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I'm a game developer wannabe. I'm looking for 2D puzzle games that have a level creation tool to flex my level designer muscle.

I have Portal 2 (which has a level editor) but 3D is too daunting for me. I can think of Amazing Alex and Little Big Planet. What would you recommend?

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How will you go about choosing which answer is correct? Kind of a problem with these types of questions, there is no "correct" answer (though clearly there are incorrect ones :)) –  Byte56 Jul 18 '12 at 20:12
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I tried to list some puzzle games with editing environments. I would also take a look at some flash gaming sites. Theese sites often feature small puzzle games and those games sometimes come with an editor.

Some casual/puzzle games with editors:

  • Elastomania: Its a very simple game but with a very absorbing gaming experience. The game itself comes with an editor, where you can make crazy tracks your self.
  • When you name amazing alex, try the ancestors of it (The Incredible Machine etc.). Some of those games enable you to create levels yourself.
  • Boomblox for Wii comes with an ingame editor.
  • Some versions of Bridge Builder also come with an level editor (or there are 3rd party editors for it).
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I pointed to 2D puzzles... Incredible Machine was awesome and I used the editor gazillion years ago. I mentioned A.A. because it's rather new and the first game I know that includes level creation (but I'm sure there lots of them). –  Karlos Zafra Jul 18 '12 at 10:48
    
Ah sorry... Must be blind ;) I'll update the list (though the two from casual would fall in this category, if you rate elastomania as puzzle). –  tom van green Jul 18 '12 at 10:50
    
Removed the unnessesary clutter and added 2 examples for casual / puzzle games –  tom van green Jul 18 '12 at 11:00
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Here are some of the ones I've seen around:

And one that I've used that help me transition easily into 3D:

Sketchup is pretty neat because it allows you to quickly make mockup maps (or a redesign for your bathroom lol). I used it to design a TF2 map before (3D I know), but it's really easy to use.

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I was asking for level creation tools on actual games. –  Karlos Zafra Jul 19 '12 at 6:17
    
@KarlosZafra Sketchup was used to make levels in Uncharted 2. –  user712092 Jul 19 '12 at 14:57
    
OK Karlos... These tools are free and would allow you to "flex your design muscle". –  GameDev-er Jul 19 '12 at 17:26
    
I pointed to in-game level editors because then you wouldn't need to create a game engine as well. I have used Sketchup for simple 3D modelling (very,very simple) and it's great, but I wasn't asking for that. –  Karlos Zafra Jul 20 '12 at 6:15
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Here I will add games (mostly 2D) that include a level editor:

  • Crayon Physics Deluxe
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This question was closed because it's not constructive. Answers like this prove that. –  Byte56 Dec 10 '12 at 19:14
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Maybe using noises such as Perlin's, Worley noise or Simplex noise will suite you suit your queries.

Heres one more link with the samples of noise Link2, and maybe this site will help you Link3

I have not much reputation, so only two links, I hope it'll help you

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While "Perlin Noise" is an acceptable answer to a lot of the questions asked around here, it doesn't really answer the question at hand. The OP wants to know if there are 2D games that come with a level-editor (to practice level design). –  bummzack Jul 18 '12 at 9:25
    
I guess it's a mistake and the answer was intended for another question. –  Karlos Zafra Jul 18 '12 at 10:45
    
I guess it's the de-facto answer for "level design" (creation) hence it showing up here. No offence, but "someone" wanted easy rep. –  joltmode Jul 18 '12 at 12:01
    
Haha, that's what I thought but I couldn't believe it. –  Karlos Zafra Jul 18 '12 at 13:06
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