GameMaker Version Comparison and Download

Version GM for Mac
(download)
GM7 for Windows
(download)
GM8 for Windows
(download)
GM8.1 for Windows
(download)
GMStudio for Windows
(download)
Price Free Free Free Free Free
Can Open Projects from
Other GM Versions
GM 7
GM Mac
GM 7
GM Mac
GM 7
GM Mac
GM 8
GM 8.1 with a converter
GM 7
GM Mac
GM 8
GM 8.1
GM 7
GM Mac
GM 8
GM 8.1
GM Studio
Unlimited resources X X X X X
Mac OS X Export X ($ upgrade)*
Windows Export X X X X
Additional export modules – Mobile, Web, PS4 ($ upgrade)*
Team feature ($ upgrade)*
Notes Presently the only free option for Mac users. An older version, but the only version whose files can be opened in GM Mac. A good choice if you have a mixed Mac/PC lab, or if students have a Mac at home. The version used in many CurrentLab courses taught in PC labs. This version of GameMaker does not put watermarks on games. However, games made in the more recent GameMaker 8.1 require a converter to edit. The version presently used in most CurrentLab courses taught in PC labs, however, teaching materials on the CurrentLab site are compatible with older and newer versions of GM. This version is still available on the YoYo Games website.

This version has some features not found in GM 8, however, it does stamp a large GM logo over the screen of exported games.

The most current version of GM. GameMaker Studio, like many modern programs, connects to its company’s servers to download regular updates. Some CurrentLab teachers have had issues with Studio consequently not running on school computer systems where the internet is tightly restricted for security purposes. If you have a similar set-up, GameMaker 7 or 8 might be a more usable option.

 

*If you wish to upload games to the web or make iPhone, Android, or Playstation games, GameMaker Studio Professional is an option but will cost money. If you decide this is important to your art program, we recommend you buy one copy of GameMaker Studio Pro that allows you to convert games to Web (HTML5), iPhone, Android, or Playstation, but have students initially work in one of the free GameMaker Lite versions and then move their files to the computer with GameMaker Studio when they want to convert their games. We personally have met with success using the “HTML5 Export” module, which allows us to post student games online so they can be easily shared with friends and family.

You can also contact YoYo Games, the makers of GameMaker, about educational pricing if you are thinking of purchasing the Pro software for your school lab: http://www.yoyogames.com/education/quote