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Ren'Py is a free and cross-platform visual novel engine that helps you use words, pictures, and...

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  • I can't think about another video game using Java. I mean, there WILL be more but i haven't saw them.
    A lot of visual novels are written using Ren'Py. Now whether you consider them games or not is up to you. (And until June 2022, it only supported Python 2 🤢). - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Has anyone created a open source Nancy drew/similar engine?
    Joking aside, I've looked for something before and never found one. The closest was one for making visual stories and dating sims called Ren'py. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • I want to surprise my boyfriend by making a quest game for his birthday. I know nothing about coding and need guidance where to start, I have a month!
    Finally, probably the 'easiest' option... Ren'Py. It's an engine you use to make visual novels. It was used to make games like Doki Doki Literature Club, so it allows for more flexibility than basic 'click for 9 hours' gameplay. It /also/ now supports Python, an 'actual' programming language, but it has its own relatively simple scripting language that you can use to put something together. It even has pretty easy... - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • I want to surprise my boyfriend by making a quest game for his birthday. I know nothing about coding and need guidance where to start, I have a month!
    I think you would have a lot more luck with something like Renpy. Renpy allows the creation of "visual novels", which can include images that you take that can then be chained togeather with hot spots. It requires relatively simple and basic python coding (a well used beginner language). It would let you make something similar to games like Myst (albeit with better image quality). - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • How to create a game without knowing how to code
    The other in Ren'py which is used to create visual novels using a text-based markup rather than actual program code. It can be extended using Python but honestly I'd ignore that and just go through the basic tutorial then see what you can build then. One quick warning though- this is used heavily for adult VNs and so you may want to be careful with search terms if easily offended. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • (repost bc i deleted the og) where tf did THESE come from?? (more of a mystery)
    These look like Ren'Py sample/placeholder assets. Did you download anything from by any chance? - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Do the files always have false positives for viruses? Please help!
    Looked through the subreddit and saw some people asking the same thing, but couldn't find OP saying they downloaded it from,,, Then I tried downloading 7.4.10 but still got a detection for Trojan.Generic.gyxrm... - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Is RenPy safe to use? (genuine question)
    Make sure you downloaded it from the official website ( Never download from these second-hand "download website" who host many software. Always find the official site (you can confirm on wikipedia), and download it there. It should be fine. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Just Finished the Game for the First Time
    Well, actually there are, but there are not as many in comparison to the PC original. It's much harder to make mods for Plus since the original ran on the Ren'Py visual novel engine and Plus ran on the Unity game engine, which is much harder to work with compared to Ren'Py. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Videogame for a 1-year school project, what scale is realistic for a beginner? (I have several ideas)
    A specialist engine such as Ren'py Twine, or Inkle for VNs; Adventure Game Studio or Visionaire for point and click will give you good results but with more limitations. These engines generally don't require coding so are suitable for artists but can often be expanded a little to support extra gameplay features. Nowhere near as powerful in general as the more general engines but easier to get something engaging... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • How much work do Visual novels take on the programming side?
    For a start, you can try a tool that was built for the specific purpose of creating VNs, it shouldn't take that much time to learn too I suppose, compared to a full universal application game engine: - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of RenPy

11 tools to get you started making video games
Learning tools: There is a free text walk-through of how to make a simple game in Ren’Py and additional text-based guides for more specific customization.

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