Often when you’re gaming, it can be frustrating to deal with things that are out of our control. As a player, you have no control over the difficulty, mechanics, or behavior of a level. Being a level creator changes this, putting you in charge of the game and opening up a world of creative possibilities.
Here are our picks for the best Android games you can play that have a built-in level editor.
1. Geometry Dashboard
Geometry Dash is a popular rhythm based platform game where you have to navigate through various intricate levels like cube, ship, ball and various other game modes to reach a final goal. As the levels progress, they increase in difficulty and introduce more gameplay mechanics, creating a lot of creative space for the mobile editor.
Geometry Dash’s level editor is one of the most complete of its kind. You can explore a selection of animated blocks, slopes, portals, monsters and objects to create unique and challenging levels.
Triggers are a detailed component that shows the complexity of the editor. You can use them to change the physical components of the moving blocks along with other attributes. There’s also a lot of depth to the color settings for your levels, which are useful for creating themed levels.
The creative potential of the editor is easily seen in the Featured section. This is a hub of the best recent user-created levels where you can follow your favorite creators and leave comments.
Discharge: geometry board ($1.99)
Mekorama is a logic puzzle game where you guide a robot through mechanical puzzles to collect hidden stars and reach the ultimate goal. The robot’s navigation through different worlds is made simple with intuitive touch controls, though the challenge is increased by some real-world mechanics involving moving turntables and falling rocks.
If you get stuck, you don’t have to worry: each level offers hints to guide you along the way, and the story mode always offers you three new levels to try at any time.
The editor mode provides a sandbox of all the materials and mechanical components in the game. This includes the basics, like bricks, slopes, and stairs, and the more technical features, including sliders and electrical components. Using the wide range of materials, you can build smart mechanical designs in one of the best physics-based editors we’ve seen on mobile.
Sharing levels with other creators is simple. Each level you create generates a level card along with a QR code to share online, and the card collector page allows you to scan any image saved on your device.
Discharge: Mekorama (Free in-app purchases available)
Gladiabots is a unique strategy game where you can modify and program robots before sending them into battle. The game uses a code based editor which makes it a great game to develop your programming skills.
The advanced editor allows you to customize your bots before submitting them, providing unlimited results for each match. You don’t need to be a coding genius to play the game – the tutorial will walk you through all the basic block elements you need to know to control the behavior of your robots.
You can optimize your team of robots for their best performance using Actions and Conditions (the two essential components in the editor) and then see how they perform against other AI or real people in multiplayer.
This experimental combat game puts full control to the player. With its awesome editor, you can use trial and error to figure out the best strategies, all while gaining some programming experience.
Discharge: gladiabots (Free in-app purchases available)
4. US 2
KAMI 2 combines origami and beautiful patterns with challenging puzzles to challenge your brain. The object of the game is to fill the screen with a color in a target number of moves. Each design consists solely of triangular shapes, leaving plenty of room for sophisticated geometric designs.
The Journey game mode takes you through a series of level packs, each with a unique theme. The best themes and designs can be seen in user-created levels, thanks to the puzzle creator.
You can design your own puzzles or see the creativity of others in the explore tab. There’s also the daily mode that selects a few creator-worthy skins for a new challenge every day. This mode also lists the percentage of people who have beaten a level online so you can tell what you’re getting yourself into (if this isn’t obvious from the layout).
KAMI 2’s level creator has great artistic potential so you can create beautiful and challenging geometric designs while enjoying an authentic gaming experience.
Discharge: US 2 (Free in-app purchases available)
If you are familiar with impossible shapes, this game will spark your interest in mathematics. In Hocus, you must cube through seemingly impossible shapes. Each move you make takes you across an edge of the 3D model, and the goal is to get the cube through the hole at the end of the shape.
The Editor space gives you a blank canvas where you can create and extend shapes in the six available directions. Creating a shape is as simple as tapping on any of the red arrows to extend an edge in any direction.
The editor mode guides you through a structured process where you can design your shape, set a starting and ending point, and play and test your level before publishing. Upon completing your level, you will receive a special code that you can share with others.
Best of all, you don’t need to be a math whiz to create levels in the editor: you can design shapes as simple or as complex as you like. Hocus provides a great level editing experience where you can make the seemingly impossible possible.
Discharge: Get drunk (Free in-app purchases available)
Fancade lives up to its name as a mainstream fan-based puzzle game, giving full creative license to its players. You can explore a world of pixel-based mini-games or create your own innovative games in the level editor.
While the graphics and layout may be linear, there is limitless potential in the variety of games available. You can enjoy driving games, simple platform games, shooters and more in the Quest option. There is also the Battle mode, in which you can try to beat other players’ high scores to win crowns.
The level editor is the most creative element of the game and is responsible for its growing community. This has the sophistication of a game engine, which explains the continuous release of new games. If you find it overwhelming to create a game from scratch, there are level kits available that give you a template for a specific playstyle.
Discharge: fanatic (Free in-app purchases available)
Build your own levels with these innovative mobile games
Creating your own levels adds another dimension to gaming by putting you in charge of the gaming experience. With this diverse game list, you can explore your creativity in whatever format you choose, whether it’s puzzle-based, physics-based, or relying on strategy to unlock a new way to play.