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List of free 2d,3d engine and others tools

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Lists of free 2D,3D game engine and 2D,3D tools to make fast prototyping games or more serious games for Windows only, some engines need basic programmer skills or no:

Last update number programs version: October 15 2020

List of free 3d engine and game engine:


-Blender 3D 2.79
-FPS Classic 1.20 ( now open source with all 3d models packs)
-MANU 1.0.1a
-Raycasting Game Maker 4.62 & 5.31 (use high res)
-Ray game designer 2
-Silent Walk FPS Creator 2 (Now free)

AVERAGE ( need programming skills )

-3D Game Builder 1.7.1
-Apocalyx 0.9.3
-Basic4gl 2.6.4 and Basic4gl Mobile 1.3.4
-Bennugd 1.00 r348
-Blitz3D 1.108c, (can also make 2D games), Now it's open source : GitHub Blitz3D, Some tutorials,,
-BlitzMax 1.50, Now it's open source : GitHub BlitzMax
-Cafu 3D 12.05
-Cube 1 engine
-Cube 2 engine Sauerbraten
-DarkBASIC Pro Open source, (can also make 2D games)
-DIV games studio
-Esenthel engine
-Evaldraw 10/04/2020
-Godot Engine 3.1.1
-Jolt-3d 4.45 ( can load COB format )
-Maratis3d 0.3.21 beta
-Megakerma 3.0
-Naalaa 6 (1.0.4)
-Neoaxis 3D engine 2020.6
-Platinum Arts sandbox 2.8.2
-Raylib 3.0 (can also make 2D games)
-Tesseract engine first edition (11/05/2014 ), (go in "alt" link to get the last nightly build with last fixex and adds.)

HARD ( need more programming skills )

-Bonzai 1.4.1
-ezEngine 20.8
-Irrlicht 1.8.4
-Jmonkey 3.3.1
-Lumberyard beta 1.25 (free 3D engine by Amazon based on Cryengine)
-Ogre 3D 1.12.9 & 2.2.4
-Panda 3D 1.10.7
-Torque 3D 3.10.1(see on github, releases section to get the last version)
-Unreal Engine 4.26
-Unity 2020.1.7
-Voxlap, and this cool example game using voxlap engine:voxelstein3d (source code available)
-Stride3D (old name Xenko)

List of free 3D modeling and animation tools:


-Autodesk 123dapp
-3DAce 2.72
-Anim8or 1.0.1 v1383
-Character fx 1.2, import: 3DS, OBJ, TXT (milkshape3D ASCII); export: 3DS, B3D, X , MD2 , OBJ, TXT (milkshape3D ASCII), and N (Nebula)
-CubeKingdom 2.0
-Cv3D 1.09
-DAZ studio pro
-Dilay 1.9.0
-DOGA - L1
-Freeship 2.6
-Google SketchUp 8.0.15158
-Goxel 0.10.6
-Hamapatch 2.9 and 3.0 preview version1.03
-Hexagreat 3D 5.2.5
-kHED 1.1.5
-LeoCAD 0.83.1-9306
-LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.12
-Looxis Faceworx 1.0 (June 2013)
-MagicaVoxel 0.99.6
-MakeHuman 1.2.0
-MarbleClay 6.4
-MeshMolder 2020
-Misfit3D 1.2.4 (stable) and 1.3.8 (Dev), FORK :Maverick Model 3D 1.3.12
-Neobarok 2.0.i
-Pacemaker 1.34b
-Sweet Home 3D 6.4
-trueSpace MS Legacy Edition V1.1
-Unicorn3D 2013.1
-VECTARY (online 3d tool)
-Wings 3D 2.2.5


-Albatross 3D
-Art of Illusion 3.1.0
-bforartists 2.5.1 (a cool Blender fork)
-Blender 2.83.7 & 2.90.1
-Dust3D 1.0 rc6
-FreeCAD 0.18.4
-Gmax 1.2
-Meshmixer 3.5
-OpenFX 2.4
-Xismo 2.25a
-Xsi mod tool 6.01
-Xsi mod tool 7.5

List of free UV tools:

-LithUnwrap 1.3f
-UVmapper classic 0.30a

List of free normal map, bump map, texture generator:

-AwesomeBump 5.1 ( need Windows 7/8 or newer)
-Gimp normal map 1.2.3 ( you need Gimp )
-InsaneBump script for Gimp
-InsaneBump 2.5
-Laigter 1.10.02
-Mapzone 2.6
-Materialize 1.78
-Material Maker 0.92
-NeoTextureEdit 0.6.4
-njob 1.0
-Nvidia melody 1.2
-Nvidia normal map plugin ( you need Photoshop )
-PixaFlux 2020 09 16
-ShaderMap 4.3.4 (free for non commercial use)
-SMAK 2.0
-Smart Normal 2.0 (Online)
-SSbump generator 5.3
-TexGraph 0.4.0
-TextureLab 0.2.0
-Texture Tool
-xNormal 3.19.3c (64-bit)

List of free 3D external renders:

-Appleseed 2.1.0 beta
-Fujiyama Renderer 0.3.7 alpha
-FurryBall RT free edition
-Kerkythea Echo boost RC 2.5.2, Kerkythea 3.0 boost edition
-Luxrender 2.4
-Mitsuba 0.5.0
-Nox 0.44 (Now Open source)
-Pixar Renderman 23
-POV-Ray 3.8.0, PoseRay 3.13.29 and Moray 3.5
-Yafaray 3.5.1 for Blender 2.78, Yafaray 0.9.0 for trueSpace 7.61 Workspace

List of free 3d plant models and 3D tree models:

-ngPlant 0.9.13
-PlantStudio 2.1 [now free]
-Tree It

List of free 3d objects viewer and 3d objects converter:

-3d model viewer
-Konvertor 5.04.18
-Noesis v4.433
-P3dO Explorer 2.8R2

List of free 2D engine:


-Arcade Game Studio 1.34, bundled with CHM help file made by Cellulo, all-in-one file pack.
-Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Free Edition
-Construct classic 1.2 and R2 (last version), (SOON new file with all plugins and examples files (*.cap) in one file hosted by me.)
-Gamedevelop 4.0.94 and beta (open source)
-GB Studio 2.0.0 beta3
-InterAx game engine 3.3.1
-Novelty 0.8.9
-Scrolling game development kit 1.46
-Scrolling game development kit 2.31, samples and resources
-Scroller Shooter Creator 1.19 (NOW FREE)

AVERAGE/HARD ( need programming skills )

-Adventure Game Studio 3.5.0 patch5
-BennuGD-1.0.0-r348 and need Bennu Pack
-Bitmelo 2.0.0
-Bladecoder Adventure Engine 4.0.1
-Blitzplus 1.47, Now it's open source : GitHub Blizplus SRC, youtube videos tutorials : 1, 2.
-Cerberux X v2020-05-09b
-Cocos2d-x v4.0, v3.17.2, v2.2.6, Cocos Creator 2.4.2
-Ct.js 1.4.2
-Defold 1.2.174
-Duality 2
-FIFE engine 0.4.0
-Flare 1.11
-Franck engine
-Freebasic 1.07.1
-GameMaker Studio 2 Free Edition
-Gideros 2020.9.1
-Godot Engine 3.2.3
-Impact 1.24
-libGDX 1.9.10, also can make 3D games.
-Love2d 0.11.3
-LowRes NX 1.1
-Melonjs 8.01 (html5)
-Monkey X engine 87a
-MonoGame 3.8, also can make 3D games.
-Naalaa 6 (1.0.4)
-OpenBOR 3.0 6391, new version : OpenBOR 3.0 6510(need register to download)
-Paintown 3.6.1
-Phaser 3.21.1(html5)
-Pixel Vision 8
-Pixelbox 2.0.2
-PixiJS v5.3.3 (html5)
-Pygame 1.9.6
-Solarus arpg engine 1.6.4
-Tilengine 2.8.5
-Torque 2D 3.0 (see github, releases section , to get the last release)
-Tululoo game maker 1.3.0, binary and source code (purebasic) of the 2.00 version is available in the tululoo forum.
-Wade 4.11

List of free 2D images editor and paints editor:

-Active Pixels 2
-Alchemy beta 009 Win
-AzDrawing 2.02, Tips
-AzPainter 2.12, Tips, Tutorials
-Autodesk SketchBook
-Chasys Draw IES 5.01.01
-Creative Docs .NET 3.3.6
-Darktable 3.2.1
-Deep Paint 2.0
-Drawpile 2.1.17
-FireAlpaca 2.3.16
-FotoSketcher 3.70
-Gimp 2.10.20
-Gimphoto 24.1
-G'MIC 2.9.2
-HeliosPaint 1.7
-Hexels 3.15 ($)
-inkscape 1.01, a cheap alternative is Drawplus X8 from Serif, it's old but have more features than Affinity Designer the last vector tool from Serif company.
-Jump Paint 4.0
-Krita 4.4.0
-LView Pro 2006
-MediBang Paint 25.4.
-MyPaint 2.0.1
-Opencanvas 1.1
-Paint.NET 4.2.13
-PaintStar 2.70
-PhotoDemon 7.0.1
-Photofiltre 8.4
-PhotoScape 3.7
-PhoXo 8.4.0
-Pictbear 2.0.4
-Pinta 1.7
-PixBuilder Studio 2.2.0
-Pixelitor 4.2.3
-Pixia 6.50me
-Pixelformer RC3
-Ponyscape 0.4 patched
-Qaquarelle 0.0.4a
-Rendera 1.9
-RealWorld Paint 2013.1
-Saint Paint studio 18.1
-sK1 2.0
-Sodipodi 0.34
-Storyboarder 1.0
-SpeedyPainter 3.6.4
-Ultimate Paint 2.88 LE
-Verve 0.99w.08, Manual, Demos videos

List of free 2D pixel editor:

-Aseprite 0.9.5 (last version free), the lastest version is not free but it can be free if you can compile the source code: Source info compilation
-Autodesk Animator Pro 1.3a (need Dosbox to work), and the source code
-AzPainter 2.12, Tips, Tutorials
-Chasys Draw IES 5.01.01
-D-Pixed 2.17
-dpixel 0.1.1
-Dither Machine beta 6
-Edge 1.29b, Edge 1.29c ( only in japanese )
-Evilpixie 0.1
-FireAlpaca 2.3.16
-FontSprite 1.17
-Gimp 2.10.20
-GraphicsGale 2.08.21 [NOW FREE], A cool Graphicsgale manual, Japanese sprite tutorial
-Hexels 3.15 ($)
-iDraw 3.32.3 EN new english version by me
-Moai 1.7 (successor of Autodesk Animator)
-mtPaint 3.40
-Multipaint 08/08/2020
-Paint of Persia 0.3.2
-PaintCAD 4Windows
-Paint.NET 4.2.13
-Paint.Net Animation Helper v1.0.0.96
-Pictbear 2.0.4
-Pixelmash 2020.1 ($)
-PixelToolbox 1.1
-Pro Motion NG 7.2.7 (aka Pro Motion 7) ($)
-Pyxeledit 0.2.22c
-REXPaint 1.50
-SPARTAN 1.2.1
-Tilemancer 0.2.1
-Timanthes 3.0 beta 2, Timanthes 2.3 beta with source code
-Wally 1.55b

List of free color palette editor:

-ActEdit 0.78b (for MUGEN engine), To have english interface, delete "ActEdit.ini" file and rename "Eng_ActEdit.ini" to "ActEdit.ini"
-Color Palette Editor ( ONLINE )
-Color Ramp Creator ( ONLINE )
-Cyotek color palette editor
-Palette creator 1.05
-PaletteMaker 1.5 (Trial) ($)
-PaletteEditor 1.02
-PalMerge 3.00d
-PaletteScope 1.1.4 (english translation by me)
-PEdit 0.9.1
-PixelPaletteTool 1.2
-Vector Chimera 0.2

List of free screen color picker:

-Colorcop 5.4.5
-Colorpix 1.1
-Just Color Picker 5.5

List of free 2D icons, cursors editors:

-AniFX 1.0
-Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 3.6
-IcoFX 1.6.4
-Junior icon editor 4.39
-LiquidIcon XP Editor 1.0.4
-RealWorld Cursor Editor 2013.1
-Snicoedit 2.2.8
-Varilcons Icon Editor

List of free 2D tile map editors:

-BlockDesigner 3.00
-Brick Atelier 0.85
-Crocotile 3D 1.5.4
-LEd 0.3.2 beta
-Mappy Tile Map Editor 1.4.23
-Tile map editor (TileME) 1.2.2
-Tile Studio 2.0, old version
-Tiled 1.4.2
-tIDE Tile Map Editor 2.0.7
-TuDee 1.0.4
-Universal Map Editor 1.4

List of free 2D generic level editors:

-GLEED2D - Generic Level Editor 2D 1.3
-Ogmo editor 3.3

List of free 2D sprite sheets editors:

-Cyotek Spriter
-darkFunction Editor
-GlueIT 1.06
-Quadtastic 0.6.6
-ShoeBox 3.6.5
-Simple Sprite Editor 1.0.5
-SpritePad, CharPad
-Swf spritesheet creator 1.7
-TukunEditor 0.71 ( english translation by me)

List of free 2D 3D sprites particles generators:

-Arcade explosion generator
-DP-Animator: Explosion
-Effekseer 1.52m
-Exploser ( only in japanese but easy to understand )
-Explosion generator 1.1
-ExploGen V2
-Explosion Texture Generator 1.1
-Simple Explosion Maker
-Talos 1.0.7

List of free 2D animations tools:

-Animata 004
-AnimeEffects 1.3.4
-Creatoon 3.0
-Cyotek Gif Animator
-DragonBones Pro 5.6.3
-EasyToon 1.9.9
-enve 7.1.20
-Express Animate 3.12
-Jasc animation shop 3.11
-Kinovea 0.8.15
-OpenToonz 1.4, based on "Toonz" program, See my page of useful videos tutorials links.
-OpenToonz Morevna edition 1.4, a enhanced version of Opentoonz.
-Pencil2D 0.6.5
-Plastic Animation Paper 4.0
-Skeleton 1.1 (wait a moment to grab the file from wayback machine)
-Spriter ($)
-Synfig 1.2.2
-Tahoma2D 1.0.1, NEW FORK OPENTOONZ, easy UI
-Tupi Desk 0.2.16 (KTooN fork), Maefloresta's tutorials
-Vectorian Giotto 3.0.0
-VPaint 1.7

List of free GIF capture videos tools:

-GifCam 6.0
-LICEcap 1.28

List of free compositing and editing videos tools:

-Blender 2.83.7 & 2.90.1
-Fusion 16
-Natron 2.3.15
-OpenShot 2.5.1
-Shotcut 19.07.15

List of free music maker tools:


-Circuli - generative ambient sound instrument ( ONLINE )
-Chordpulse misc tools
-Duck Composer
-iNudge ( ONLINE )
-Mario Paint Composer, some soundfonts:
-Music maker (ONLINE )
-Otomata - generative musical sequencer ( ONLINE )
-Pixitracker 16bit and 1bit v1.6


-Bosca ceoil 2.0
-Midi Maker 1.01
-Musagi 1.68, ( Tip for Musagi to have better view on the pattern: Edit the config.txt file with notepad, and at the line "doublesize: 0" set "0 to "1" and save )
-Musagi 0.24a unofficial (buggy now under win10), created by my brother and me.
-Pxtone, Manual here, (you must delete japanese.ico to have english interface), source code :
-Sunvox 1.9.4d
-TS-404 (synthesizer)

AVERAGE ( need base of traking skills )

-Arkos tracker 1.0, Arkos tracker 2.0
-Adlib Tracker II SDL 2.4.24
-Buzz 1503, Buzz Machines
-DefleMask 0.12.0
-FamiStudio 2.2.1
-Famitracker 0.4.6 ( nes tracker)
-Fasttracker 2 clone 1.36
-OCC Famitracker (Famitracker fork based on the official 0.5.0 beta source)
-Game boy tracker 2.6.1
-FM Composer 1.7
-HivelyTracker 1.8
-klystrack 1.7.6,-tutorials for klystrack
-LMMS 1.2.2
-Mod2PSG2 2.05 (master system tracker)
-Musetracker 1.5 ( nes tracker)
-ProTracker clone 1.24
-Protrekkr 2.5.4
-Psycle 1.12.2 beta
-SnevenTracker 0.2.2 (fork of famitracker and OCC famitracker)
-VGM tracker 1.11 (sega genesis tracker)

HARD ( need more traking skills )

-Aodix 4 (use only VSTi plugins to make sound, no need samples files
-Milkytracker 1.02
-Skale Tracker 0.81
-Schism Tracker 20190805

List of free sound maker tools:


-BeepFX 1.11
-bfxr 1.5.1
-Chiptone 0.4.1
-LabChirp 1.60
-Leshy SFMaker [ONLINE]
-rFXGen 2.1

List of free audio editor tools:


-Audacity 2.4.2
-WaveShop 1.0.14

List of Misc Useful tools:

-Artmesh 3.4.558
-Awakening 2 1.8, Awakening 3.6 (old version)
-Cartography shop 4.1
-DeleD 2.45
-evolved tools and shaders (some tools for Darkbasic Pro)
-gile[s] 2.0 beta 4
-MeshLab 2020.07
-NeoTextureEdit 0.6.4
-Pix3led 2.0.1
-Reptile 2.01
-Terrain generator 3.0.5
-Texture processor 1.3
-Wood workshop 1.01

List of Setup Installation Makers Tools:

-Innosetup 6.0.5
-Install Creator 2
-NSIS 3.06.1

Japanese realtime toon/manga render (interface in english):

Celsview : import 3ds and mqo files.

you can download this cool character to test Celsview:

Happy rendering all !
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As I recall Torque just went open source as well. Unreal is also available for those with programming skills.

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Do you search for a game engine for your needs? Or what is this posting meant for? :)

Wiki tells me that there are quite a few more." onclick=";return false; . Not that this list is complete by any means. has another neat list:" onclick=";return false;

You list oldtimers here that i wouldn`t really recommend anymore. Like 3D Rad and 3Impact. Their development is stopped since a pretty while. That doesn`t make them useless. But there is better stuff nowadays. And riding a dead horse requires special skills as we trueSpace users knows ;)

The industry big boys have free versions nowadays. That`s the way to go when you want to make a game. Which makes the small and unknown game engines that you have listed here somehow obsolete. They can hardly compete with the big boys. Torque went free before a few days. Unity basic is free. UDK is free. There`s a free version of the cry engine, and so on.
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Yeah, Unity, Unreal and Cryengine 3 are all free for non-commercial developers. One can see why these kind of smaller game engines are dying out. Unity is great for beginners and pros alike. Unreal is an all time classic for the traditional developer who wants a game that impresses. CryEngine though is for the ambitious, though I haven't seen many noteworthy projects made with this engine yet. This might become something though: Used to be an Unreal project but they switched to CryEngine 3 a couple of months ago.

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I think the ones he listed are just 3D engines, not necessarily Game Engines. But a handy list nontheless, for developers!

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I don`t know for the rest, but 3Impact is a game engine. 3D Rad is a non programming game development tool that uses the 3Impact game engine. It`s developed by the same developer. And HGE is a directX 2d game engine.
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I also think that DX Studio looks interesting, but being just a smple model maker I get confused with all of the tasks involved with using 3D engines or game engines makes my tiny little brain ackum something fearse. ;)

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I would like to add another MIT licensed ( engine; editor is GPL ) game engine to the mix:" onclick=";return false;

It started out as a blender supported engine , but has 3dsmax exporter for current 2013 only ( atm anyway), and collada support is on TODO .

It's a very nice , light engine with a more than sufficient Editor, which is something very have , and given its current features set I think it has a lot of promise.

The big boy engines as referred here to here were always tempting, but then the minute you want to consider making a few dollars you have to share, and while what they are asking isn't the moon ( for what you get with engine), I still like the freedom of MIT.

The thing that stands out for me anyway, is the very nice editor/player in one, which is something Very few OSS & free game engines can say right now. This one is actively supported obviously,and has many tutorials written for it by several different people, and the number of example games being done is started to rapidly pick up.


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Updated list:

3d engine:

-added Torque 3d engine
-added maratis 3d
-added darkbasic pro

2D engine:

-added blitzplus
-added gamemaker studio
-added ethanon engine

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It`s fantastic to see how hard you avoid to add the useful state of the art game dev tools :P
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