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Below is a list of engines that have all been designed to make games and apps. However, if you are a novice, or even a professional developer, you might want to consider getting a prototype of your game made first. PreviewLabs, as the name suggests, offers prototyping services to game studios. It helps teams to flesh out their ideas early on in the production or game development, so that the studio can see a playable version of their game (a very rudimentary version, without fancy graphics or art) and flag potential strengths and weaknesses. Such prototypes can also be shown when pitching a game idea to publishers as well as ensuring that a game under development will be fun to play when completed.

Appmakr – now part of infinite monkeys. However for a fee of 99 dollars you can self publish your app to other stores.

Conduit App Maker.- Make Custom Mobile Apps, Stunning app designs, Quick and easy — no coding, One click and it’s ready!

Corona – The Corona SDK was designed to allow developers to build apps across multiple platforms using a single code base, reducing time to market and increasing overall development speed by up to 10x. Sidestep platform fragmentation – develop for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and NOOK with one button!

Gamebrains– Multi-Platform Development. Designed to address the needs of small to mid-sized mobile game developers, Tired of device and platform fragmentation? Want to spend your time making your games great? Development time is opportunity cost. Start to create games using one codebase. Cloud Based Collaboration tools, Asset store and tools market place. Gamebrain has partnered with Upsight (formerly Kontagent) to provide an innovative analytics solution.

Game salad – GameSalad: Game Design Engine,  With over 70 Top 100 Games in the U.S. App Store, including a #1 hit, GameSalad developers know success. Develop Games for Top Mobile Devices and Platforms Windows Mac iPhone iPad Mac HTML5 Android and Tizen.

Gingee – Cross-platform app development solution for use on iOS, Android and other mobile devices. The technology aims to help developers create the same app for the thousands of available Android and iOS devices, which run different versions of their specific operating systems. The solution supports development without coding for iOS, all Android versions and devices, Blackberry, the mobile web and more.

Google – Welcome to Android Design, your place for learning how to design exceptional Android apps.

HeroEngine – HeroEngine was created because there were no existing technologies to support our unique style of real time collaborative development for MMO games. With no up-front costs as well as covering the costs associated with running the game online, HeroCloud provides full access to HeroEngine, hosting, bandwidth, and access to billing and marketing systems in return for a 30% revenue share.

Infinite Monkeys – Drag and Drop content for your iPhone, Android and HTML5 App.

  • They make it really easy to make your own apps with their free drag-and-drop mobile app builder, which includes a variety of add-ons like social feeds, a live calendar, and business-based features, such as a menu if you are building a restaurant app. They even do all the publishing work for you, so you don’t have to pay any developer fees to get your app into the app stores.
  • NoteCost: Free! But it comes with ads*. And you can’t sell your app – you build an app for free, and users get to download it for free. This is a great model for small businesses or community groups who just need a basic app for their organization.

Intel XDK – Intel® XDK- The easy and fast way to get your apps to market. Intel are giving away  a free version of their cross platform HTML5 developers kit, this tool makes it easier to create HTML5 web and hybrid apps across multiple app stores, and form factor devices. Did I mention it’s also free. Other Resources are available on the site.

Marmalade – Target Platforms: iOS 4.2+, Android 2.1+, BlackBerry PlayBook OS, bada (all versions), and more. The Marmalade SDK is a powerful cross platform tool that enables developers to deploy code across multiple platforms and devices from a single code base. Marmalade takes the pain out of cross platform development by taking care of the platform differences for you.

  • Cross-platform game development company Marmalade Technologies announced the launch of Marmalade Juice, its iOS to Android porting tool.

Make Games for Ouya
Join the 33,000+ people who have downloaded the OUYA Developer Kit.  It’s so easy even an 8 year old could do it.  No really!  An 8 year old really did make a game for OUYA and it’s called Astronaut Rescue.  Check it out in the Games section. Dev Kit can be found here:

PhoneGap  From Adobe – Easily create apps using the web technologies you know and love: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript PhoneGap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for the platforms you care about.

Playnery – The Playnery game engine has been built by our skilled team of developers who have decades of experience in developing and servicing online games in many countries. The engine was created to produce beautiful 3D games that can port quickly to multiple platforms including mobile. Having our own game engine also allows us to develop games faster with built-in game mechanics and to stably operate multi-player games both on the web and mobile.

QT – QT Mobile Edition, a cross-platform release that offers developers everything they need to develop and launch mobile applications across multiple platforms, including iOS and Android. Qt Mobile offers you an all-in-one designing, development and hosting package to create Qt-based apps on Android and iOS.

Unity – By fully integrating Everyplay and GameAds into Unity, we are going to make it easier and more fun for you and your players to spread the word about your Games. The free version of Unity for Windows. Includes publishing support for iOS, Android, Windows Store, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, desktop and Web, and a 30 day trial of Unity Pro (with Pro publishing for iOS, Android, Windows Store, Windows Phone and BlackBerry).

Unreal – Unreal Engine 4 is a professional suite of tools and technologies used for building high-quality games across a range of platforms. Unreal Engine 4’s rendering architecture enables developers to achieve stunning visuals and also scale elegantly to lower-end systems.

There is a nice blog post from John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer  detailing 7 more development suites  ‘Which Cross Platform Mobile Development Platform Should You Choose?

Or this list from InfoQ . Cross platform mobile tools



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