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I would like to know if there is a c++ game engine that I can use for free to prototype some ideas I have.

I have experience in c++ and have spent some time now playing around with different rendering engines such as ogre3d and irrlicht. I don't want to re-invent the wheel and spend the time building my own engine.

I have some idea's for a game that I would like to prototype and would be looking for a free engine to experiment with. I would be open to paying for the engine if I can make my idea work but as I don't have a great deal of time or resources I would need the engine to not have a time limit on free use.

By all inclusive I mean : I would rather not have to get a whole bunch of separate dependencies for physics, sound etc. I would prefer the one engine to have those things in it.

It might be a big ask as well but some of my ideas are of a more advanced nature so ideally not free because it limits the features for free use. I want something I can use to prototype some ideas and would be happy to pay for if the project went past the prototype stage.

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I'd argue that "C++" and "prototyping" don't really go all that well together. Depending on your goals of course. –  Tetrad Sep 14 '11 at 16:01
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Comparison of free AAA game engines.

Those are going to be your best options. You haven't really given enough information for me to suggest past that, but the breakdown should be detailed enough for you to choose.

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Thanks man. I appreciate the link. I'm sure I can find something there. –  Tim Sep 14 '11 at 4:59
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if you are going to just create a prototype for your games you can use Esenthel Engine. it's basically designed for an mmorpg games, but it has reach framework for any kind of game you need to create. ofcourse you can expand your prototypes to full game using this engine but i'm not sure how the results will be.

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