What is a game engine?
A Game engine is the architecture that developer’s used to developed or run the games.Most of the popular games are made with these game engine’s, most of the game engine’s provide developers to add thing’s like :
- collision detection
- Artificial Intelligence
- And more without need to program them
Why is this important?
Games engine are a reusable component that developers are to make Framework of the games.
This engine provides time to focus on the unique elements like character models, texture, maps, scaling, how an object interacts, etc.
If anyone would make a game from scratch, without the help of an excellent game engine, it will take a long time and will be difficult to make.
There are plenty of big gaming companies and indie teams that create there own engine’s.
Here is the list of the Top 10 game engines :
1 ) Unreal Engine
One of the most popular and widely used game engines is Unreal engine by Epic games.
The original version of this engine was released in 1998 and 21 years later it continues to make the biggest AAA titles every year.
The latest version of this game engine is Unreal Engine 4 which is said to be the easiest one to use by the hands of professionals.
Most of the Famous and popular titles made by this engine are Gears of Wars series, Mass Effect series, Bioshock series, etc.
The strength of the Unreal Engine is its ability to be modified enough that games can be made into unique experiences.
2 ) Unity
One of them is unity, a multi-platform game engine that allows you to create interactive 3D content with ease.
The newest version of unity is Unity 5. One of the best things about Unity 5 is the Personal Edition, which is free for everyone to download.
Most of the valuable and popular titles made with this unity engine are Lara Croft Go, Her Story, Pillars of Eternity, and Kerbal Space Program.
The problem is that the Professional Edition, which has a host of excellent tools, requires that you pay a monthly fee
These features include beta access, game performance reporting, customizable splash screen, a team license, and more.
3 ) Game Maker
Unlike the other game engines, GameMaker: Studio has become widely used because it doesn’t require programming knowledge to use.
Using a single development workflow GameMaker Studio 2 has allowed you to export your game directly to Windows Desktop, Mac OS, Ubuntu, Android, IOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, etc.
Game Maker allows you to implement AAA game features hassle-free. Bring your game to life with 2D Physics, and create stunning Visual Effects using Shader.
It doesn’t require programming language first, and those that do as a coding experience can use it to make their game better.
4 ) GODOT
The GODOT is excellent for making both 2D and 3D games. The engine “provides a huge set of common tools, so you can just focus on making your game without reinventing the wheel.”
It’s free to use, and it’s an open source through the MIT license. No royalties, no subscription fees, no hidden strings—whatever you develop through the Godot engine is yours.
GODOT is a community that’s continuously fixing bugs and developing new features which are always an excellent sign-an active community which answers to most GODOT related Question.
5 ) AppGameKit
“It is easy to learn Game Development Engine, ideal for beginners, Hobbyists, and Indie developers.”
This studio focuses on quickly coding and building apps and being able to share them across platforms.
This rapid iteration and cross-platform sharing is geared towards mobile game development, but handles most platforms:
- iPhones and iPads
- HTML5 Browsers
- Raspberry Pi
AppGameKit has a cost of $79.99, with options to bundle the base product with add-ons, like the Visual Editor, to save money on both products.
It is free to use; and you get the full engine source code and all the engine features without having to pay any license fees, royalties, or other hidden fees.
The CryEngine is a visually stunning engine. The graphics are beautiful, and the characters are life-like.
You can use CryEngine to develop for several different platforms:
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
- Windows PC
- Oculus Rift
There are also assets available for free, like the “CryEngine V Beginners Pack” and the “Explosives” pack.
7 ) Amazon Lumberyard
Amazon lumberyard is the new engine powered by Amazon. Lumberyard is “Free. Powerful. Fully Customizable”.
The game engine has “no royalties or seat fees, frictionless integration with Twitch and AWS, plus much more on the horizon.”
AWS stands for Amazon Web Services—a secure cloud platform built and maintained by Amazon. Integration through Lumberyard means it’s easy to make a game with online play.
If multiplayer games are your thing, Lumberyard has the tools in place for you to make that happen.
8 ) RPG Maker
Like the other game engines RPG maker is easy to use and fully customizable.
The software is designed to let you build a complete game, from start to finish (even if you don’t know anything about game programming).
“The RPG maker series allows you to customize every aspect of your game with an easy-to-use interface, making it perfect for beginners yet powerful enough for experts.”
There are several RPG Maker products. RPG Maker MV costs $79.99. There’s a free trial option for Windows users.
9 ) LibGDX
“Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms.”
API is the abbreviation for application programming interface—having a single API makes libGDX an excellent choice for cross-platform development.
It doesn’t matter which platform you’re targeting: Windows, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, etc. all use the same API.
You can run LibGDX with the help of their setup app.
10 ) Urho3D
“Urho3D is free lightweight, cross-platform 2D and 3D game engine implemented in C++ and released under the MIT license.”
The Urho3D wiki contains everything you need to get started with the engine, including How-To Guides for setting up on:
- Windows with Visual Studio
- Windows with MinGW
There are walkthroughs for creating your first project, and several other forum topics ranging from cutting holes in terrain to developing basic material effects for rendering.
Urho3D is currently on version 1.7, and as we mentioned earlier, it’s entirely free for download. And it is not paid.
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