Three great GameMaker games for Raspberry Pi

As I began to type today’s blog post, I received an email from Eben beginning, “Wow – awesome stuff.” I set aside the project I’d been looking at (it’s neat, and we’ll bring it to you a little later this week), because I thought people would enjoy hearing about this right away. YoYo Games, home of GameMaker: Studio, have announced their Raspberry Pi games page: it features three fantastic, full and FREE games that they hope are a taste of what’s to come.

GameMaker in-post

They Need To Be Fed is a monster-feeding, diamond-collecting, danger-dodging platform game with 360° gravity; Super Crate Box is an arcade romp with lovely retro looks, endless hordes of enemies to zap, tons of weapon crates to collect and a great chiptune soundtrack; and Maldita Castilla is an atmospheric action arcade game full of spooky myths from Spain and the rest of Europe. Huge thanks to authors Jesse Venbrux, Vlambeer and Locomalito for making their amazing games available for us to enjoy!

A few notes: these are built for the full Raspbian Jessie image, so that’s what YoYo recommend using. The games require 256MB GPU RAM, more than the default value of 64MB, so you’ll need to change it: this is easily done by going to Menu > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration and then the Performance tab, and changing the value for GPU Memory. YoYo mentioned that it seems you can’t have the new OpenGL driver enabled with these.

Most importantly, if you want to try these games – and we think you will – make sure you go to YoYo’s Raspberry Pi games page to download them and tell other people to get the games from there too, so YoYo can show their developers just how many Raspberry Pi gamers are out there. They’d love to encourage the GameMaker community to make more great games available for the Pi, so they really want to see players represented in the download count.

What are you waiting for? Download, play, enjoy, and tell everyone you know!