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  1.   Thanks for recommending Torque 3D. However, I work in 2D only. I tried to look into Torque 2D, but it is non-free ( costs me US$128 ).   Latest Update: I'm looking into cocos2d-javascript ( http://www.cocos2d-javascript.org/ ) , cocos2d-iphone & cocos2d-x . They seem working well in both web client & mobile phones. Do you guys recommend cocos2d series libraries ?
  2. My ideal support platforms are : - Browser ( Facebook game ) - Mobile ( iOS & Android )   but they can be separated into 2 phases . I will try to look into Qt .   UPDATE: Looked into Qt . It seems it's not suitable for browser games ( it produces desktop applications instead ) . Any alternatives ?
  3. I am working on a turn-based single player game. Requirements: Sprites move & rotate in turn No need 3D able to view it in mobile (can separate into 2 languages, one for desktop, one for mobile) connect to server-side to save & load game data server-side is written in PHP5 & MySQL Apache web server (with Ruby-on-Rail & Perl support) I have the following choices of programming languages: Flash / ActionScript 3 : it was the best game frontend programming language. It was, but it is fading out Ruby / Ruby on Rails ? my web server supports this, but I'm not sure if it fits LUA ? same HTML5 + JavaScript + CSS : good fit for animations, not good to guard from game hackers Objective-C / Java with Cocos2D / Cocos2D-x : a promising game engine for iOS & Android, but it is mobile only Silverlight / C# / XNA / WMF : Microsoft's Flash replacement. Mine is a Linux server, so can't. OpenGL + C++ : it is supported in modern browsers, but development time may be longer Unity 3D or other game engines with browser plugins : possible, but I prefer a free solution. Also, I only need 2D. Game Developers, please advise.