RPG Maker Lite!

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With the second day of the RPG Maker Free-For-All, we give you… an RPG Maker that is free for all!

RPG Maker Lite is based on our incredibly popular game making software: RPG Maker VX Ace. While not as fully featured, RPG Maker Lite does give you everything you need to make your own game, and best of all its absolutely FREE for as long as you want to use it.

Create your world…

… your Heroes…

… and the obstacles they have to overcome.

RPG Maker Lite provides you with everything you need to make a basic RPG. It features many of the new innovations of RPG Maker VX Ace, from shadow control to RegionIDs, with only a few database, map, and script restrictions.

RPG Maker Lite is the perfect place for beginners so share it with your family and friends, or use it yourself for as long as you like. Check out more about RPG Maker Lite and view our mind blowingly awesome new promo video HERE.

49 comments… add one

  • marty October 13, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Well rpg maker lite is just rpg maker vx is all it is.

    • DatapawWolf October 13, 2012, 10:01 pm

      That’s kinda what I thought when I saw this. Though from the sound of it, it really probably is just a slightly watered-down version of VXAce.
      I’m curious as to what the license restrictions are, as well as if this can port directly to VXAce; though no matter what this is still pretty generous for Enterbrain to have created a free, Lite version.

      • Nick Palmer October 14, 2012, 3:11 pm

        Its based on VX Ace with restrictions. I’m 95% sure you could open a game made with it in VX Ace since they save in the same format.

  • Elder October 14, 2012, 4:24 am

    I’m curious, can game be published commercially with RPG Maker Lite?

    • Nick Palmer October 14, 2012, 3:09 pm

      Non-commercial only.

      • DatapawWolf October 14, 2012, 10:15 pm

        Ah ok. NOW you answer my question. ;)

      • A.M. November 15, 2012, 11:40 pm

        If Lite is non commercial only, why is there absolutely no mention of this restriction anywhere at all in, or with, the program itself, or anywhere on the site that I could find while searching specifically for that information… except here, in your response?

        Honestly, I would really like to know where the company says this, because I couldn’t find it anywhere, for the life of me, and I was searching specifically for it! As far as I know, you can’t just assume people will know that by osmosis. Normally, you would have to say so in the fine print SOMEWHERE… especially when it’s fine to sell games made with every other RPG Maker title! (Or am I wrong?)

        • Nick Palmer November 16, 2012, 2:15 am

          Its supposed to be in there, if it got left out somehow, I’ll make sure it gets added.

          • Josh December 5, 2012, 12:26 pm

            Forgive me for sounding ignorant I am just not entirely sure but does non-commercial use mean you cannot sell anything made by this software? For instance cannot sell it in the android market?

          • CalebNeo September 23, 2014, 10:51 am

            What does it mean by non-commercial? Does it mean that I can’t release it to the public? Does it mean I can’t release it for free on an app store with no advertisements? Does it mean that I just can’t earn any money from it?

          • Nick Palmer October 1, 2014, 1:13 pm

            Commercial means you are attempting to make money off of it, either through sales or ads. As long as you are doing neither, you can distribute it any way you like.

  • Jay October 15, 2012, 4:18 pm

    I made a post on this over on the DAZ forums that gave the Lite product page, so hopefully some more resources for RPG Maker made with Daz products will show up by others in the future and games that incorporate renders of Daz models.

  • Android October 16, 2012, 10:35 am

    RPG Maker for Android pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!

  • Redseven November 1, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Hey, when I open the setup for this thing, It’s normal but when it starts installing for real, it says insert disk one. could somebody help me with that?

    • Nick Palmer November 1, 2012, 10:13 pm

      … Could you take a screenshot to see what you are talking about.

  • Captain Incest November 1, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Where can I download?

    • Nick Palmer November 1, 2012, 10:12 pm

      The link at the bottom takes you to the page with the download.

  • Nathan Abuaku November 2, 2012, 7:40 am

    i’m 11 and i use this

  • herby fudge November 16, 2012, 12:01 am


  • mtarzaim November 20, 2012, 2:23 am

    Hi there!
    This lite version is nice and all. But you should add the restrictions : 20 maps, 10 events per map, no scripting, no common events, minimal ressources.
    It’s great for prototyping, fast contests or just discover what RM is all about.

    Btw, Lite has the same issue with centered pictures as the first release of RM VX Ace had. Erasing them makes RM crashes (sprite_picture line 54). And since we cannot modify any script in Lite, it’s quite an issue. The only trick is to “move picture” again with upper left just before erasing them.

    • Nick Palmer November 20, 2012, 7:41 am

      Ugh, must have been based on an older version of the script base. I’ll see about getting that changed.

    • RPGFREAK123 November 3, 2013, 10:46 am

      if anything, you should add less restrictions. not to much and not little.

  • Carl Johnson December 15, 2012, 1:30 am

    Is it possible to start making a game in VX Lite, then if you like what you see, purchase the full version and continue developing with the full features? I’ve messed around with almost every RPG Maker there is (I wish they brought back the side-view fighting, reminiscent of FF3.) but I’m not entirely sure a few screenshots will convince me to spend $69.99 until I’ve tested it. But I don’t want the work I do in the Lite version to be pointless if I do upgrade.

    • Nick Palmer December 15, 2012, 8:30 pm

      Yes, you can start a game in Lite and then keep going in VX Ace.

  • sue April 5, 2013, 9:50 pm

    I found this site from google and i installed the rpg maker vx ace lite version.
    But i can’t use that utility.
    Because when i put my e-mail adress and name and enter, i see this message.

    “Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel”

    I try to find solution from microsoft.com but too difficult for me.

    please answer why i can’t use rpg maker vx ace lite version.

    • Orochii Zouveleki May 13, 2013, 9:50 am

      It could be a problem with your e-mail provider, it is caused by an error when trying to resolve the connection. Try making another mail account on a different service provider (I use Gmail and it works, but Yahoo, Hotmail and the such probably work too).

      Hope you get to fix it.

      • Dude That's confused June 14, 2013, 2:33 pm

        I’ve tried my Hotmail, and Gmail, but I don’t have a Yahoo.
        So, you know, I signed up. But it’s telling me I need to have a mobile phone to activate my account; and my Hotmail and Gmail don’t work. The thing that sucks is, I don’t have a mobile phone; as a matter of fact, I think they’re stupid, for as I have no use for them. I’m sorry if I sound rude, (I’m not trying to be ): ) But I don’t know what to do now, and I’ve been trying to instal this now for a good 30 minutes, trying to find out how to get passed this.

        • Nick Palmer June 15, 2013, 6:29 am

          I really have no idea why it would be asking for this. Who is asking for your mobile? Because nothing in our activation stuff would.

  • Allyson May 10, 2013, 2:08 pm

    So, I really would love to try this out SO! bad but I don’t know what program to open it up with. I tried Internet Explorer then Mozilla and neither worked to let me open the rpg maker up. I’d really appreciate a response so I could use this as well. Thanks.

    • Nick Palmer May 12, 2013, 7:29 am

      What problem are you having with opening it?

      • Allyson May 14, 2013, 5:23 pm

        So when I have downloaded it, it will ask me what program it wants me to open it up with.

  • David May 30, 2013, 8:09 pm

    Are there more resources in the full version than in Lite? There just don’t seem to be quite enough to really make something great, even though you can import your own resources. I especially noticed this in the character creator. It seemed like there were simply not enough options to make a character look unique. Also, is there a way to add a feature in-game for creating your own character design?

    • Nick Palmer June 2, 2013, 5:44 pm

      Yes, Lite has less resources than the full version. You can check out the full version with the 30 day free trial.

  • Jacob July 11, 2013, 11:47 am

    Hello. I recently downloaded this as I really don’t have the cash for the full version, and I must say it is very enjoyable. I would like to show a few people what i’ve made using a website I have, however I’m unsure if this is allowed. I know it says non-commercial only but I am just verifying. The site has no adds, no merchandise and the game would be free. So, I am making absolutely no revenue from this. I would just like to know if this is something I’m allowed to do, I’ve searched elsewhere but I have found no specific response.

  • RPGFREAK123 November 3, 2013, 10:24 am

    When ever I try to open it, it says “Installer name Param is missing.” Can some one please tell how to fix it :(

  • Trying to make a game January 9, 2014, 2:29 am

    When I download RPG Maker VX Ace Lite, it does not open.
    It downloads this file:


    The instructions on the page that I downloaded the file from says:

    “1. Save the file (RPGVXAce_Setup.zip) on your local hard drive.”

    But I don’t even have that file.
    When I try to open the file I do have, it says I need to use Adobe Reader to open it.
    When I do that, though, it says something like “Adobe Reader could not open this file because it is either not supported or damaged…”
    By the way I downloaded while using Firefox, and again on Internet Explorer. Didn’t work either time.

    So how do I get this working?
    Help is appreciated.

    • Nick Palmer January 9, 2014, 9:27 am

      It tells you to use Adobe Reader to open a RAR? I would suggest using something like 7zip or WinRAR to open RARs.

  • Eliahu Bitton April 3, 2014, 3:12 pm

    What’s the differences between lite and full versions of rpgmaker vx ace?

    • Nick Palmer April 6, 2014, 5:07 pm

      Lite has restrictions. No scripts, limited numbers of database items.

  • Kevin Thomas June 11, 2014, 7:05 pm

    A friend of mine was using the trial version to make a game, then decided to migrate to the lite version. However, upon doing so, the program gives an error of unrecognized file type. Is there any way to fix this? My apologies if this is not the correct place to ask this.

  • Matthew June 26, 2014, 2:25 am

    I’ve extracted the files from the folder, but when I try to run the setup file, it goes through the standard “Do you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer?” thing that Windows does, but after that, nothing happens. No windows open up, no new processes run in the task manager, and there’s no indication at all that anything is happening. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Nick Palmer June 30, 2014, 5:07 pm

      I’ve not seen this behavior before, but I’ll look into it.

  • Jon Ellrose October 2, 2014, 6:00 am

    Can I use all the resources in RPG Maker VX ACE provided by your company within the product to create my game and sell it through Steam or other distributional channels and have ownership of my game without violating any third party copyright? Or do I need to create all of my sprites and import in the game in order to have ownership of the game? Can a game created on RPG Maker VX ACE be sold on App store; i.e. can one produce it in that format? If not, is it allowed without breaking any copyright with your company or others to import the game into Stencyls for mac and through that program release the game on App Store for iPad and iPhone?

    /Kind regards


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