I found a dress up game maker tutorial video on YouTube so I decided to make an account at CloudNovel and give their dress up game maker a spin.
A quick info about CloudNovel:
As the name implies, it’s a visual novel engine on the cloud. You can develop your own visual novels on a browser without the need to download software. It seems they added a dress up game engine feature too.
I made some quick assets while following the tutorial.
And here’s my first attempt of building my dress up game:
I kinda messed up my first attempt so I deleted this build to start over and this time I made more assets.
Making assets for this was more fun than I imagined.
This post is also lowkey an interest check for a dress up game in my style.
To sum it up:
- Almost idiot-proof to use. I can’t stress this enough.
- WYSIWYG interface. I can compare it to making something on Powerpoint.
- Really good platform to make something quick and distribute.
- Convenient, no need to install a program or learn coding.
- There’s a library of resources on the site you can use for you game and that adds an extra layer of convenience.
- My game looked nice on mobile view.
- There’s a huge limitation of not having a colour slider, so you’ll have to make separate variations of the same asset. That may become a problem over time and might get confusing to assign stuff.
- There doesn’t seem to be a way to export images once you’re done. Good ol’ screenshot it is.
- The site seems to be wonky in displaying the game at 600px on a desktop screen as it looks overstretched. I tried shrinking the game at 400x, it just became more overstretched.
- I increased the game’s size at 800px and the buttons were off screen. I suspect the button positioning is hardcoded on the original 600px resolution.
- This is more of a browser nitpick but do not turn off pop up dialogues, you’ll be locked out of the editor unless you put it back on.
Free version limitations:
- You can’t host your own images. Everything has to be hotlinked from a third part host.
- The game stays hosted on their site unless you pay a one-time $5 fee to download an offline version or subscribe to their premium plans to have more downloads.
- You must pay another $5 fee or have a premium plan to redownload your game should you need an updated offline version.
I’ll follow up this review with another post after I study the Advanced dress up game tutorial!