops hosting it, I've mirrored Game Maker 7 Free for Windows on this site.

Game Maker 7 Pro

You can't buy this any more, but if you already have a license key, you can enter it into Game Maker 7 to unlock Pro features. If you create a game with this, you'll have to buy a license to Game Maker 7 Pro for Mac to port it to OS X.

Game Maker 8.0 Free

This version of Game Maker doesn't put a watermark on your games.

If you create a game in Game Maker 8 or greater, you can't open it in Game Maker 7 for Mac, so you'll have to wait until Game Maker 9's release if you want to port it to OS X. And at that point, it probably will put a watermark on your game.

YoYo Games no longer hosts it, but you can download Game Maker 8 Free at Auntie Pixelante, Anna Anthropy's site, at the bottom of the second paragraph. This post is a tribute to her post.

Game Maker 8.1 Free

This version does put a watermark on your games. Download it here.

Game Maker 8.1 Pro

This version doesn't put a watermark on your games. You can buy it for $40. If you want to port a game made with it to OS X, you'll have to wait a year or so and pay another $40 for Game Maker 9 Pro for Mac, when it's released.

Game Maker: Studio™

It only runs on Windows and there's a billion versions.

The free version has weird limitations, which no other version of Game Maker has. At least it doesn't put a watermark on your games.

You can port a game to OS X, but you can't use one machine with Boot Camp — you actually need two physically separate computers, and a Wi-Fi connection between them.

So which one should you download?

Mac

Get Game Maker 7 Free for Mac. You can port your games to Windows by opening the .gmk file in a Windows version of Game Maker.

Windows

Decide what's important to you:

Water­mark? Cost Mac port Down­load Weird limits?
Game Maker 7 Free no FREE FREE: open the .gmk in Game Maker 7 Free (or Pro) for Mac AfterDawn or sjsugamedev.com minor ones
Game Maker 7 Pro no no longer available buy Game Maker 7 Pro for Mac for $20 unavailable none
Game Maker 8.0 Free no FREE buy Game Maker 9 Pro for Mac in 2013 for like $40 Auntie Pixelante minor ones
Game Maker 8.1 Free yes FREE buy Game Maker 9 Pro for Mac in 2013 for like $40 YoYo Games (official site) minor ones
Game Maker 8.1 Pro no $40 buy Game Maker 9 Pro for Mac in 2013 for like $40 YoYo Games (official site) none
Game Maker: Studio™ no FREE or $50 or $100 or $500 FREE: create a Wi-Fi connection between two computers, a Windows box and a Mac YoYo Games (official site) significant ones: details

Personally, I recommend that you download Game Maker 7 Free from sjsugamedev.com.