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Posted 11 August 2009 - 07:51 AM


aka Sprites, sprites, and more sprites! redux. This is a list of free graphics for games. These aren't just restricted to sprites and 2d graphics, 3d is great too (I just don't know of very much). Know of any more good sites? I'll add in suggestions! And frankly I need suggestions, because this list could be much better. [Do note that I'm not especially comfortable with linking to sprites ripped from commercial games that have not been specifically released by their creator(s); I'm looking at you, Megaman sprites.]


Reiner's Tilesets

Free sprites, tiles, 3d models, etc. http://www.reinerstilesets.de/


Lost Garden

Free graphics from Danc/Lost Garden (very nice stuff!):

background tiles for "a 2D Zelda-like RPG" : http://lostgarden.com/2006/07/more-free-game-graphics.html

sprites for a space game, "a Sinistar clone" : http://lostgarden.com/2005/03/download-complete-set-of-sweet-8-bit.html

"Danc's Miraculously Flexible Game Prototyping Tiles" : http://lostgarden.com/2007/05/dancs-miraculously-flexible-game.html

"Danc's Miraculously Flexible Game Prototyping Graphics for Small Worlds" : http://lostgarden.com/2009/03/dancs-miraculously-flexible-game.html

"Free game graphics: Tyrian ships and tiles" : http://lostgarden.com/labels/Tyrian.html

"250 free handdrawn textures" : http://lostgarden.com/2006/02/250-free-handdrawn-textures.html

"Game Post Mortem: Hard Vacuum" (includes a zip of all game graphics at the end): http://lostgarden.com/2005/03/game-post-mortem-hard-vacuum.html



Various 2d game sprites & related links : http://www.molotov.nu/?page=graphics


SpriteLib GPL

"SpriteLib GPL a collection of static and animated graphic objects ... created to provide hobbyist game developers with an assortment of images to use in their creations." : http://www.flyingyogi.com/fun/spritelib.html


Yoyo Games (Game Maker)

list of resources, tutorials, tools : http://www.yoyogames.com/make/resources


First Seed Material

" complete set of graphics for low-resolution games. It was originally designed for RPG Maker 2000 ... site is mostly in Japanese, but all important stuff (the graphic descriptions, the license, etc.) are available in English." http://www.tekepon.net/fsm/ (thanks Bearhugger)


Free Airplane Sprite Pack

"This free .ZIP contains sprites of various aircraft, including fighter jets, bombers, and cargo planes" by Free Airplane Sprite Pack (double thanks to Prinz Eugn for drawing these and then letting people use them)


DAZ 3D Forums -- Free Stuff

forums for posting free 3d models/textures Note, from the forum description: "No items in the Freepozitory can be redistributed in any way without the explicit permission from the creator of the freebie." http://forum.daz3d.com/index.php?c=13 (thanks legalize)



"Free, legal art for open source game projects" (You'll likely want to pay close attention to their licensing, depending on your project goals.) http://opengameart.org/ (thanks lmelior)


AI War 2.0 Graphics Library: Free To Use For Indie Developers

"This library contains the graphics for the indie space RTS AI War: Fleet Command, as of version 2.0 of that game. ... you're free to use the graphics in this library for whatever purposes you want. Don't sell these graphics by themselves, but you can include them in your game, your pictures, whatever, and then you can sell your work with this art intact. You can modify them as much as you need for your purposes, as well. ... Just please be sure that you attribute the art to the artist(s) that created it." http://christophermpark.blogspot.com/2009/10/free-graphics-for-indie-developers.html (thanks Lorenzo Gatti)


Artwork for the Assemblee Competition

"Artwork and Music by The TIGForums Community Compiled by Derek Yu January 20th, 2010 The artwork and music on this page was created for part one of TIGSource's Assemblee Competition. The goal of this part of the competition was to provide assets for people to make games with in part two. These assets are now provided to the public through the generosity of these talented creators. You may use them for your own non-commercial projects, so long as you credit the creators. All of the assets contained on this page are licensed under this Creative Commons license." http://www.derekyu.com/tigs/assemblee/


[Edited by - dbaumgart on January 20, 2010 3:59:37 PM]

Edited by jbadams, 06 January 2013 - 02:17 AM.
Fixed formatting.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 02:36 PM

First Seed Material

A nice and complete set of graphics for low-resolution games. It was originally designed for RPG Maker 2000, but the license does not restrict its use to that software. The site is mostly in Japanese, but all important stuff (the graphic descriptions, the license, etc.) are available in English.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:01 AM

Airplane Sprites.

Just a little self-promotion...

-Mark the Artist

Digital Art and Technical Design
Developer Journal

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:19 PM

DAZ 3D Freepositories
My free book on Direct3D: "The Direct3D Graphics Pipeline"
My blog on programming, vintage computing, music, politics, etc.: Legalize Adulthood!

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 02:18 PM

Great list, thanks for putting it together!

Be careful if you decide to use Spritelib GPL, I was reading the fine print and the licensing is very confusing. The title says GPL, then the description says it's CPL, but then it says that you can't sell it (which goes against the GPL and CPL), and it also says that you can't distribute it in a game dev tool without written permission (also going against the GPL and CPL). Very odd.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:35 PM

thanks a lot

http://lostgarden.com/2006/02/250-free-handdrawn-textures.html these textures are very beauty!
-----I am working on: xna isometric online rpg

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:03 AM

http://www.imageafter.com - free photos and textures, can be used for personal and commercial use

http://www.lovetextures.com - textures, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 (although see below)

http://free3dstextures.com - textures, Creative Commons

http://www.openfootage.net - textures, Creative Commons

http://zooboingreview.blogspot.com/ - seamless textures, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

http://commons.wikimedia.org/ can be a useful source too - obviously less suited for games, but you can be guaranteed it's all under free licences.

http://www.jamendo.com/ - plenty of music under Creative Commons

http://www.freesound.org/ - sounds, Creative Commons

http://free-loops.com - includes many sounds under Creative Commons

Original post by pinacolada
Be careful if you decide to use Spritelib GPL, I was reading the fine print and the licensing is very confusing. The title says GPL, then the description says it's CPL, but then it says that you can't sell it (which goes against the GPL and CPL), and it also says that you can't distribute it in a game dev tool without written permission (also going against the GPL and CPL). Very odd.
Yeah, I've come across some like this, where they say it's under a free licence, but then elsewhere say something that contradicts the licence. It's very annoying when people do this :( http://www.lovetextures.com which I list above is even worse, it says it's under Creative Commons, but then says "The only exception is that you do not redistribute, sell or host any of the photography" which suggests no distribution is allowed whatsoever (possibly they just mean that they don't want people distributing them as "stock" images, but it's unclear).

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 05:07 PM

Here are my own fantasy / rpg sprites with animations that are freely available for commercial and/or non-commercial games.

Free RPG / Fantasy Sprites

Hope you get much use out of these.
from Matt

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:46 AM

Nice list. Always on the lookout for good textures :)

If anyone needs some free sounds I've got over 300 free loops on LoopArtists

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:52 AM

Hi there,

I`m the admin of Reiner`s Tilesets. My webspace has changed. And with that the URL.The link above leads to the subdomain of my ex hoster. And so it becomes invalid in the next days. My new URL is http://www.reinerstilesets.de/

Maybe somebody of the admins can fix the link in the first post so that there is no dead link in the list :)
tilesets games spriteshttp://www.reinerstileset.de

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 02:36 AM

I would like to bring to your attention that I made a free prototype texture pack. Prototype textures like this are very helpful to measure the scale of textures, to see the distribution of textures during uv-mapping and to visualize an idea of an early level design of a prototype game. It can be especially helpful when you create your level maps from BSP/CSG geometry, where the mapping happens automatically.

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Here is a sample of a simple prototype level:

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More details can be found here:

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 04:29 PM

One website that I find to be really useful for 3d animation as well as 3d characters is mixamo.com. They not only have a huge collection of customizable 3D animations but they provide really great resources for game developers and animators. They have a youtube channel with lots of reference animations as well as informational articles on the Evolution of Game Animation and how to add props to your scene using maya. Their animations are really great for indie game developers, their price point is very cheap and their integration into game engines like Unity is seamless. There are quite a few free motions, and their 3D character creator is


free at the moment. You can use these characters in your projects freely. If you know how to use muddbox and can model pretty well they also have an autorigger, that automatically rigs your characters online. I havent tried it yet but from the videos it looks pretty awesome. Ive really saved a ton of time on animations for my next iphone game.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:09 AM

This list is amazing, it's like all tools I'll ever need on one place. Much appreciated, bookmarked!

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:58 PM


This topic is actually useful so just thought I'd mention my site also if it's allowed.

I've got 100+ sci fi 3D models all made by me and most are low poly.
All the models that you can download can be used freely in any project, either personnal or commercial. You can use them in their original form or edit them to better suit your style (mesh / texture / name / etc.).



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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:59 AM

I have a relavent site for 2D art assets. Check out the Roencia Game Creators community and 2d art asset store Graphics for Games.

Moderators note: The Graphics for Games link is to a paid site rather than a free one. I'm letting the link stand, but clickers be advised.

Edited by JTippetts, 28 February 2012 - 10:10 PM.
Notice of paid link in a thread about free sources.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:51 AM

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Just wanted to add our site to your list:

Plenty of free models and free samples.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 11:21 AM

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I would also like to add my website's free area:

Edited by Game Design Planet, 27 July 2012 - 03:57 PM.

Check it Out: Game Design Planet

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:18 PM

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We have a weekly updated free game assets section at IndieGameDesigner.com


Free game assets are added every Monday.

Edited by IndieGameDesigner, 17 September 2012 - 02:18 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

FREE Content



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:53 AM

Free game icons and resources from Super Game Asset







About Super Game Asset
Super Game Asset provide time saving resource when creating your game. Game Icons, isometric Sprites, Props, Portraits and game maps are all available. You can purchase and download these resources, and more. We provide professional quality game assets for your game creation, these assets can be used directly in your game or you can make changes to them to suit your game, Super Game Asset is a critical time and effort-saving resource when creating your game.

Edited by yinakoSGA, 11 June 2013 - 05:56 AM.