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Gaming : 2D Game Engines

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I have decided to learn,develop and market a Game.Cool!!! but which game engine/framework should i go with ? What are the pros and cons of existing Game Engines? Where can i leverage my existing coding and design skills ? Today,This post will try to answer to few of the questions.There are N nu

I have decided to learn,develop and market a Game.Cool!!! but which game engine/framework should i go with ?

What are the pros and cons of existing Game Engines?

Where can i leverage my existing coding and design skills ?

Today,This post will try to answer to few of the questions.There are N number of game engines.We will talk about only a few here.

Construct 2 :

Construct 2 is a powerful ground breaking HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2D games. It allows anyone to build games — no coding required!

Construct2

  •  Quick& Easy
  • Powerful Event System
  • Flexible Behaviors
  • Instant Preview
  • Stunning Visual Effects
  • Multiplatform Export
  • Easy Extensibility

Unity 2D

Unity is a game development ecosystem: a powerful rendering engine fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows to create interactive 3D and 2D content; easy multiplatform publishing; thousands of quality, ready-made assets in the Asset Store and a knowledge-sharing community.

For independent developers and studios, Unity’s democratizing ecosystem smashes the time and cost barriers to creating uniquely beautiful games. They are using Unity to build a livelihood doing what they love: creating games that hook and delight players on any platform.

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  • Workflow
  • Quality
  • 2D & 3D
  • Mecanim
  • Performance
  • Multiplatform
  • Collaboration
  • Large community and Forums
  • Vast Asset store (with Free/paid Assets)

Coding : C#,UnityScript (Javascript) and Boo

GameMaker : Studio

GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost!

In addition to making games development 80 percent faster than coding for native languages, developers can create fully functional prototypes in just a few hours, and a full game in just a matter of weeks.

GameMaker

  •  Workflow
  • Multiformat Export
  • Quality
  • Performance
  • Developer Services
  • Collaboration
  • Marketplace
  • Easy to Learn

CodingGame Maker Language (GML) 

Gideros

Gideros provides the cross-platform technology to create amazing games. In a couple of hours, you’ll find yourself building and running your next great game.

Gideros

  •  It’s Free
  • Instant Testing
  • Native Speed
  • Plugins
  • Clean OOP Approach
  • Full Dev Set
  • Fast development
  • CrossPlatform

Coding : Lua Scripting

Cocos2D/Cocos2D-x

cocos2d is a framework for building 2D games, demos, and other graphical/interactive applications.

Cocos2d contains many branches with the best known being Cocos2d-iPhone, Cocos2d-x, Cocos2d-html5 and Cocos2d-XNA. 

Cocos2d

  • Flow control: Manage the flow control between different scenes in an easy way
  • Sprites: Fast and easy sprites
  • Actions: Just tell sprites what you want them to do. Composable actions like moverotate,scale and much more
  • Effects: Effects like wavestwirllens and much more
  • Tiled Maps: Support for rectangular and hexagonal tiled maps
  • Transitions: Move from scene to scene with style
  • Menus: Built in classes to create menus
  • Text Rendering: Label and HTMLLabel with action support
  • Documentation: Programming Guide + API Reference + Video Tutorials + Lots of simple tests showing how to use it
  • Built-in Python Interpreter: For debugging purposes
  • BSD License: Just use it
  • Pyglet Based: No external dependencies
  • OpenGL Based: Hardware Acceleration

Coding : Multiple Languages

There are many other 2D platforms out there

  • LÖVE is an *awesome* framework you can use to make 2D games in Lua. It’s free, open-source, and works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Stencyl : Design Once, Play Anywhere.Publish iPhone, iPad, Android, Flash, Windows & Mac games without code
  • Torque 2D is a powerful, flexible, and fast open source engine dedicated to 2D game development.
  • Allegro : A mature, battle-tested C/C++ game framework with multiple platform support.


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