PlayN Alternatives

    PlayN is described as 'cross-platform game library that allows you to create a single Java codebase that runs in HTML5, Java, Android and Flash' and is a Game Development Tool in the Development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to PlayN for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is Godot Engine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PlayN are Unity (Freemium), Unreal Engine (Freemium), GDevelop (Free Personal, Open Source) and Wick Editor (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 10, 2021

    1. Reality Factory 2 is a next-generation game authoring suite. It combines a flexible, fully scripted game development environment powered by Python with the Ogre3D engine, and supports all major desktop operating systems.

      Discontinued

      Doesn't appear to have had any updates since 2010.

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    2. Project Anarchy is a complete end to end game engine and state-of-the-art toolset for mobile. Project Anarchy includes an entirely free license to ship your game on iOS, Android and Tizen platforms.

      Source code: https://github.com/projectanarchy/projectanarchy

      Discontinued

      Project Anarchy™ has concluded: http://www.havok.com/anarchy-redirect/

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      batari Basic (bB) is a BASIC-like language for creating Atari 2600 games. It creates a binary file that can be run on an Atari 2600 emulator or the binary file may be used to make a cartridge that will operate on a real Atari 2600.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      Your project’s smart 3D digital twin as a Service. SmartShape (formerly Minko) is a technology to develop and design rich, interactive and universal 3D applications targeting computers, web browsers and mobile platforms.
    3. CrossBrowdy is an open-source and free JavaScript framework that let developers create multimedia apps, game engines, games, emulators and so on.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      Maratis is a portable, simple and visual game development tool designed for artists and developers. The Engine has been tested on Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS and can be used virtually on any platform. Maratis is Free and Open-source.
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    4. Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker is an open source free game maker, free RPG Maker, free sidescroller maker, free Machinima creator, and game design tool that makes it easy for kids and adults to create video games, maps and worlds.

      Discontinued

      https://forum.sandboxgamemaker.com/viewtopic.php?t=5957
      PAS Game Maker seems to be discontinued, and the developer is working on another project called D's Sandbox or MAGE, a Minecraft clone based on Minetest.

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      • FreemiumProprietary
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      ShiVa 3D game engine with graphical editor to create applications and games for Windows, MacOS, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Palm WebOS and Wii.
    5. The only true complete development platform for online games. HeroEngine seamlessly integrates the entire client and server architecture required to operate an online game directly into the development process.
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      The WorldForge project is the original open-source MMORPG project, dating back to 1997. The intent lies in creating a widely used development framework and set of libraries by motivating interested developers to improve on the original code.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be abandoned. Last version, 0.7.1, released in April 2014, can be still downloaded from SourceForge. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/worldforge/

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