Wiki : Free & Cheap Indie GameDev Resources


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Original Post by Scott

Someone asked about where I was getting my assets from for a game I posted from the Unity courses. In case it’s helpful I am Markdown-ifying my bookmarks list and putting it here. If this is useful enough to make it a sticky topic I’ll try to keep it update as long as it’s a resource for free or very cheap assets and tools for game development. Sorry I am only doing the Unity course now so that’s the main framework I’m linking.


Note on License
These sites have a very wide variety of license types for the content. Always check the terms of use on an item before using and make sure you understand the terms. Many “free” licenses carry requirements like attribution, only personal use, only usable in free products and more. I recommend keeping CREDITS.md in your source and think about including a Credits scene in your project. At best it’s an attempt to credit content creators, at worse you have something you can reference if someone challenges your use of an asset.

See also; Creative Commons and Public Domain


Textures & Backgrounds

Textures for 3D, graphic design and Photoshop!
Subtle Patterns | Free textures for your next web project.
Mayang’s Free Texture Library
Unsplash | High-Resolution Photos
Pixabay
Nasa
NormalMap-Online
TextureGenerator-Online

Skyboxes

Free Skybox Texture Set | 93-interactive

Art Assets

Lost Garden: free game graphics
OpenGameArt.org
Kenney Assets
ShareCG 2D art resources
Clipart - High Quality, Easy to Use, Free Support
MillonthVector
TextCraft.Net | 8bit text and logo generator
The Open Game Art Bundle

Sprites

Sprite Database

Code and Web - Texture Packer
Piskel - Free Online Sprite Editor

Graphics Editing

GIMP
Piskel - Free online sprite editor
Inkscape
DeepArt.io - Online AI tool that transfer the art style of one image to another image
Krita Anime Painting

Unity Tutorials

Unity Official Tutorials
Latest UNITY topics - GameDev.tv
Unity Learning – Documents, Tutorials, Source Code, Tools about Unity 3D

Diagram & Story Design Development

Yarn - Dialog Editor
Bacon Ipsum - A Meatier Lorem Ipsum Generator
Celtx
yEd
Lorem Ipsum - All the facts - Lipsum generator
Ink

UI

Da Button Factory: website button maker

2D Animation

Online Animation Software for 2D Games | Marionette Studio
DragonBones

3D Assets

Zadaroo
NASA 3D Resources
DevAssets

3D Editing

Blender

3D Animation

Carnegie Mellon University - CMU Graphics Lab - motion capture library
mocapdata.com

3D Terrain

Terrain.Party

Fonts

DaFont - Download fonts
Font Library

Sounds

Freesound.org - Sounds browse
DrPetter’s homepage - sfxr
Bfxr
FreeSFX
Sound Librarian
SoundImage.org
Gamemaster Audio <= 20% off with gamedevtv coupon (further reading/questions)
Sonniss.Com - Game Developer Conference 2015 - Free Audio - 10Gb
Sonniss.Com - Game Developer Conference 2016 - Free Audio - 15Gb
Sonniss.Com - Game Developer Conference 2017 - Free Audio - 20Gb
Soundbible.com

Music

Free Creative Commons Music - MP3s for Film, TV, Games, and Podcasting
Newgrounds
Open Music Archive
Jewel Beat Royalty Free Music & Effects
digCCMixer
SoundCloud

Sound Editing

Audacity
Reaper DAW

Game Programming Resources

Procedural Content Generation in Games
Game Programming Patterns
PlaneShift (PlanetShift MMORPG - Database MySQL)

Game Design Discussions

Gamasutra
Game Design articles (curated)
Game Design videos(curated)
Development and Deployment of Multiplayer Online Games

Packages & Misc

Sithjester’s RMXP Resources
Glitch Public Domain Assets
Itch.io Top Game Assets
Reiner`s Tilesets
RPG Game Assets Collection
PacktPub - Free eBooks (changes daily, not always game dev related)

Game Hosting & Distribution

Gamebucket
itch.io
GameJolt

Source Control

Atlassian’s, What is Source Control tutorial (Git)
GitHub
SourceTree (Git client)

C# Language Resources

Microsoft C# Tutorials
C# Yellow Book

Third Party Lists

Best Free Unity Assets via Procedural Worlds
Best Cheap Unity Assets via Procedural Worlds

Other Educational Resources

Computer Games and Simulations for Education and Exploration
Creating Video Games
MIT Open Courseware - Game Design
Street-Fighting Mathematics

Game Dev Mentoring

Game Dev Mentors (1 on 1 personalized mentoring from professional game devs)


Cool website
Royalty-free assets (20GB+ of free HQ sounds)
[Resource] Make you own sound effects!
Sonniss / Game Developer Conference 2017 - Audio Bundle
Https://gamebucket.io/game/0d29bd79-788e-45db-a1e3-bcbfbb268632
My Block Breaker Game
Game design patterns and game programming design patterns
Free Handy Tool.. Normal Maps from Texture & Texture Generator
Online pixel art app
FYI - a good Open Source (free) audio editor
Cool way to get new and original sounds!
General discussion here
RPG Game Assets Collection
Gamemaster Audio - Christmas Sale!
A link to be added to the list of useful resources under sounds
Unread notifications not clearing / GameDev.tv logo behaviour
Text101 - How to create your own titles THE EASY WAY (Simple Guide)
(Resolved) Programs suggestions to use
RPG Game Assets Collection
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I strongly recommend Krita for Graphics as it is very powerful and free to use. Also, for editing sound effects and/or making and editing music, Reaper is practically a free DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) - it has an unlimited - both in time and functionality - demo version. It prompts you with a “This is a Demo” but other than that, it’s free. And once you make it, you can donate :wink: Also, Affinity Designer for vector graphics. It’s not free, but it’s much cheaper than Illustrator and almost as poweful (lacking proprtional tools, warping and power duplication, but other than that, it’s golden.


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Done on Krita