Minecraft’s influence on games has been rather impressive. Block by block, new games are emerging, willing to look like the creations of an over-eager child with Lego. But this is the first time I’ve seen an engine that’s pulling the same trick. Craftstudio should feel like a soulless rip-off, but it’s a genuinely cute, well made game-making tool. It’s actually a game for making games, where the multiplayer is a collaborative editing suite for players to build levels, animate and paint monsters, and probably insult penis sizes and mothers. It’s currently in development, but there’s an alpha that you can try out. It has a Kickstarter-esque funding model over at, er, Kickstarter-esque Indiegogo. Impossibly engaging and annoyingly well made video from the game’s 22 year-old creator (!) Elisée Maureris below. Hearthat, Notch? He’s got ten years on you.
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