Mobile Game Engines

Mobile Game Engines: Interviews with Mobile Game Developers
Interviews with Mobile Game Developers

Mobile Game Engines: Interviews with Mobile Game Engine Developers
Interviews with Mobile Engine Developers

Mobile Game Engines: How to Choose a Mobile Game Engine
How to Choose a Game Engine

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Mobile Game Engines: Interviews with Mobile Game Developers

Interviews with Mobile Game Developers
by Jason Brownlee, 2012


A total of 38 interviews with game developers
across 15 modern mobile game engines.

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Antiryad Gx

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Free Skill: Beginner
License: Proprietary Language: C, C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

Description: Antiryad Gx is an unified cross platform and multi core 3d game engine. learn more

App Game Kit

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D
Price: Free Trial, Indie:$111.99, Corp:$999 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 1 Reviews Games: 5 Games

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

BatteryTech Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Free Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 5 Games

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

BatteryTech SDK

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Indie $249, Commercial $999 Skill: Expert
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 1 Games

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

Corona SDK

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Trial is Free, Indie $199/Year, Pro is $349/Year Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: Lua
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 12 Games

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

DX Studio

Platforms: Android Orientations: 3D
Price: Freeware Edition:Free, Commercial Pro:Free Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++, C# or VB.Net
Reviews: 1 Reviews Games: 0 Games

Description: DX Studio is a complete integrated development environment for creating interactive 3D graphics. The system comprises of both a
real-time 3D engine and a suite of editing tools. Using DX Studio you can build complete real-time interactive applications, simulations or games, for standalone use or for embedding in other Microsoft Office/Visual Studio applications. learn more

EDGELIB

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Free, 1 Developer: €5,000 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 4 Games

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

Esenthel Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Free, Personal:$150, Company:$750, Pro:$4000, Ultimate, Non-Game:$250/year Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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

GameMaker

Platforms: iPhone Android HTML5 Orientations: 2D
Price: Windows:$39.99, Mac:$39.99, HTML5:$99.00 Skill: Beginner
License: Proprietary Language: None (Graphical)
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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.
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GameSalad

Platforms: iPhone Android HTML5 Orientations: 2D
Price: Basic:Free, Pro:$299/year Skill: Beginner
License: Proprietary Language: None (Graphical)
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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.
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Gideros Mobile

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D
Price: Community:Free, Indie:$149/year, Professional:$449/year Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: Lua
Reviews: 3 Reviews Games: 20 Games

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

LiveCode

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D
Price: Personal:$99, Commercial:$499 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: LiveCode
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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

Marmalade

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Trial:Free, Basic:$149, Standard:$499 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 1 Reviews Games: 1 Games

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

Matali Physics Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 3D
Price: Non-Commercial, Commercial Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C#
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

Description: Matali Physics is an advanced, cross-platform, fully managed 3D physics engine, intended for .NET and Mono. Matali Physics simplifies creating games, animations, computer simulations and multimedia presentations. Matali Physics is designed with a view to achieving greatest functionality and easiness of programming. The engine supports XNA, Silverlight, SlimDX, OpenTK, MonoTouch and Mono for Android libraries and is available for WIN32/64, XBOX 360, Windows Phone OS, web browsers, Mac OS X, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad2 and iPod Touch), Android OS, Linux and FreeBSD. learn more

Open Game World

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: about $200 per year Skill: Expert
License: proprietary Language: Objective-C, a C++ port is planned
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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

Papaya Social Game Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D
Price: Free Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: ActionScript
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

Description: Completely free unlimited use, High Performance, Easy to learn. learn more

Platino Game Engine SDK

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D
Price: Free for non-profit, more on information at their site Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C/C++, Java, Objective-C, JavaScript
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

Description: Platino is an optimized, cross-platform mobile game engine for JavaScript developers. With a deep API set to support iOS and Android, the Platino Engine leverages the Appcelerator Titanium SDK. learn more

PlayCanvas

Platforms: iPhone Android HTML5 Orientations: 3D
Price: Free Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: JavaScript
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

Description: PlayCanvas is the world’s first cloud-hosted game development platform. It is an online social hub that seamlessly marries a powerful, multi-user visual editing platform with a rich community site.

The whole toolset and the games it generates are built on HTML5 technology and therefore run on any device equipped with a web browser. Since user projects and the resulting games are all stored in the cloud, developers can trivially switch between devices during development and generate truly device independent games. Tools and games are delivered to the browser in a completely frictionless manner, with no installation or browser plugin required. Everything is guaranteed to remain synchronised and up to date.

A cornerstone of PlayCanvas is its support for realtime collaboration in the style of Google Docs. Developers can work harmoniously in the same project. They are no longer held up by co-developers and have complete visibility of the whole team’s progress.

PlayCanvas is designed around the principles of social development. When developers
sign up for the service, they become part of a community that makes discoverability simple and allows teams to form organically. Developers also have the option to allow their games to be forked, facilitating ‘remixed’ versions of popular games to ripple out across the site.

Games built with PlayCanvas can be exported, downloaded and self-published. The developer has complete freedom to provision their own hosting or submit to desktop or mobile app stores. Alternatively, in a single click, PlayCanvas games can be published directly to playcanvas.com without having to upload or download anything. learn more

Project Anarchy

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Free Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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

ShiVa3D Game Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 3D
Price: Web:Free, Advanced:$1000, Basic:$200, Educational:$670 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: Lua
Reviews: 6 Reviews Games: 6 Games

Description: ShiVa3D is the developers’ tool of choice for easily creating amazing 3D real-time applications and games for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Wii and the iPad. ShiVa is a powerful multi-platform 3D game engine, WYSIWYG 3D Editor and MMO Server.

The ShiVa 3D Engine is the most versatile cross-platform engine ever, working either in the web browser or as an executable for Windows, Mac, Linux, Wii, iPhone and iPad, Android, WebOS and Airplay SDK.

The engine is extendible with ssl-securized plug-ins like the PhysX engine, Fmod sounds library, ARToolkit and the Scaleform HUD engine.

Supported platforms include: iOS, Android, Playbook (BlackBerry10), WebOS (palm & hp touch), Windows Phone (soon), export to marmalade enabling Brew/windowsmobile/Symbian/Bada. Available for: windows, mac, linux, Wii, xbox360, ps3, psp, psvita(soon). learn more

SIO2 Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D 3D
Price: Trial is Free, Win/Mac:$199.99, Android/iOS:$399.99 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 7 Games

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

SpacePort

Platforms: iPhone Android HTML5 Orientations: 2D
Price: Free (with revenue share) Skill: Beginner
License: Proprietary Language: Javascript
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 0 Games

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

Stencyl

Platforms: iPhone Android HTML5 Orientations: 2D
Price: Lite:Free, Pro:$149/year Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: Graphical, ActionScript 3 (optional), Objective-C (optional)
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 5 Games

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

UNIGINE Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 3D
Price: Case-by-case (about $30,000 USD/project) Skill: Beginner
License: Proprietary Language: C++
Reviews: 0 Reviews Games: 1 Games

Description: UNIGINE is a real-time 3D engine, which lets you fully unleash your talent and achieve great business results.

More than 10 years of R&D resulted in a well-optimized modular technology platform. It will be a solid foundation for any of your projects – from mobile applications to scientific simulations and VR. learn more

Unity3D

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 3D
Price: Unity:Free, Unity Pro:$1500 Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: .NET (Mono)
Reviews: 2 Reviews Games: 17 Games

Description: Unity 3 is a game development tool that has been designed to let you focus on creating amazing games.
Every game can be a masterpiece. Unity 3 delivers the technology to impress and inspire your players with everything from jaw-dropping visuals to ambient soundscapes. Even your browser game can look and feel like a state-of-the-art AAA title when it is powered by Unity 3.
Your game needs speed and Unity defines fast. Unity 3 is packed with new technology — ranging from geometry batching to occlusion culling — designed to squeeze every last bit of performance out of your next game. Regardless of your target platform, Unity will help you pull off as much as possible. learn more

V-Play Game Engine

Platforms: iPhone Android Orientations: 2D
Price: Free Trial & Desktop Publishing, Pro Plan 39 Euro per month Skill: Intermediate
License: Proprietary Language: C++, JavaScript, QML, Objective-C, Java
Reviews: 1 Reviews Games: 2 Games

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.

With JavaScript, the declarative language QML and the V-Play gaming components for resolution independence, Box2D physics, AI, particles and plugins for in-app purchases, ads, analytics, and gaming networks you can save up to 60% code compared to other engines (see the code comparison in the benefits section of the V-Play website). As the engine is written in C++ and QML is a high performance language, you get native performance in your scripted games. With the 12+ sample games that are also released in the app stores, you can finish your games within days.

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

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