Game Builder Garage

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews
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Recommended
Jun 18, 2021

Some standard Nintendo limitations get in the way, but this is still an invaluable education in some of the fundamentals of game creation.

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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2021

Game Builder Garage is a robust, yet easy to learn, game engine that's absolutely delightful.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jun 16, 2021

An impressively visual approach to building your own games, with a fully formed tutorial that demystifies complicated ideas with typical Nintendo charm and aplomb.

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7 / 10
Jun 21, 2021

Nintendo's new game creation software may not let you make the game of your dreams, but it's a fun-to-use toolkit nonetheless.

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Unscored
Jun 10, 2021

Children are like sponges, eager to learn and soak up new knowledge to apply to the decades ahead of them. If you’re an adult who’s curious about how games work, Game Builder Garage is a fun, informative experience most of the time — but it’s one you may prefer to experience in short bursts, lest the slow-moving lessons force you to snap your Switch in two.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2021

If you have aspirations of making your own video game but haven’t taken that first step, Game Builder Garage is for you. Just keep your expectations in check. You probably won’t be able to make your perfect game with just this software, but it could provide the creative spark that pushes you to turn your game developer dreams into a reality.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2021

‎A fairly satisfying experience that immerses us fully in the world of programming without requiring hundreds of lines of code. It adapts perfectly to object-oriented programming, although with much simpler concepts achieved thanks to the 'nodon'. Without a doubt, a great stimulant for your imagination‎.

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79 / 100
Jun 10, 2021

An interesting game making tool, easy to learn and powerful enough to create and share our own minigames. Still we miss some utilities such as importing assets or composing music.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2021

Overall, this is not your typical “game”, but it is still a lot of fun one to play. Game Builder Garage is also a game that is uniquely important and necessary for people to understand how games work. While all of this may sound like a chore, it really isn’t, as Nintendo is probably the only company that could make visual scripting actually fun. That alone is a huge achievement and one I am excited as well as relieved to champion.

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7 / 10
Jun 21, 2021

Much like most people's first efforts with Game Builder Garage, it's a good first effort. It's just not something people will be revisiting after a few weeks pass.

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