Update July 3, 2016: Just released, BuildBox 2 — 30 day free trial.

I’m trying something new this month. I don’t know if you’ve seen this or not, it’s a super simple drag and drop game builder application to make games for multiple platforms.

It’s called BuildBox.

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It’s this really cool software tool that lets you build simple games without any code whatsoever. You can find it at BuildBox.com. If you’ve ever wanted to get into app development, but the idea of writing code scares the lunch right out of you, BuildBox may be your thing!

It’s from Trey Smith and his team over at Game Academy. Trey has been involved in the gaming community for a number of years teaching people how to make apps, creating software to help people make apps as well as building his own collection of apps in the app store.

BuildBox is his latest venture and although it’s super cool, and lets you build these really cool games without any code — it does have a few limitations which I will get into in later posts.

BuildBox screen shot

So what is the BuildBox 30 day Challenge? Think of it as a free game developer training course combined with a free 30 day software trial of BuildBox. So even if you’re not interested in the software, it might be worth signing up just for the mini course alone. Be warned however, BuildBox isn’t cheap. At nearly $3000 I’m a little nervous about it. Yes I said $3000!

But during the 30 day challenge it’s 100% free. And all apps developed with it during that time are free to publish to your app store of choice.

Alright. So I’m in. (For the 30 days at least.)

I’m curious to see if this software will help me meet one of my goals: “To create more apps in my spare time while working a full-time job.”

Be sure to check out my review of Buildbox game development software.


If you are trying the BuildBox 30 Day Challenge, be sure to check out my app developer resources page where you can find tons of art work, audio files, and other helpful information.

Also, let me know in the comments below what you think of the software. I’m really curious to hear your thoughts about it — good or bad.