Resources

A listing with the best game developer resources

Interesting Indiedev podcasts

 

Building the Game

@PodcastBTG

http://www.buildingthegamepodcast.com/

 

Experimental Gamedev podcast

@indiegamepod

http://www.indiegamepod.com/

 

Indiedev Podcasts 

@DaveVoyles

https://indiedevpodcast.wordpress.com/

 

Indie Meetup

@dirkmalta

http://indiemeetup.com/

 

LostCast 

@LostDecadeGames

http://www.lostdecadegames.com/lostcast/

 

The Gamedev Cast

@thegamedevcast

http://www.thegamedevcast.com/

 

The Sausage Factory

@SPOnGdotCom

http://spong.com/podcasts/tsf/

 

 

GAME ENGINES

 

The big list on 2D HTML5 game engines

 

(Initial source develop)

Unreal Engine 4

Company: Epic Games
Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, Linux, Mac, Oculus, PC, PS4, SteamOS, Xbox One
www.unrealengine.com

Epic’s new-gen game development platform Unreal Engine 4 has officially been released to all developers for free and a  percentage  of gross revenue from any game sales going to Epic.

Unity

Company: Unity Technologies
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 (coming soon)
www.unity3d.com

Unity 5 is now on the market and the new reference,  it  includes the integration of Geomerics’ Enlighten tech, Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Ray Tracing tech, SpeedTree and revamped audio tools.

It is both a 2D and 3D engine.

CryEngine

Company: Crytek
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
www.cryengine.com

CryEngine is one of the most powerful game engines available to developers, and, with Crytek keen to welcome indies, developers can now sign up to use the engine for $10 a month, royalty-free.

Features include the engine’s recently announced physically-based shading, geometry cache and
image-based lighting. The new subscription option is set to be available from May. Devs can still access the free CryEngine SDK under its current terms despite the new model.

GameMaker

Company: YoYo Games
Platforms: Android, Browser, iOS, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Windows Phone
www.yoyogames.com

Developed by YoYo Games, a wealth of titles have been created through 2D development platform GameMaker, including Gunpoint, Hotline Miami, Spelunky and Super Crate Box.

Last month it was announced that GameMaker: Studio would be free for all PlayStation platforms. The tech has support for PSN features and licenced peripherals including controllers, control inputs and cameras. For those developing on other platforms, a host of licences are available.

Havok Vision Engine

Company: Havok
Platforms: Android, iOS, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, Windows 8, Xbox 360
www.havok.com

this cross-platform game engine has been around for years, and provides an object-oriented C++ API. The development tech is optimised for last-gen consoles and PC.

The full game engine licence includes licences for Havok Vision, AI and Behvaior as well as Autodesk’s UI solution Scaleform illumination middleware Beast. The toolset ships with the source code and 3ds Max and Maya exporters.

As of yet the tech does not support PS4 and Xbox One.

Project Anarchy

Company: Havok
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, Tizen
www.projectanarchy.com

Project Anarchy is a complete end-to-end game engine for mobile that comes with a free licence allowing developers to release titles to iOS, Android and Tizen.

The tech integrates Havok’s suite of game development technology including the Havok Vision Engine, collision detection and physical simulation tech Physics, Animation Studio and AI.

There are also expanded licences that come with a cost, including a PC exporter, available for developers who want more from the engine.

ShiVa

Company: ShiVa
Platforms: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Linux, Mac, PS3, SteamOS, Vita, Wii, Windows, Windows Phone 8,
Xbox 360
www.shivaengine.com

ShiVa is on the comeback trail and is gearing up for the launch of ShiVa 2 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Version 1.9.2 is available to use now however, and features a Lua-based scripting language with debugging tools, a C++ plug-in system for custom engine extensions and a terrain editor with vegetation layers, texture painting and an ocean module. Other features include game controller support, video streaming and texture data streaming.

Leadwerks

Company: Leadwerks
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC
www.leadwerks.com

In its third iteration, as well as supporting PC development, Leadwerks is championing another rising platform, Linux. Last year the middleware outfit raised $42,358 to bring native development from Leadwerks to Linux, which was released last month, along with version 3.1 of the Standard Edition.

The engine includes an OpenGL 4.0 deferred renderer with a uniform lighting model, a built-in script editor with debugger, code stepping and syntax highlighting. The Leadwerks editor includes built-in level design tools, Navmesh pathfinding and a visual flowgraph. Published games include Hoodwink and My Whacky Moles.

App Game Kit

Company: The Game Creators
Platforms: Android, iOS, Mac, PC
www.appgamekit.com

This cross-platform development tool focuses on mobile, PC and Mac support. Code can be written in AGK BASIC once and then compiled to each platform without any changes being made to the source code.

Programmers can also create their apps in C++, and The Game Creators have developed a C++ library that mimics the Tier 1 BASIC script, enabling developers to write applications that compile to all compatible platforms.

The App Game Kit can be licenced for $59.99 or tested through a free trial. AGK V2, which raised £33,000 on Kickstarter, is also due for release later this year.

FPS creator Reloaded

Company: The Game Creators
Platforms: Oculus Rift, PC
www.fpscreator.thegamecreators.com

Another game engine from The Game Creators, FPS Creator Reloaded is designed as an affordable game engine for both entry-level and professional developers.

The toolset integrates AI, physics, shaders, weapon systems, real-time shadows and lighting, integrated debugging and a library of assets. Recently the firm also added virtual reality support via the Oculus Rift for the tool, while the engine has also been successfully greenlit for a release on Steam.

The game engine is currently going through a beta period, and interested developers can make various pledges of up to $100 to unlock new features.

Reach3dx

Company: Gamebase
Platforms: Android, Flash, HTML5, iOS
www.reach3dx.com

Reach3dx is a brand newcross-platform game engine from Gamebase, the creators of Gamebryo, another development platform that has been used in numerous titles such as El Shaddai and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

Unlike that engine however, Reach3dx will focus on mobile and web platforms and is based on the OpenFL framework and Haxe. The new tech is still based on the modular architecture of past engines such as the aforementioned Gamebryo.

Gamebase has said it wants to decrease development times so users can get their games to market faster. An open beta will be live throughout April.

HeroEngine

Company: Idea Fabrik
Platforms: PC
www.heroengine.com

The HeroEngine is designed for massively multiplayer and online games from any genre and has been used in titles such as EA’s ambitious Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The dev platform can be licenced for $99 a year and includes a suite of integrated middleware such as SpeedTree, FMOD, Umbra dPVS, Awesomium and FaceGen.

Devs can also use the HeroCloud to script code, sculpt terrain and create physics systems in a single online development environment, allowing team members to work remotely in real-time from any location. The tech has been licenced by companies such as EA and ZeniMax Online.

Marmalade

Company: Marmalade
Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS Mac, Windows, Tizen
www.madewithmarmalade.com

Cross-platform SDK Marmalade lets devs deploy code across multiple platforms from a single code base.
The tech uses C++, but also provides alternative solutions for devs looking to use Lua, HTML or Objective-C.

Marmalade has released a host of other handy tools including Web Marmalade, enabling developers to create hybrid apps using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, and Marmalade Quick, a RAD?tool for creating 2D games and apps.

The recent full release of Marmalade Juice to developers enables creators to take native iOS titles and deploy them to Android.

Turbulenz

Company: Turbulenz
Platforms: Browser
biz.turbulenz.com

An engine for HTML5 game development, last year Turbulenz went open-source and allowed developers to use the tech to create their games free of charge. This means games makers can develop titles, use the developer hub to test and iterate on titles, and self-publish and monetise online, all for free.

Games hosted on the Turbulenz website will be subject to a 70/30 revenue share split, but this does not affect other platforms. Among a plethora of features, the tool features physics, collision and animation systems, optimisations for multiplayer and social networking and supports up to 7.1 surround sound.

GameSalad

Company: Gamesalad
Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, Mac, Windows
www.gamesalad.com

GameSalad is a mobile games development platform that first debuted in 2009 and has been used to develop a plethora of games, including more than 65 titles featured in the Top 100 games on Apple’s US App Store.

Developers can create games for iOS, Android and HTML5 with the tool, which doesn’t require any coding thanks to its visual drag-and-drop interface, also suitable for quick iterations on new ideas. The GameSalad creator can be downloaded for free, and develoeprs can upgrade to the Pro version for $299 a year.

 

 

Construct 2

Soon

 

Wimi5

Soon

 

Corona SDK

Soon

 

Unigine

Soon

 

LigGDX

Soon

 

Godot Game Engine

Soon

 

Torque3D

Soon

 

S2 Engine

Soon

 

Cocos2D and Cocos2D-X (C++)

Soon

 

HaxeFlixel and HaxePunk

Soon

 

Love2D (Lua)

Soon

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