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Magic Tools for Game Development

A list of game development resources to make magic happen. Created by awesome people for awesome people. This awesome collection is also available on


Great graphics placeholders and tools to turn that squared game into a picasso painting

  • 2D Cartoon Mobile Game UI Pack – cartoon user interface asset pack. It comes as a layered psd file.
  • 420 Pixel Art Icons for RPGs – Set of 420 RPG icons, free for commercial use.
  • CGTextures – A large collection of textures.
  • GameDev Market – a community-driven marketplace that connects indie game developers with talented asset creators.
  • Games-Icons Set – free icons for your games.
  • Gunpoint-3D – specialized resource dedicated to armored military weapons, the modern and used in world wars.
  • Iconmonstr – Another free icons resource for your games.
  • OpenClipart – Collection of free cliparts.
  • OpenGameArt – a media repository intended for use with free software game projects.
  • Openstock Project – Modern 2D vector style game assets for indie developers, students, hobbyists & professionals – free personal & commercial licences.
  • PlainTextures
  • Reiner’s Tilesets – A blog with free 2D and 3D graphics.
  • Sketchfab – Publish & embed interactive 3D models.
  • SpriteLib – a collection of static and animated graphic objects (also commonly known as sprites).
  • TextureKing
  • Tree Generator – An Online tree generator.
  • Upando – Marketplace with lots of resources for game developers.
  • Vecteezy – Free Vector Art.
  • Yobi3D – Free 3D model search engine.
Spritesheet Tools
  • Aseprite – animated sprite editor & pixel art tool.
  • GraphicsGale – Animation graphic editor easy to use.
  • PiskelApp – Free Online Pixel Art and Animated Sprite Tool.
  • PyxelEdit – Pixel art editor designed to make it fun and easy to make tilesets, levels and animations.
  • ShoeBox – ShoeBox is a free Adobe Air based app for Windows and Mac OSX with game and ui related tools. Each tool uses a drag and drop – or clipbord interaction for a quick workflow.
  • Spritesheet Preview – A simple and free tool to preview sprite sheets
  • TexturePacker – Great spritesheet creation editor.
Bitmap Compression
  • ImageAlpha — Mac OS X GUI for pngquant and other tools
  • – robust, ultra-fast image optimizer and compressor with best-in-class algorithms.
  • PNGGauntlet – Smash PNGs for faster sites
  • PNGoo – Windows GUI for batch conversion.
  • Pngyu – simple PNG image file compression tool.
  • SuperPNG Photoshop plug-in — Mac and Windows. Comparison with "Save for Web"
  • TinyPNG – Advanced lossy compression for PNG images that preserves full alpha transparency.
Texture Tools
  • FilterForge – A plugin for Adobe Photoshop that allows you to build your own filters.
  • PixPlant – PixPlant is a smart 3D texturing tool that creates high quality normal, displacement, specular maps and seamless textures from photos.
  • STG – a tool for creating professional seamlessly-tileable textures from photographs quickly and easily.
Character Generators
Tile/Level Editors
  • ArrayPainter – Array Painter is the easiest and fastest way to make 2D arrays ready for copy pasting into your own program.
  • AutoTileGen – AutoTileGen is an automatic tileset generator for 2D game terrains.
  • OGMO Editor – generic level editor.
  • Mappy – Free tilemap editor.
  • Tiled – free, easy to use and flexible tile map editor.
  • Fusion Character Animator – small tool for Clickteam Fusion 2.5 to facilitate the animation of 2D character sprites for developers.
  • Spine – Spine is dedicated to 2D animation, providing an efficient workflow both for creating amazing animation and for integrating it into your games.
  • Spriter – Modern tool for sprite animation.
Vector/Image Editor
  • Gimp – GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • Inkscape – An open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X.
  • Krita – Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end-to-end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters.
  • Ormr – Ormr is a fast, light-weight, cross-platform procedural graphics editor.
  • Paint.NET – Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows.
  • Pickle – Another Pixel art Editor.
  • Pixelmator – Full-featured image editing app for the Mac
  • Pixen – OpenSource Pixel Art Editor for OSX
Terrain Generators
Voxel Editors


Set of game frameworks, engines and platforms

Engines and Frameworks
  • Agen – Cross-Platform framework for making 2D games with Lua, compatible iOS, Mac and Windows devices.
  • Allegro – Allegro 4 & 5 are cross-platform, open source, game programming libraries, primarily for C and C++ developers.
  • AndEngine – 2D Android Game Engine
  • Bacon2D – A framework to ease 2D game development, providing ready-to-use QML elements representing basic game entities needed by most of games.
  • Box2D – A 2D Physics Engine for Games.
  • Chipmunk C# – C# implementation of the Chipmunk2D lib.
  • Chipmunk2D – A fast and lightweight 2D game physics library.
  • Cocos2D – graphic library for games and multimedia, for python language
  • Cocos2d-x – a C++ OpenGL 2D and 3D game engine. Uses C++ but has JS and Lua bindings. Target all the major mobile platforms and operating systems. Additional tools CocoStudio and Cocos Code IDE.
  • Construct 2 – an HTML5 game maker, meaning you are not actually writing JavaScript. Instead, you use actions, events and conditions to do the heavy lifting.
  • Corona SDK – A Cross-Platform Mobile App Development for iOS and Android.
  • CutJS – Lightweight, fast, interactable 2D HTML5 rendering engine for cross-platform game development.
  • Duality – C# / OpenGL 2D Game Engine that comes with visual editor.
  • Ejecta – A Fast, Open Source JavaScript, Canvas & Audio Implementation for iOS.
  • EnchantJS – A simple JavaScript framework for creating games and apps.
  • ENGi – A multi-platform 2D game library for Go.
  • Farseer – a collision detection system with realistic physics responses.
  • FlashPunk – free ActionScript 3 library designed for developing 2D Flash games.
  • Flixel – an open source game-making written in ActionScript3.
  • GameMaker – GameMaker accommodates the creation of cross-platform video games using drag and drop or a scripting language known as Game Maker Language, which can be used to develop more advanced games that could not be created just by using the drag and drop features.
  • GameSalad – Game Creation Engine for Mac and Windows.
  • Gideros – A Cross-Platform framework to create Mobile Apps and games for iOS, Android using Lua programming language.
  • HaxeFlixel – Create cross-platform games easier and free.
  • ImpactJS – Impact is a JavaScript Game Engine that allows you to develop stunning HTML5 Games for desktop and mobile browsers.
  • Jitter – a fast and lightweight physics engine written in C#.
  • KiwiJS – a fun and friendly Open Source HTML5 Game Engine. Some people call it the WordPress of HTML5 game engines
  • LibGDX – Powerful (totally free) library for Java, code once and run the game on desktop, Android, Web, and iOS.
  • LimeJS – HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and
  • Loom SDK – 2D mobile app and game framework with live reload of code and assets, AS3/JS/C#-like scripting language, and powerful 2D rendering and UI framework. Open source with paid "Turbo" service.
  • Lycheejs – JavaScript Game library that offers a complete solution for prototyping and deployment of HTML5 Canvas, WebGL or native OpenGL(ES) based games inside the Web Browser or native environments.
  • LÖVE – Lua 2D Game Engine.
  • MINX – Open Source 2D game framework written in C++ (to the style of XNA)
  • MOAI – Cross-Platform framework designed for pro game developers to create iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, Chrome and OSX games using C++, OpenGL and Lua scripting.
  • MelonJS – open source light-weight HTML5 game engine.
  • Monkey X – Multi-platform programming language and cross-compiler, aimed at fast game programming.
  • Monogame – Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework.
  • NodeBox – a family of Python tools to create generative design.
  • PandaJS – Open Source HTML5 Engine.
  • Phaser – free and fast 2D game framework for making HTML5 games for desktop and mobile web browsers, supporting Canvas and WebGL rendering.
  • PixiJS – is a newcomer HTML5 game renderer – first released in early 2013. A main appeal of the engine is its use of WebGL for faster performance. If WebGL isn’t supported, the engine falls back to standard canvas.
  • Processing – Processing is a programming language, development environment for artists, designers, researchers.
  • PyGame – a 2D game engine in Python.
  • Rpgboss – A 2d rpg game engine and editor based on scala and libgdx. Ease of use, with no programming knowledge.
  • RPGMaker – series of programs for the development of role-playing games.
  • SDL – SDL is a cross-platform library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware via OpenGL and Direct3D.
  • SFML – Simple and Fast Multimedia Library.
  • SpriteKit – iOS/Mac 2D Game Engine.
  • Starling – The GPU powered 2D Flash API
  • Stencyl – a game creation platform that allows users to create 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and the web.
  • XNA – Microsoft’s game development framework.
  • p2.js – JavaScript 2D physics library
  • Blitz3D 3D basic-like programming language for fast 3D desktop games.
  • Bullet – Real-time physics simulation.
  • Cinder – Cinder is a community-developed, free and open source library for professional-quality creative coding in C++.
  • Dash – A free and open 3D game engine written in D.
  • Godot – Open source game engine with rich API.
  • Havok Vision – a cross-platform game engine that provides a powerful and versatile multi-platform runtime technology.
  • Haxor – Combine the power of HaXe language and HTML5+WebGL to easily develop powerful applications that can run in any modern browser.
  • Hive3D – Real Time Collaboration 3D engine.
  • Horde3D – small open source 3D rendering engine.
  • Irrlicht – open source high performance realtime 3D engine written in C++.
  • JPCT – jPCT is a 3D engine for desktop Java and Google’s Android.
  • ODE – ODE is an open source, high performance library for simulating rigid body dynamics.
  • Ogre3D – is a scene-oriented, real-time, flexible 3D rendering engine (as opposed to a game engine) written in C++.
  • Panda3D – a framework for 3D rendering and game development for Python and C++ programs.
  • PlayCanvas – A WebGL Game Engine.
  • Polycode – Open-Source Framework for creating games in C++ (with Lua bindings).
  • Spring – A powerful free cross-platform RTS engine.
  • Three.js – Javascript 3D Library.
  • Turbulenz – Turbulenz offers the ability to build, publish, iterate and monetise high-quality games that react like no others, with immersive 3D effects and real-time physics that open up a whole new world of unprecedented and extraordinary web content.
  • UDK – the game engine technology developed by Epic Games.
  • Unity 3D – A development engine for the creation of 2D and 3D games and interactive content.
  • Urho3D – Cross-platform rendering and game engine.
  • Wave – Cross-platform engine written in C#
  • jMonkeyEngine 3 – a 3D open-source game engine for adventurous Java developers.
  • voxel.js – voxel.js is a collection of projects that make it easier than ever to create 3D voxel games like Minecraft all in the browser.


Audio editors, sounds collections and more.

  • Freesound – collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.
  • Musopen – Royalty free music.
  • Octave – free library of UI sounds.
  • PacDV – royalty free sounds collection.
Music and Audio Editors
  • Audacity – open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Audiosauna – transforms your web browser into a fast and flexible music production studio with built in synthesizers and live effects.
  • Audiotool – Online music producer.
  • Bfxr – A tool to make make sound effects for computer games.
  • FamiTracker – free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems.
  • MadTracker – a powerful and efficient approach to making music. Versatility and compatibility are guaranteed due to full VST™, ASIO™ and ReWire™ support.
  • MilkyTracker – open source, multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files.
  • Soundation – Online Professional music studio.
  • iNudge – Create sound patterns online.
  • jfxr – A JavaScript port of the Bfxr sound effect generator.
  • musagi – open source, fairly large and sophisticated music editor and synthesizer

Board Games

Tools for making board games

  • Boardgamizer – Board Game Design Idea Generator.
  • RPTools – a brand of open-source programs designed to enhance traditional pen-and-paper role playing games.

Must see

Blogs, portals, magazines and more

Blogs and Portals
Game Jams
  • CompoHub – A compilation site of many game jams in a timeline.
Complete Game Sources


Online courses, tutorials, screencasts

General Game Development
Computer Graphics

Other Awesome Lists

Other amazingly awesome lists can be found in the awesome-awesomeness list.