Advertisement Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
johnnyMakesGames

Do any commercial games use the free sprites?

This topic is 1783 days old which is more than the 365 day threshold we allow for new replies. Please post a new topic.

If you intended to correct an error in the post then please contact us.

Recommended Posts

Advertisement

I have seen several popular games on Android and Googleplay use them.  I've also seen an RPG on stream that doesn't use free spites but does use sprites from a cheap $5 asset bundle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depends on the title I guess. Commercial games can also be one man games that lack a (proper) artist or the money/friends to make art and need to find another way to get something they can use. Free sites or cheap asset bundles are mostly the way to go with that. Sometimes the assets also simply get adjusted in a way it isn't that recognizable anymore.

 

Generally though, the bigger the studio (that being, having the proper artists) or more money, the less likely you will find free assets in a game. It's a matter of different factors though, but mostly depends on the one making the art being capable of delivering everything needed for the project.

 

AAA games are very likely to not have free assets. They have skilled people working on the specific needs of the game and simply don't need direct use of free assets, however it isn't uncommon that free assets are used as a reference should it be of use. Although, reference can be anything and is not limited to free assets. Re-using assets from previous games isn't that uncommon though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd agree with the above -- purchased stock assets (which can often be quite cheap) are fairly common in hobbyist or indie games, but I don't know of any really prominent examples of commercially successful games using free assets.

 

That being said, if you're able to locate high quality free assets that are a good match for your game, and you're also able to produce a fun, high quality games, and then you're also able to market it well, there's no real reason you couldn't be the first such example -- the cases of popular games using stock assets (which by definition are not exclusive to that title) prove that you don't necessarily need unique assets to be successful.

 

 

Note also that there are some games that have been very successful commercially with extremely simple graphics that were created specifically for that games -- there's no reason these games would necessarily have been less successful using freely available assets that weren't created specifically.  (Examples: Desktop Tower Defence, Fantastic Contraption).

 

 

//EDIT: When looking for the examples of simple graphics above I found an example of a very successful game that reportedly used creative commons assets: Crayon Physics - note that it has pretty minimal art at all however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Using Free or Inexpensive Sprites for a game idea you might have is not a bad idea or even Prohibited, provided that you obtain a copy of a license agreement to market that game with those sprites!!!
I have seen some sites that give you that permission, providing that your game clearly gives the artist(s) credits for those sprites in use. Other require a small fee for that permission.
So Step 1 would be to obtain a copy of the license agreement to redistibute.

If you are a programmer, with limited Finacial Resources, and artistic talent, and you are trying to demonstrate your programming skills and/or your game design talent, then using Low Cost sprite packages would allow you to concentrate more on your end goal.
I have used them used in my hobby projects. However, I will say for me personnally, I enjoy doing the programing WAY, WAY MORE than the actually playing the game, Although that is fun to!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think Realm of the Mad God used a few sprite packs for most of the main stuff (characters, items, etc).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

  • Advertisement
×

Important Information

By using GameDev.net, you agree to our community Guidelines, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy.

GameDev.net is your game development community. Create an account for your GameDev Portfolio and participate in the largest developer community in the games industry.

Sign me up!