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A game engine is the core software component of a computer video game or other interactive application with real-time graphics. Game engines help game designers to easily code a game quickly without building it from the ground up. The following is an extensive list of game engines.
(updated: April 8, 2008)
Free and open source engines
These game engines are free software:
- Agar (engine) – A high-level graphical application framework used by 2D and 3D computer games
- Allegro library – A free crossplatform C/C++ game programming library, provides functions for graphics, sounds, input, timers, fixed and floating point, 3d, compressed datafile and a GUI.
- Axiom Engine – A fork containing the core of the OGRE graphics engine written in C#
- Game Blender – flexible node based game logic engine blender 3d
- Boom – A port of the Doom source code by TeamTNT
- Brick engine – A simple cross-platform 2D engine, intended for 8-bit-style games
- Cadabra 3D - A Brazilian LGPL 3D game engine
- Catmother – A BSD-licensed engine from a company that open-sourced its code when it closed the business.
- CheapHack – An outdated TomazQuake derived engine
- ClanLib – A free cross-platform (including Mac OS X), object-oriented C++ game programming library.
- Crystal Entity Layer – An extension of the Crystal Space 3D Engine
- Crystal Space – A general framework for developing 3D applications
- Cube – Powers the computer game of the same name
- DarkPlaces – One of the most advanced free software Quake engines
- 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 the hugely popular Doom and Doom II
- DXFramework – A simple, pedagogical 2D/3D DirectX-based game engine for Visual Studio
- Epee Engine – Is a 2D graphics engine with beginning programmers in mind
- Eternity Engine – A source port of the Doom engine
- Exult – A free software reimplementation of the Ultima VII game engine
- FIFE – A free software 2D isometric CRPG engine supporting the assets of Fallout 1 & 2.
- Freely Available Networked Game Engine - a 2D Java networked game engine
- GQ – A Quake engine that adds features from TomazQuake and DarkPlaces
- GZDoom – A source port of the Doom engine based on ZDoom
- GemRB – A free software implementation of the Infinity Engine
- Genesis3D – A real-time 3D engine for Windows
- Genesis Device Is a powerful LGPL engine
- Horde3D – A lightweight next-generation graphics 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
- ioquake3 – A cleaned-up, bugfixed and updated fork of the original id Tech 3 engine
- Irrlicht Engine – A cross-platform and lightweight three dimensional graphics engine.
- jMonkeyEngine – An open-source, BSD licensed Java scenegraph engine.
- JGame - An open-source, BSD licensed 2D Java game engine, support mobile devices and desktop application.
- Joge – Is a platform to develop 2D game in Java.
- Jogre – A Java based client/server game engine and API for online real time games such as chess, checkers, etc.
- KallistiOS – A free, BSD licensed development library for the Sega Dreamcast, by Dan Potter.
- KonsolScript – opensource cross-platform 2D game engine plus scripting capability, by MJ Mendoza IV.
- Libsmog – opensource, C++, massively multi-player, script-able, real-time 3D game engine.
- Lightfeather 3D Engine - A cross-platform, zlib licensed, real-time 3D graphics engine.
- Nebula Device – A realtime 3D game engine developed by German game studio Radon Labs.
- OctLight – A Java game engine that uses scene-graph and renders on top of Lightweight Java Game Library (LWJGL) using OpenGL
- Open Game Engine is an open source library combining the components used to make games.
- OGRE Engine – A very popular object-oriented graphics rendering engine. Also called OGRE3D
- PLIB – A game engine – includes 3D, Audio, Music, GUI, Window manager and is portable Linux/Windows/Mac OS X.
- ProQuake – A modified Quake engine
- PySoy - Multi-threaded 3d game engine for Python, freely licensed under the GPLv3 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows
- Reality Factory - An open-source engine built off of Genesis3D.
- 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 – A upgraded engine forked from the Cube engine
- southatlantic – Open Source 2D java game engine (applets and applications).
- Soya 3D – Object oriented "high level" 3D engine for Python.
- Stratagus – A cross-platform real time strategy game engine
- Sylphis3D – Game engine with unified lighting and shadowing, physics and fully python scripted!
- Telejano – A modified Quake engine
- Tenebrae – One of many Quake engine clones
- vbGORE – Open source MMORPG engine in Visual Basic 6.
- Elysium Diamond – Another open source MMORPG engine made with Visual Basic 6.
- Verge RPG engine - A BSD-licensed open source game engine that uses a C-like scripting language called, VergeC.
- Victory Engine - A Java-based 2D game engine, designed with flexibility in mind.
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