6 Best Free Map Maker For Games For Windows
Here is a list of Best Free Map Maker For Games software for Windows. Using these free software, you can design game maps and save them on your PC. You can use different components, like soil, water, stones, grass, etc. to make your game map more detailed and attractive. You can download the images of these components from the internet and import them into these software to create tilesets. The supported image formats to create tileset are different for different game map maker software. Most popularly supported formats include BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, SVG, TIFF, etc.
Using these free games map maker software, you can design maps for 2D games like Adventurous 2D games, Strategy based 2D games, etc. For example, Super Mario, Clash of Clans, Old man Summary, Super Lemonade Factory, Seedling, and many more.
You can create multiple layers and change the properties of these layers in some map maker software. Besides this, you can also set the size of the grid on which a game map is to be drawn.
The procedure to create a game map is almost same for all the map maker for games software. Simply import the images to create tilesets, select any of the imported tiles and place it on the grid. By repeating this procedure, you can create a detailed game map.
My favorite map maker for games software:
I will go with Tiled. It is one of the popular game map maker software for Windows. It supports multiple image formats to import. Some of these image formats include BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, SVG, TIFF, etc. You can also add multiple layers to the project. After creating a game map, you can save it in multiple formats.
Tiled is a free map maker for games for Windows. Using this free software, you can create custom game maps and save them on your PC. It lets you create four types of game maps, namely, Orthogonal, Isometric, Isometric (staggered), and Hexagonal (staggered). Each of the aforementioned maps can be created with fixed dimensions or infinite dimensions. In fixed dimensions map, you have to set the number of tiles along with width and height of the map. The entire size of the map in pixels is also displayed and changed with the change in the number of tiles. Besides this, you can also set the width and height of tiles.
Tiled is helpful in creating map of Adventurous 2D games, Strategy based 2D games such as Fiiish, etc.
How to create a game map with Tiled:
Go to File > New > New Map and select the type of map and set its dimensions. You will be presented with a blank grid. A map is created by placing the images of different components, like sand, water, grass, stones, etc. on this grid. To do this, firstly, download the images from the internet and go to New > New Tileset. This will open a new window. Enable Embed in Map option and click on Browse button to load the downloaded images. All the added images will be accessible on the right side of the interface in Tilesets menu. Now, you are all set. Select any image and place it on the map with left-click. In this way, you can create a detailed game map which contains different objects (stones, water, grass, etc.). The supported image formats for Tilesets include BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, SVG, TIFF, etc.
You can add multiple layers to your map (tile layer, object layer, image layer, etc.) and set the transparency of each layer separately.
After completing the map, you can save it in different formats which include XML, JSON, JS, CSV, LUA, etc.
OGMO is another free map maker for games. You can create and edit multiple game maps simultaneously as it opens each new map in a new tab. Thanks to its user-friendly interface, you can design custom game maps easily. You can create walls, ground, grass, water, footpath, etc. on the map.
Following tools are provided in order to create a game map:
- Line Tool: As the name implies, this tool is used to draw lines on the map.
- Pencil: Pencil tool is used to draw any shape on the map using the pencil.
- Flood Fill: A single click fills the entire grid with the selected color.
- Rectangle: This tool is used to draw a solid rectangle or a solid square.
- Select: You can select any particular area on the map and delete it.
How to draw a game map using OGMO:
Click on Level > New Level or press Ctrl+N to start a new project. After that, you will be presented with a default 640 x 480 grid. You can change its size from Level Properties in the Level menu or simply by pressing Ctrl+L. Now, go to Project > Edit Project > Layers to add multiple layers. You can set different colors to these layers and name them. See the above screenshot in which I have created 5 layers (walls, footpath, grass, water, and soil) with different colors.
With OGMO Editor, you can create 2D games like Super Mario, Old man Summary, Super Lemonade Factory, Seedling, etc.
After designing a game map, you can save it in OEL format or in PNG image format.
D2D Map Editor
D2D Map Editor is another map maker for games for Windows. Using this software, you can create customized game maps easily.
D2D Map Editor as Game Map Creator:
Creating a game map using D2D Map Editor is very easy, have a look:
- Click on File > New Map and select the map size and tile size. However, the map and tile size can also be varied later.
- You can add multiple layers to your project and toggle the visibility of any of the added layers.
- After adding layers, you can import different images as tilesets. You can download the images of different components such as soil, water, trees, grass, wood, etc. from the internet and add them to the software. To do this, click on Tiles > Add Tile Set or press Ctrl+T and select the folder in which you have stored all the downloaded images. All the images in the selected folder will be added as tiles and are available on the right side of the interface. I do not know exact image formats supported by it, as it is not mentioned. But, I tried PNG and JPG images and these formats are supported by this game map maker.
- After adding the tilesets, select a tile and place it on the grid to make a game map.
On its interface, you will see two tabs: Design and Code:
- Design: All the game map designing process is done here.
- Code: D2D Map Editor generates a code of your design which can be seen in this tab. You can view and copy this generated code in five different programming languages, namely, C++, C#, ActionScript, XML, and XML Lite.
After creating a game map, you can save it in D2D format. Besides this, you can also export the game map. Following export options are available:
- Export game map as layers: You can export all the layers, visible layers, or selected layers. For this, you can choose the desired image format from supported ones. Also, it generates the respective code in a chosen programming language in a text file.
- Export as Tiles: Here, you can export the map in BMP, GIF, PNG, and JPEG image formats.
Dungeon Map Editor
Dungeon Map Editor is another free game map maker software for Windows. The map-making procedure in this software is similar to most of the game map maker software listed in this run-down. In order to create a map, you have to import images of different components, like water, soil, grass, etc. and place them on the grid. You can download these images from the internet. To simplify the process even more for you, step by step procedure is mentioned below.
Steps to create a game map by using Dungeon Map Editor:
- Click on File, then select New Project.
- Go to Project > Create > Map and set the width and length of the map.
- Go to Project > Create > Tileset and import the downloaded images by clicking on the Browse button. Now, you are ready to create a game map.
- Select any tile from the tileset and place it on the grid.
- In this way, you can create a detailed game map.
The created project is saved in its own supported format.
JumpCraft is a very interesting map maker for games software. This free map maker for games is designed to be used by all ages. Kids can design their own game maps using this software and explore their creativity. You can create many levels of a game so that after completing one level, you can proceed to the next one.
JumpCraft is useful in creating 2D games, like Super Mario, Airplane War Games, etc.
Procedure to design a game map:
Click on File > Game Wizard to begin. Through this game wizard, you can set the grid size, add the number of levels, and background (day, night, gloomy, black, or custom). Here, you can also customize the game’s window resolution as 320 x 240, 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, etc. to play your designed game. After completing the game wizard, JumpCraft will show the empty grid on which you have to design the game map by placing different tiles available on the left panel of the interface. Some of these tiles include blocks, trees, coins, character, clouds, coins, enemy shooter, grass, ladder, ice, spikes, water, exit gate, and many more. Simply select a block and place it on the grid.
After designing a game level, you can play it by clicking on the Run button.
The designed game map can be saved in PSG format.
FreeMapper is a straightforward software to create game maps for Windows. It is a very basic game map maker software. All the components to design a game map are provided in the software, which include different types of trees, various wooden tools, and different floor patterns. You just have to select any of these objects and place them in the space provided. Use left click of the mouse to place an object and right click to delete the existing object(s).
This is a very basic software which has many limitations. The reason behind adding this software to this list is it is useful for kids.
After creating the map, you can save it in XML format.
Limitations of this free game map maker software:
- You cannot vary the size of the plane to create a map.
- Objects to create a map are limited.
- I have not found any feature to add layers.
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