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Hello,

 

I want to make a game what looks like this:

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Where do i have to start? Which engine is good to make a game like this? 

Im learning C++, Java and PHP. I am already a owner op Photoshop CS6

 

Thanks!

 

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PHP is probably a poor choice, but otherwise most programming languages including C++ and Java would be fine choices.

How have your studies gone so far with each? What have you learned and done in each?

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Unreal and Unity are both good choices as far as engines go.

 

As jbadams said, learning PHP probably isn't that useful for game development. C++ and C# are definitely worth looking in to though.

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Any engine will work, you will be using a shader that doesn't respond to light.

 

The key part of this style game is that you need an artist that will draw all the textures for you, as every thing is hand drawn.

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This style of game will run on nearly any engine. the next question is your intended platform. from your screen shot this looks to be a mobile game or web- broswer. here are some engines I've come across:\

 

 

Name     |     cost                |          platform(s)                                           |      link |                 notes       

Unreal          free*                |  WIN/Lin/apple moblie HTML5                       |    link    |  use c++ or drag-and-drop, *free until you make money, then its a percentage of income

Unity          free-$125/mon  |   27 including majors                                      |   link     | uses c# 

Atomic    | free-opensource |         big 5                                                       |    link    | still in development but probably the easiest

lumberyard | free-source avail |      PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS ( 5S+), and Android |   link    | based on cryengine, super high-fidelity, 100% free, amazon web services 

--------graphics engines------ no game logic--------------------------------------------------------

ThreeJS |  free-opensource|  webGL (supported by Edge, Chrome, Firefox) | threejs.org |  javascript abstraction of WebGL

irrlicht     | free-opensource|       win/linux/Imac( mobile unofficial)                | link       | c++  super easy open source

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This style of game will run on nearly any engine. the next question is your intended platform. from your screen shot this looks to be a mobile game or web- broswer. here are some engines I've come across:\

 

 

Name     |     cost                |          platform(s)                                           |      link |                 notes       

Unreal          free*                |  WIN/Lin/apple moblie HTML5                       |    link    |  use c++ or drag-and-drop, *free until you make money, then its a percentage of income

Unity          free-$125/mon  |   27 including majors                                      |   link     | uses c# 

Atomic    | free-opensource |         big 5                                                       |    link    | still in development but probably the easiest

lumberyard | free-source avail |      PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS ( 5S+), and Android |   link    | based on cryengine, super high-fidelity, 100% free, amazon web services 

--------graphics engines------ no game logic--------------------------------------------------------

ThreeJS |  free-opensource|  webGL (supported by Edge, Chrome, Firefox) | threejs.org |  javascript abstraction of WebGL

irrlicht     | free-opensource|       win/linux/Imac( mobile unofficial)                | link       | c++  super easy open source

I want to point out that all the engines above - Unreal, Unity, Atomic and Lumberyard- support the big 5 platforms and most of them can do VR games.

 

Both Unity and Unreal have terms related to the free license, Unity is cheaper however doesn't have even half the tools Unreal does, the tools it does have only supports basics. Also Unity's web player doesn't work on Chrome so you are better off using WebGL for Unity.

Edited by Scouting Ninja

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