Getting started with game development. Which engine should I use?

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  1. NosyTapir

    NosyTapir New Member

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    If I were you, I would start with Construct 2 (very limited) or Unity 3D. They are not expensive (free when you start) and there are a lot of places where you can learn about making games with these two. You can also find a lot of great video tutorials and start from there.
     
  2. Jordan Guillou

    Jordan Guillou New Member

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    Hi OP.
    If you are looking for a free, easy but fleshed out engine I would highly recommend GameMaker: Studio. It is free, simple but can create really amazing things. If you do start you can start for free and once you have a good game you can pay to put it on platforms that aren't on Windows. Since you have a grasp of HTML you could possibly put your game online if you want to and you have enough money (about £100) to put it online.
     
  3. piotr.intes

    piotr.intes New Member

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    I am using Truevision 3D and this is exacly what I've been looking for. This is not entire studio, this is just .dll librery you can import to (almost) any programing languate you wish. Only minus is that technical support is limited (especialy for less used languates) and engine is using DirectX = will work only for Windows. However if you start searching you should find several very good (and quite complete) tutorials. Engine is free for non-commercial use and not-so-expensive for commercial products (like 100$ ?).

    If you wish to make something multiplatform I can recomend three.js librery. There you can write for WebGL (opens in web browser) but you are limited to use javascript. There is full documentation on three.js website and librery is compleatly free + opensource.

    In my opinion GameMaker (which I used) is very nice toy... but nothing more (still very good if you do not know any programming languate to learn basic mechanics).

    I used once 3D Rad (another nice toy in my opinion but there you can write scripts and this makes it much better, but what is realy important is that 3D Rad is using amasing phisics engine)

    Another studio is Unity3D - I havn't been using this one but I sow several games made with it and from what I can see it is good

    In fact I would recommend you to just start writting programs. Because without it you will never truly understand what you are doing and even if you will be using tools with GUI (and we have lots of those now) you will be bound by theire author's ideas (you won't do anything they didn't anticipated). You can start with C++ (it is used literally everythere) or if you find it too hard for start you can try visual basic (my favorite languate for now I recommend version 5 or 6 - old but definetly the best) or learn javascript (runnable by browser from HTML)

    I do not know if this topic is still actual or if you in fact read it (you asked question year before so you might find your answer alredy Unity if I am correct?) but if you are interested you can contact with me via PM for more info (I do not think this is everything in this topic). If you wish to see my own work you can look on E P S I L O N - 39 on this forum - taked my year to put this in state it is but I've been doing it all myself.
    Link:
    http://forums.indiegamer.com/threads/e-p-s-i-l-o-n-3-9-free-spacesim.60210/#post-319701
     
  4. RedBowHemian

    RedBowHemian New Member

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    Great list, thank you for posting!
     
  5. Scraulac

    Scraulac New Member

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    I was in the exact same situation as you as well, until I discovered Godot. Godot is a free, open source, 2d and 3d game engine. The interface reasonably easy to use (once you get the hang of it) and the programming language (Godot script) is similar to python. A great tutorial series about it is one by GameFromScratch and goes over pretty much everything you need to know. Also, I think you can export games to an HTML5 format!

    Sorry if this is not what you are looking for :rolleyes:
     

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