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Best free software for Game development !! (Android/iOS/AR/Windows/Console)







All the listed tools are best free game making software, that I assure you. Some of them are easy to use and provide ability to build any type of online and offline games for any platform.


Note:

  • You need to be familiar with specific Programming Language here for using these tools because each tool supports specific programming language (Lua/C++/C#/Python) to program the Game.
  • Here Programming only uses for creating the game logic and in some tools, it also uses for the design of the object as well.
  • Some software also support visual scripting for creating game logic that means you can create games without coding/programming.

 

 


So let's start the list,

1: Unity 3D Game Engine -


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-> Programming Used for game logic in Unity 3D

C# (C-Sharp)



-> Is Unity 3D free to Use?

  • Unity has two editions, Personal and Professional. The personal edition is completely free to use but it displays a 'Made with Unity' logo while your game starts.
  • Neglecting that logo, the personal edition is completely free to use. It is the best game engine you can use to make games if you are a beginner.
  • If your company or the game that you had just made makes more than $100k a year, then you must upgrade to Unity Professional. The Unity Professional costs $125/month. The price will increase a bit if you want android or iOS add-ons/plugins.


-> Asset Store for Unity game engine :

  • The Unity asset store is a marketplace where developers and artists sell content they have made so that you can use it. You can either use these assets in your game, to facilitate the production of your game or just for your own edification.
  • For Example: let’s say you only knew how to program, and you couldn’t make a character model and animate it. You could download a model from the asset store and use it in your game.


-> What types of games you can build with Unity 3D ?

You can create any type of game as you are only limited by your skills. No matter which platform game you are building like -Android Games, -iOS Games, -PC Games, -Console & VR Games.


 Games made with Unity


-> Can I create the games without coding as well on Unity game engine?

Yes, recently Unity added some assets through which you can create Games and its prototype using it. This asset considers as visual scripting tools in which, you create the logic of the game using Block in place of code.

Here are the best available assets: 

  • Unity Bolt   View
  • Unity PlayMaker  View
  • Unity Adventure Creator  View






2: Unreal Game Engine -


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-> Programming Used for game logic in Unreal Engine

C++


-> Is Unreal engine free to Use?


-> Asset Marketplace of Unreal engine :


  • Unreal Engine also have huge marketplace similar to unity for buy/sell game development assets. Marketplace have both free & premium assets.

Visit Marketplace.


-> What types of you can develop?


You can create any type of game as you are only limited by your skills. No matter which platform game you are building like Android Games, iOS Games, PC Games, Console & VR Games.


Games made with Unreal Engine

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


Yes, using Blueprint (Built-in)  View


3: Godot Game Engine -




-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

GDScript(Like Python), C#, C++


-> Completely Free to Use?


Godot Engine is 
free and open-source software released under the permissive MIT license (also named Expat license).

You are free to use Godot Engine, for any purpose






-> Asset Store (Free & Premium):

-> What types of Games you can develop?


  • Desktop platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, UWP, *BSD
  • Mobile platforms: iOS, Android
  • Consoles: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One via third-party providers.
  • Export to the web using HTML5 and WebAssembly

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


Yes, With Visual scripting using blocks and connections. (Built-in)


4: Amazon Lumberyard Game Engine -


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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:  

Lua


-> Completely Free to Use?


Lumberyard is free, including source code. Amazon makes money when you use other AWS services to power your game. If your game doesn't connect to the cloud, that's ok too and you pay nothing. There are also no seat fees, subscription fees, or requirements to share revenue

-> What types of you can develop?


Android, iOS, PC Game (Windows, Linux, Mac)  & VR Games.


-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


Yes, by using Script Canvas a built-in Visual Scripting, that you can use to create game logic and behaviors without writing code.

More about Script Canvas


5: CryEngine-


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-> Programming Used for Game Logic: 

C#, C++, LUA

-> Completely Free to Use?


There is a 5% royalty fee. Your first $5K of annual revenue per project is royalty-free, so the small fee only kicks in when you are earning.


-> Asset Store (Free & Premium):


-> What types of you can develop?


You can develop games for Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Oculus Rift, OSVR, PSVR, and HTC Vive. (Mobile Support is in development)


 Games built in CryEngine

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


Yes, using Flowgraphs Visual Scripting. View


6: Panda3D Game Engine -


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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

  
Python (Recommended here), you can use C++ as well but it documentation mainly aimed at Python.

Note:
 
People sometimes have the mistaken impression that Panda3D is written in Python, which would make it very slow. But Panda3D is not written in Python; it’s written in C++. Python is just used for scripting.

-> Completely Free to Use?


Panda3D is completely free to use with no royalties, license payments, registration, or costs of any sort—even for commercial use. 

View full showcase of Games built in Panda 3D


-> What types of games you can develop?


Mobile & Desktop Games Mainly. An effective tool for making 2D & 3D using Python.


-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, Programming Knowledge Essential here (Python)


7: Solar 2D Game Engine() -





-> Programming Used for Game Logic:


Lua mainly, along with that 
you can also access and integrate additional features using Objective-C and Swift for Apple platforms, Java for Android platforms, and C/C++ for either

-> Completely Free to Use?


Yes, No hidden fees, charges, or royalties for game creation using core functionality. They only charge additional features like using 
Advertising plugins then some amount will be deducted.


View full showcase of Games built in Solar 2D

-> What types of you can develop?


Mobile & Desktop Games Mainly.

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, Programming Knowledge Essential here (Lua)



8: Defold Game Engine -


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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:


Lua Mainly, 
You can also use native code (C/C++, Objective-C, Java, and JavaScript depending on the platform) to extend the Defold engine with new functionality. 

-> Completely Free to Use?


Yes, the Defold engine and editor with full functionality is completely free of charge. No hidden costs, fees, or royalties. Just free. (Donation can be done, community-driven)


View full showcase of Games built in Defold

-> Asset Store (Free & Premium):



-> What types of games you can develop?


Nintendo Switch, Android/iOS, macOS/Linux/Windows, HTML5


-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, Programming Knowledge Essential here (Lua)


9: MonoGame -

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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

C# , .Net

-> Completely Free to Use?


Yes completely free & open-source.


Some Games showcase built in MonoGame :





View full showcase of Games built in Monogame



-> What types of games you can develop?


  • iOS, Android,
  • macOS, Linux, all Windows platforms,
  • PS4, PSVita, Xbox One, and Switch

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, C# or .NET knowledge required.


10: Phaser -


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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

Javascript, Typescript

-> Completely Free to Use?


Yes,


Some Games showcase built in Phaser:







View full showcase of Games built in Phaser



-> What types of you can develop?


Mainly Web-based browser Games.

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, JavaScript or TypeScript knowledge required.


11: BabylonJS -

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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

Javascript

-> Completely Free to Use?


-> What types of you can develop?


2D,3D Games for Mobile, Tablet, Desktop & Web

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, JavaScript knowledge Required.


12: Play Canvas -

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-> Programming Used for Game Logic: 

Javascript

-> Completely Free to Use?


Free to use with limitation in hosting or storage.



View full showcase of Games built in Play Canvas

-> What types of you can develop?


2D,3D cross-platform games support Mobile, Desktop, Tablet & Browser.

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, Javascript required for writing game logic.


13: Light Weight Java Game Library[LWJGL] -


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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

Java

-> Completely Free to Use?


-> What types of you can develop?


2D,3D cross-platform Games (Desktop,Tablet,Mobile & Browser)

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


Java knowledge is required and also you need to use the LWJGL framework for creating heavy games.


14: Pygame -

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-> Programming Used for Game Logic:

Python

-> Completely Free to Use?


Yes,

-> What types of you can develop?


Mainly 2D Games for Desktop, Mobile, Tablet & Browser.

-> Can I create the games without Coding as well on this platform?


No, Python Knowledge required.



Conclusion:

Hope you liked the list, the listed software learning curve is little complex for non-technical person because these tools are used for custom game development.


if you have any doubt regarding the software list you can ask me in comment section.







   
 



























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