2D Android Game Engines
Interviews with Mobile Game Engine Developers
A collection of must-read interviews on creating and maintaining mobile game engines.Find out more
Description: The goal of the AllBinary Platform is to create a Self Replicating Robot Army
dedicated to protecting, building, and maintaining Open Source Space Ships to escape the
tyrants of Earth. learn more
Description: AndEngine is a free 2D OpenGL Game Engine for the Android platform. learn more
This project port Box2D to android based on JBox2D.
The source code is an Android Eclipse project. learn more
Description: This project is aimed to be a way to develop 2D games using OpenGL ES on Android providing as much speed as possible. The engine is entirely coded in java so you can overload every object for your convenience.
With the engine is included a series of tutorials to show how to use it. learn more
Description: Antiryad Gx is an unified cross platform and multi core 3d game engine. learn more
Description: The App Game Kit solves many problems caused by mobile device fragmentation. With it you can code your game once and then deploy your game to multiple platforms. Different resolutions and input systems are all handled by AGK.
AGK was developed out of our own need to create a one stop solution for making game apps for mobile devices. In the past TGC had developed games for one device and then wanted to port them to other platforms. The process of conversion was costly and repetitive. The team wanted to spend more time creating new games and not burdened with laborious conversion work.
The TGC team has a wealth of experience in creating game creation tools spanning well over a decade. Taking that knowledge and working with our loyal and enthusiastic community we set to work on creating AGK.
This phase one of AGK is just the beginning. We aim to spread AGK across as many different platforms as possible. Meaning games you code in our AGK BASIC will instantly work on other supported platforms as we bring them into the AGK portfolio.
We're very excited about AGK, we feel it's the foundation of a great game making platform and we're 100% behind its evolution and development. We will continue to work with our community to ensure the AGK meets their needs. learn more
Description: Develop your game for Android, iOS and other mobile
platforms using the powerful Lua scripting language which drives this
high-performance 2D and 3D game engine. BatteryTech Engine uses many
open standards and provides direct access to Android and XCode
projects, making 3rd party product integration a breeze. Free to
start developing with, no subscriptions. One-time BatteryTech SDK
License required for deployment and device testing. learn more
Description: Develop your custom high-performance game in C++ on top
of this feature-filled cross-platform library. This is the foundation
product used for BatteryTech Engine and advanced developers will find
a number of new and innovative options in the APIs. Direct access to
Android and XCode projects is provided, making 3rd party product
integration a breeze. Nosubscriptions. One-time SDK License
required. learn more
Description: Candroid is a game engine for Android Game Developer to simplify their work. learn more
Description: cocos2d for Android is a framework for building 2D games, demos and other graphical/interactive applications. It is based on the cocos2d-iphone design: it uses the same API, but instead of using objective-c, it uses Java. learn more
Description: C++ Port of cocos2d-iphone. Multi-platform, light-weight & developer friendly learn more
Description: Built on top of OpenGL, OpenAL, Box2D, and Lua, Corona uses the same industry-standard architecture as top-selling mobile games from Tapulous, Electronic Arts, and ngmoco. Corona games run at native speeds, and significantly outperform apps developed using web-based technologies like Adobe Flash or HTML5. learn more
Description: Cuttlefish is a completely new solution to the cross platform headache: you make the game, it writes the code. Your game logic, written once, runs natively on different platforms, using an engine that embraces extendibility, not sandboxes.
Writing a game for phones today is tough. You want as many people as possible to play your game, but every phone seems to have its own platform, language, and screen resolution. How can you avoid committing to the wrong platform and dooming your game to obscurity before you've even started?
The Cuttlefish Engine frees you from that decision. Design your game using the Cuttlefish Designer, and then ship that game for multiple platforms.
Description: e3roid is a 2D game library for Android. learn more
Description: DGELIB is the most powerful and versatile middleware solution for cross-platform mobile development available today. EDGELIB enables you to create superior applications and games on a vast range of mobile platforms.
Smoothly create multi-platform applications through the generic interface for Apple iOS, Google Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, desktop (Linux/Windows/OS X) and many more platforms! learn more
Description: The Emini Physics Engine is a physics and particle library for mobile applications. It is implemented for J2ME and Android and is optimized for resource poor devices. Physical behavior is becoming more and more important in todays mobile gaming environment.
The library is available for free. However, donations are appreciated to help me continue support and further development. learn more
Description: Lightweight 2D game framework for Android and iOS. emo is 2D game engine for Android and iOS.
emo is lightweight game framework that is driven by Squirrel, object-oriented scripting language for your game logic. emo has native game engine almost all codes are written in C/C++ for Android and C/C++/Objective-C for iOS that is based on OpenGL for graphic rendering and OpenAL/OpenSL for sound interface.
Description: Esenthel Engine is a complete game development platform allowing to create fully featured AAA titles.
It has been specifically designed for professional game development, which has been achieved by giving the developers full control over the game code mechanics, next generation graphics and a rich toolset drastically simplifying the game development process.
While mainly targeted for the professional market, the engine is easy enough that it can also be used by independent teams or small companies with no prior game development experience. learn more
Description: flixel-android's primary function is to provide some useful base classes for creating 2D games that developers can extend to make their own game objects. learn more
Description: GameMaker allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code. Making games with GameMaker is a lot of fun! Design your very own games using easy-to-learn drag-and-drop actions – you can create professional-quality games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects. And when you've become more experienced, there is an easy built-in programming GameMaker Language (GML), which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with GameMaker.
Description: GameSalad is an online community that empowers everyone to express and share their ideas through games. Our company was founded on the belief that all people should have the tools to make popular games, limited only by the boundaries of their imaginations. GameSalad provides a platform used by creators to rapidly design, publish and distribute original games that have been played by millions of people worldwide.
Description: Gideros helps you build apps and games on iPhone, iPad and Android easily, with a Flash-like programming interface using a multi-platform development environment and IDE. Gideros Studio allows developers to write their code for iOS and Android efficiently, writing once and running on many.
Develop native, graphically rich, 2D, hardware accelerated games and applications as we do – with love and great fun. learn more
Description: Ignifuga is a multi platform 2D engine based in the Python language inspired by similar offerings like Cocos2D, Cocos2D for iPhone, and AndEngine. All your game logic code along with the engine’s and supporting tools is converted to C during the build process, and compiled into one big standalone binary for each of the supported platforms (please refer to the FAQ for more information). The project is currently in the alpha stage of development, so the expected performance may range from not even working to attaining consciousness and starting the third world war for all we know. For now, we hope that it lives up to its name and it at least doesn’t catch fire. learn more
Description: IwGame, the free open source cross platform mobile 2D game engine for smart phones, tablets and emerging technologies developed by Pocketeers Limited. IwGame is designed and written on top of the Marmalade SDK the ultimate cross platform SDK for smart phones tablets and emerging technologies. In order to use the IwGame game engine you will need to download and install the Marmalade SDK. learn more
Description: Kobold Kit is an open source project built on and extending Apple's Sprite Kit framework. The goal is to provide a public repository for popular Sprite Kit extensions and to add commonly needed features not available in Sprite Kit. learn more
Description: Android and J2SE OpenGL Game Framework.
Standard LGame renderer of GLEx class as the engine of the most basic, commonly used graphics API allows the use of JavaSE, of JavaME, and OpenGL OpenGLES, commonly used drawing API, while the LSE and LAE package only analog JavaSE, of JavaME the common interfaces of the Graphics class (which means do not support OpenGL). learn more
Description: The libgdx project is a cross-platform game development library written in Java with some JNI code for performance hungry sections. It abstracts away the differences between writing desktop and Android games based on OpenGL. Applications can be prototyped and developed entirely on the desktop, then only 6 lines of code are needed to run your app on Android. Develop more efficiently using powerful desktop tools such as HotSwap, without needing to wait for your application to be deployed to a device each time it is run.
Description: Linderdaum Engine is an open source purely object-oriented 3D gaming engine for Microsoft Windows and Google Android written in C++. It is designed to be an integrated solution for the development of interactive 3D applications, for game, industrial and scientific visualization. learn more
Description: LiveCode is the only truly simple way for anyone to create apps for any platform or purpose. Get an incredibly rich, deep feature set with more than 2000 features for even the most sophisticated project. A modern and powerful workflow saves you time at every step. LiveCode gives you completely royalty free distribution, has no ongoing fees, no hosting fees and no mandatory subscriptions.
Build your app for one mobile platform, and just run it on the other without worrying if the features you used will be supported. Plus the Field object has been substantially reworked to make beautifully formatted text a joy to create, even when you are using unicode. learn more
Description: Mages Game Engine enables you to develop effective multiplayer client/server internet games for mobile devices with minimum efforts.
Mages is multiplayer client/server game engine for Android and other mobile devices (currently Android and J2ME devices are supported, development for Windows Mobile in the progress). It allows developers to create internet multiplayer games by implementing only core game logic and GUI by using powerful engine API.
Developers can reuse effective Comet-based engine networking protocol, common game tasks like login to game server, retrieving of active player list, list of available game sessions, create new game session, join existing game, invite other player, just chat with opponents and many other features.
Description: Performance and portability – true cross-platform technology without compromise
Creating and delivering successful apps is becoming increasingly challenging. You need your app to stand out from the crowd, by delivering a more engaging experience with richer content. You need your app to reach the widest possible audience, running on iOS, Android, and beyond.
What if you could develop more powerful apps, and deliver them simultaneously across all platforms and devices? Now you can, with the Marmalade SDK. learn more
Description: Moai is a mobile platform for pro game developers. It's focus is helping developers build uncompromising mobile games with rich cloud-based features and release them to modern app stores for iOS, Android, and Chrome. Moai is being used by several top 20 mobile games, and interviews with game developers. learn more
Description: MonoGame is an open source implementation of the XNA APIs that allows developers to build 2D games that run on Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Linux and Windows using the same code base, or reusing existing XNA code that runs on Xbox 360 or Windows Phone 7.
MonoGame 2.0 release is a major evolution of the platform. We went from only supporting the iPhone to becoming a cross-platform stack that now also runs on Android, Mac, Linux and Windows. To help developers get started, more than twenty individual samples and more than five complete starter kits are shipped with this release.
On the iOS platform, MonoGame runs on top of MonoTouch and there are at least eighteen games published on Apple’s AppStore built using the technology. This new release opens the doors for developers to publish games to the Mac AppStore using MonoMac, to Android Market using Mono for Android, and also to Windows and Linux systems using Mono.
This major advance in the MonoGame platform was made possible by an exponential growth in the number of contributors to the project in the last seven months. New contributors took over major components of the stack, tuned the performance, added new platforms, tuned the engine and fixed hundreds of bugs to turn MonoGame into a solid 2D gaming platform.
A new networking stack allows players on the same network to play with each other. One player could be running the iOS client, while another one might be using a Mac and another one an Android device. All playing the same game. learn more
Description: NME is a free, open-source framework that enables development for iOS, Android, webOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Mac, Linux and Flash Player from a single codebase. Unlike most cross-platform frameworks, NME applications are not written in a low-level language (like C or C++) and does not require a virtual machine or runtime (like Java and Adobe AIR) in order to run on a target platform. learn more
Description: OpenFrameworks is a cross platform open source toolkit for creative coding in C++ learn more
Description: OpenGW is the world's first game world simulation engine.
Much like physics engines simulate the physics world, OpenGW simulates the game world and everything in it. Unlike physics engines OpenGW is designed to be extended by developers.
OpenGW provides a stable, flexible, modular framework to write game code in. It is built on years of game development experience and best practices to free developers from the burden of designing a game engine architecture, to decouple developers as much as possible from their choice of game or rendering engine, to standardize the process of writing modular and reusable game code. learn more
Description: Orx is an open source, portable, lightweight, plugin-based, data-driven and extremely easy to use 2D-oriented game engine.
It has been created to allow fast creation of games and prototypes. It's licensed under the zlib license. It's a very permissive (and short) license that allows one to use orx (and modify it at will) for free for any kind of projects, freeware or commercial, without any compensation.
Orx provides a complete framework for game development and currently runs on windows (mingw and native using visual studio), linux (x86/x86_64), MacOS X (ppc/x86), iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and Android.
Orx is a full featured and powerful "2.5D" game engine. All objects and cameras are created in a 3D space, but only a 2D rendering plugin is currently available (however hooks are provided for those who need to roll out their own 3D rendering). learn more
Description: Completely free unlimited use, High Performance, Easy to learn. learn more
Description: Cross platform game library for N≥4 platforms. PlayN is free and open source, and we hope you will make kick ass games with it! learn more
Description: Project Anarchy is a free mobile game engine for iOS, Android, and Tizen. It includes Havok’s Vision Engine along with Havok Physics, Havok Animation Studio and Havok AI. It has an extensible C++ architecture, optimized mobile rendering, a flexible asset management system, and Lua scripting and debugging. There are also complete game samples included with the SDK along with extensive courseware on the Project Anarchy site that game developers can use to quickly get up to speed with the engine and bring their game ideas to life. learn more
Description: Proton SDK (aka p+) is an open source component based C++ framework with its own touch-optimized GUI system that is optimized for GL/GLES based cross-platform app/game development. learn more
Description: QuickTiGame2d is a 2-dimensional game engine module for Titanium Mobile that provides quick and easy api to create casual 2d games on Titanium. QuickTiGame2d runs much faster on mobile devices because it is based on OpenGL ES: the industry-standard graphics library on embedded systems. Currently QuickTiGame2d supports both iOS and Android. learn more
Description: RapaNui is a high level APIs set that wrap up Moai. The main goal of RapaNui is to make easier to write a game. The API does in the background all the low level setup of Moai, letting developers focus on game implementation. With RapaNui you need only one line of code to add an image anywhere on the screen, the same goes for physics, objects or animations and transitions. Current release includes a first version of Director that lets switch from a scene to another with few lines of code. learn more
Description: The open source game engine for Android learn more
Description: Simple DirectMedia Layer is a cross-platform development library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware via OpenGL and Direct3D. It is used by video playback software, emulators, and popular games including Valve's award winning catalog and many Humble Bundle games.
SDL officially supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android. learn more
Description: What is the SIO2 Engine? SIO2 is an OpenGLES based cross-platform 2D and 3D game engine for iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows which provides you all the modern game engine functionalities built-in right at its core for your mobile devices at a fraction of the regular industry price for the same type of quality. The engine also allows you to port your game on the Mac Store and on Windows.
Feature rich, extremely fast, and flexible, SIO2 allows you to create state of the art AAA games for your favorite mobile platform. Unlike other solutions, SIO2 does not force you to use any specific IDE to code or build your games.
SIO2 uses existing industry proven development and content creation tools to allow you to create your game and gives you access to all the source code of the framework so you can customize every piece of the engine as you see fit!
SIO2 allows you to entirely built your games using a very easy-to-use cross-platform C/C++ syntax and also provides you scripting support using LUA. Basically, SIO2 is THE game engine for technical people that want to create real intellectual properties around their game creations without being bound to any other 3rd party solution limitations, lack of optimization or even their bugs.
With the SIO2 framework you have all the freedom and flexibility to build whatever type of game you want and can have access and full control of EVERY bit and piece of code that resides at the core of the engine, giving you maximum optimization, flexibility, and scalability compared to all other solutions out there! learn more
Description: Skia is a complete 2D graphic library for drawing Text, Geometries, and Images learn more
Description: Slick2D is a simple set of tools wrapped around the LWJGL OpenGL binding for Java. learn more
Description: Spaceport uses OpenGL to accelerate rendering (including vector graphics) on native devices. OpenGL is the industry standard for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications.
With Spaceport's graphics engine, you use versatile and efficient vector graphics formats instead of bloated sprite sheets. Doing so minimizes the size of asset downloads and drastically reduces loading times.
When you download Spaceport, you’ll have access to a library packed with high-performance components for use with your Spaceport game, including an isometric engine, AI engine, and GUI widgets. learn more
Description: The Open Source Game Engine for Flash. Games can be deployed on Android, iPhone and the Flash browser plugin. learn more
Description: Stencyl isn't your average game creation software; it's a gorgeous, intuitive toolset that accelerates your workflow and then gets out of the way. We take care of the essentials like physics and native APIs so you can focus on what's important—making your game yours. learn more
Description: V-Play allows you to develop 2D games with a single code base for iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 and the desktop platforms Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Develop on any Desktop platform with a full IDE including a UI designer, debugger, profiler, auto-completion, and integrated documentation. Then test your games on your mobile by just scanning a QR code with the V-Play Build Server, even possible from Windows to an iOS device.
V-Play comes with a customizable in-game level editor. So no need to create an own editor for your game, but focus on content from day one. As the editor and balancing of properties works in-game, you can even give your players the power to create new levels – let them build a community around your games with user-generated content and reach the top of the app charts. Levels can be shared on social networks with friends with the V-Play Game Network, a cross-platform solution for level sharing, level rating and leaderboards, achievements and challenges.
With V-Play you can bring user-generated content with a professional toolchain to mobile devices. learn more
Description: YoghurtGum is a cross platform 2D engine that aims to make game development on mobile devices easy, fun and fast.
Just like the candy its name is derived from.
Currently YoghurtGum is being developed for Android, keeping Windows Mobile 6 in mind. On Android it will use OpenGL to render things on the screen while on Windows Mobile 6 it will use DirectX.
Any and all commentary is welcome and encouraged.
Although the engine is not feature complete and you can't build a game with it, the engine author has plans to continue development. learn more