Clickteam SARL is a French software development company based in Boulogne-Billancourt. Founded in 1993 by François Lionet, Yves Lamoureux and Francis Poulain, Clickteam is best known for the creation of Clickteam Fusion, a script-free programming tool that allows users to create video games or other interactive software using a highly advanced event system.
Before co-founding Clickteam, François Lionet was the programmer of STOS BASIC, a programming language released in 1988 for the Atari ST, and AMOS BASIC, a more advanced programming language released in 1990 for the Commodore Amiga. Both of these have since been released in open-source form on the Clickteam corporate website. Yves Lamoureux was also a successful game developer prior to co-founding Clickteam, working with multiple companies on games.
Clickteam's debut software was Klik & Play, released in 1994 as commercial, proprietary software; this marked the team's first successful software release. A version for educational use, dubbed Klik & Play For Schools, was also released as freeware, to be used exclusively for school activities. Klik & Play For Schools was available for download in Clickteam's website during the course of 2006, now being available for the public in general. Subsequent releases included, released in 1996, Clickteam's second product, Click and Create later renamed Multimedia Fusion Express which included more advanced features which the original Klik & Play lacked, such as scrolling, and a timeline editor, 3D game-making tool Jamagic; The Games Factory; The Games Factory 2; and Multimedia Fusion.
Clickteam's most recent application is Clickteam Fusion 2.5 (CF 2.5). This title is the successor to Multimedia Fusion 2, the company's most well-received software application to date.
In September 2016 Clickteam partnered with the Humble Bundle and offered a Fusion 2.5 centered bundle. Around ten games and Fusion 2.5 with various export modules were offered in the "Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Bundle". Notably, for several games the source code was included.
Fusion 3.0 was slated to be released in 2017 but as of 4th quarter 2018 the software release date has yet to be announced.
On 11 January, 2019, Clickteam announced a new DLC for Clickteam Fusion 2.5, named Clickteam Fusion 2.5+. It introduced new features such as child events, which only run if their parent events are true, support for DirectX11, new output window in the debugger, a profiler, and more. The aim of Clickteam Fusion 2.5+ was to make it easier to manage and organize large projects, as well as to improve performance of games created with the software.
The Fusion series was designed to be a user-friendly yet powerful drag-and-drop game and application creation program, easily accessible to either those well-versed or inexperienced in programming.
Software and video game development softwareEdit
- Klik & Play (KnP) - Originally created by Europress Software (Francois Lionet/Yves Lamoureux 1994)
- Click and Create (CnC) - Later renamed Multimedia Fusion Express.
- The Games Factory (TGF)
- The Games Factory 2 (TGF2)
- Multimedia Fusion (MMF)
- Multimedia Fusion 2 (MMF2)
- Clickteam Fusion 2.5 (CF2.5)
- Clickteam Fusion 3.0 (release date TBA)
Clickteam Engine gamesEdit
Some of the most notable games made using Clickteam Engines are:
- Amos & Stos » Main Download on clickteam.com (archived 2007)
- "About Clickteam". The Company and The Products. Copyright © Clickteam 2012 All Rights Reserved. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Warren Buckleitner. The Complete Sourcebook on Children's Software. Children's Software Revue, 2001. p. 608. ISBN 978-1-891983-05-4. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
Klik & Play ✓ Runs on Windows (disk or CD-ROM) 4.5****1/2 Maxis (Electronic Arts), 800-336-2947, www.maxis.com 1994, $54.95, ages 14-up ✓ Teaches creativity, logic Provides a set of 1000 animated objects...
- "Clickteam -- Creative Tools". 5 October 2001. Archived from the original on 5 October 2001. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- Click, Clickteam, Boom! – The Humble Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Bundle on vgfusion.com by Matt (27 September 2016)
- clickteam-fusion-bundle on humblebundle.com
- "Clickteam Fusion 3 Release Date - ClickFusion Academy". ClickFusion Academy. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
- "Clickteam Community". community.clickteam.com. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Alan Thorn. Game Engine Design and Implementation (Revised ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7637-8451-5.
Multimedia Fusion is a commercial, proprietary game engine designed and licensed by Clickteam for the creation of 2D games for Windows
- Clayton E. Crooks. Awesome 3D game development: no programming required (illustrated ed.). Cengage Learning, 2004. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-58450-325-5.
Multimedia Fusion [...is a] development tool[...] mostly used for 2D games.