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16 of the Best Free Linux Game Engines (Part 2 of 2)

16 of the Best Free Linux Game Engines (Part 2 of 2)

Developers who want to accelerate game development benefit enormously from tools known as game engines. This type of software application helps games to be coded efficiently and easily without compromising on its quality. Game engines employ state-of-the-art technology to ensure that developers can concentrate on generating new scenery, models, and sounds, or to put an alternative spin on existing game material.

To be eligible for inclusion in this list each game engine needed to meet the following requirements:

Free to use without restrictions

Not in the early stages of development

We have included OGRE and Irrlicht Engine in this feature even though they are technically graphics engines rather than game engines. However, they warrant inclusion because whilst they do not offer a complete solution, they represent first rate engines for creating games with first rate graphics.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 16 slick free Linux game engines. This article is the second and final instalment in a two part series. If you missed the first part, it is available to read here. Hopefully, there will be something here of interest to any organization or individual who wants to develop quality commercial or open source games.

Now, let's explore the 8 game engines at hand. For each engine we have compiled its own portal page, providing screenshots of it in action, a full description of the game engine, with an in-depth analysis of the features of the game engine, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Game Engines
Spring Project to create the best Real-time Strategy (RTS) game engine
Cafu Game and Graphics Engine for multiplayer, cross-platform, real-time 3D action
OGRE Object-Oriented Graphics Rendering Engine
Delta3D Fully-featured game engine
Kambi Especially oriented towards working with VRML models
Irrlicht Engine Create complete 3D and 2D applications such as games or scientific visualizations
Doomsday Engine Enhanced Doom source port
O.H.R.RPG.C.E. Official Hamster Republic Role Playing Game Construction Engine

If you just want to play games, we have previously released a number of features highlighting great free Linux games including 42 of the Best Free Linux Games, 42 More of the Best Free Linux Games, 21 More of the Best Free Linux Games, a three part feature entitled 42 Hot Free Linux Games (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and a recently released three part feature '24 Extra Hot Linux Games' (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

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