Cheat Engine 6.4

An open source tool that you can use to easily create game mods that make them easier or harder to play

  • Vote:
    7.0 (4428)
  • Category:

    Various Utilities

  • Version:

    6.4

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (GPL)

Cheat Engine is a utility that allows video gamers to easily change the behaviors of games. Gamers enjoy their hobby for any number of reasons, from overcoming the challenges that video games present to appreciating the stories and beautiful graphics they can offer. While many gamers are often content to play through games just as their makers delivered them, others find they get greater enjoyment if they have more freedom. Cheat Engine is the most recognizable and most popular software utility of its type that helps gamers adjust games to their liking.

For example, one of the most common uses for the software is that gamers can increase the number of lives they are given in games that limit them. Users of Cheat Engine have access to an enormous variety of already-existing cheats of this sort, so they typically only have to find the name of the relevant game in a list provided in the program and then select which cheats they would like to enable. Cheats of this sort, contributed by the program's users, are available for virtually every well-known single-player game, with the most popular ones often having a wide variety of them.

More advanced users may seek to develop their own cheats. The program works by modifying values in a computer's memory so that when games look up these values, they are given the ones put there by Cheat Engine, instead of those that would normally be present. Users of Cheat Engine are provided with a number of tools to make hunting down and manipulating these useful memory locations easier, and even beginners often find that they can quickly get the hang of developing basic cheats.

One word of caution: Cheat Engine is not meant to be used with multi-player games. Most multi-player games incorporate anti-cheating technologies that will root out and condemn efforts of this sort; gamers who attempt to crudely overstep these boundaries might find themselves banned from servers or worse. As a tool for single-player games, however, the program is unparalleled among its kind, and a worthy one for any gamer interested in the capabilities it offers.

Pros:

  • Vast database of existing cheats makes modifying popular games easy
  • Developing new cheats is easier than many might expect
  • Program is reliable, resource-friendly and straightforward to use

Cons:

  • Careless or uninformed users may sometimes find that the program's power backfires on them
  • User interface could be prettier and sometimes lacks clarity

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