Not impressed by the selection of games on the market? Nonplussed by the Xbox 360? Why not make your own games? We got this interesting announcement from Makslane Rodrigues, which recently released Game Editor 1.3.3, a Windows game-creation application that lets you design and create interactive games for the Windows, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, Smartphone, and Linux platforms. You can share your games with family and friends, or sell them commercially, without paying royalty fees to the Game Editor author.

With very little programming or technical knowledge, you can design and develop arcade, puzzle, board, role-playing, shoot-em-up, jump-and-run, and side-scroller games. The process is intuitive. Dream up a game theme, and place your game actors on the Game Editor screen. Your game is event-driven. You determine what happens whenever a player moves the mouse, clicks an object, or presses a key. You set the rules for collisions. By defining simple or complex paths, you determine the movement of all of the actors on the game screen. You can clone actors, remove them, or render them invisible. In addition to moving objects, you can play sounds and run animations. You're in total control of the look and feel of your game.

Game Editor lets you quickly prototype your new game. In very little time, you can develop a basic game, and test its design and playability. By interacting with your prototype game from the outset, you can minimize wasted time and eliminate false starts.

Power users can use the program's Global Code Editor to program advanced actions. The powerful scripting language lets you extend Game Editor's functionality to support unusual and custom game rules.

Game Editor 1.3.3 costs $14.95. You can get the software with a premium 1-year support package for $94.95. Check it out at the company Web site, where you can download a free 30-day trial version.