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List of Game Engines and Resources (Wiki Page)

This page contains a list of game engines and other tools and resources for making games. This is a “wiki post” that anyone can edit, so feel free to add more.

Phaser.JS

Godot

This was mentioned at a meetup. It looks like it has a Python-like syntax.

https://godotengine.org/

The game engine you waited for.

Godot provides a huge set of common tools, so you can just focus on making your game without reinventing the wheel.

Godot is completely free and open-source under the very permissive MIT license. No strings attached, no royalties, nothing. Your game is yours, down to the last line of engine code.

PuzzleScript

PuzzleScript is an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine.

https://www.puzzlescript.net/

Twine

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

You don’t need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you’re ready.

Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.

https://twinery.org/

Inform

Inform is a free app for creating works of interactive fiction, available for MacOS, Windows, Linux and Android. Inside it is a powerful programming language based on English language text.

LÖVE

A 2D game engine in Lua.

https://www.love2d.org/

PyGame

https://www.pygame.org/

Free book: https://inventwithpython.com/pygame/

Three.js

https://threejs.org/

PixelGameEngine

Oxygengine

Seen on r/rust_gamedev:

Fantasy Consoles

“A fantasy console is like a regular console, but without the inconvenience of actual hardware. … It is similar to a retro game emulator, but for a machine that never existed.”

Here’s a comparison:
https://nerdyteachers.com/Explain/FantasyConsoles/

PICO-8

Resources:

TIC-80

Pixel Vision 8

Free during the pandemic.

Pixelbox

JavaScript

JavaScript

LIKO-12

Lua

https://liko-12.github.io/#/

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I added PICO-8. It looks really interesting.

I also added a link to PixelGameEngine, which I saw on YouTube. That channel also has some other interesting videos, like one on creating a 3D graphics engine. (I haven’t watched it yet since I’m in the middle of another series on the same topic.)

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I added TIC-80 and Pixel Vision 8 along with a comparison that I saw on Twitter.

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Pixel Vision 8 is free at the moment.

I added LÖVE (Lua 2D engine), Pixelbox (JS), and LIKO-12 (Lua).

I don’t know much about it, but I added Oxygengine (seen in a Rust subreddit).

There is actually a long list of game engines in Rust over here: