Any recommendations for a good isometric game engine that is also free?

  1. Should be possible to develop entirely using freely available tools (meaning: no Flash, and no I don't want to learn haXe...)
  2. Works-in-a-browser is a plus, but not required.
  3. Support for 32-bit images is required!
  4. Good performance.
  5. Excellent documentation.

I have looked at FIFE but it is still too unfinished, and the documentation sucks!


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    \$\begingroup\$ FYI: You can develop flash-games using only freely available tools: gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/325/… \$\endgroup\$ – bummzack Mar 20 '11 at 11:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ The page you linked to talks a lot about haXe. Is there a non-haXe free Flash development solution? \$\endgroup\$ – posfan12 Mar 22 '11 at 0:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, flashdevelop.org + Flex SDK \$\endgroup\$ – bummzack Mar 22 '11 at 6:32

I have created games using as3isolib and it works really great for me. It is library for actionscript 3.0 (flash), and as bummzack said in comment, you can develop flash games using only free tools.

  • \$\begingroup\$ question states "no flash" \$\endgroup\$ – Eimantas Mar 21 '11 at 9:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ Only because the he thinks developing in flash is not free, but in reality Adobe offers the FLEX compiler for free, and you do not need to use flash to create assets. \$\endgroup\$ – AttackingHobo Mar 21 '11 at 15:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ The as3isolib library looks nice. Which free tools are you referring to? \$\endgroup\$ – posfan12 Mar 22 '11 at 0:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Flex includes a free command line compiler for compiling Actionscript into SWF (Flash). Haxe is also free and can produce SWF. What Adobe charges for is their IDE, but you can use Flashdevelop or Emacs/Vim/Sublime instead. \$\endgroup\$ – amitp Apr 19 '12 at 2:00

There's always Unity3D for everything. ;D It supports browsers, performs excellently, and has good documentation. You could use the orthographic camera for isometric easily.

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    \$\begingroup\$ And it is super-not-isometric \$\endgroup\$ – daemonfire300 Mar 20 '11 at 16:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ 'You could use the orthographic camera for isometric easily.'. \$\endgroup\$ – The Communist Duck Mar 20 '11 at 17:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's still not an isometric engine :) \$\endgroup\$ – daemonfire300 Mar 20 '11 at 18:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Not all browsers are supported. Be aware that the unity plugin is not available for a significant part of your target audience. \$\endgroup\$ – CeeJay Mar 21 '11 at 9:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ Unity 3d is not for making isometric games. \$\endgroup\$ – Vishnu Jun 16 '11 at 5:45

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