Hi there;
This is a quick list of programs and other stuff that is very usable for game programming which is offered up free of charge and free of royalties.
If you know a tool or other thing that is handy for game programmers, please don't hesitate to add it to this list. Nothing it hosted here, we only link to stuff.
Please note that some programs may be marked as 'Strong Copyleft'. This means that the license of that tool or product may require you to make the game you create free or to copy the license of the product you chose. The GPL is the most famous example of that. So I really recommend to check the licenses before using the stuff I link to.

Charts by Hits


This list is ordered by the most hits. An item needs at least 10 hits to be listed here.

EntryHitsReviewer's RatingUser rating
1Seashore (for MacOS X)3731Not yet implemented8.4 (5)
23D Export2823Not yet implemented5.8 (5)
3OGRE 3D2067Not yet implemented8 (2)
4Eclipse1873Not yet implemented7.2222222222222 (9)
5NullSoft Install System1837Not yet implemented2.75 (4)
6XVI32 - Freeware Hex Editor1821Not yet implemented7.5 (6)
7Art of Illusion1681Not yet implemented3.3333333333333 (6)
8Graphics Gale1617Not yet implemented4 (5)
9Inno Setup1565Not yet implemented6.4444444444444 (9)
10Sound Image1531Not yet implemented9.2 (5)
11QuArK - The Quake Army Knife1399Not yet implemented3 (3)
12Pinta1197Not yet implemented3 (2)
13The Wood Workshop1192Not yet implemented6 (4)
14Frinika1181Not yet implemented5.6 (5)
15Psionic1162Not yet implemented6.5 (4)
16Godot1062Not yet implemented8 (1)
17Fami Tracker1045Not yet implemented8.4 (5)
18LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio1027Not yet implemented4.6 (5)
19Kristal Audio Engine1025Not yet implemented6.25 (4)
20K-3D1000Not yet implemented8 (4)
21iConvert Icons Online968Not yet implemented6 (2)
22Maplet956Not yet implemented5.7 (10)
23Audacity955Not yet implemented7.3333333333333 (12)
24http://textures.forrest.cz/903Not yet implemented5.4 (5)
25Tile Studio882Not yet implemented7.6666666666667 (3)
26GLBasic875Not yet implemented7.5454545454545 (11)
27Metasequoia870Not yet implemented5.25 (4)
28Geany854Not yet implemented9 (1)
29opengameart.org853Not yet implemented6.75 (4)
30Reiner`s Tilesets852Not yet implemented6.25 (8)
31Absolute Background Texture Archive835Not yet implemented7.5714285714286 (14)
32Color Pic825Not yet implemented6.6666666666667 (3)
33WinVorbis & Vorbix812Not yet implemented2.75 (4)
34DAME801Not yet implemented6.5 (2)
35Mappy783Not yet implemented6.6666666666667 (3)
36LithUnwrap779Not yet implemented5.6666666666667 (3)
37Wings 3D774Not yet implemented9 (4)
38Free Sprites753Not yet implemented6 (6)
39Avi4Bmp746Not yet implemented4.1666666666667 (6)
40UPX: Ultimate Packer for eXecutables740Not yet implemented3.8 (10)
41TextureWobbler735Not yet implemented5 (2)
42Indezine730Not yet implemented5.2 (5)
43Iceberg (for MAC)722Not yet implemented4.875 (8)
44Anim8or716Not yet implemented6.375 (8)
45Soliton715Not yet implemented6.3333333333333 (3)
46Nihilore707Not yet implemented8 (1)
47Absolute Sound Effects Archive707Not yet implemented6.3 (10)
48Anvil Studio707Not yet implemented7 (5)
49MiniB3D (for Blitzmax)700Not yet implemented6.5 (4)
50ModPlug Tracker694Not yet implemented6 (5)
51Clker - The online royalty free public domain clip art694Not yet implemented7.5 (8)
52Design WorkShop - Lite693Not yet implemented5 (4)
53Dr. Petter`s SFXR690Not yet implemented6.2 (5)
54Bitmap Font Builder676Not yet implemented4.6666666666667 (6)
55FontText627Not yet implemented7 (4)
56PacHD Free Sound Effects623Not yet implemented4.6666666666667 (6)
57Free Media Goo603Not yet implemented5.4 (10)
58FreeBASIC597Not yet implemented8 (1)
59Framework Assistant (for BlitzMax)585Not yet implemented6.5714285714286 (7)
60Ozzed.net584Not yet implemented6 (5)
61JCR6582Not yet implemented6.1428571428571 (7)
62FREE!ship579Not yet implemented8.5 (6)
63DeleD576Not yet implemented6 (7)
64Image After563Not yet implemented7.4 (5)
65Euphoria563Not yet implemented9 (1)
66Trout559Not yet implemented7.6 (5)
67PACDV Free Sound Effects555Not yet implemented7.1428571428571 (7)
68Epocu - Gaming Crowdspeaking Platform552Not yet implemented10 (1)
69InCompeTech - Royalty Free Music543Not yet implemented7.9375 (16)
70DevIL528Not yet implemented7.1666666666667 (6)
71Lost & Taken516Not yet implemented7.6 (5)
72Love2D514Not yet implemented8 (1)
73ZPaint508Not yet implemented5.25 (4)
74Tokamak505Not yet implemented6.5 (2)
75Genesis 3D502Not yet implemented5 (3)
76Exchange 3D494Not yet implemented4.4 (5)
77Ultimate Paint488Not yet implemented2.5 (4)
78IRRLICHT485Not yet implemented6 (8)
79Free Media481Not yet implemented5.8888888888889 (9)
80Absolute Font Archive479Not yet implemented6.6 (5)
81DHD Multimedia Gallery470Not yet implemented5.2 (5)
82HME - Height Map editor468Not yet implemented8.3333333333333 (3)
83www.freesfx.co.uk463Not yet implemented1 (1)
84Brucey`s Modules462Not yet implemented8 (1)
85TextureMate462Not yet implemented7 (1)
86Bitmap Font Writer461Not yet implemented4.6 (5)
87RottBott Studios461Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (3)
88Maoi461Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (3)
89WP Clip Art457Not yet implemented7 (1)
90Sound Jay455Not yet implemented7 (2)
91TerraGen´┐Ż453Not yet implemented5.6666666666667 (3)
92Now3D448Not yet implemented4.5 (4)
93The Persistence of Vision Raytracer441Not yet implemented2.4 (5)
94Image After440Not yet implemented4.6666666666667 (3)
95The GIMP439Not yet implemented5.8333333333333 (6)
96Blender436Not yet implemented6.2857142857143 (7)
97Open Dynemic Engine434Not yet implemented4.75 (4)
98Acid Fonts431Not yet implemented2.6666666666667 (3)
99Da Font430Not yet implemented7.6666666666667 (6)
100Morgue File426Not yet implemented5 (7)
101C-Unit DirectX Tutorials426Not yet implemented5.2 (5)
102Stock.xchng424Not yet implemented5.75 (4)
103SlimShady Lightmapper for B3D423Not yet implemented5.7142857142857 (7)
1041001 Free Fonts423Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (3)
105www.icsharpcode.net422Not yet implemented10 (2)
106Easy BMP - Cross Platform BMP library420Not yet implemented2.8 (5)
107Paint.NET420Not yet implemented6.6666666666667 (3)
108Open Clip Art417Not yet implemented9.25 (4)
109Lua416Not yet implemented8.3 (10)
110Games Factory Pack414Not yet implemented4.25 (4)
111PhotoPlus413Not yet implemented6.5 (4)
112Mayang410Not yet implemented4.125 (8)
113Copyright-Free Photo Archive: Public Domain Photos and Images401Not yet implemented4.5 (8)
114GIF Splitter398Not yet implemented7.1666666666667 (6)
115jEdit396Not yet implemented7.125 (8)
116Sourceforge392Not yet implemented7.8333333333333 (6)
117Find Sounds390Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
118Paint Studio382Not yet implemented3.8333333333333 (6)
119Notepad++380Not yet implemented6 (4)
120RPG Toolkit379Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
121InfranView376Not yet implemented5.3333333333333 (3)
122Juicy Fonts367Not yet implemented3 (3)
123Formati364Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
124Absolute Cross357Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
125Python353Not yet implemented7 (1)
126Morduun Big List352Not yet implemented5.5 (4)
127DeleD Designer339Not yet implemented10 (1)
128Ico2O313Not yet implemented8 (1)
129Free Music Archive293Not yet implemented7.75 (4)
130BlitzBasic 256Not yet implemented9 (2)
131Go240Not yet implemented7 (2)
132GJ PIM235Not yet implemented10 (1)
133Mark Sparling 70 day challenge230Not yet implemented9 (1)
134Cool Text - Logo Creator197Not yet implemented8.6666666666667 (3)
135Image Magick181Not yet implemented9 (1)
136Kelvin Shadewing181Not yet implemented7 (1)
137SoX175Not yet implemented8.5 (2)
138itch.io118Not yet implemented8.5 (2)
139Pixel Art Studio100Not yet implemented7 (1)
140Kitty70Not yet implemented8 (1)
141Heks69Not yet implemented9 (1)