Tools and Resources to Create Game Assets for Android

Below is a list of free & paid tools which can be used to create game arts and sounds. If you know any other useful resources, please report in comment section so I can add it to this list.

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Graphics

Arts COllections

Free Game Arts

  • Spriters-resource. This is the biggest directory where its users share sprites from video game console’s sprites. You can utilize the sprites to make games.
  • UnluckyStudio. Free game arts from Unlucky Studio.
  • Gameart2d.com. They have a lot of free stunning game arts.
  • 2dgameartguru. A personal blog that provides free 2D game arts once in a while. It also posts tutorials about making game arts using Inkscape.
  • HasGraphics.com. Another source to download free graphics.
  • Sharecg.com. A site for artists to upload and share their 2D & 3D work.
  • Blogoscoped. 700 fantasy-themed avatar images free to download.
  • Lostgarden.com. Daniel Cook shares free arts on this blog.
  • Sithjester’s RMXP resources. Free assets for RPG Maker. You can use them in any RPG games.
  • Kenney.nl. A website based in Netherlands loves to create free to use game assets and high quality learning material for game developers.
  • Textures. You can find a large collection of textures on this site – building, floor, decal, nature, animal, etc… They offer both free and paid textures.
  • Games-Icons. Over 2000 free icons for your games. Games-Icons adds new symbols weekly and organizes them in suitable categories.
  • Sketchfab. Artists showcase their 3D models on this site. Developers can get inspiration from these showcases.
  • Vecteezy. Free vector art directory. I often search for “game”, “character” or  “rpg” to usable art in games.
  • Iconmonstr. 3000+ free simple icons in 250 collections.
  • OpenGameArt. The site offers free game arts submitted by their users. They are allowed to be used in free game projects.
  • PlainTextures. Plaintextures provides free high resolution textures for artists and designers.
  • Reiner’s Tilesets. You can find graphics, textures, sound FX and meshes to use in your game for FREE. The site even offers source code of some freeware games.
  • Yobi3D. It is a free 3D model search engine.
  • TF3DM. Free 3D model for games. You can even find Pokemon models on this site.
  • TurboSquid. Another free 3D models directory.
  • QuaterniusDev. Some free low-polygon 3D models.

Arts Marketplace

  • GraphicRiver. EnvatoMarket’s dedicated marketplace for game assets.
  • GameDev Market. GameDev Market is a marketplace for high quality, affordable game assets handcrafted by talented creators around the world.
  • Game Art Guppy. A game art marketplace for developers who can’t afford custom art yet.
  • CraftPix. A small team sells  high quality 2D game assets at small price for most popular genre, be it RPG skillsets or platformer background. They also offer free assets.
  • GameArtPartners. This site has quite a large collection of different type of art styles, from 2D, 3D to isometric.
  • Bitgem3d. It sells lowpoly 3D models designed by a small team.

GRAPHICS Tools

Vector / Image Editors

  • Gimp. GIMP is a free cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is a good alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
  • Inkscape. Inkscape is a free, open source and professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is a vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.

Spritesheet Editors

  • CodeAndWeb’s TexturePacker. Texture Packer is the best sprite sheet generation tool on the market.
  • ShoeBox. It is a free Adobe Air based app for Windows and Mac OSX with game and ui related tools which ultilize drag-and-drop for smooth worflow.
  • Aseprite. Aseprite lets you create 2D animations for games. From sprites, to pixel-art, retro style graphics, and whatever you like about the 8-bit (and 16-bit) era.
  • GraphicsGale. This is an animation graphic editor developed by a Japanese developer.
  • Pickle. Pickle is an Adobe Air-based pixel art editor.
  • PiskelApp. With Piskel you can create your own pixel arts in a few clicks. it is an online tool.
  • Grafx2. A free pixel art oriented graphic application inspired by the Amiga programs Deluxe Paint and Brilliance.
  • Emblem. An online tool to draw simple vector graphics using blender controls. Drawing can be exported as SVG and PNG.

Texture / Tile / Terrain Editors

  • Overlap2D. Overlap2D is an open source game UI, level and content editor.
  • PixPlant. PixPlant is a complete solution for repeating textures and 3D maps.
  • STG. a tool for creating professional seamlessly-tileable textures from photographs quickly and easily.
  • Array Painter. Written in Java, Array Painter is easy to make 2D tiles and textures.
  • Space-2D. Online tool to generate background for space game or app. You can add or remove objects such as point stars, star, and suns.
  • OGMO Editor. Ogmo Editor is a free and open source level editor for indie game developers who use Windows.
  • Artifex Terra. Artifex Terra 3D is a free terrain editor application for height map based realtime modeling and texturing of virtual landscapes.
  • Nem’s Terrain Generator. Nem’s Mega 3D Terrain Generator is a relatively new terrain generator that takes a step in a completely different direction.
  • World Machine. Powerful and flexible, World Machine combines procedural terrain creation, simulations of nature, and interactive editing to produce realistic looking terrain quickly and easily.
  • goxel. You can use goxel to create voxel graphics (3D images formed of cubes) on Linux, Windows and OSX.
  • Q-Block. A free, online Voxel editor.
  • LevelEditor. The ATF LevelEditor is a powerful tool for creating game levels (maps, campaigns, and virtual worlds). It also supports 3D games.

Character Generators

  • Charas-Project. A characters generator used for RPG games.
  • Loose Leaf. This is a great online tool to create character model. You can customize skin color, clothes, equipment.

Physics / Particle Editors

Skeletal Animation Tools

  • Spine. Spine provides numerous tools to shape and refine your 2D animations, then integrate it into your game seamlessly.
  • Spriter. Spriter enables the “modular” method of creating silky-smooth animations where key-frames are constructed from small, re-useable images. With Spriter, a game creator who is not an artist can start creating a game with pro quality animations.
  • DragonBones. DragonBones is a skeletal animation editor developed by Egret. It supports all major game engines and programing languages such as Unity, Cocos2D.
  • Fusion Character Animator. A simple too to create animation for 2D object.
  • Synfig Studio. Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, which allows you to create 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources.

3D Modeling Tools

  • Blender. Blender is a complete 3D creation suite. It is free and open source.
  • MakeHuman. A free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans. MakeHuman is completely written in python.
  • Clara.io. A free online 3D rendering.
  • Sculptris. Sculptris provides an excellent gateway into the exciting world of 3D.
  • Maya. Maya is the most popular commercial 3D model creation tool.
  • 3ds Max. With tools to help shape and define, 3ds Max is modeling software for artists looking to create environments and characters.

Audio

SOUND Collections

  • Freesound. Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. You can browse, download and share sounds.
  • PlayOnLoop. A set of free music loops that can be used for games
  • Musopen. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials.
  • Incompetech. This site helps you find royalty free music released under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  • Free Game Sounds.  Royalty free music and sounds for your games.
  • PacDV. PacDV has been producing royalty free sounds for filmmakers, sound designers, music producers, film students, and multimedia developers since 2001. They can be used in games, too.
  • SoundImage.  A blog provides sound for free.

Audio Tools

  • Bfxr. Bfxr is an elaboration of the glorious Sfxr, the program of choice for many people looking to make sound effects for computer games. I recommend this tool for game developer.
  • jfxr. A JavaScript port of the Bfxr sound effect generator.
  • Audacity. A free multi-track audio editor and recorder which supports Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
  • Audiosauna. Audiosauna is web browser-based music production studio.
  • Audiotool. An online music producer.