They are using Gamemaker in the camp too (lite version -2D). Apparently, there are 3 versions the lite is free, full version also only 2 D - the advanced version (most expensive) is 3D. Spencer has no experience with other design programs. He is hoping to get his creation working on our MAC at home while he raises funds to replace his laptop (Microsoft/Windows environment) and download the actual software. I'll let you know if he comes across anything else.
Thanks I will check out your website. My son is 12 (a teenager soon awk!) and a "gamer". Minecraft yes, as well as xbox games. He is currently at a camp learning to create your own game - says the program is like minecraft. Victoria is one of our favorite places - someday hope to live that far west. We are in Edmonton.