Ren'Py vs TyranoBuilder Part 1

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ren'Py vs TyranoBuilder Part 1

WHICH VISUAL NOVEL ENGINE IS BEST? 

One of our directors, Frances Daphne Ayala, is working on a visual novel game for iOS and Android. It will be a thriller horror game set in the AppSir Universe. It features suspense-filled decisions and multiple endings. For this project, she'll use either the Python-based Ren'Py engine or the Javascript-based TyranoBuilder engine.

We will prototype our project using both Ren'Py and TyranoBuilder to determine which is the best visual novel engine AppSir, Inc. should use going forward. We shall base our decision on the following criteria:


PRICE. Ren'Py is free while TyranoBuilder is priced at US$14.99 on Steam with occasional discounts. Will TyranoBuilder justify its price point by having features that its free alternative does not? 

EASE OF USE. Some of Ren'Py fans have argued that the scripting they use is simple enough and that TyranoBuilder's drag and drop editor is unnecessary. Others argue that they were more able to make visual novels much faster on TyranoBuilder than they ever did with Ren'Py. Which one will allow us to finish our games faster?

EASE OF EXPORT TO iOS & ANDROID. AppSir, Inc. does not have a Mac. We are Windows PC users for life! We export our games to iOS using MacInCloud's basic US$30 plan, which means our inability to install software and lack of access to Admin rights on our Mac. This could mean that the exporting process for either software might give us problems. Preliminary research suggests that both programs require multiple complicated steps to publish on iOS and Android platforms. Which painstaking process will be easier?

MOBILE PERFORMANCE. Will Ren'Py and TyranoBuilder support multiple resolutions for mobile? Will the games from either software be resolution responsive or will they be letterboxed? Will games built on either program be free from lags, glitches, and other performance problems? Will we be able to implement ads in TyranoBuilder?

SPECIAL FEATURES. Some have argued that TyranoBuilder is okay for those wanting to build basic visual novels, but complex visual novels are better off made with Ren'Py. Others say that exclusive features such as Live2D make TyranoBuilder superior. We want jaw-dropping visuals for our visual novels. Which one will provide us with these capabilities?


We'll publish Part 2 of this article as soon as we answer these important questions. Stay tuned!



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