GameSpy writes: "It's probably a pretty safe assumption to say that just about anyone who's ever played a videogame has wondered what it would be like to make a game of their own. After all, who wouldn't want to let their creativity flow and craft their ideal game? The only problem is that making games is hard. You've got to deal with complex programming, long hours, and bosses telling you that you have to work on the new That's So Raven title when you really want to create the next Ico.
To help aspiring game designers, there have been a few notable "do-it-yourself" game-creation programs over the years. From older titles like Pinball Construction Set and Gary Kitchen's GameMaker to more modern equivalents like RPG Maker and Fighter Maker, game designers have tried to make it easier for the regular Joes to try their hand at building a homemade masterpiece. The latest of these is Blast Works, an enhanced version of the PC game, TUMIKI Fighters. With Blast Works, you can create your own horizontally (or vertically) scrolling shooter."
-Relatively simple yet powerful game editing tools
-Easy to share your creations
-Lots of stuff to unlock
-The editing tools are overwhelming at first
-As an actual shooter, it's merely average