What is TNT Basic?

TNT Basic allows anyone, regardless of previous experience, to make games for the Macintosh. Its amazingly easy to use development environment allows you to compose all your game's graphics, sounds, music and code with simplicity and ease.

But I Can't Program!

I suppose this is where you expect us to say "You don't need to - you just click a few buttons and your game's ready!". Sorry, but not with TNT Basic.

Games produced with such "click and play" creator kits are extremely limited in their functionality, there are after all only so many different games you can make by clicking a few buttons. Games produced by such tools tend to all have the same look and feel.
You'll never create anything special with your hands tied and we want you to create something unique and special. TNT Basic gives you complete freedom to create, and it's so easy to use, that you'll wonder why anyone would use underpowered point and click game creation interfaces in the first place.

You Can Program

In TNT Basic you write in a simplified beginners' programming language called basic. It's incredibly easy to learn and TNT Basic's on-line help system will assist you all the way from your first steps to your finished game. Check out our Learn To Program Tutorials, you'll be coding in no time!

If you want to see what making a game in TNT Basic entails, why not take an on-line trip around TNT Basic's editing experience here...

Knowledge Is Power

Making games is a lot of fun, and our philosophy is that is should be easy enough that everyone can do it. Why not download TNT Basic today and experiment with our unique Game-In-60 tutorials? You can make your first game in under 60 minutes! Or download one of our free games : Beans and Bang On! and follow our hacking guides to change the games and add cheats!

Making games is easier than you think, the only limit is your imagination.


Even though we've made it easier than ever to create games, TNT Basic doesn't hide from you the technology you'll need to make great games. TNT Basic uses simple terms and commands to give you access to the following great technologies:

System Requirements

TNT Basic requires a PowerPC Macintosh with at least 64Mb of RAM.
TNT Basic runs on iMacs like a dream!

Mac OS
TNT Basic requires Mac OS 8.6 or higher, we recommend Mac OS 9.21.

Mac OS 8.6 Note
If you run TNT Basic on Mac OS 8.6, you must have CarbonLib 1.25 or higher installed in your extensions folder. You can download this from Apple's website.

Please note that integrated help does not work under Mac OS 8.6 and help is not searchable from the Help Viewer. Sorry, we think it's just because Help Viewer is too old on Mac OS 8.6.

Mac OS X
TNT Basic does run on Mac OS X, however we have not finished optimising for Mac OS X yet, meaning that it runs slower under Mac OS X than it does under Mac OS 9.

TNT Basic input commands do not currently work under Mac OS X, however, this will be rectified shortly.

Mac OS X compatiblity is a priority for us.