How to Make Your Own Indie Game on Your Chromebook for Free with Godot – Chrome Unboxed | Hot Mobile Press

As an independent game developer, I’m always looking for ways to maximize my use of Chromebooks for design and execution beyond basic productivity habits. Until recently, I mainly used my Pixel Slate, Lenovo Chromebook Duet, and other devices to sketch, jot down, and record my ideas before heading to my Windows 11 PC to dive into Unreal Engine and bring them to life in 3D Modeling, programming and more.

For those of you interested in getting into game development who only own a Chromebook, I’m starting a series of posts that will show you how to use various software and web applications to get started in the world of indie game development . These will mainly teach you what options are available to you and how to make them work. I’ll include links to YouTube playlists for learning where appropriate, but you’ll largely start your journey on your own after the initial setup.

Today I’m going to show you how to create 2D and 3D games for free using the so-called Godot Engine. Godot (pronounced gud-OH, not GO-DOT!) is said to be open source, meaning it uses a special license where anyone can contribute to building and maintaining the engine and benefit equally, with no more benefit to any company or individual. It also means you never pay a fee to use or distribute your Godot-made games, making it truly free and open! Below is an example of the engine in action, but the examples of what can be created are limitless.

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Lots of incredible games have been made with Godot and you can check out the showcase if you’re interested in getting a better idea. Also, I’m including this video below to show off a sizzling roll of titles recently made with the engine. It’s not quite as popular as Unreal Engine or Unity, but it’s quickly gaining ground, becoming the preferred development environment for beginners, budget-conscious developers, and even those with limited hardware specs (like a Chromebook!). these types of people, but it is more common in these places and for these types of users.

Okay, now that you’re excited about the possibilities and probably have a ton of great ideas you want to bring to life, let’s get started with the Godot installation process. Yes, you probably already guessed that this isn’t available as a Google Play Store app or website. We will enable the Linux container on your Chromebook. Don’t worry, it’s actually not that scary, and we’ve even created a step-by-step guide for you to follow before continuing below!

The gist of this, however, is that you go to your device’s Settings app, go to the Developer section, and enable Linux. After a brief setup prompt, you’ll have access to the “Terminal” where you can enter a few commands in white text on a black screen. All you have to do is type the following commands one by one to update your Linux installation, install something called Menu Libre, install Godot itself, unzip it and run it as software.

I just want the steps!

1. Activate Linux on your Chromebook using our step-by-step guide
2. Open the Linux terminal
3. sudo apt update
4. sudo apt install libnss3 menulibre

5. wget
6. Unzip
7. ./Godot_v3.4.4-stable_x11.64 (Do not forget the dot before the slash, otherwise the engine will not start!)
8. menu libre

Fantastic! Now that you’ve got the Godot engine up and running, it probably looks a bit scary, doesn’t it? It may remind you of standing on the shore at midnight and gazing into the dark depths of the ocean. Okay, it’s probably not that bad (that’s pretty scary, give it a try!), but without a guide, it’s overwhelming. That’s why I won’t let you down, remember?

As promised, you can follow the tutorial below to get started with your first game in Godot. It’s an awesome step-by-step guide from GDQuest on how to create a Mario-inspired 2D platform game. If you are interested in making a 3D game, just type “godot tutorial for beginner 3d game development” or a combination of these keywords in the YouTube search bar. There are multiple parts and entire playlists to follow if you’re interested, and an extremely friendly community to answer any questions you might have if you get stuck. Let me know if you give this one a Godot or if you stick with something like Construct 3 instead. What, you didn’t think I’d write anything without using a pun, did you? Have fun developing!

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