Skip to content


Switch branches/tags

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time


Twitter: @glitchroy

textboxy is using scribble by @JujuAdams. If you are looking for the old version, please see the textboxy-legacy repo.

In short, textboxy is a message box management system for GameMaker Studio 2.3 and up. The goal of textboxy is to provide a simple system for RPG-styled message boxes, either as a classic "textbox" (think Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy) or a "speech bubble" (something like the Mario & Luigi series). The messages should use a "typing" effect with sound.

Commands are defined in a simple queue, examples are pausing, setting and jumping to labels, changing message box properties and, of course, showing message boxes. Advanced features like flow control using conditionals are also implemented.


  • Drop-in solution for RPG styled textbox systems, either as standalone message boxes or "speech bubbles"
  • Powerful text system with a lot of built-in effects and control codes, courtesy of scribble by @JujuAdams
  • Easy to understand queue system, modeling the flow of the conversation
  • Management of line breaks and distribution of message boxes - you only need to focus on writing the content
  • Automatic linking of speech bubbles and speaker objects
  • Options to hook into the queue itself via callbacks
  • Global config script to manage defaults and input options
  • You can define your messages directly in GML, with support for external files planned

Due to the new GMS 2.3 update, the syntax is once again a work in progress, too. This is an example of how it looks currently:

var c = new TbyChain([
	new TbyChunk()"This will show a message box!"),
	new TbyChunk().add.label("label1"),
	new TbyChunk().add.bubble("This will show a speech bubble above obj_talker!", instance_find(obj_talker, 0)),
	new TbyChunk().add.execute(show_message, "This executes a built-in script!"),
	new TbyChunk().add.branch(function() { return mouse_x < room_width/2 },
      new TbyChunk()"This executes if your mouse cursor is on the left side of the screen!"),
      new TbyChunk()"This would execute if the mouse cursor is on the right.")
  new TbyChunk()"Either way, you will resume the chain right here!"),
  new TbyChunk().add.pause(1),
  new TbyChunk().add.config("instance", instance_find(obj_talker, 0)),
  new TbyChunk().add.bubble("Now I don't need to specify a speaker anymore, since I set the chains' config!"),
  new TbyChunk()"Let's start from the beginning...", "middle"),
  new TbyChunk().add.goto("label1")

If you have feedback regarding the syntax, you can open an issue or message me. Please excuse the lack of documentation or release builds. I'm trying to get to a working release as fast as possible!


Simple textboxes for Game Maker Studio 2








No releases published


No packages published