Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. Jul 6, 2021
    There’s a very real chance that 10-15 years from now, interviews will feature many up and coming devs attributing their first step and successes to Game Builder Garage.
  2. Jun 28, 2021
    This is not your usual computer game, it’s more of a learning platform for aspiring game developers. It will actually teach you something and be fun at the same time.
  3. Jun 21, 2021
    Overall, this is not your typical “game”, but it is still a lot of fun one to play. Game Builder Garage is also a game that is uniquely important and necessary for people to understand how games work. While all of this may sound like a chore, it really isn’t, as Nintendo is probably the only company that could make visual scripting actually fun. That alone is a huge achievement and one I am excited as well as relieved to champion.
  4. Jun 11, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is typically brilliant Nintendo, offering a way of creating levels that is only stymied by the lack of online community and curation options.
  5. 90
    The thing that often stops people short with game development is that the programming side of things can be intimidating. To this day the logic and process of software development throws me into a spin every time I look at it... and I do create games. They might be visual novels, sure, but they're games. I've always felt like I should know more about programming, but I just can't do it. Game Builder Garage might be pitched at a younger audience - and I can genuinely see Nintendo selling a bunch of Switches to schools for use in the younger grades as an introduction to the all-important education space - but the systematic clarity with which the tutorials of Game Builder Garage are arranged, and then the ease of use and accessibility of the software to play around with afterwards, makes it the best introduction to programming that I've come across, for anyone of any age.
  6. Jun 10, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is a tremendously powerful and accessible piece of game development software that gives you the tools and guidance to make video games with ease.
  7. Jun 10, 2021
    A quite satisfactory experience that immerses us fully in the world of programming without requiring hundreds of lines of code. It adapts perfectly to object-oriented programming, although with much simpler concepts achieved thanks to 'nodon'. Without a doubt, a great stimulant for your imagination.
  8. Jun 10, 2021
    Game Garage Builder is wonderful. Nintendo has come up with a new programming language made up of hilarious characters, tasking the player with having them interact with each other to code their games. A real video game laboratory, where you can experiment and learn with a smile on your face.
  9. Jun 10, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is an excellent gateway to the complex world of video game programming. The customization of the code blocks works perfectly, the increasingly complicated interactive lessons will require you to learn the function of each nodon, and the interface as a whole is a model of clarity. It's a shame, however, that Nintendo's edutainment software doesn't go further by providing more elaborate asset customization, or by pushing the limits of its work plan and settings further.
  10. Jun 10, 2021
    A courageous experiment that deserves the attention of those who are not satisfied with remaining on the surface of the videogame medium. The experience appears at first as less captivating than titles like Super Mario Maker, but the satisfaction you get by entering the rabbit hole and discovering the secrets of programming is priceless. We are curious to find out how the Video Game Lab community will evolve, and we will try with interest the creations of budding developers from all over the world.
  11. Jun 10, 2021
    Nintendo has created a fun and accessible product that is a great introduction to programming. Through the perfectly paced interactive lessons, anyone can start making games in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, the omission of in-game community creations does hinder what could have been a complete creative suite, however, this won’t stop enthusiasts from creating and sharing their games in other ways.
  12. Jun 10, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is not a tool for creating games, but for learning how to create games. With this clear premise, you can enjoy it to the fullest.
  13. Ninty Fresh Magazine
    Dec 3, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is great at teaching and can be hilarious to mess about with. Perfect for creative types, not so much for those who just want to play video games. [Issue #4, p.59]
  14. Jun 29, 2021
    As a first step into game development, Game Builder Garage represents a fun and engaging way of dipping your toes. It is not overly convoluted, and is approachable when it comes to creating polished experiences with a little bit of work. The software educates, guides, and makes the creator’s enjoyment a key part of the process. If only Nintendo would fix the online and community gaps, then it will truly be a playground of creativity.
  15. Jun 28, 2021
    Like Toy-Con Garage, Game Builder feels like it was made to be used by schools IT departments to help younger audiences learn how to program in a way which is easy to understand. It's encouraging to see Nintendo is sticking with finding ways to make programming accessible, hopefully even inspiring future game makers. Game Builder Garage makes programming more understandable as well as enjoyable. It can still be overwhelming, but they put the tools in your hands to try it out. I'll still miss Labo and its creative builds, but Game Builder Garage is an excellent follow-up.
  16. Jun 27, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is meant as a simple, easy to understand, and visual introduction to coding, and for that purpose it works very well.
  17. Jun 25, 2021
    A game making software for the Nintendo Switch. It offers an easy to learn programming language, Nintendo style tutorials and lots of capabilities to make simple, but also complex games in any genre.
  18. Jun 23, 2021
    GameStudio offers an excellent platform for playfully learning the intricacies of creating your own games with an extensive tutorial and plenty of tools to transform your creative ideas into reality. While the lessons are mainly focused on children, they might get overwhelmed by the vast possibilities Gamestudio offers, but this platform is an excellent introduction to both the difficulties and possibilities of game development.
  19. Jun 21, 2021
    Game Builder Garage seems to want to showcase just what it’s like to make a game, albeit in a simpler way. It’s sometimes challenging to the point of being headache-inducing. It is unrelentingly complicated. When it clicks, however, it’s fun, magical, and incredibly rewarding.
  20. Jun 21, 2021
    As a creative suite for kids with game design ambitions, Game Builder Garage is top class. Sure, It has a few technical drawbacks, and it’s not a replacement for industry-standard game engine experience. But regardless of its faults, this is a fantastic visual scripting on-ramp for budding designers without coding experience. The engine is also incredibly versatile in the right hands, offering serious scope to help gamers of all ages realise their visions.
  21. Jun 17, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is an excellent introduction to the world of game programming. While it might not be the most comprehensive example out there, it’s certainly the most accessible and charming one I’ve had the joys of experiencing.
  22. Jun 16, 2021
    Filled with lovely details, perfectly constructed and often genuinely funny, Game Builder Garage is another excellent Nintendo creative tool, which quietly teaches you why its games are so good. It’s a totally closed experience, so you only have access to the materials it provides, but that makes it safe for families, and forces you to be imaginative in how you employ (and break) the rules. You won’t learn how to code in C from playing this game, but you will begin to understand how games are designed and how the logic of a game program works. If these are things you want to know about, there is no better teacher than Nintendo.
  23. Jun 15, 2021
    If you're new to programming and want to see what it takes to make a game, this is a wonderful and humorous introduction. It does have limitations, though, and mastering its intricacies can take a long time.
  24. Jun 10, 2021
    Nintendo’s best development toolkit to date, with a gamified process that makes creating enjoyable, even if the curation tools are sub-par.
  25. Jun 10, 2021
    Hayabusa is back with a correct remaster that could have been so much better, but at least allows us to enjoy this great series once again on modern hardware.
  26. Jun 10, 2021
    I don't think I've ever enjoyed learning as much as I did during my time with Game Builder Garage. Game Builder Garage is a powerful game design tool overflowing with charm and personality. Anyone with a little patience and desire to learn can start creating games with its robust system of Nodons. No coding knowledge is required, but you'll learn concepts like evaluations and conditional statements without even realizing it. I do wish it allowed you to look under the hood and see the actual code, but not being able to see all those lines of boring text don't detract at all from the fun of making games. The tremendous variety of Nodons available make it possible to pull off some really complex stuff and I'm really looking forward to seeing what creations the Game Builder Garage community cooks up.
  27. Jun 10, 2021
    Behind the humorous, colorful atmosphere, Game Builder Garage proves a real creation environment, with a phenomenally intuitive interface and a clever didactic approach to such a huge amount of possibilities, using almost every function of the system. But Nintendo also made delicate compromises between simplicity and ambition through technical or sharing limitations, hence production will heavily rely on Nodon game designers' efforts.
  28. Jun 10, 2021
    An interesting game making tool, easy to learn and powerful enough to create and share our own minigames. Still we miss some utilities such as importing assets or composing music.
  29. Jul 2, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is a great way to learn the basics of game programming through an easy to use visual language. The tutorials may be overbearing for some, holding your hand through each step, but the engine is surprisingly robust and will let you create whatever you want. However, there is no active sharing or receiving interface in the game itself which is incredibly frustrating and limits learning opportunities.
  30. Game Builder Garage manages to explain the logic of making games in a fun way with its simple interface and Nodon system.
  31. Jun 25, 2021
    Create your own video games accompanied by the Nodon in this creative tool for Nintendo Switch. Share your creations and discover how a video game is created. Fun and very instructive although somewhat lacking in tools, Nodon and greater creative freedom both to create and to share.
  32. 75
    Despite a few glaring oversights, like insufficient tutorials and no easy way to locate other people's levels, Game Builder Garage on Nintendo Switch can provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to programming. However, not just anyone is going to instantly click with and love this game. It takes time, determination, and raw passion to get the most out of Game Builder Garage. But maybe that’s a good thing.
  33. Jun 18, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is a very solid creation tool at its core, with very helpful tutorials to help creators make the most of what they have. This game is what you make of it. Whether you are a creative yourself or someone who likes to peruse the many creations of other players, there is definitely fun to be had. There are some lacking features that would definitely benefit the game in the long run if they were present. What we have is just a mostly complete package. If you have ever played games like Minecraft, Little Big Planet, or even Media Molecule’s Dreams, there are loads of fun to be had.
  34. Jun 11, 2021
    If you want to offer your children software that will teach them the basics of professional video game creation, or if you want to discover this funny universe yourself with wacky characters rather than a cranky boss who sets up the "crunch ”, The Video Game Workshop is made for you. The lack of an integrated game browser still remains a huge limit to the community dimension.
  35. Jun 10, 2021
    If you would like to create your own video games, this is key that may open that door.
  36. Jun 10, 2021
    As a learning tool, Game Builder Garage provides an easy-to-follow experience that makes learning the basics of game programming fun. With that in mind, there are definitely more comprehensive and robust ways to create games on console.
  37. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Sep 3, 2021
    Game Builder Garage offers enough tools to make everything from a simple platformer to a racing game to a space sim. The only downside is that it’s hard to discover games made by other players. [Issue#254, p.64]
  38. Jul 9, 2021
    With an impressive proprietary programming language, Gamestudio brings games development to the masses. Inventing and making your own games is explained with the help of seven extensive lessons, but sharing your own creations remains limited. It hardly spoils the fun, because the greatest fun lies in tinkering and experimenting. That part also has its limitations, but this is an extremely accessible entry point for the real handymen.
  39. Jul 6, 2021
    Game Builder Garage takes Nintendo’s magic and adds charm to game-building tools to offer an incredibly powerful minigame creator. Sadly, the lack of discovery undermines the games you’ll create, making it a curiosity instead of a must-have.
  40. Jun 27, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is simplistic and limited, but it's a good first lesson for a lot of players that wish to experience what gaming development is like.
  41. Jun 25, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is an excellent choice for any gamers who are fascinated by the video game designing process but have little experience with how it all works. Its simplicity and cutesy approachability make it the best entry point for those with no experience, and a great learning tool for kids in particular. Without the ability to share creations or more complex design features, Game Builder Garage probably won't hold anyone's attention for long, but it fills a niche well and accomplishes all the major goals it sets out to with its presentation.
  42. Jun 22, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is a novel and wonderfully-designed visual programming suite, but its tutorials are far too rigid and there's little else to do outside of them if you find your creative juices have run out. It's got the Nintendo charm in spades though, and it's definitely something that parents of budding bedroom developers should see good value in.
  43. Jun 21, 2021
    Much like most people's first efforts with Game Builder Garage, it's a good first effort. It's just not something people will be revisiting after a few weeks pass.
  44. Jun 21, 2021
    Sharing issues aside, Game Builder Garage is an endearing and fun-to-use game creation tool. While the software may not allow you to make the game of your dreams, it's a smartly designed and flexible package that gives you an impressive amount of freedom to create nearly anything you can think of. Even more importantly, it offers an illuminating (if highly simplified) look into the work that goes into creating a game, and that is its most invaluable lesson.
  45. Jun 20, 2021
    Game Builder Garage makes programming fun, with easy-to-follow tutorials and plenty of in-game resources to help you if you get lost. It’s easy on the eyes too, although a lack of visual customisation options was disappointing to see. With so many things it does right, it’s astounding that Nintendo would shoot themselves in their own foot so badly by not including any in-game search function. It may find an audience with some budding game designers, but it’s unlikely to become the phenomenon it could have been.
  46. Jun 17, 2021
    Game Builder Garage seems like a game that will live or die based on the strength of its community. If players pick up where Nintendo left off and provide quick online tutorials for achieving the trickier game-building techniques that Bob doesn't cover well enough, it might become something special. Even without that, it's a decent first step for anyone looking to learn about programming, especially kids.
  47. Jun 16, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is an impressive and accessible entry into visual programming for those interested in game design, but the archaic online options and game limitations keep Game Builder Garage from reaching its potential.
  48. Jun 16, 2021
    An impressively visual approach to building your own games, with a fully formed tutorial that demystifies complicated ideas with typical Nintendo charm and aplomb.
  49. Jun 14, 2021
    While it may not reach the lofty creative heights of Dreams on PlayStation 4, or match the accessibility of the Super Mario Maker franchise, Game Builder Garage offers the tools to help realise some of your dream gaming creations. If you’re not a creative type and don’t care much about programming, I would avoid stepping into this Garage. However, if you do decide to peek inside out of curiosity and you’re happy with some deep learning, you’ll have everyone else’s creations to experience, and it’s just a matter of time to see what the online community will come up with.
  50. Jun 10, 2021
    An interesting videogame development software with a bit of a target audience issue.
  51. Jun 10, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is a frighteningly powerful game creation tool dragged down by a few limiting factors. The lack of an object creation tool (and pyramids) means that most games are going to look like they were made in a game creation suite, but the sheer scope of what’s possible helps to take the sting out of the tail. This will actually teach you how to make games, the tutorials that lead you through are by-and-large excellent, and the inclusion of USB mouse support is a godsend. We’re probably unable to even conceive of half of what Switch owners will be able to create using this software, but we’re certain this is going to help propagate the next generation of game developers.
  52. In theory, that sounds fun. In practice, it feels like heading back to basic computer science class and learning how to program with a new language that will never be applicable on other platforms.
  53. Jun 18, 2021
    If you have aspirations of making your own video game but haven’t taken that first step, Game Builder Garage is for you. Just keep your expectations in check. You probably won’t be able to make your perfect game with just this software, but it could provide the creative spark that pushes you to turn your game developer dreams into a reality.
  54. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 17, 2022
    Game Builders Garage is a specific title for a specific audience of no less specific console. There is no universal evaluation, and if there is such a thing as an objective evaluation, it cannot be applied here. You have to try Game Builders Garage, and you will either fail the title or it will discourage you after a few minutes.
  55. Jun 10, 2021
    Game Builder Garage feels like the perfect place to build a game prototype. You can create a basic idea, see if it works and is fun, and then maybe take that concept into a real game engine development kit - but not much more. It can truly pique the curiosities of kids, and I hope it does, but it's launched in a world where it has big competition, and the depth and charm of those tutorials which only Nintendo could pull off so well can't carry the rest of the experience.
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  1. Jun 24, 2021
    Game Builder Garage is a spectacular way to understand how videogames work. [Recommended]
  2. Jun 18, 2021
    Some standard Nintendo limitations get in the way, but this is still an invaluable education in some of the fundamentals of game creation. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Jun 10, 2021
    Children are like sponges, eager to learn and soak up new knowledge to apply to the decades ahead of them. If you’re an adult who’s curious about how games work, Game Builder Garage is a fun, informative experience most of the time — but it’s one you may prefer to experience in short bursts, lest the slow-moving lessons force you to snap your Switch in two.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 46
  2. Negative: 7 out of 46
  1. Jun 13, 2021
    It's amazing to have a game that can help gamers and future developers to develop games. And Game Builder Garage is one of those game. It'sIt's amazing to have a game that can help gamers and future developers to develop games. And Game Builder Garage is one of those game. It's more than just a game, It's a recommendation. It's a masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2021
    + looks nice
    + great soundtrack
    + charming characters + editor can be controlled via joystick, gyroscope (both joy-con and pro con) or
    + looks nice
    + great soundtrack
    + charming characters
    + editor can be controlled via joystick, gyroscope (both joy-con and pro con) or touch (in handheld)

    - game sharing through codes and no game browser
    - tutorials are unskippable and may go into too much detail for some (my case)
    - game can't tell joy-cons and pro cons apart

    The lack of a built-in game browser is a deal-breaker for me. Could easily be an 8-9/10 game if it had one.
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  3. Jun 18, 2021
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. You see, this game is fun in concept, but once the tutorials are done, it's still hard. That being said, it's not TOO hard. It is still a fun game. Full Review »