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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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    \$\begingroup\$ 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 :)) \$\endgroup\$ – MichaelHouse 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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  • \$\begingroup\$ 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). \$\endgroup\$ – Karlos Zafra Jul 18 '12 at 10:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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). \$\endgroup\$ – tom van green Jul 18 '12 at 10:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Removed the unnessesary clutter and added 2 examples for casual / puzzle games \$\endgroup\$ – 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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  • \$\begingroup\$ I was asking for level creation tools on actual games. \$\endgroup\$ – Karlos Zafra Jul 19 '12 at 6:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KarlosZafra Sketchup was used to make levels in Uncharted 2. \$\endgroup\$ – user712092 Jul 19 '12 at 14:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ OK Karlos... These tools are free and would allow you to "flex your design muscle". \$\endgroup\$ – GameDev-er Jul 19 '12 at 17:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$ – 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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    \$\begingroup\$ This question was closed because it's not constructive. Answers like this prove that. \$\endgroup\$ – MichaelHouse Dec 10 '12 at 19:14

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