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3D Game Engines

11-25-2008, 04:30 PM
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3D Game Engines

I know of the Unity game Engine, but it's expensive (how much is it with the license to publish the app?) But is there any other cheaper (or free) Game Engine for the iPhone and iPod Touch that supports Sketch Up files? Thanks!

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11-25-2008, 04:59 PM
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Anyone?

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11-25-2008, 05:15 PM
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You could try http://oolongengine.com/

For sketchup files I would buy the PRO version of sketchup and then export them to another format (say 3ds) that is supported by engines.

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11-25-2008, 05:17 PM
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Unity is a rapid production environment and not just an engine, so it can't really be compared other to middleware that consists of a source code dump and some tools. If you're looking for free stuff there are a couple open source projects I'm aware of:

http://code.google.com/p/oolongengine/ (whoops - RPGGuy beat me to it...)
http://www.sio2interactive.com/

I don't think either supports Sketch Up files directly but IIRC those files are just mangled Collada data which can be read and exported by many 3D tools. For the record, I haven't used either of those so no followup questions please

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11-25-2008, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by RPGGuy View Post
You could try http://oolongengine.com/

For sketchup files I would buy the PRO version of sketchup and then export them to another format (say 3ds) that is supported by engines.
Good enough. Thanks. But where do I download? There are no dowloads on the Google code page.

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11-26-2008, 02:42 AM
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From my FAQ

http://www.plaidworld.com/iphonefaq.txt

iPhone Game Engines:

Shiva 3D
Lua based 3D IDE host app is windows only(?)
Looks Cool tho
http://www.stonetrip.com/

2D engine for iphone using python
cocos2d:
the PC/Mac/Linux coded in python (it doesn't work on iPhone)
http://cocos2d.org

iPhone version coded in objective-c
http://code.google.com/p/cocos2d-iphone/

With the NDA lifted libSDL is coming to iPhone

http://www.libsdl.org/

CVS http://www.libsdl.org/cgi/viewvc.cgi/trunk/

Unity3D - excellent mac/win game engine coming to iphone this week.
I can highly recommend this one. I work with ith daily doing fulltime contracting work.

http://unity3d.com/unity/features/iphone-publishing

Torque has also supposedly shipped for iphone.
Im told the cost is now $500 but its still in beta and Framerates are slow...

http://www.garagegames.com/products/torque/iphone

Here is another open source engine that looks promising and I know nothing about.

http://www.sio2interactive.com/HOME/HOME.html
11-26-2008, 12:36 PM
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K thanks guys! One more question (Im doing my research first). The game engine takes care of physics right? Like if it's a plane flying game right?

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11-26-2008, 10:23 PM
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K thanks guys! One more question (Im doing my research first). The game engine takes care of physics right? Like if it's a plane flying game right?
Some the ones listed above have physics engines with them.
11-27-2008, 12:07 AM
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The game engine takes care of physics right? Like if it's a plane flying game right?
Like TheBunny said, that depends. Unity and Shiva have physics, Torque sort of does. However, you're not going to make a realistic plane flying game with the built-in physics in any engine. They don't model aerodynamics or anything complicated like that. You'd be scripting the plane yourself, using minimal or no help from the physics engine, depending on the feel you're going for.

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11-29-2008, 09:22 PM
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i know this might be a weird question to post here, but does anyone know a game engine for computers that will run on pc that is free (or has lite version) that is not extremely hard?

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