Jump to content

Big List of Game Creation Tools


Recommended Posts

This is a compiled list of current game engines and game making tools to help any indie game developer get started with their project.

General Game Engines

General Game Engines may or may not require programming experience, but are tailored to make game development relatively easy for the new developer. These engines are generally genre agnostic, which means that you can create a wide variety of games with them.

Engine Programming required? 2D or 3D? Available for Exports to
Construct 2 No 2D Windows Desktop, Consoles, Mobile, Web
GameMaker: Studio No 2D Windows Desktop, Consoles, Mobile, Web
Unity Yes 2D, 3D Windows, Mac Desktop, Consoles, Mobile, Web
Unreal Engine Yes 3D Windows, Mac Desktop, Consoles, Mobile
Clickteam Fusion No 2D Windows Desktop, Mobile, Web
Stencyl No 2D Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web
GameSalad No 2D Windows, Mac Desktop, Mobile, Web
PICO-8 Yes 2D Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Web
CryEngine Yes 3D Windows Desktop, Consoles
PlayCanvas Yes 2D, 3D Browser (Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile) Desktop, Mobile, Web

 

Genre Specific Game Engines

These game engines are more specific towards specific styles of games, but have the added plus of having no programming skill required for new game developers who feel that programming may be beyond them.

Engine Programming required? 2D or 3D? Available for Exports to
Arcade Game Studio No 2D (Arcade Games) Windows Desktop
M.U.G.E.N. No 2D (Beat'Em Ups) Windows Desktop
RPG Maker No 2D (RPG) Windows, Mac Desktop, Browser, Mobile
Adventure Game Studio No 2D (Adventure Games) Windows Desktop
Visionaire Studio No 2D (Adventure Games) Windows Desktop
Wintermute Engine No 2D (Adventure Games) Windows Desktop
Ren’Py No 2D (Visual Novels) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop
Twine No 2D (Text Adventures) Windows, Mac Desktop
Inform No 2D (Text Adventures) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop
Adrift No 2D (Text Adventures) Windows Desktop

 

Game Frameworks

These game frameworks require programming knowledge in the language they are written for, but provide a ton of useful utility to get your game off of the ground quickly. If you love programming, you are probably looking for one of these to get started.

Engine Programming required? 2D or 3D? Available for Exports to
MonoGame Yes 2D + 3D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web
Phaser Yes 2D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web
LÖVE Yes 2D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web
Flixel Yes 2D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Web
HaxeFlixel Yes 2D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web
Flashpunk Yes 2D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Web
Polycode Yes 2D + 3D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web
Turbulenz Yes 2D + 3D (All Genres) Windows, Mac, Linux Desktop, Mobile, Web

 

Please feel free to reply with any other frameworks or engines that you feel should be mentioned here. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...
Just now, Callum said:

I imagine this will be very useful to many members! Thank you very much clearly a lot of time was spent compiling this @Digital - is there anything here you would personally recommend in particular?

I have played lightly with Phaser and RPG Maker so far, but have spent some more time with MonoGame. MonoGame is very much a heavy hitter though, and not designed for the web, and requires knowledge of .NET based technologies, namely C# as most examples favor it.

Phaser and RPG Maker (Phaser being javascript, RPG Maker (MV) being a game maker that walks you though it, but outputs stuff in Javascript) are both suitable for web.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...