Game Development Tools

The most important thing is to just pick a tool and get started today!
Do not be overwhelmed by the number of game development tools available. You will be doing a lot of testing until you find which one works best with your strengths. This is the greatest time to be a game developer with many free and accessible resources. Use it to your advantage. Spend an hour each day honing your craft to constantly improve. Read blogs, subscribe to a podcast, be around positive people to stay inspire and motivated. Join communities of like-minded people to share ideas and learn from each other. Invest in yourself for success.

Work effectively. I use the 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto principle. The main premise is that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Keep this rule in mind when you are developing your game. Prioritize what tasks bring the best result. Focus on techniques that save time and energy. Ask yourself, what is 20% of what I’m doing that’s bringing in 80% impact. Or you can ask, what is 20% of the most negative things that consuming my time and how can I eliminate it. Game development is a long process but there are always ways to make the process smoother.

80/20 rule

Ask For Help

Networking is important for success. If you have been listening to my podcast then you know that even though the game industry is huge, it’s small at the same time. You will most likely bump into familiar faces all the time. Most of my guest’s main reason for loving the industry is the people. Game developers are great people that want to help. Network at local communities, Facebook groups, or gaming events. Knowledge is only potential power, execution is the game! Take action, take risks, and all the best on your journey within the game industry.

2D Animation Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
ShoeBoxWindows, Machttp://renderhjs.net/shoebox/Free
SpriterWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://brashmonkey.com/Paid

2D Texture Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
Pix PlantWindows, Machttps://www.pixplant.com/Paid

3D Animation Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
Anim8orWindowshttp://www.anim8or.com/Free
Motion BuilderWindows http://www.autodesk.com/products/motionbuilder/overviewPaid

3D Modeling Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
3D CoatWindows, Mac, Linux http://3dcoat.com/home/Paid
3DS MaxWindowshttp://www.autodesk.com/products/3ds-max/Paid
BlenderWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.blender.org/Free
Lightwave 3DWindows, Machttps://www.lightwave3d.com/Paid
MayaWindows, Machttp://www.autodesk.com/products/maya/Paid
ModoWindows, Mac https://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/modo/Paid
SiloWindows, Machttp://nevercenter.com/silo/Paid
SketchupWindows, Machttp://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-makeFree

Painting Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
Crack ArtWindows http://crackart.org/Free
MariWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/mari/Paid
Poly UnwrapperWindowshttp://www.polytools3d.com/polyunwrapper/index.htmlPaid
Substance PainterWindows, Mac, Linuxhttps://www.allegorithmic.com/products/substance-painterPaid

Sculpting Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
Blacksmith 3DWindows, Mac http://www.blacksmith3d.com/Paid
TopogunWindows, Mac, Linuxhttp://www.topogun.com/

Code Editor

TitleNotesLinkCost
AtomWindowshttps://atom.io/ Free
CodaMachttps://panic.com/coda/Paid
Notepad++Windowshttp://notepad-plus-plus.org/ Free
SublimetextWindows, Mac, Linuxhttp://www.sublimetext.com/ Free
TextWranglerMachttp://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/ Free

Drawing Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
AlchemyWindows, Mac, Linuxhttp://al.chemy.org/Free

Game Engines

TitleNotesLinkCost
App Game KitWindows http://www.appgamekit.com/Paid
Cocos2DWindows, Machttp://www.cocos2d-x.org/Free
Construct 2Windowshttps://www.scirra.com/construct2Free/Paid
Corona SDKAndroid, iOS, Kindle, Nookhttp://www.coronalabs.comFree
CryEngineWindowshttps://www.cryengine.com/Free/Paid
Game GuruWindowshttps://www.game-guru.com/Paid
GameMaker: StudioWindows, Machttp://www.yoyogames.comFree
GamesaladiOS, Mac, Windows, Webhttp://www.gamesalad.com/creatorFree
Godot EngineWindows, Mac, Linuxhttp://www.godotengine.org/Free
HeroEngineWindows, Mac, Linux http://www.heroengine.com/Free/Paid
MonoGameAndroid, iOS, Linux, Mac, PS Mobile, Raspberry Pi, Web, Windows 8, Windows Phonehttp://www.monogame.netFree
PhaserWeb http://www.photonstorm.com/phaserFree
Pico-8Windows, Mac, Linuxhttp://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.phpFree
PlayCanvasWebhttp://www.playcanvas.comFree
Project AnarchyAndroid, iOS, PC, Tizenhttp://www.projectanarchy.comFree
RPG MakerWindowshttp://www.rpgmakerweb.com/Paid
StencylWebhttp://www.stencyl.comFree
Torque 2D/3DWindowshttp://www.garagegames.com/Paid
TurbulenzWeb http://biz.turbulenz.com/developersFree
Unity 3DAndroid, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, PS3, PS4, Web, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox Onehttp://www.unity3d.comFree
Unreal EngineWindowshttps://www.unrealengine.com/Free

Image Editing Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
AcornMac http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/Paid
ArtRageWindows, Machttps://www.artrage.com/Paid
GimpWindows, Mac, Linuxhttp://www.gimp.org/Free
KritaWindows, Linuxhttps://krita.org/en/Free
PainterWindows, Machttp://www.painterartist.com/Paid
PixelmatorMachttp://www.pixelmator.com/mac/Paid
PixiaWindowshttp://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/Free
PixlrBrowser Basedhttps://pixlr.com/Free

Pixel Art Tools

TitleNotesLinkCost
AsepriteWindows, Machttp://www.aseprite.org/Paid
GraphicsGaleWindowshttps://graphicsgale.com/us/index.htmlPaid
PickleWindows, Machttp://www.pickleeditor.com/Paid
PiqBrowser Basedhttp://piq.codeus.net/ Free
PiskelBrowser Based http://www.piskelapp.com/ Free
ProMotionWindowshttp://www.cosmigo.com/promotion/index.phpPaid
Pyxel EditWindows, Machttp://pyxeledit.com/Paid

Project Management Tools

TitleLinkCost
Asanahttps://asana.com/Free/Paid
Google Docshttps://www.google.com/intl/en/docs/about/index.htmlFree/Paid
Google Hangoutshttps://hangouts.google.com/Free
Hip Chathttps://www.hipchat.com/Free/Paid
Planhttps://plan.io/Free/Paid
Slackhttps://slack.com/Free/Paid
Target Processhttps://www.targetprocess.com/Free/Paid
Teamworkhttps://www.teamwork.com/Free/Paid
Trellohttps://trello.com/Free/Paid