What are the best game engines?

Creating a game has been made a tad bit easier with tools and programs specifically designed for that purpose. Put your game development skills to the test and check out these best game engines! Let everyone know your thoughts on the pros and cons of using the following game engines below.

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  1. 13

    #1rpgmaker.net

    rpgmaker.net

    RPGMaker.net is a resource with game engines wherein developers can create role-playing and adventure games. The engines on the site include Blitz3D, App Game Kit. EasyRPG, Duality, Engine001, and more.

    Websites

    Free

    Ralph Sims
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "I was in the market for some game engines to test drive for a work related project. I was directed to rpgmaker.net as a possible solution. Unfortunately, the site does not provide a solution to my problem as it is only a site for uploading and downloading indie games. However the site does offer a wide range of useful services to developers, like a tutorials and a forums where you can speak with like minded individuals who can answer questions you may have."
  2. 8

    #2Unreal Engine 4

    Unreal Engine 4

    Unreal Engine 4 is a game engine product suite with an array of tools and plugins to help developers create their own game design. The game engine also provides support for major gaming platforms.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Joshua Black
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "Unreal Engine 4 is an intuitive yet cost effective game engine. There is a very friendly and helpful community that provides support when I run into glitches. Unreal Engine 4 is a user friendly program, and does not require advanced coding to start building environments right away. "
  3. 5

    #3Duality

    Duality

    Duality is a modular 2D game engine that showcases its very own visual editor. Duality's features include plugin architecture, component-based design, content management, and base infrastructure.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Bruce Yang
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "Personally, I think Duality is one of the best game engines for beginners in this list. It specializes in 2d games which is a pretty good start for ppl who are just getting into game development. "

DID YOU KNOW?

Unreal Engine, the most popular game engine by Epic first debuted with the FPS game, Unreal in 1998? Epic developed it for use with first-person shooters at first. It became popular in a variety of genres, including RPG, Strategy, and others soon after. Four years later, Unreal Engine 2 came out in 2002 with the game, America's Army. It was a free multiplayer shooter created by the US Army and financed by the U.S. government. Unreal Engine 3 saw it's adoption on game consoles. The first released console game using Unreal Engine 3 was Gears of War. The first released PC game was RoboBlitz. Development for Unreal Engine 4 began as early as 2003. According to reports, Tim Sweeney alone developed it alone before its release.

This is Epic's latest and greatest that game engine that is being used until today. Some of today's best games take advantage of Epic's powerful Unreal game engine. The benefits that this new version brings is huge. This is especially true with regards to making changes to game elements. Other game engines have come out but none have the same level of polish and utility that Unreal Engine has. It is one of the best game engines right now if not, the best. It is king of the game development tool space until a new challenger arrives.

  1. 3

    #4Aurora

    Aurora

    Aurora is a beta game engine softwate that is undergoing heavy development. Aurora3D has a set of files to download on GitHub which make it easier for developers to craft their game with the engine.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Barbara Peters
    Written on June 4, 2017
    "I like using Aurora as my game engine. I know that it is under development and there is a lot more to come. But I can still take the code and use it for my projects for graphic rendering, physics support and audio. Though right now support is not available, I see good things coming from Aurora in the future."
  2. 3

    #5Crafty

    Crafty

    Crafty is a JavaScript supported game engine that is open source and cross-browser compatible. With the engine, devs can create JavaScript games with small file size and entity component system.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Tyler Willis
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "In terms of versatility. Crafty triumphs in game engine ranking. There are so many options to create your game and you'll never run out of new ideas to try with the resources that this tool has to offer. You have to have at least a good knowledge in game dev before getting into Crafty, or any game engine for that matter."
  3. 2

    #6Alamo

    Alamo
    Alamo is a game engine that has been used for the Star Wars Strategy games like Empire at War and Empire at War: Forces of Corruption. The game engine is based on 3D Gameplay and a real-time strategic view of a map where the game takes place.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Adam Howard
    Written on July 2, 2017
    "Uniqueness and Redundancy updates, increasing differences and importance of specific units, structures, and planets. Balance updates, allowing each faction to have their own identity while still being able to compete with other factions. New particles, effects, and sounds. Crash and Bug fixes, across the board many bugs and errors have been fixed. And more! I know I keep saying that, but there is so much it's hard to even remember."
  4. 2

    #7Godot Engine

    Godot Engine

    Godot is a free game engine by Juan Linietsky and Ariel ManzurCapable of creating 2D and 3D games, it provides game making tools. The software is under the MIT license, meaning that developers own every game they make with this software.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Louis Alvarado
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I'm not a professional but I wanted to learn to make games without having to spend money and I really must say how much I like Godot Engine. It's so easy to use and super well documented plus if I make something I want to sell I do not need to buy any expensive licenses and it's cross-platform, how great is that?"
  5. 1

    #8libGDX

    libGDX
    libGDX is a cross-platform game development library. It is written in Java, OpenGL (ES) and some JNI code for sections that demand resources. Games made in libGDX works on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, WebGL-enabled browser and iOS.
    Software

    Windows, Linux, Mac

    Free

    Sergio Pineda
    Written on September 24, 2017
    "libGDX has been a great solution for developing for multiple platforms at once. The library is well documented and seems to be well optimized which has allowed me to concentrate more on development than debugging and optimization."
  6. 1

    #9GameFlow + Unity

    GameFlow + Unity

    GameFlow is an extension for the Unity Editor that lets developers to add programmed behaviors to any object in their game. For that, they need to pick an event program and select which actions they want to execute from the built-in library. 

    Software

    Windows

    $20

    Johnny Peterson
    Written on June 27, 2017
    "I love using GameFlwo + Unity, it is such a great game engine to add any kind of programmed behavior to my games that I am developing. It is so easy for me to pick up and learn and it is so intuitive that I think anyone, even kids could use this and make the most of the software. I really enjoy being able to select from the hundred of actions that are built in that make my game development experience great. "
  7. 0

    #10PlayMaker + Unity3D

    PlayMaker + Unity3D

    Playmaker is a visual state machine editor with a complete runtime library for Unity 3D that's good for beginners. It has a fantastic graphical editor and debugging tools for creating AIs, interactive objects, and gameplay prototypes.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Christian Peterson
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "I have always wanted to play around with a game engine, but have always been put off by the programming expect. No matter how hard I try to learn code, I always become frustrated and confused by the process. PlayMaker with Unity3D maybe the exception. PlayMaker provides a intuitive visual editor which is perfect in my opinion for novice programmers. I still have a lot to learn but I feel confident that I can make progress with this platform."
  8. 0

    #11Buildbox

    Buildbox

    Buildbox is a game engine that anyone can use to create beautiful games for every platform. Its drag and drop user interface makes designing games easier, no scripting, programming or software design experience required.

    Software

    Windows

    $15- Varies by plan

    Coco Jin
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "If you want to start building your games, now that you have conquered so many purchased ones, this is for you. You do not need to be an expert, Buildbox is user friendly. Files, drop and go, and easy to build maneuvering will have you playing the game you create in no time. "
  9. 0

    #12GameSalad

    GameSalad

    GameSalad is an authoring tool by GameSalad, Inc. The educational tool used for learning how to develop games. The software is comprised of a visual editor and a logic system and it can help in getting games published in major platforms.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $17- Varies by plan

    Nicholas Myers
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "While the solution certainly qualifies as a game engine, I find this particular result to be quite limiting in nature. A brief look of the featured projects show them to be very simple mobile games with 2 dimensional elements only. There is no way to use this engine to create for other platforms or do do complex 3D games. These shortcomings are very readily noticeable next to more popular engines like Unreal or Unity. Due to these reasons, this solution feels very lacking to me."
  10. 0

    #13CraftStudio

    CraftStudio

    CraftStudio allows creators and developers to create and craft games form scratch and in real time over the Internet. CraftStudio is free for all and has all the tools needed to build internet based games.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Walter Richardson
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "Craft studio is a potential great program but there is a lot of problems with it. I wish it didn't make it feel like i was a complete idiot. It also has terrible UI and at most good for a beginner. If it had more advanced features i would love it. But right now it's not worth your time."
  11. 0

    #14uScript + Unity3D

    uScript + Unity3D
    The uScript Visual Scripting Tool allows non-technical developers to dive right into scripting complicated setups without needing to write a single line of code. uScript can be used for prototyping gameplay ideas to complicated setups.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Matthew Henderson
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "If you want to create games then using uScript and Unity3D then you should prepare yourself for a lot of problems. It's not easy or straightforward to use and it takes many attempts to get the programming right. I would find another programming language to use."
  12. 0

    #15Leadwerks Game Engine

    Leadwerks Game Engine
    Leadwerks Game Engine is the easiest way to make 3D games. It comes with a full set of tools that will allow you to create games from start, developing levels, characters, backgrounds and textures to make your games visually perfect. 
    Software

    Windows

    $92.99

    Keith Wheeler
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "Unfortunately I have very limited information on game engines but Leadwerks looks decent. I also knew that the Source is very quite popular and awesome; and Leadwerks reminds me the engine Source. Unfortunately Leadwerks is not user friendly and has a huge learning curve."

Summary

Best What are the best game engines
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1rpgmaker.netWebsites 13 Free
2Unreal Engine 4Software 8 Free
3DualitySoftware 5 Free
4AuroraSoftware 3 Free
5CraftySoftware 3 Free
6AlamoSoftware 2 Free
7Godot EngineSoftware 2 Free
8libGDXSoftware 1 Free
9GameFlow + UnitySoftware 1 Paid
10PlayMaker + Unity3DSoftware 0 Free
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