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A list of game development resources to make magic happen. Created by awesome people for awesome people.

Graphics

Great graphics placeholders and tools to turn that squared game into a picasso painting

Assets/Placeholders

Spritesheet Tools

Bitmap Compression

  • ImageAlpha — Mac OS X GUI for pngquant and other tools
  • Kraken.io - robust, ultra-fast image optimizer and compressor with best-in-class algorithms.
  • PNGGauntlet - Smash PNGs for faster sites
  • PNGoo - Windows GUI for batch conversion.
  • Pngyu - simple PNG image file compression tool.
  • SuperPNG Photoshop plug-in — Mac and Windows. Comparison with "Save for Web"
  • TinyPNG - Advanced lossy compression for PNG images that preserves full alpha transparency.

Texture Tools

  • FilterForge - A plugin for Adobe Photoshop that allows you to build your own filters.
  • PixPlant - PixPlant is a smart 3D texturing tool that creates high quality normal, displacement, specular maps and seamless textures from photos.
  • STG - a tool for creating professional seamlessly-tileable textures from photographs quickly and easily.

Character Generators

Tile/Level Editors

  • ArrayPainter - Array Painter is the easiest and fastest way to make 2D arrays ready for copy pasting into your own program.
  • AutoTileGen - AutoTileGen is an automatic tileset generator for 2D game terrains. commercial
  • OGMO Editor - generic level editor. open soucce
  • Overlap2D - a 2D level and UI editor with an engine agnostic philosophy.
  • Mappy - Free tilemap editor. free
  • Tiled - free, easy to use and flexible tile map editor. free

Animation

  • Fusion Character Animator - small tool for Clickteam Fusion 2.5 to facilitate the animation of 2D character sprites for developers.
  • Spine - Spine is dedicated to 2D animation, providing an efficient workflow both for creating amazing animation and for integrating it into your games.
  • Spriter - Modern tool for sprite animation.
  • DragonBones - The Open Source 2D skeleton animation solution for Flash open soucce
  • LWF - Lightweight SWF. LWF is an animation engine which can play animation data converted from FLASH contents in HTML5, Unity, Cocos2d-x, iOS UIKit, and more.

Vector/Image Editor

  • Affinity Designer - Vector graphics editor with a bunch of features which also supports Adobe file formats commercial
  • Affinity Photo - Photo and raster graphics editor which works together with Adobe file formats and Affinity Designer commercial
  • Aseprite - animated sprite editor & pixel art tool. commercial
  • Gimp - GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. open soucce
  • Inkscape - An open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. open soucce
  • Krita - Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end-to-end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters.
  • Multipaint - A cross-platform (Win, Linux, Mac) image editor/painter which covers the color limitations of 8-bit machines (like C64, ZX Spectrum etc.)
  • Ormr - Ormr is a fast, light-weight, cross-platform procedural graphics editor.
  • Paint.NET - Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. free
  • Pickle - Another Pixel art Editor. commercial
  • PiskelApp - Free Online Pixel Art and Animated Sprite Tool. open soucce
  • Pixelmator - Full-featured image editing app for the Mac
  • Pixen - Pixel Art Editor for OSX
  • project one - A picture converter and editor for the Commodore 64 covering different graphics mode of this computer. Windows only
  • PXL8 - A cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) pixel art editor in development which aims to be distraction free commercial
  • PyxelEdit - Pixel art editor designed to make it fun and easy to make tilesets, levels and animations. commercial
  • Timanthes - A pixel art editor for the Commodore 64 computer running on Windows

Modeling

Terrain Generators

  • Artifex Terra - Terrain editor for easy and sophisticated landscape painting and editing free
  • Canyon Terrain Editor - Create quality, realistic terrain quickly and intuitively free
  • Fracplanet - Fractal planet and terrain generator
  • Nem TG - 3D terrain generator
  • World Machine - Procedural terrain creation, simulations of nature, and interactive editing commercial

Voxel Editors

Code

Set of game frameworks, engines and platforms

Engines and Frameworks

2D

  • Agen - Cross-Platform framework for making 2D games with Lua, compatible iOS, Mac and Windows devices.
  • Allegro - Allegro 4 & 5 are cross-platform, open source, game programming libraries, primarily for C and C++ developers. open soucce
  • AndEngine - 2D Android Game Engine
  • Bacon2D - A framework to ease 2D game development, providing ready-to-use QML elements representing basic game entities needed by most of games.
  • Bladecoder - Classic point and click adventure game engine and editor.
  • Box2D - A 2D Physics Engine for Games.
  • Chipmunk C# - C# implementation of the Chipmunk2D lib.
  • Chipmunk2D - A fast and lightweight 2D game physics library.
  • Cocos2D - graphic library for games and multimedia, for python language
  • Cocos2d-x - a C++ OpenGL 2D and 3D game engine. Uses C++ but has JS and Lua bindings. Target all the major mobile platforms and operating systems. Additional tools CocoStudio and Cocos Code IDE.
  • Construct 2 - an HTML5 game maker, meaning you are not actually writing JavaScript. Instead, you use actions, events and conditions to do the heavy lifting.
  • Coquette - A micro framework for JavaScript games. Handles collision detection, the game update loop, canvas rendering, and keyboard and mouse input.
  • Corona SDK - A Cross-Platform Mobile App Development for iOS and Android.
  • Duality - C# / OpenGL 2D Game Engine that comes with visual editor.
  • ENGi - A multi-platform 2D game library for Go.
  • Ejecta - A Fast, Open Source JavaScript, Canvas & Audio Implementation for iOS. open soucce
  • EnchantJS - A simple JavaScript framework for creating games and apps.
  • Farseer - a collision detection system with realistic physics responses.
  • FlashPunk - free ActionScript 3 library designed for developing 2D Flash games.
  • Flixel - an open source game-making written in ActionScript3. open soucce
  • GameMaker - GameMaker accommodates the creation of cross-platform video games using drag and drop or a scripting language known as Game Maker Language, which can be used to develop more advanced games that could not be created just by using the drag and drop features. limited free
  • GameSalad - Game Creation Engine for Mac and Windows.
  • Gideros - A Cross-Platform framework to create Mobile Apps and games for iOS, Android using Lua programming language.
  • Godot - An advanced, feature-packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D open-source game engine. open soucce
  • HaxeFlixel - Create cross-platform games easier and free.
  • ImpactJS - Impact is a JavaScript Game Engine that allows you to develop stunning HTML5 Games for desktop and mobile browsers.
  • Jitter - a fast and lightweight physics engine written in C#.
  • Juno - Framework for making 2D games with chunky pixels in Lua
  • Kivent - A 2D game framework for Kivy.
  • Kivy - Cross platform Python framework for creating apps and games for Linux, Windows, OS X, Android and iOS
  • KiwiJS - a fun and friendly Open Source HTML5 Game Engine. Some people call it the WordPress of HTML5 game engines open soucce
  • LibGDX - Powerful (totally free) library for Java, code once and run the game on desktop, Android, Web, and iOS. open soucce
  • LimeJS - HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and
  • Loom SDK - 2D mobile app and game framework with live reload of code and assets, AS3/JS/C#-like scripting language, and powerful 2D rendering and UI framework. Open source with paid "Turbo" service. open soucce
  • Lums - A 2D / 3D framework written in C++11. Very efficient and modern. Still under heavy development.
  • LÖVE - Lua 2D Game Engine. open soucce
  • MINX - Open Source 2D game framework written in C++ (to the style of XNA)
  • MOAI - Cross-Platform framework designed for pro game developers to create iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, Chrome and OSX games using C++, OpenGL and Lua scripting.
  • Matter.js - a 2D physics engine for the web.
  • MelonJS - open source light-weight HTML5 game engine. open soucce
  • Monkey X - Multi-platform programming language and cross-compiler, aimed at fast game programming.
  • Monogame - Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework. open soucce
  • NodeBox - a family of Python tools to create generative design.
  • OpenFL - Open Source Haxe Engine for making multi-platform games. open soucce
  • OpenRA - OpenRA is a Libre/Free Real Time Strategy Game Engine.
  • Origamijs - Lightweight Library to create using HTML5 Canvas.
  • PICO-8 - A fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs.
  • PandaJS - Open Source HTML5 Engine. open soucce
  • Phaser - free and fast 2D game framework for making HTML5 games for desktop and mobile web browsers, supporting Canvas and WebGL rendering.
  • Pixel Vision 8 - a framework designed to simulate your favorite 8-bit consoles.
  • PixiJS - is a newcomer HTML5 game renderer - first released in early 2013. A main appeal of the engine is its use of WebGL for faster performance. If WebGL isn't supported, the engine falls back to standard canvas.
  • Processing - Processing is a programming language, development environment for artists, designers, researchers.
  • PuzzleScript - open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine.
  • PyGame - a 2D game engine in Python.
  • QICI - Efficient web-based tool for creating HTML5 games.
  • RPGMaker - series of programs for the development of role-playing games.
  • Ren'Py - An open-source visual novel engine using the Python language in simplified form. It supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS.
  • Rpgboss - A 2d rpg game engine and editor based on scala and libgdx. Ease of use, with no programming knowledge.
  • SDL - SDL is a cross-platform library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware via OpenGL and Direct3D.
  • SFML - Simple and Fast Multimedia Library.
  • SpriteKit - iOS/Mac 2D Game Engine.
  • Stage.js - Lightweight and fast 2D HTML5 rendering and layout engine for cross-platform game development.
  • Starling - The GPU powered 2D Flash API
  • Stencyl - a game creation platform that allows users to create 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and the web.
  • TIC - Tiny Computer - a tiny computer where you can make, play and share tiny games.
  • Twine - Downloadable or browser-based game development platform that allows users to create linked story paths. Not just text-based, Twine supports music, images, and sound effects. Very little coding knowledge required for basic text adventure games.
  • XNA - Microsoft's game development framework.
  • iio.js - A javascript library that speeds the creation and deployment of HTML5 Canvas applications
  • p2.js - JavaScript 2D physics library

3D

  • Azul3D - A 3D engine written in Go.
  • Blend4Web - A Javascript framework for creating and displaying interactive 3D computer graphics in web browsers. open soucce
  • Blitz3D 3D basic-like programming language for fast 3D desktop games.
  • Bullet - Real-time physics simulation.
  • CRYENGINE - A pay what you want next gen 3D game engine written in C++.
  • Cinder - Cinder is a community-developed, free and open source library for professional-quality creative coding in C++. open soucce
  • Dash - A free and open 3D game engine written in D.
  • Havok Vision - a cross-platform game engine that provides a powerful and versatile multi-platform runtime technology.
  • Haxor - Combine the power of HaXe language and HTML5+WebGL to easily develop powerful applications that can run in any modern browser.
  • Hive3D - Real Time Collaboration 3D engine.
  • Horde3D - small open source 3D rendering engine. open soucce
  • Irrlicht - open source high performance realtime 3D engine written in C++. open soucce
  • JPCT - jPCT is a 3D engine for desktop Java and Google's Android.
  • Lumberyard - Amazon Lumberyard is a free AAA game engine deeply integrated
  • ODE - ODE is an open source, high performance library for simulating rigid body dynamics. open soucce
  • Ogre3D - is a scene-oriented, real-time, flexible 3D rendering engine (as opposed to a game engine) written in C++.
  • Panda3D - a framework for 3D rendering and game development for Python and C++ programs.
  • Paradox - Open Source C# Game Engine. open soucce
  • Piston - a modular open source game engine written in Rust. open soucce
  • PlayCanvas - A WebGL Game Engine.
  • Polycode - Open-Source Framework for creating games in C++ (with Lua bindings).
  • Rajawali - Android OpenGL ES 2.0/3.0 Engine
  • Spring - A powerful free cross-platform RTS engine.
  • Superpowers - HTML5 Collaborative 2D/3D Game Maker
  • Three.js - Javascript 3D Library.
  • Turbulenz - Turbulenz offers the ability to build, publish, iterate and monetise high-quality games that react like no others, with immersive 3D effects and real-time physics that open up a whole new world of unprecedented and extraordinary web content.
  • Unity 3D - A development engine for the creation of 2D and 3D games and interactive content.
  • Unreal Engine 4 - the new game engine technology developed by Epic Games.
  • Urho3D - Cross-platform rendering and game engine.
  • Wave - Cross-platform engine written in C#
  • WhiteStorm.js - 3d javacript framework for building apps and games
  • bgfx - Cross-platform, graphics API agnostic, "Bring Your Own Engine/Framework" style rendering library.
  • gameplay - A free, open-source, cross-platform, 2D + 3D game framework written in C++. It is aimed towards indie game developers who are creating desktop and mobile games.
  • jMonkeyEngine 3 - a 3D open-source game engine for adventurous Java developers.
  • voxel.js - voxel.js is a collection of projects that make it easier than ever to create 3D voxel games like Minecraft all in the browser. with AWS and Twitch – with full source.

AI

  • SimpleAI - C++11 behaviour tree based library with a QT5 based remote debugger (and with optional LUA bindings) released under MIT.

Audio

Audio editors, sounds collections and more.

Collections

  • Free Game Sounds - Archive of all kinds of royalty-free game sounds.
  • Freesound - collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.
  • LaptopNoise - Large collection of random 'glitchy' computer effects free for use.
  • Musopen - Royalty free music.
  • Octave - free library of UI sounds.
  • PacDV - royalty free sounds collection.
  • SoundBible.com - Royalty-free, searchable archive of sound effects under various licenses.

Music and Audio Editors

  • Audacity - open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. open soucce
  • Audiosauna - transforms your web browser into a fast and flexible music production studio with built in synthesizers and live effects.
  • Audiotool - Online music producer.
  • Bfxr - A tool to make sound effects for computer games.
  • Bosca Ceoil - Online (and also desktop) music producer made by Terry Cavanagh. Simple, intuitive, has a distinctive retro-ish sound. free
  • ChipTone - Online sound effect generator
  • FamiTracker - free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems.
  • iNudge - Create sound patterns online.
  • jfxr - A JavaScript port of the Bfxr sound effect generator.
  • MadTracker - a powerful and efficient approach to making music. Versatility and compatibility are guaranteed due to full VST™, ASIO™ and ReWire™ support.
  • musagi - open source, fairly large and sophisticated music editor and synthesizer open soucce
  • Sekaiju - Open Source MIDI sequencer. open soucce
  • Soundation - Online Professional music studio.
  • SunVox - a small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker).

Board Games

Tools for making board games

  • Boardgamizer - Board Game Design Idea Generator.
  • RPTools - a brand of open-source programs designed to enhance traditional pen-and-paper role playing games.

Must see

Blogs, portals, magazines and more

Blogs and Portals

Books

Magazines

Videos/Podcasts

Game Jams

Project Management

  • Casual - Visual Project Management commercial
  • Codecks - Project Management Tool inspired by Collectible Card Games limited free
  • HacknPlan - Project management for game developers limited free
  • Taiga - Project management platform for agile developers & designers limited free
  • Trello - Organize and prioritize projects limited free

Complete Game Sources

Ads

We still need to make some money, right?

  • AdMob by Google - Google's Ads and monetization service for mobile.
  • AdColony - Mobile video Ads service.
  • Appodeal - A programmatic ad mediation solution for mobile apps.
  • ChartBoost - Monetization, analytics platform.
  • RevMob - Monetization and Ads solution.
  • Unity Ads - Unity3D Official Ads SDK.
  • Vungle - Video Ads service.

Learn

Online courses, tutorials, screencasts

General Game Development

Computer Graphics