Best Game Development Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,443 Game Development games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Game Development game rankings were last updated on 5/28/2024.

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1. Wallpaper Engine

Use stunning live wallpapers on your desktop. Animate your own images to create new wallpapers or import videos/websites and share them on the Steam Workshop!

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Wallpaper Engine holds the #1 spot for "best Game Development game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 779,983 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 764,777 positive reviews and 15,206 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Wallpaper Engine on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $3.99
Release Date 11/16/2018
Developer Wallpaper Engine Team
Publisher Wallpaper Engine Team
Steam App Id 431960

2. Aseprite

Aseprite is a pixel-art tool to create 2D animations, sprites, and any kind of graphics for games.

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Aseprite has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,607 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,453 positive reviews and 154 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Aseprite on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 2/22/2016
Developer David Capello
Publisher Igara Studio
Steam App Id 431730

3. Blender

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. Free to use for everyone, for any purpose.

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Blender has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 57,810 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 55,875 positive reviews and 1,935 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Blender on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 4/24/2015
Developer Blender Foundation
Publisher Blender Foundation
Steam App Id 365670

4. The Looker

You wake up, alone, on a strangely familiar island full of puzzles that will frustrate and annoy you.

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The Looker has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,375 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 13,014 positive reviews and 361 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Looker on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 6/17/2022
Developer Subcreation Studio
Publisher Subcreation Studio
Steam App Id 1985690

5. Godot Engine

Godot Engine is a feature-packed, cross-platform game engine to create 2D and 3D games from a unified interface. It provides a comprehensive set of common tools, so that you can focus on making games without having to reinvent the wheel.

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Godot Engine has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,394 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,231 positive reviews and 163 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Godot Engine on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 2/24/2016
Developer Godot Engine
Publisher Godot Engine
Steam App Id 404790

6. Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE)

The Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) is a tool used by many Skyrim mods that expands scripting capabilities and adds additional functionality to the game.

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Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,172 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,151 positive reviews and 21 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 8/12/2015
Developer The SKSE Team
Publisher The SKSE Team
Steam App Id 365720

7. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is an expanded re-imagining of 2013's The Stanley Parable. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will make a choice, and you will become powerless. You are not here to win. The Stanley Parable is a game that plays you.

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The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 26,576 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 25,022 positive reviews and 1,554 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 4/27/2022
Developer Crows Crows Crows
Publisher Crows Crows Crows
Steam App Id 1703340

8. Pixel Studio - pixel art editor

Best pixel art editor. Simple. Fast. Portable.

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Pixel Studio - pixel art editor has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,370 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,227 positive reviews and 143 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 12/25/2019
Developer Hippo Games
Publisher Hippo Games
Steam App Id 1204050

9. Arctic Eggs

A Sci-Fi Cooking game where you take up the role of a Poultry Peddler stuck in Antarctica and longing for a way out. Cook your illegal eggs for those who look hungry.

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Arctic Eggs has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 780 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 766 positive reviews and 14 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 5/16/2024
Developers
Publisher The Water Museum
Steam App Id 2763670

10. Software Inc.

Construct and design buildings for optimal working conditions. Hire people to design and release software, so you can defeat the simulated competition and take over their businesses. Manage and educate your employees to make sure they are skilled and satisfied with their job.

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Software Inc. has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Game Development games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,668 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,291 positive reviews and 377 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $22.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Software Inc. on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $22.99
Release Date 5/1/2015
Developer Coredumping
Publisher Coredumping
Steam App Id 362620

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Wallpaper Engine steam charts
57,435
11/16/2018
97
$3.99
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Aseprite steam charts
4,632
2/22/2016
97
$19.99
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Blender steam charts
9,333
4/24/2015
95
Free
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12
6/17/2022
95
Free
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305
2/24/2016
93
Free
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1
8/12/2015
92
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The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe steam charts
103
4/27/2022
92
$24.99
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Pixel Studio - pixel art editor steam charts
176
12/25/2019
92
Free
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Arctic Eggs steam charts
19
5/16/2024
92
$9.99
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Software Inc. steam charts
216
5/1/2015
91
$22.99
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Mad Games Tycoon 2 steam charts
210
5/31/2023
91
$24.99
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151
12/10/2012
91
$69.99
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2
12/4/2020
90
$1.99
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TRY AGAIN steam charts
2
7/15/2023
90
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One Dreamer: Prologue steam charts
1
5/7/2020
90
Free
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Crosshair X steam charts
24,484
8/17/2020
90
$7.99
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Pleh! steam charts
7
3/17/2023
90
Free
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YoloMouse - Game Cursor Changer steam charts
5,736
5/1/2020
89
$3.99
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RPG Maker XP steam charts
261
12/13/2013
89
$24.99
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RPG Maker MV steam charts
797
10/23/2015
88
$79.99
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Steam Store. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Wallpaper Engine on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Aseprite on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Blender on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). The Looker on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 13). Godot Engine on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 12). Pixel Studio - pixel art editor on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Arctic Eggs on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Software Inc. on Steam. Steam Store.

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