List of Lua game engines and frameworks

  • Defold Engine

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Defold lets you quickly build high performing, cross-platform games together with your team.


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  • Open 3D Engine

    Free Windows Linux Website

    An open source multi-platform 3D engine that enables devs to build AAA games, cinema-quality 3D worlds and simulations.


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  • Solar2D

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Website

    Solar2D is a Lua based cross-platform framework with focus on ease of iterations and usage. ideal for rapidly creating apps and games for mobile devices and desktop systems.
    It is an official fork of the well established and widely used Corona SDK game engine, which is no longer commercially supported.


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  • LÖVE

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... BSD iPad FreeBSD Website

    Hi there! LÖVE is an awesome framework you can use to make 2D games in Lua. It's free, open-source, and works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS.


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  • LÖVR

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    A simple framework for creating VR with Lua.

    LÖVR projects work on Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can run the same code on an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift, and there's even a drag and drop tool for exporting projects to WebVR.

    LÖVR is minimal, clean, and really easy to pick up. It's scripted with Lua, a fun little scripting language. Most common tasks are reduced to just a few lines of code, and everything is designed for VR.

    LÖVR is open source software, meaning it's 100% free to use and doesn't require accounts, paid licenses, or royalties. The code can be found on GitHub and is released under the MIT license.


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  • Gideros Studio

    Free Mac Windows Linux Wine Website

    Gideros Studio is a Lua-based, cross platform and open source game engine allowing easy creation of games.


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  • Moai SDK

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Website

    Moai SDK is an embeddable cross-platform game development SDK written in C++ and scriptable in Lua. You can use Moai to write games or apps, or you can embed Moai in other programs. You can also use Moai as an overlay in your apps.
    Create games or business apps on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome NaCl or HTML5. No Porting to different device platforms required!
    Focus on creative coding: develop in Lua, a lighting-fast and easy to use scripting language, sitting on top a powerful C++ engine. Test your work in moments on your computer, without compiles, builds, or deploying to a device.


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  • Wicked Engine

    Free Windows Windows Phone Xbox Website

    Wicked Engine is an open-source game engine written in C++. The main focus is to be easy to set up and use, light weight, high performance, and graphically advanced. The full source code is provided with the MIT license, which means, anyone is free to use it for anything without additional considerations.


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  • Leadwerks

    Commercial Windows Linux HTC Vive Oculus Rift Website

    Leadwerks Game Engine provides the smoothest learning curve to take you from beginner to full-fledged game developer. Use the visual editor and the flowgraph system to set up game interactions without code. Use Lua to write your own game scripts. Advanced users can even program in C++ with the Professional Edition. Leadwerks Game Engine uses an OpenGL 4 deferred renderer to display detailed scenes with real-time lighting at maximum speeds to power desktop and VR games.


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  • Game Guru

    Commercial Windows Website

    Create, play and share fun games on your PC with absolutely no technical knowledge needed!.


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  • Shiva

    Freemium Windows Website

    ShiVa 3D game engine with graphical editor to create applications and games for Windows, MacOS, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Palm WebOS and Wii.


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  • Core Games

    Free Windows Web Website

    Game platform and community for playing and creating games. It is powered by the Unreal engine. Only supports PCs.


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  • Roblox Studio

    Free Mac Windows Roblox Website

    Make Anything You Can Imagine, Roblox Studio is the program used to create games on Roblox.


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  • Minetest

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... BSD Website

    Minetest is a near-infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft, and the like.


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