List of game engines
Many tools called game engines are available for game designers to code a game quickly and easily without building from the ground up.
Free and open source
- Alamo — the engine used in Star Wars: Empire at War by Petroglyph Games.
- Aurora Engine — For Role-playing games.
- BigWorld — Server, client and development tools for the development of MMOG for games that run on Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.
- Bork3D Game Engine — A cross-platform game engine mostly for iPhone and iPad.
- BRender — A real-time 3D graphics engine for computer games, simulators and graphic tools.
- Byond — A 2D engine for making any kind of single or multiplayer games for Windows.
- C4 Engine — A cross-platform game engine developed by Terathon Software.
- Cafu Engine — A game engine with development tools for creating multiplayer, cross-platform, real-time 3D games and applications.
- Chrome Engine -- A 3D WYSIWYG game engine developed by Techland.
- Coldstone game engine — An old game creation suite for Macintosh/Windows to create role-playing or adventure-style games.
- Construct 2 - A Windows based environment that currently exports to HTML5. No programming required in its visual editor.
- Corona SDK — A cross-platform, Lua-based game engine that can build games to the iPhone, iPad, or Android devices from the same set of code.
- CPAL3D — Complete game creation tools with scene editor, IDE and text server.
- CryEngine, CryEngine 2, CryEngine 3 — The game engine used for the first-person shooter computer game Far Cry. CryEngine 2 is a new generation engine developed by Crytek to create the FPS game Crysis. CryEngine 3 is a new generation engine developed by Crytek to create the FPS game Crysis 2.
- Crystal Tools — Square Enix's proprietary seventh generation game engine.
- Dunia Engine — Engine (heavily modified version of the CryEngine) made especially for Far Cry 2 by Ubisoft Montreal.
- Earth-4 Engine — The graphics engine used in Earth 2160
- Ecstacy Engine — 3D, The graphics engine used in Slave Zero
- Electron engine — Developed by Obsidian Entertainment for their game Neverwinter Nights 2, based on the Aurora engine.
- Elflight Engine — Cross-platform 3D streaming game engine designed from the ground up for use over the Web. Games can play in a web browser window, in a separate window or full-screen. Java and OpenGL based.
- Enigma Engine — A real-time tactics game engine, used in Blitzkrieg.
- Esperient Creator — A very powerful 3D modeler and engine, used world wide for training, simulation, architecture, and games. Built-in Scripting, C/C++, CScript, or Lisp, Shader Editor, import 50+ 3D formats.
- Euphoria — This is a biomechanical Ragdoll engine by NaturalMotion.
- Freescape (1986) — Incentive Software; One of the first proprietary 3D game engines, used in Driller and 3D Construction Kit.
- Frostbite Engine — Game engine used for the next-gen title Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
- Game Creator — A 2D game engine for iPhone developed by DjEsh. Drag and drop only, no need for coding.
- Gamebryo — Cross-platform game middleware for professional developers, notable for its rapid development.
- GameSalad — A 2D game engine mostly for the iPhone and a Apple Safari Web-plugin developed by Gendai Games. Has a visual programming interface to aid rapid development.
- Gamestudio — A 2D and 3D game engine for beginners. Uses the Gamestudio development system and the lite-C programming language.
- Gideros Mobile - A 2D mobile development environment and game engine for iPhone, iPad and Android.
- Glacier, Glacier 2 — Developed by IO Interactive and used for the Hitman series of games. Glacier 2 is a new generation engine currently in development for upcoming games.
- GrimE — Used in LucasArts graphical adventure games starting with Grim Fandango.
- Hedgehog Engine — Created by the Sonic Team with the capability of rendering high quality graphics at high speed. It was first used in Sonic Unleashed, and will be used again in Sonic Generations.
- HeroEngine — 3D game engine by Simutronics for building MMOs in a live collaborative environment.
- HPL Engine 2 — Used in Frictional Games survival horror games. Earlier versions are free software.
- id Tech 4 (also known as Doom 3 engine) — Used by the games Doom 3, Quake 4, Prey, and Quake Wars. Will become Open Source with the release of RAGE in October 2011.
- id Tech 5 — As of 2011[update] in development by id Software as engine for their games, esp. Doom 4 and Rage, and other ZeniMax titles.
- IMUSE — Specifically designed to synchronize music with visual action.
- Infinity Engine — Allows the creation of isometric computer role-playing games.
- INSANE — Used in LucasArts games.
- IW Engine — Created by Infinity Ward its used in Call of Duty series.
- Jade engine — Developed by Ubisoft, originally for Beyond Good & Evil.
- Jedi — A game engine developed by LucasArts for Star Wars: Dark Forces and Outlaws.
- K2 Engine — An engine used in Heroes of Newerth and Savage2 by S2 Games.
- Kaneva Game Platform — A MMOG engine for independent and professional game development.
- Kinetica — A game engine developed by Sony for PlayStation 2.
- KRASS Engine — A game engine developed for Aquanox and Aquanox 2 by Massive Development. Used also in Spellforce
- Leadwerks Engine — Leadwerks Engine is a 3D engine for rendering, sound, and physics in real-time games and simulations.
- Lemon Engine — Lemon Engine is a modular set of libraries for all aspects of game development across all major platforms.
- Lithtech Jupiter Ex — Developed by Monolith Productions to create the game F.E.A.R.
- LyN engine — Developed by Ubisoft, originally for Rabbids Go Home and Beyond Good & Evil 2.
- M.U.G.E.N — 2D Fighting Engine, created by Elecbyte made for any fighting game genres.
- Maker3D — 3D RPG engine with editor, scripting, large built-in content, character creation, team management and battle system with modern graphics
- Medusa — A C++ 3D game engine developed by Palestar and used in the DarkSpace MMO. It features distributed world simulation, single tool version control and asset realisation, cross-platform compatibility and an integrated client/server network system.
- Monumental Technology Suite — A MMOG platform, including server and client technology and development / live management tools.
- MT Framework — Game engine created by Capcom and used for their games on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
- Multimedia Fusion 2 — A 2D game development system that can compile a Windows executable, Java applet, Flash file, Mac OS X App, or iOS app. Linux and Android runtimes are in development (unconfirmed, needs citation).
- Multiverse Network — An MMOG platform, including server, client, and tools. (Free for development and use — revenue sharing upon commercial deployment).
- Odyssey Engine — Used to create three dimensional computer role-playing games, used in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Onyx Engine — Developed by Ubisoft
- PhyreEngine — A cross platform (PC & PS3) graphics engine from Sony Computer Entertainment.
- Pie in the Sky — Used in two internal games by Pie in the Sky Software and then in the 3D Game Creation System and the games made with it.
- Q (game engine) — A fully pluggable, extensible and customisable framework and tools from Qube Software for PC, Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP, iPhone etc. created by the team behind Direct3D.
- RelentENGINE — A next-generation FPS engine supporting massive destroyable city environments and realistic vehicle control, makes extensive use of shader model 3.
- RenderWare — A 3D API and graphics rendering engine.
- Revolution3D — A 3D graphics engine developed by X-Dream Project.
- RGSS — An engine made by enterbrain to create RPGs using RPG Maker XP. RGSS2 was used for RPG Maker VX.
- RAGE — A game engine created by Rockstar Games to power their upcoming video games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Implemented in Grand Theft Auto 4.
- RPG Maker — A 2D engine to make top-down and isometric-style role-playing games for Windows.
- S2 Engine HD — A powerful 3D game engine to produce 3d real time applications and videogames for Windows.
- SAGE engine — Used to create real-time strategy games.
- Scaleform — A vector graphics rendering engine used to display Adobe Flash-based user interfaces, HUDs, and animated textures for games in PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, and Wii.
- SCUMM engine — Used in LucasArts graphical adventure games.
- Serious Engine — The engine by Croteam used in the epic Serious Sam: The First Encounter and The Second Encounter.
- Shark 3D — A middleware from Spinor for computer, video games and realtime 3D applications.
- ShiVa — A game engine with an authoring tool to produce 3d real time applications for the Web, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, WebOS, Android, and iPhone.
- Silent Storm engine — A turn-based tactics/tactical RPG game engine, used in Silent Storm.
- Sith — A game engine developed by LucasArts for Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.
- Source engine — A game engine developed by Valve Software for Half-Life 2.The SDK comes with Half Life 2
- SunBurn XNA Game Engine — 2D/3D XNA game engine developed by Synapse Gaming.
- Infernal Engine — Created by Terminal Reality, provides rendering, physics, sound, AI, and metrics for game development. Used in several games such as Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars, Bass Pro Shops: The Strike and Roogoo: Twisted Towers.
- Torque Game Engine Advanced — A next-generation 3D game engine support modern GPU hardware and shaders.
- Torque Game Engine — A modified version of a 3D computer game engine originally developed by Dynamix for the 2001 FPS Tribes 2.
- TOSHI — A fourth generation cross platform game engine designed by Blue Tongue Entertainment.
- Truevision3D — A 3D game engine using the DirectX API.
- Unigine — All-in-one 3D engine for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Android, iOS. Supports DirectX9/10/11 and OpenGL/OpenGL ES.
- Vengeance engine — A video game engine based on the Unreal Engine 2/2.5
- Vicious Engine — Available for Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, and Sony PlayStation Portable
- Virtools — A 3D engine combined with high-level development framework, used for game prototyping and rapid developments. Available for Windows, Macintosh, Xbox, PSP. Can publish standalone or for the 3DVia Web Player browser plugin.
- Vision Engine 8 — A cross-platform game engine, developed by Trinigy. Used in games such as: Arcania: A Gothic Tale, The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, Dungeon Hero, Cutthroat, and Three Investigators.
- Visual3D.NET Game Engine — All-in-One 3D game engine and toolset, fully written in C#/.NET for Windows A browser player is roadmapped for v1.1.
- WGAF — The game engine developed by Guild Software which powers their MMORPG Vendetta Online.
- X-Ray — The game engine developed by GSC Game World which powers their FPS series, "S.T.A.L.K.E.R".
- XnGine — Developed by Bethesda Softworks, one of the first true 3D engines.
- Zillions of Games — used to develop games that happen on a grid, like chess
These engines are available for free use, but without the source code being available under an open source license. Many of these engines are commercial products which have a free edition available for them:
- Adventure Game Studio — Mostly used to develop third-person pre-rendered adventure games, this engine is one of the most popular for developing amateur adventure games.
- DX Studio — A freeware 3D game engine with complete tools for 3D video game development. Upgrading to paid licenses would unlock extra features.
- Game Maker — A free game engine oriented towards beginners and people that do not want to learn how to program. A paid upgrade can unlock some 3D features.
- Unity — An open-ended 3D game/interactive software engine for web, Windows, and Mac OS X. Upgrading to paid licenses can additionally enable support for the iPhone, Android, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360.
- Unreal Engine — Considered one of the most popular game engines in the top market. The free edition, called UDK (a binary release of the engine), allows you to use the engine for commercial purposes under specific terms.
- CryEngine 3 — CryEngine 3 is a new generation engine developed by Crytek to create the FPS game Crysis 2. The engine has been released recently, with a license model that is similar as offered by the UDK engine.
- Visual Pinball - A pinball game engine.
- World Builder — A classic Mac OS game engine.
- Wintermute Engine — A runtime and development tools for creating 2D and 2.5D point'n'click adventure games (Windows) . A "lite" Version is also available, but without the 3D Actor function (Windows, MAC, Linux)
Game engine Games Company Nel
3D MMORPG Game Engine
The Saga of Ryzom
Nevrax Alamo Empire at War
Forces of Corruption
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Petroglyph Adventure Game Studio Chzo Mythos
The Blackwell Series
Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator
Wadjet Eye Games
Anvil Assassin's Creed II
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Ubisoft BigWorld Twin Skies
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment
CPAL3D Memento Mori
Numen: Contest of Heroes
Pound of Ground
CryEngine Far Cry
Aion: The Tower of Eternity
CryEngine 2 Crysis
Merchants of Brooklyn
CryEngine 3 Crysis 2
ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds
Forged by Chaos
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
Tour Golf Online
Crystal Tools Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Final Fantasy Agito XIII
Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix Dunia Engine Far Cry 2
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
Ubisoft Montreal Essence Engine Company of Heroes
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2
Relic Entertainment Europa Engine Europa Universalis
Hearts of Iron
Paradox Entertainment Gamebryo Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga
Dark Age of Camelot
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Fallout: New Vegas
Bethesda Game Studios
HeroEngine Hero's Journey (video game)
Star Wars: The Old Republic
HPL Engine Penumbra: Overture
Penumbra: Black Plague
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Frictional Games id Tech 4 Doom 3
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Human Head Studios
Infernal Engine Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike
Roogoo: Twisted Towers
Namco Bandai Games
Red Fly Studio
High Voltage Software
Infinity Engine Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Icewind Dale II
Black Isle Studios
Iron Engine Sins of a Solar Empire Ironclad Games Jade engine Beyond Good & Evil
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Naruto: The Broken Bond
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (Wii version)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii and PSP versions)
Ubisoft K2 Engine Savage 2
Heroes of Newerth
S2 Games M.U.G.E.N Battle Killer Fighter
Battle Killer Fighter Ultimate
WhItE HaCkEr Community
Cartoon Picture Studio Indo (Lord of D-Geims)
Nebula Device 3 Drakensang: The Dark Eye Neon Engine Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising
Race Driver Grid
Codemasters Panda3D Toontown Online
Pirates of the Caribbean Online
MSA's Thermal Enforcer
Sim Ops Studios
MSA, Sim Ops Studios
PhyreEngine Full list on main entry
Many RAGE Midnight Club: Los Angeles
Grand Theft Auto IV
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar Games Riot Engine Drakan: Order of the Flame
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Surreal Software RPG Maker VX Eternal Eden Blossomsoft RPG Maker XP Aveyond Amaranth Games S2Engine HD Power of Destruction
I'm Not Alone
Profenix SAGE engine Red Alert 3
The Battle for Middle-earth II
EA Los Angeles Scimitar Assassin's Creed
Prince of Persia
Shaun White Snowboarding
Ubisoft ShiVa3D Voodoo Dice
Texting Of The Bread
Stonetrip Silent Storm engine Silent Storm
Silent Storm: Sentinels
Hammer & Sickle
Heroes of Might and Magic V
Jagged Alliance 3 (in development)
Nival Interactive Source engine Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, Alien Swarm
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
Vindictus / Mabinogi: Heroes
KOS Secret Operations
SunBurn  Salty Jim's Putt Putt Island
TGEA Marble Blast Ultra
Fallen Empire: Legions
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness
Syndicates of Arkon
Dilogus - The Winds of War
Unity Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall
Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online
Global Conflicts: Palestine
Off-Road Velociraptor Safari
Over The Edge Entertainment
Serious Games Interactive
Unreal Engine 2.x America's Army
The Chronicles of Spellborn
Unreal Tournament 2004
Ragnarok Online 2
Unreal Engine 3.x America's Army 3
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
BlackSite: Area 51
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Unreal Tournament 3
Rainbow Six Vegas
Mass Effect 2
The Last Remnant
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Blade & Soul
People Can Fly
Vision Engine 8 Arcania: A Gothic Tale
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
Ubisoft-Blue Byte Studio
X-Ray Engine S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
GSC Game World 4A Engine Metro 2033 4A Games
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