Everyday we bump into people who want to make a game, they get in touch with us and ask us where to start.
Well, guys, you came to the right place: HTML5 is the perfect technology to start making games because it’s extremely flexible and very easy to use!
For this reason we are going to publish some blog posts focused exclusively on the game development process, perfect resources for newbies but also good tips for expert developers.
In the last two weeks we blogged about the 2D & 3D frameworks that can be used to start coding a game (some of them *points at Construct* do not require ANY coding skills at all!), but the building platform is only the beginning of the whole process of making a cool game.
Assuming that you are already familiar with what you want to do and that you already chose a framework, the next thing to do is find the assets necessary to build your game (even if you don’t produce them in-house).
So, in this blog post, we are going to talk about resources and tools for creating the perfect assets, thanks to our friend Andre Antonio Schmitz (he manages the biggest list of resources for HTML5 game development).
Today we will focus on the TOP of our favourite 2D and 3D graphics assets. Let’s start!
TOP 2D GRAPHICS ASSETS RESOURCES
GameDev Market – Free/Paid
GameDev Market is a community-driven marketplace that connects indie game developers with asset creators. The 2D assets available are various and available also for free.
GameArt2D – Free/Paid
GameArt2D.com is a marketplace focused on royalty free 2D game art assets. The catalogue is not hudge but some arts are very nice.
Open Game Art – Free
Open Game Art is a media repository of game assets licensed under free licenses. The site also has a section for articles and tutorials, as well as a discussion forum for its users.
Scirra – Paid
Scirra, the company behind the framework Construct 2, has his own marketplace of royalty-free 2D game assets, tools and game making software.
Glitch – Free
Glitch was a successful game that was shut down in 2012 but, when the project was closed, all the game’s art was released to the public for free.
EatCreatures – Paid
EatCreatures is an online Marketplace where devs can buy royalty-free cartooned graphics to be used in any media.
Game Art Partners – Paid
Game Art Partners is a marketplace for artists that want to sell great game art to developers that don’t have affordable access to an artist on staff.
Game Developer Studio – Free/Paid
Game Developer Studio is a website offering free and priced game graphics and other assets to mostly independent game and app developers.
Graphics4games – Paid
Graphics4games is another websites good to find arts for game developers with many nice textures and backgrounds.
DeviantArt – Paid
Founded in 2000, DeviantArt is a social network for artists and it’s a very good place to find assets and also artists to make games.
TOP 3D MODELS ASSETS RESOURCES
GameDev Market – Paid
GameDev Market is a community-driven marketplace that connects indie game developers with asset creators. Like for 2D assets, here devs can find free and paid 3D ones.
TurboSquid – Paid
TurboSquid is one of the biggest sources for professional 3D models, founded in 2000.
Blend Swap – Free
Blend Swap is a community of blender artists who share their work under Creative Commons licenses. Some of the assets are really high quality.
Unity – Free/Paid
Official Unity marketplace with more than 15.000 free and paid 3D models, editor extensions, scripts, shaders, materials, audio files and animations.
3DRT.com – Paid
3DRT.com is a world leading developer of real-time CG content specialized in high-quality 3D models for video games.
Props Planet – Free/Paid
Props Planet is a marketplace of 3D assets with WebGL preview and new assets published every week. These assets supports all engines like Unity, Unreal, Playcanvas & more.
3DTotal – Free/Paid
3DTotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects.
3D Model – Free
Another interesting website with tons of free 3D models uploaded by users of the website.
Gentle Giant – Free/Paid
Gentle Giant designs, develops, and manufactures three-dimensional representations of beloved characters from a variety of franchise properties with worldwide name recognition.
Game Art Market – Free/Paid
Game Art Market is an online marketplace where both game artists, developers and game enthusiasts can download, buy or sell game assets such as 3D models, textures and materials.
Cgtrader – Free/Paid
One of the leading 3D models marketplaces with over 120.000 free and premium 3D models and 200.000+ members.
Humster3D – Free/Paid
3D Models from Humster3D: “We make what others miss”. Browse the biggest online collection of cars, electronics, weapons and other hot things.
Please notice that the order in these lists is random, we invite every developer to experiment and find his/her favourite one according to his/her specific needs. If you’d like to access the complete list of resources check out Andre’s page.
Now that you know how to create the coolest assets, are you ready for your first HTML5 game?
When you feel like it, submit it to GamePix through our contacts page and we will get back at you ASAP! :)