When comparing GameSalad vs GameGuru, the Slant community recommends GameSalad for most people. In the question“What are the best game engines for beginners and non-programmers?” GameSalad is ranked 22nd while GameGuru is ranked 34th.
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Pro No-code editor
Pro Has a Windows(.exe) version on par with Mac
The Windows version is now upto date with all the features of its Mac sibling.
Pro Multiple publishing platforms
Can create and publish games for iOS, Macintosh desktop and laptop computers, Android, Kindle, Amazon FireTV and FireTV Stick, Windows 8 and Tizen devices.
Pro Gamepad support
Gamepad support is available as of 0.13.3.
Pro Free standalone viewer app allows instant, live mobile device testing
The GameSalad Viewer is a free app available for iOS, Android and Kindle. Once installed on your mobile devices, you can deploy and test your GameSalad games live on any mobile device running the Viewer that is on the same local network as your dev computer.
This even allows Windows users to test their games on iOS devices without a Mac device and without any complicated code signing or provisioning profiles.
And, you can even take your games with you -- once loaded onto your mobile device, a history option caches recent games on your device without any connection to the dev computer.
Pro Allows you to focus on the logic rather than code
Since the user mainly uses menu options there is very little code needed to be keyed in. This makes the code very easy to read and understand.
Hence there are many help videos on youtube
Pro Extensive community of seasoned professionals for support
Extensive community of seasoned professionals in all disciplines (graphics, game design, animation, physics, music, video production, marketing, etc.) producing tutorials, videos, publishing tips, free templates and who are willing to answer forum questions and help newcomers.
Pro Powerful expression editor and functions
Allows you to create expressions on par with LUA (it's back end-language).
Pro Custom collision shapes with JSON support
Allows you to import JSON data for custom collision shapes to use with Gamesalad's implementation of Box2d physics.
Pro Easy to publish
Software prepares your app so you can just send it to Apple. All my games are reviewed with no problems.
Pro Drag and drop editor
The drag and drop editor makes GameSalad very easy to use, no programming experience needed.
Pro Great engine
Very quick to learn and great for making games. Community is very open and helpful.
Pro Designed for ease of use
Simplicity and accessibility are the core design goals of FPS Creator Reloaded.
Pro Continuous development and updates
News and improvements are released on a monthly schedule. Interaction between The Game Creators and project backers is excellent.
Pro Feature priorities are chosen by the community
The Game Creators team frequent the forums and ask the community for feeback and suggestions both there and via an open poll on the website. They have a great history of reading suggestions, viewing screenshots, and generally working with the community.
Pro Awesome tech support
Pro Easy to use your own custom assets
Easily import your own 3D models with the built-in importer and create custom characters with the Character creator. Custom weapons are much more difficult, though.
Pro Massive community of users
The gamer creator forums have a large number of users, developing games, making models for sale and to give away for other users. They answer questions, help each other with problems in their games, and can make using this software so much more fun and easy.
Pro Friendly GUI
Awesome friendly GUI, and quite easy to use.
Pro Easy to use editor
An easy 3D editor to create your own maps in seconds with drag-and-drop function.
Pro Royalty free
Games you publish with GameGuru can be sold without any restrictions or commissions.
Pro Building editor
Currently in development but already looking very good! Easily create big and customized buildings with default building blocks and share them with others.
Also very easy to use in the designer: The buildings are treated like entities but still directly available in the 'building editor mode'.
Pro Powerful scripting language
Pro Large asset store
A store where you can buy various assets for your games like sounds, 3D models, weapons... Very good prices and a lot of assets are even free.
Pro Optimised engine for editor
The game engine is optimized for efficient use of memory.
Con Bad editor
There is no scene zoom, search boxes, or snap to grid. There is also no ability to focus view on the actor or use folders for file structure.
Con Expensive compare with others
There is no free version any more and it is very expensive compared with other engines.
Con Poor editor performance
Especially when you're working on a big project.
Con No scripting language or SDK
If a needed behavior is not supplied by GameSalad, there's no way to add it.
Con Product is suffering - Lacking company leadership and no voice from corporate
Some customers are currently in a holding pattern from the lack of support and messaging from GS corporate. GS is currently unstable and developers are waiting for another update that has been going on from 2015.
No word or message from GS corporate about timeframes or deliverables.
You can read the ongoing discussion here.
Con Product is in Limbo - company is lacking developers
Con Doesn't support Windows platform (*.exe)
Doesn't support Windows platform (*.exe)
Everything takes ages..feels like Unreal 4
Con Lack of user-interface
Although you can customize a lot, the user-interface does not show that. But plans are in place to improve this with some front facing GUI into the LUA scripts so you don't need to code as much.