Top 6 game development engines in 2020

With a humongous jump in numbers from one of the ignored to the most prominent entertainment industry, Gaming is all set to top the charts above movies and music. With that said, the number of game makers are increasing at a very fast pace. One of the reasons being easy accessibility to the tools used to make games. Just before Unity entered the market, game engines were too heavy tools to be used by solo developers trying to experiment things. Mainly because of the license fees these tools charged the users.



With the inception of tools like Unity and Gamemaker that entered the market with a very cheap alternative for making games, slowly took over the space and the competition between game engines increased.

Due to a wide variety of game engines available in the market which are cheap or even free, developers/game makers now have to choose wisely between the one they want to use.

So here are few best game engines according to me to use in 2020!


#6 BUILDBOX

Buildbox, as the makers say is a no code development platform. This means that to make a game in Buildbox, you don't need to code the game.

Any prior knowledge about programming or basics of Object oriented concepts is not really necessary. The engine is targeted towards anyone and everyone who wants to make games irrespective of whether they know programming languages or not.

It started with providing tools and features for 2D games but the recent major update supports creating games in 3D. The library of over 20000 assets consisting of models, animations and music can be very helpful to create a full fledged game.

If you love playing hyper-casual games, this engine can help you make one real quick without much efforts.

Download: https://www.buildbox.com/

#5 GAMEMAKER

GameMaker has been in existence for quite a long time now. Initially designed to help creators make games with minimum programming experience. Introduction to scripting language and visual programming which is basically drag and drop features helped cut down a lot of time in development.

GameMaker can help you make games for Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, HTML5, Microsoft UWP, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It's easy to use due to it's GUI (Graphical User Interface) functionality and is currently free.

Download: https://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker


#4 LUMBERYARD

Similar to GameMaker, Amazon Lumberyard is also a free cross-platform game development engine by Amazon. The engine is based on CryEngine and was licensed from Crytek in 2015.

Lumberyard is released recently and seems like a lot of game makers trying their hands on the engine to test out the features. The interface is pretty simple to understand and if you are already using engines like Unity, this would be easier to access.



To allow developers to host their games on Amazon's servers, the engine supports integration with Amazon Web Services. This can further support in livestreaming via Twitch. The only drawback of this engine is it does not support 2D games as it is exclusively made for 3D games.

Download: https://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard/


#3 GODOT (GO-DOH)

Unlike Lumberyard, Godot supports both 2D and 3D.

Godot is also a cross platform game development engine. The engine is free and open source under MIT license.



It can run on Linux, macOS, Windows, BSD and Haiku. Since the engine is new, the engine has a small but a strong community that can help you in every aspect if you are planning to make games using Godot. A super active community consistently improving the engine and simultaneously growing by solving dev questions. Godot can help you code in C++, C# or it's own language called GDScript. The engine can be downloaded from the Steam Store for free.

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/404790/Godot_Engine/


#2 UNREAL

One of the very powerful engine and widely used for making PC and Console games. The learning curve for Unreal is steeper than Unity for a newbie, so if you are new to the world of game development it could take you a while to get used to the interface and functions.

The Unreal Engine is a game engine developed by Epic Games, first showcased in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal.



Though if you want to work on PC or Console games, Unreal is one of the best engines as it has a great rendering capabilities by default that can give you even a AAA quality look to the game.

Unreal is free to use unless the quarterly revenue of your game crosses 3000 USD post which you have to pay a license fee. Since the engine has been around for a while, even before Unity the amount of people using Unreal is huge. This also means that the community is huge and super active too. It also provides tons of free assets that you can use to make your games.

Download: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/


#1 UNITY

When it comes to mobile game development, Unity stands as the number one choice for most of the developers. It's a cross-platform game engine developed by Unity Technologies, first announced and released in June 2005 at Apple Inc.'s Worldwide Developers Conference.



The engine supports over 25 platforms and can be used to create 2D, 3D and AR/VR games. The engine has been adopted by industries outside video gaming, such as film, automotive, architecture, engineering and construction.

Unity is a free tool but if you want better features, it offers a lot of options to choose between personal, paid and pro versions. It has a huge Asset store from where you can download thousands of assets (3D models, animations, tools and plugins) either paid or free.

Download: https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download


So that was my list of best game engines to try out for 2020!


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