List of game engines

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Several tools called game engines are available for game designers to easily code a game quickly without building from the ground up. For a list of engines that displays their specific features and functionality as well as specific liscensing information please look here.


[edit] Open-source engines

These game engines are open-source or free software:

  • Agar (engine) – A high-level graphical application framework used by 2D and 3D computer games
  • Aleph One (computer game) - Open-source first-person shooter engine based on the source code of Bungie Studios' Marathon 2: Durandal.
  • Allegro library – A free cross-platform C/C++ game programming library, provides functions for graphics, sounds, input, timers, fixed and floating point, 3d, compressed datafile and a GUI.
  • Game Blender – flexible node based game logic engine Blender 3D.
  • Box2D - A cross-platform physics and graphic engine.
  • ClanLib – A free cross-platform (including Mac OS X), object-oriented C++ game programming library.
  • Crystal Space – A general framework for developing 3D applications
  • Cube – Powers the computer game of the same name
  • DarkPlaces – Heavily modified version of Quake engine which supports modern graphics
  • Delta3d – Integrates other well-known free software projects into an easy-to-use API, originally developed by the U.S. Navy
  • Doom engine – The now free software engine originally used for Doom and Doom II
  • DXFramework – A simple, pedagogical 2D/3D DirectX-based game engine for Visual Studio
  • Exult – A free software reimplementation of the Ultima VII game engine
  • Genesis3D – A real-time 3D engine for Windows
  • Genesis Device Is a powerful LGPL engine
  • id Tech 2 – Formerly known as the Quake II engine, the original open-source engine from id Software
  • id Tech 3 – Formerly known as the Quake III engine, the original open-source engine from id Software
  • ika - a 2D game engine using Python as scripting language, allowing use of existing Python libraries.
  • ioquake3 – An updated fork of the GPL'ed id Tech 3 engine
  • Irrlicht Engine – A cross-platform and lightweight three dimensional graphics engine.
  • jMonkeyEngine – An open-source, BSD licensed Java scenegraph engine.
  • Jogre – A Java based client/server game engine and API for online real time games such as chess, checkers, etc.
  • Nebula Device – A realtime 3D game engine developed by German game studio Radon Labs.
  • OGRE Engine – An object-oriented graphics rendering engine. Also called OGRE3D
  • OpenSceneGraph - A high performance 3D graphics toolkit
  • ORX - A portable, lightweight and data-driven 2D-oriented game engine.
  • Panda3D – A python-driven game engine made by Carnegie Mellon University(C++ can be used as well). Disney uses it to produce some of their games.
  • PLIB – A game engine – includes 3D, Audio, Music, GUI, Window manager and is portable Linux/Windows/Mac OS X.
  • PushButton Engine - A modular open source Flash game engine.
  • Quake engine – The original open-source engine from id Software
  • RealmForge – An open-source game engine for the Microsoft .NET Framework, predecessor to Visual3D.NET.
  • Retribution Engine – A game engine to make first person shooter games
  • Sauerbraten – An upgraded engine forked from the Cube engine
  • Slick - Simple set of tools wrapped around the LWJGL OpenGL binding for Java.
  • Spring - a full 3D free/open source RTS game engine.
  • Stratagus – A cross-platform real time strategy game engine.
  • Verge - An open-source 2D game engine with scripting through Lua or a C-like language, released under BSD.
  • Xilon Engine II - An open source game engine developed under Visual Basic .NET.

[edit] Freeware engines

These engines are available for free use, but without the source code being available under an open source license. Many of these engines are commercial products which have a free edition available for them:

[edit] Commercial engines

[edit] Games and the game engines they use

game engine table
Game engine Games Company
Alamo Empire at War
Forces of Corruption
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Nebula Device 3 Drakensang: The Dark Eye
Project Nomads
Far West
Railroad Pioneer
Tigris & Euphrates
Radon Labs

Dartmoor Softworks

GoldSrc Half-Life
Gunman Chronicles
Rewolf Software
SAGE engine Red Alert 3
Tiberium Wars
The Battle for Middle-earth II
EA Los Angeles
Source engine Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
Sin Episodes
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
Troika Games
Ritual Entertainment
Arkane Studios
CryEngine Far Cry, Aion: The Tower of Eternity Crytek
CryEngine 2 Crysis Crytek
Dunia Engine Far Cry 2 Ubisoft Montreal
Essence Engine Company of Heroes
Opposing Fronts
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2
Relic Entertainment
id Tech 4 Doom 3
Quake 4
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
id software
Raven Software
Human Head Studios
Splash Damage
Neon Engine Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising
Race Driver Grid
PhyreEngine Full list on main entry
Riot Engine Drakan: Order of the Flame
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Suffering
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Surreal Software
RAGE Midnight Club: Los Angeles
Grand Theft Auto IV
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
Rockstar Games
Scimitar Assassin's Creed
Prince of Persia
Unreal Engine 2 Exteel
The Chronicles of Spellborn
Spellborn International
Unreal Engine 3 BioShock
BlackSite: Area 51
Gears of War
Unreal Tournament 3
Rainbow Six Vegas
Lost Odyssey
Mass Effect
The Last Remnant
2K Games
Midway Games
Epic Games
Epic Games
TGEA Marble Blast Ultra
Fallen Empire: Legions
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness
Ghajini - The Game
Lockpick Entertainment
Hothead Games

FXLabs Studios
Iron Engine Sins of a Solar Empire Ironclad Games
Hedgehog Engine Sonic Unleashed SEGA, Sonic Team
HeroEngine Hero's Journey Simutronics
Gamebryo Dark Age of Camelot
The Elder Scrolls IV
Fallout 3
Mythic Entertainment
Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Game Studios
BigWorld Twin Skies
Stargate Worlds
Hokuto No Ken Online
Meteor Games
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment
GungHo Entertainment

[edit] References

  1. ^ "QuakeCon Wrapup". LinuxGames. Retrieved on 2008-12-29. 
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[edit] See also

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