Game developers have to start somewhere so if you're looking to get into the industry then here's a nifty app to learn the ropes with.
After experiencing the incredibly imaginative Dreams last month, I was delighted to see that the Nintendo Switch also has a way to make your own games. However, whereas Dreams focuses more on intuitive tools and community collaboration, FUZE4 Nintendo Switch is mostly about programming. The language that you code in is unique to this platform yet it contains elements from BASIC, Python, and C while keeping it streamlined so it's easy to learn for newbie programmers. To assist with developing your game, you can import from a library that contains a decent selection of 2D and 3D assets and animations, backgrounds, sound effects, and music. Of course, you can also make your own images and maps although I wish the tool had touchscreen support which would have made drawing more intuitive. There also isn't a music creation tool which would have been cool. That being said, these features may come in future updates.
If you'd like to learn more about the basics of FUZE4 Nintendo Switch before I go into a bit more depth, feel free to check out Fuze Arena's official website and YouTube channel where you can find extensive help documents as well as handy video tutorials.Fuze Arena Official Website → Fuze Arena YouTube Channel →
FUZE4 Nintendo Switch is definitely capable of teaching people of all ages how to program video games and in my eyes, that's the sole reason why anyone should purchase it. On the downside, if you're looking to create an actual game that you can release then FUZE4 Nintendo Switch currently lacks features such as being able to export your games or share them in an easily accessible online community. As of right now, the only way to make a game publicly available involves having it reviewed and once it is, others can access it by entering a 10 character game ID code. Thankfully, there's a community forum where you can share your creations.
So far, I've downloaded a few games that community members created as well as played plenty of games that are available as examples in the core software. Keep in mind; upon loading an existing game, you can view all of the code and assets that were used to create it. Anyway, some of them are impressive such as a fun twin-stick shooter called Super Mega Arena Blaster that I enjoyed quite a bit yet most creations are simply worth checking out just to see how people programmed certain things. After all, FUZE4 Nintendo Switch is best used as a learning tool and there's no better way to learn programming than analyzing what someone else created.
In the end, I'm glad that more dedicated folks are getting into developing video games and the amount of resources available in order to educate yourself is becoming more abundant by the day. So, if you want to plug a keyboard into your Switch and learn how to make a video game, FUZE4 Nintendo Switch is a solid option. Oh, and if you create something, share the ID below and I'll gladly check it out!