It “scoots” because that’s a motorbike, see? Anyway, yes, Pixel Game Maker MV is a game-making tool from the folks that created RPG Maker. It’s designed to let game tinkerers make side-scrolling and top-down games without using programming language. The jangling toolbox was announced in May but it’s out in early access now, featuring two sample games (a Kikstart clone and a platformer about a witch and her 66 mushrooms) as well as a sample project featuring some characters and art from two editions of RPG Maker.
It isn’t a revolutionary program, thanks to the existence of GameMaker and other similar tools. However, it might be a better learning tool depending on how it’s built. RPG Maker gave us Space Funeral, To The Moon, Rakuen, OneShot and Yume Nikki, which isn’t a bad haul.
It’s on Steam Early Access for £67.99/€71.99/$84.99 (but discounted to £54.39/€57.59/$67.99 for its opening week). Developers Kadakawa say a full release is due “sometime in 2018” and that they’ll use the early access “for the purpose of receiving valuable feedback and opinions”.