Where to Find Great Game Assets?

Game Assets

It’s a question I’m asked daily, Indie Game Developers just starting out their new side careers, Game Development Students, Professionals we’re all facing the same problem! Where do I find GOOD assets for my project. It’s very hard to find game artists willing to work with you on your ideas let alone work with you for free on the hopes and dreams that one day the vision will make you both millionaires.

Unless you’re one of the privileged few to have found or made a solid team online to work with then your out of luck when it comes to affordable customized good quality game assets and so I give to you the 11 places that I find game assets for my solo work.

P.S. there’s no reason why you cant buy an asset pack in unity only to use those graphical resources in Game Maker or RPG Maker now I’m no lawyer so don’t quote me on that check the license.

Open Game Art

This place is amazing there are so many great assets hidden in the depths of open game art however it is littered with for lack of a better word… crap and their filtering and searching features are sub par at best. There really is some great stuff here but you’re going to have to look hard to find it!

Gamedev Market

While it hasn’t been around for very long this marketplace has quickly taken off seeing hundreds of Game Asset designers flocking to start selling their art here. It has a great rewards system and a good sense of community you’ll be sure to find some gems on this one.

Unity Asset Store

This asset store has one of the largest communities going they have so many resources available its not funny. Most of the resources are geard towards 3D Users but nevertheless they still have a sizeable 2D category.

Graphic River

Still my personal favorite the Envato Marketplaces are some of the best going they have stricter moderation on the content that is uploaded which means all the artwork is usually higher quality game ready type stuff. This is the first place I check when I’m looking for assets just due to the sheer number they have. They also have really good searching and filtering features and a bunch of sister sites for everything like logos, sounds, video effects etc.

RPG Maker Web

It goes without saying that these assets are going to be geared towards Role Playing Games but if that’s your thing then this is your place! All of the game assets you find here are going to be pre-formatted for use in rpg maker versions but they are still great and I use them all the time.

Game Maker Marketplace

YoYoGames has only recently launched their market place but its started to grow you’ll find some decent assets here but again like open game art this marketplace has no to limited moderation or quality control so we’re going to see a lot more get rich quick schemes in here but thankfully it has decent content filtering and search capabilities.

GSHelper

This used to be called the Game Salad Marketplace but it was changed to GS Helper, And as would be implied by now this is the marketplace created and used by the Game Salad community I cant say I’ve had much experience with this one but looking through their pages they have a few decent assets so I though it was worth a mention.

Graphic Buffet

A relativly small marketplace with some fairly good assets. Most of this stuff is SVG so it would be a good fit for any game with ‘that style’ if you get what i mean? 🙂

Game Art 2D

pzUH is a guy from Indonesia with some serious art talent. You’ll probably find his assets floating around the internet on all sorts of market places because he has SO many damn good ones again most of this stuff is going to be SVG so unless your game is ‘that style’ then these probably wont be that useful for you but if it is ‘that style’ then you are in for a treat!

Kenny Assets

This dude is an absolute legend in the indie development community he has created an ever expanding library of assets that caters to essentially every single need that could ever be needed. Kenny’s assets are CC0 which means absolutely royalty free…. no purchases, no watermarks, no credits, no limitations absolutely nothing these are yours once you download them to do whatever you want with.

Kenny does take donations and if you do use his work i’d seriously recommend buying him a couple of coffee’s because the work he has done for free… in his own time… for the goodness and kindness to everyone in the game development community should be rewarded Buy Kenny Totally Optional

Scirra Royalty Free Assets

Brought to you by the people who made construct and construct 2 comes the Scirra Royalty Free Asset Marketplace! Quite a few nice assets over here so again I thought I’d mention it. I don’t use it often but I have used it once in the past.

UnLucky Studio

This one was suggested by a reader who left a comment on this post! I checked it out and this site appears to offer some great free gamedev resources as well as some guides for programmers to create their own art and a udemy course.

Craftpix

This one came in an email to me from the website owners, i had a look through their site and it looks like they have plenty of quality assets so i thought i would add it to this list for you all!

11 Places To Find GOOD Game Assets

Game Assets

It’s a question I’m asked daily, Indie Game Developers just starting out their new side careers, Game Development Students, Professionals we’re all facing the same problem! Where do I find GOOD assets for my project. It’s very hard to find game artists willing to work with you on your ideas let alone work with you for free on the hopes and dreams that one day the vision will make you both millionaires.

Unless you’re one of the privileged few to have found or made a solid team online to work with then your out of luck when it comes to affordable customized good quality game assets and so I give to you the 11 places that I find game assets for my solo work.

P.S. there’s no reason why you cant buy an asset pack in unity only to use those graphical resources in Game Maker or RPG Maker now I’m no lawyer so don’t quote me on that check the license.

Open Game Art

This place is amazing there are so many great assets hidden in the depths of open game art however it is littered with for lack of a better word… crap and their filtering and searching features are sub par at best. There really is some great stuff here but you’re going to have to look hard to find it!

Gamedev Market

While it hasn’t been around for very long this marketplace has quickly taken off seeing hundreds of Game Asset designers flocking to start selling their art here. It has a great rewards system and a good sense of community you’ll be sure to find some gems on this one.

Unity Asset Store

This asset store has one of the largest communities going they have so many resources available its not funny. Most of the resources are geard towards 3D Users but nevertheless they still have a sizeable 2D category.

Graphic River

Still my personal favorite the Envato Marketplaces are some of the best going they have stricter moderation on the content that is uploaded which means all the artwork is usually higher quality game ready type stuff. This is the first place I check when I’m looking for assets just due to the sheer number they have. They also have really good searching and filtering features and a bunch of sister sites for everything like logos, sounds, video effects etc.

RPG Maker Web

It goes without saying that these assets are going to be geared towards Role Playing Games but if that’s your thing then this is your place! All of the game assets you find here are going to be pre-formatted for use in rpg maker versions but they are still great and I use them all the time.

Game Maker Marketplace

YoYoGames has only recently launched their market place but its started to grow you’ll find some decent assets here but again like open game art this marketplace has no to limited moderation or quality control so we’re going to see a lot more get rich quick schemes in here but thankfully it has decent content filtering and search capabilities.

GSHelper

This used to be called the Game Salad Marketplace but it was changed to GS Helper, And as would be implied by now this is the marketplace created and used by the Game Salad community I cant say I’ve had much experience with this one but looking through their pages they have a few decent assets so I though it was worth a mention.

Graphic Buffet

A relativly small marketplace with some fairly good assets. Most of this stuff is SVG so it would be a good fit for any game with ‘that style’ if you get what i mean? 🙂

Game Art 2D

pzUH is a guy from Indonesia with some serious art talent. You’ll probably find his assets floating around the internet on all sorts of market places because he has SO many damn good ones again most of this stuff is going to be SVG so unless your game is ‘that style’ then these probably wont be that useful for you but if it is ‘that style’ then you are in for a treat!

Kenny Assets

This dude is an absolute legend in the indie development community he has created an ever expanding library of assets that caters to essentially every single need that could ever be needed. Kenny’s assets are CC0 which means absolutely royalty free…. no purchases, no watermarks, no credits, no limitations absolutely nothing these are yours once you download them to do whatever you want with.

Kenny does take donations and if you do use his work i’d seriously recommend buying him a couple of coffee’s because the work he has done for free… in his own time… for the goodness and kindness to everyone in the game development community should be rewarded Buy Kenny Totally Optional

Scirra Royalty Free Assets

Brought to you by the people who made construct and construct 2 comes the Scirra Royalty Free Asset Marketplace! Quite a few nice assets over here so again I thought I’d mention it. I don’t use it often but I have used it once in the past.

10 Game Development Tools You May Not Know

Game Development

There are so many Game Development tools out there and they are here to help us make games faster and be more efficient. However with the vast array of hugely successful game development tools out there many smaller unknown tools go unnoticed, that’s why I’ve decided to do a quick write up about 10 game development tools that you may not have heard of yet.

Shoe BoxShoebox

This is one of my favorite tools out there, Shoebox is a free image manipulation tool capable of so many things such as Packing Sprites, Texture Ripping, Generating Animation Frames, Bitmap Fonts, Pivot Points, UI Slicing and so so so much more!

 

PixylPyxel Edit

Comes in both a free and paid flavour one of the greatest dedicated pixel art editors out there boasting a super simple interface with powerful features like onion skinning, tile repeat testing, tilesheet packing and exporting to open formats such as JSON, Xml as well as powerful animation tools Pyxel is another great tool that you may not have heard of!

 

SekaijuSekaiju

This is a completely free and open source (now who doesn’t like that!) midi sequencer! its super easy to learn and will let you start writing some classic 8-bit style music for your games in no time at all! With a tiny footprint of 18mb and a practically portable “zip”install this is a win win! (For English just open the Sekaiju.ini file and change UserInterface=Japanese to English!

 

BFXR

BFXR

Totally free sound effect generator that runs in your browser (That’s right no downloads!) this thing is a beast for any game development project, be it prototype or final product that your working on bfxr will get you up and running with all the sound efects you could imagine and all the sounds it generates are royalty free!

 

CaptureVideo Tags

This is actually a small utility I made (yes… me :P) if your ever recording some game-play footage, game development logs or video content in general for your games and related projects then you can use this to leave markers during recordings (I.E. if you cough or the chair squeeks etc) so you know where to edit later.

 

CrazyBumpCrazy Bump

If you’re doing any sort of 3D work and decide that you need some normal maps, spectacular maps or some other map that this tool supports then this is the go! you can use it to generate normal’s based on some image processing and a simple diffuse map a huge time saver while your prototyping your next game development project!

 

How to create a language

Have you ever wanted to create a fake spoken language like Al Bhed found in Final Fantasy 10 or Simlish in The Sims this is a comprehensive guide published by Pablo David Flores and based on the great book “Language Construction Kit – Mark Rosenfelder” on how to do it. Covering everything from sounds and tones through to actual alphabet creation which on its own could be totally useful for games with a fantasy setting and some hidden ancient languages / texts.

 

Graphics RiverGraphics River – Game Assets

This is a huge marketplace where I get most of my assets from when I’m working on a project and cant find an artist. They have everything you could ever want from tile sheets, sprite sheets, branding, logos, game worlds and so much more this is one of the best places to find game artwork that you can use legitimately in your projects.

 

TrelloTrello

This is a super great mostly free project management and productivity tool I use this to keep track of all my projects. What needs to be done, What I want to do, What I am doing and when i am doing it its a fantastic tool for keeping you productive. Think of it as a virtual cork-board with paper notes!

 

eP6Or4qB_400x400Bitbucket

This is my favorite of all time so I saved it for last! Bit bucket is a git and mercurial source code repository that is completely free you’ll get unlimited storage, project management, public and private bug tracking, project wiki’s as well as integrating all of that into your source code for free what more could you ask for!

The thing I love most about this is just having my entire project in one place the code… the bug reports and feature requests and having it all tied into the individual code files so I can just login and see whats left to do and whats broken and whats been fixed.

Game Development Tips #2 – Finishing Projects, Engine Choice

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By R2ninjaturtle

Evaluate your game ideas

When starting a game development project or any project for that matter its a good idea to sit down first and evaluate your ideas. I find that writing down your thoughts on paper allows me to clearly see where my projects are heading and what the final goal should be like. Once you’ve spent some time brainstorming, charting and describing your ideas on paper its a good time to evaluate if they will be worth your time. If you do decide that a project is worth your time then set some goals and stick to them.

Finishing your games

Personally this is a tough one and I believe we all face some kind of inner demons that prevent us from finishing our projects but they can be overcome with some simple tricks.

Remember that you are one person so don’t try to re-invent the wheel and design a new engine every time you make a game project realistically, how many engines have you started and finished and then gone on to make a game with? there are plenty of game engines out there for you to use and with just a little bit of research you can find the ones that suit your projects perfectly.

RPG Maker
Unity 3D
Game Maker
Construct 2
UDK (Unreal Development Kit)
Craft Studio
Stencyl

A few good resources

here are a few good reads that I can recommend on the subject they aren’t specifically game development focused but the key elements of focusing on projects and sticking to your ideas translate across any subject.

Why cant i finish? – By Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Heres how to finish anything you start – By SSCHEPER

Final notes

Forget about stigma, no ‘gamer’ cares what engine you write your games in, all the gamer / consumer cares about is that your game is fun to play so if you feel like writing your RPG in RPG Maker or making your space shooter in Game Maker then just do it because at the end of the day your consumers will not care and any fellow dev’s who put you down for using craft studio? or stencyl are probably 12 and writing their 789,964th engine in c++ and assembly

Finally always remember why you are creating games, maybe your long term goals are to turn this into a career but initially we make indie games for the fun of it, there’s no rush to complete an indie game and that is the benefit of being an indie. Work on your games in your ‘spare time’ don’t neglect your life maintain your relationships with family friends co-workers.

Game Development Tips – Introduction

Rm2kdev will teach you

Welcome

Hello and welcome everybody to this series of game development related blog posts. Over the years through major failure and minor success I have started to gain what I believe is some insider knowledge to the game development process. Maybe this insider knowledge is just a refinement of my own personal game development habits and processes but I will attempt to share them with you all.

In the subsequent blog posts that follow this one I will be writing and sharing writing tips and tricks to help you in your game development journeys.

My Goals and Time frames

I’m planning on writing these tips and tricks as often as possible putting my thoughts into paper each topic will be roughly 1 x A5 page and may or may not include code depending on the subject obviously a post about graphics design or conceptual ideas will not have scripts attached to them. The overall goal with this project is not only to one freely share the information I’ve gathered and formulated myself over time with the game development community but also by the end of a year come out with enough quality pages to begin formulating a book on game design, efficient workflow and generic tips and tricks. Hopefully with your feedback through the comments section I will be able to tune and maybe even improve the content before attempting to compiling this information into a book.

Lets consider this an open beta and your all invited.

Final Notes

Dont forget to subscribeLast but not least just some reassurance that of course all the information presented will be freely available on this blog forever I wish you success in your game development and I hope anyone reading this experienced, amateur, indie or professional will join me on this journey to create these game development tips and tricks.

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