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Hi, A group of us programmers and artists have decided to take on a bit of a game making project, we plan to make a short game. Our idea involves using 2D sprites in a 3D environment, and is to be a platform game. Is there any recommendations on any game engines that would be best suited for this?

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You have 2 brilliant engines just become available, first the Unity engine and second the Unreal engine. There are terms and conditions attached but these are available on the company's websites. For rapid prototyping these engines are definately worth a look, and best of all they're free!

Goodluck!

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For the kind of game you are describing, Flat Red Ball might be a good option. It is an engine with 3D acceleration support that focuses on rendering 2D sprites in a 3D space. It provides useful camera controls, while keeping rendered graphics 2D.

Unity 3D is also a viable option for you. It isn't tailored quite so much for what you are describing, but can easily handle gameplay like that. It also has a lengthy tutorial that explains how to make a platform game using the engine. (a place to start from) It allows for the use of C# in its logic scripting, which should be easy to learn for those familiar with C++. It's also cross-platform compatible as hell. (a nice bonus)

The Unreal Development Kit was recently released as well. But that might be overkill for what you are describing.

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