Game Engines Apps and Alternatives

18 applications in this hubLast updated: Feb 22nd 2022, 22:23 GMT

Generally speaking, a game engine can be defined as the architecture that developers employ to run the game. However, considering that these tools are highly versatile, it means that they can be reused to continuously build the framework of the game. In other words, they ensure the backbone or foundation in development, thus saving developers a lot of resources and allowing them to focus on the characters, object interactions, textures, so on and so forth

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There are numerous such tools out there, some for beginners or enthusiasts who would prefer something simple where they can put their ideas into practice. Game engines that address beginners usually include templates where you can change details here and there or import your own artwork and get a game that you can play right away. Other such tools allow you to drag and drop elements or support visual scripting, while others enable you to edit objects, interactions and characters with coding.

In the eventuality that you are looking for something more than learning or testing your ideas, you can rely on highly advanced game engines, some of which being used by well-known names in the game industry. As you would expect, these engines do not only have excellent functionality, but they also allow you to come up with high-quality content, regardless of the genre you have in mind. Moreover, the games can be shared across multiple platforms and, because some are open source, it means that you do not have to worry about royalties or other similar strings attached.


 

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Unity

Unity 2021.2.12f1 / 2022.1.0 Beta 8

Create advanced games as well as smaller graphical projects for your school or work using this com...

Feb 19th 2022, 04:29 GMT
Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 11
     
  • 1,844 downloads
  • 118 MB
GameMaker Studio

GameMaker Studio 2.3.7 Build 606 / 1.4 Build 9999

Design 2D games for desktop (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu), web (HTML5), UWP, Android, iOS, PS4 and Xbox O...

Dec 10th 2021, 04:52 GMT
Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 11
     
  • 3,420 downloads
  • 31.2 MB
Godot Engine

Godot Engine 3.4.2 / 3.4.3 RC 2 / 4.0 Alpha 3

Get involved with 2D and 3D game development using this free and open-source engine that helps you...

Feb 22nd 2022, 22:23 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 11
     
  • 355 downloads
  • 168 MB
AppGameKit IDE

AppGameKit IDE 2017.02.28 Free / 2020.04.16 Commercialware

Create various applications and games for multiple platforms by turning to this comprehensive inte...

Apr 26th 2020, 09:58 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 1,239 downloads
  • 847 MB
RPG Maker MV

RPG Maker MV 1.6.1

Powerful and intuitive development tool that enables you to create RPGs and other types of games, ...

May 21st 2019, 12:47 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 384 downloads
  • 11.4 MB
Xenko Game Studio

Xenko Game Studio 3.0.0.9 / 3.1.0.1 Beta

Create complex games using the numerous editors and advanced graphics, PBR materials, particles an...

Jun 4th 2019, 09:41 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 9,216 downloads
  • 248 MB
Kodu Game Lab

Kodu Game Lab 1.5.53.0

Seamlessly create reasonably complex games that can run on Windows and XBOX using this highly enjo...

Nov 16th 2020, 08:35 GMT
Windows XP / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit
     
  • 4,598 downloads
  • 60.8 MB
Construct 2

Construct 2 r280

Easily develop 2D video games without coding experience, thanks to this intuitive gaming engine th...

Sep 29th 2021, 19:34 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 5,534 downloads
  • 112 MB
Panda3D

Panda3D 1.10.11

A powerful and feature packed 3D rendering and game development engine which offers a wide range o...

Jan 7th 2022, 19:16 GMT
Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 445 downloads
  • 96.5 MB
Stencyl

Stencyl 4.0.4

Make your own games for mobile or desktop and seamlessly publish them on the web using this compre...

Nov 15th 2020, 09:50 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 3,334 downloads
  • 415 MB
jMonkeyEngine

jMonkeyEngine 3.5.0

Design 3D games in Java that support the new peripherals for A and VR technology using this stream...

Jan 23rd 2022, 13:54 GMT
Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 11
     
  • 1,732 downloads
  • 85.7 MB
Cocos Creator

Cocos Creator 2.4.3 / 3.0.0 Technical Preview

Design games for a some of the most popular mobile OSes by relying on this engine and editor built...

Oct 15th 2020, 22:58 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 1,074 downloads
  • 22.7 MB
LGCK Builder

LGCK Builder 0.6.0.8

Create 2D games as well as the sprites required for an immersive and rich environment with layers ...

Aug 3rd 2018, 13:12 GMT
Windows 2K / Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows NT
     
  • 437 downloads
  • 248 MB
ct.js

ct.js 1.7.0

Design 2D games in a versatile and fun environment without having advanced programming knowledge u...

Apr 10th 2021, 18:18 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 877 downloads
  • 54.3 MB
Superpowers

Superpowers 6.0.0 / 6.2.0 Pre-release

Create 2D and 3D games in a user-friendly HTML5 environment that packs several powerful and intuit...

Mar 3rd 2020, 11:42 GMT
Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 1,753 downloads
  • 153 MB
GB Studio

GB Studio 3.0.3

Create brand new retro games or modified versions of your favorite arcade games using this simple ...

Jan 26th 2022, 03:55 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 11
     
  • 485 downloads
  • 1.25 MB
Duality

Duality 3.1.0.0

Create 2D games by defining the objects first and then specifying their behaviors using this versa...

Jul 8th 2020, 16:05 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 122,925 downloads
  • 203 MB
Blender

Blender 3.0.1

Professional 3D creation software featuring 3D / character / solids modeling, animation, rendering...

Jan 26th 2022, 18:41 GMT
Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 11