Software suggestions Here are some software suggestions compiled from Global Game Jam and other sites with some of our additions. It is highly recommended that you install and try out the tools before the actual game jam. You are of course free to use any kind of software you want to; just remember that all the games including source and assets made in the game jam are uploaded to GGJ site have to be under Creative Commons license*.

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Software suggestions


Here are some software suggestions compiled from Global Game Jam and other sites with some of
our additions.
It is highly recommended that you install and try out the tools before the actual
game jam
. You are of course free to use any kind of software you want to; just remember that all the
games
including source and assets
made in the game jam are uploaded to GGJ site have to be
under
Creative Commons license
*.

Check out also GGJ 2013 specific offers from the sponsors of the event (for example Mixamo, Corona
etc..):
http
://
globalgamejam
.
org
/
promotions
The page might be updated closer to the actual jam dates.


Programming environments


Bloodshed Dev-C + +
http
://
www
.
bloodshed
.
net
/
devcpp
.
html
The complete programming environment for C++ using gcc compiler.

Eclipse
http
://
www
.
eclipse
.
org
/
The complete programming environment primarily intended to develop Java applications. It can however
be used for development in another programming language.

Flash Develop
http
://
www
.
flashdevelop
.
org
/
wikidocs
/
index
.
php
?
title
=
Main
_
Page
The programming environment for developing Flash applications ..

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express Products
http
://
www
.
microsoft
.
com
/
express
/
Downloads
/
Visual Studio 2010 Express products are a free set of tools for building applications for the cloud,
desktop, phone and the web.


NetBeans IDE 6.9
http
://
netbeans
.
org
/
The complete programming environment for developing Java applications.

Editors, engines, frameworks


2D Boy Rapid Prototyping Framework
http
://2
dboy
.
com
/2009/05/27/
rapid
-
prototyping
-
framework
/


Adobe Flash
http
://
www
.
adobe
.
com
/
products
/
flash
/
Flash is a multimedia platform. There is a free trial available on the website.


Box2D
http
://
www
.
box
2
d
.
org
/
Box2D is an open source C++ engine for simulating rigid bodies in 2D.


Construct

http
://
www
.
scirra
.
com
Open-source tool / design environment for developing games (easy as GameMaker, but technologically
more).


Flixel / FlashPunk
http
://
flixel
.
org
/
/
http
://
flashpunk
.
net
/
A pair of engines for 2D flash game.

gameQuery
http
://
gamequery
.
onaluf
.
org
Engine for easy development of games for browsers.

Gamemaker
http
://
www
.
yoyogames
.
com
/
make
Gamemaker is a very simple, but flexible editor developed by Mark Overmars. It's 2d, but you can make
fake 3d games in it.


GameSalad
http
://
gamesalad
.
com
/
GameSalad allow game creators to visually create games by composing actors and behaviors in to
scenes. It's available for Intel based Macs. You can make 2d games and there is a build in physics
engine.


iOS SDK
http
://
developer
.
apple
.
com
/
devcenter
/
ios
/
index
.
action
Package libraries and development tools for Apple platforms.

Irrlicht
http
://
irrlicht
.
sourceforge
.
net
/
Open source 3D engine.


LOVE
http
://
love
2
d
.
org
/
Cross-platform framework for 2D game programming in LUA.

Ogre
http
://
www
.
ogre
3
d
.
org
/
Open source 3D engine.


QuArK
http
://
quark
.
sourceforge
.
net
/
QuArK stands for Quake Army Knife and is a game editor for Quake and many other games. It can edit
maps and models, import sounds and textures, create pak-files and run compilers.


SexyApp Framework
http
://
sourceforge
.
net
/
projects
/
popcapframework
/

Libraries for game development engine at PopCap.

Silverlight

http
://
silverlight
.
net
/
Microsoft Silverlight is a web application framework that provides functionalities similar to those in Adobe
Flash. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X
operating systems.


Stencyl
http
://
www
.
stencyl
.
com
/
Create iOS and Flash games with or without code.


UdK
http
://
www
.
udk
.
com
/
Tools and libraries for creating multi-platform games on the Unreal engine third

Unity 3d
http
://
unity
3
d
.
com
/
unity
/
download
Unity is commercial 3d editor & engine for Mac and PC. It's a medium sized editor that can function with
most file-formats and can export to PC, Mac OS X, Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Apple Iphone, Nintendo Wii
& webbrowsers. They offer their software for free.


Windows Phone and Xbox 360
http
://
create
.
msdn
.
com
/
en
-
us
/
resources
/
downloads
Check out this site for tools to create games for Windows Phone and Xbox 360. Includes XNA Game
Studio 4.0 and Windows Phone SDK.

Wintermute Engine
http
://
dead
-
code
.
org
Toolkit for creating graphical adventure games (point & click).


Discussion on Gamedev about free 2D game engines
http
://
www
.
gamedev
.
net
/
topic
/131458-
what
-
free
-2
d
-
game
-
engine
-
should
-
i
-
use
/


Gamedev.net search about free game engines
http
://
tinyurl
.
com
/
ylcgvc
4

Graphics programs (2D)


Adobe Photoshop CS5
http
://
www
.
softpedia
.
com
/
get
/
Multimedia
/
Graphic
/
Graphic
-
Editors
/
Adobe
-
PhotoShop
-
Trial
.
shtml
Photoshop is the program for image-manipulation. There's a trial available on the website.

Adobe Photoshop CS2
http
://
www
.
adobe
.
com
/
downloads
/
cs
2_
downloads
/
index
.
html
Adobe has made the CS2 Premium Plus suite available as a free download on their website.




Aviary
http
://
aviary
.
com

Photo editor for web & mobile apps.


GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program)
http
://
www
.
gimp
.
org
/
GIMP is an open source, freeware program for image manipulation.


GIMPshop
http
://
www
.
gimpshop
.
com
/
Modification of the free/open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP),
intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop.


Inkscape
http
://
inkscape
.
org
/
An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using
the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.


Photos from Flickr with creative commons search flag
http
://
www
.
flickr
.
com
/
search
/?
q
=
as
&
l
=
cc
&
ct
=0&
mt
=
all
&
adv
=1

Open 2D/3D game art
http://opengameart.org/

Clker, public domain svg/png symbols and icons, (color)
http
://
www
.
clker
.
com
/

Icons and symbols, (b/w)
http
://
game
-
icons
.
net
/
http
://
www
.
picol
.
org
/

Graphics programs (3D)


Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 14.0
http
://
usa
.
autodesk
.
com
/3
ds
-
max
/
One of the most common ones is 3D Studio Max. There's a trial version available on the site.
Free licence for students @ http://students.autodesk.com/


Autodesk Maya
http
://
usa
.
autodesk
.
com
/
maya
/
Maya is another of the widely used 3d programmer. Trial version available.
Free licence for students @ http://students.autodesk.com/


Autodesk Softimage
http
://
usa
.
autodesk
.
com
/
adsk
/
servlet
/
pc
/
item
?
id
=13571257&
siteID
=123112
Free for *noncommercial* game creation and modding


Blender
http
://
www
.
blender
.
org

A free open source 3D content creation suite. Notice that versions 2.4x and 2.6x user interfaces differ
from each other little bit.


MilkShape
http
://
chumbalum
.
swissquake
.
ch
/
MilkShape 3D is a low-polygon modeler, which was initially designed for Half-Life.


Ptex
http
://
ptex
.
us
/
index
.
html
Ptex is a texture mapping system developed by Walt Disney Animation Studios for production-quality
rendering


Silo
http
://
nevercenter
.
com
/
silo
/
Silo 2 is a focused 3D modeling application. For Windows and Mac OS. Trial version available.


Luxology Modo 601
Modeling oriented 3D-software
http://www.luxology.com

2D/3D art assets
http
://
www
.
gamedev
.
net
/
community
/
forums
/
topic
.
asp
?
topic
_
id
=544073


Audio programs


Audacity
http
://
audacity
.
sourceforge
.
net
/
Audacity is opensource, freeware audio-record & -editor.

Reaper
http
://
reaper
.
fm
Digital audio workstation, fully functionally demo available for multi-track editing, when Audacity is now
enough. Can be used for creating audio to video track or adding vocals and/or guitar tracks to music
trackers using rewire technology.

Freesound
http
://
www
.
freesound
.
org
/
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.


SFXR
http
://
www
.
drpetter
.
se
/
project
_
sfxr
.
html
Simple retro sound effects generator.


Music Programs

Renoise
http
://
www
.
renoise
.
com
Music tracker for serious music making. Download the fully functionally demo (missing only wav export)
so use “what you hear”... Available for win, mac and linux, supports vst plugins.

Madtracker
http
://
www
.
madtracker
.
org
/
main
.
php
Another music tracker suitable for music creation, supports vst plugins.

Modplug tracker
http
://
www
.
modplug
.
com
/
Open sourced music making.

PXTone
http
://
hp
.
vector
.
co
.
jp
/
authors
/
VA
022293/
pxtone
/
index
.
html
(page is in Japanese)
Tool for creating music to games.
A comprehensive manual for using it:
http
://
www
.
gr
87.
com
/?
page
_
id
=64

Musagi
http
://
www
.
drpetter
.
se
/
project
_
musagi
.
html
Editor in chiptune style music.


Search for open source audio:
http
://
www
.
archive
.
org
/
search
.
php
?
query
=
collection
%3
Aopensource
_
audio

Music Resources (mainly vst plugins)

Komplete 8-players (Native-instruments)
http
://
www
.
native
-
instruments
.
com
/#/
en
/
products
/
producer
/
komplete
-8-
players
/?
page
=2433
package of very high quality vst instruments, requires registration to site + contains drm management.
Can be extended easily and cheap, elements bundle costs 48€ which is worth having.

SampleTank 2 Free (IK-Multimedia)
http
://
www
.
ikmultimedia
.
com
/
products
/
sampletank
/
Have no less than 2Gb Sample collection for your workstation, requires registration + activation

Ambience (Smartelectronix)
http
://
magnus
.
smartelectronix
.
com
/#
Ambience
a good Free reverb with lots of parameters to tweak.

Alchemy free (Camel Audio)
http
://
www
.
camelaudio
.
com
/
AlchemyPlayer
.
php
Alchemy comes with 1Gb sample collection + .sfz player so you can extend the plugin easily.


The KVR-vst plugin archive

http
://
www
.
kvraudio
.
com
/
please visit for even more free vst-resources.

Others

Search Creative Commons resources
http
://
search
.
creativecommons
.
org
/

A free iPhone app for paper prototyping
http
://
popapp
.
in
/


* The team/makers of the game hold all IP rights. However, the Global Game Jam may use the games for
demonstration as it sees fit. All games, including their source and assets, must be posted in the state they
are in as of 15:00 Sunday, January 27, 2013. If the team/makers of the game wish to upload subsequent
versions, they are welcome and GGJ will host and archive them. All participants and all games entered
for GGJ must agree to a Creative Commons, share, alter, no sell license.