Assets for game devs
If you have any suggestions (websites to add to this list) please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
- Open Game Art: Free, legal art for open source game projects (includes models, sprites, textures, sounds, music).
- Free Game Arts: Promotes the use and development of free and “open source” game resources, including 3D models, sound effects, textures, games and development tools.
- WikiWorlds: The goal of this wiki is to create virtual worlds under a free content license.
- Psionic’s 3D Game Resources: Psionic’s “art website with free 3D models, textures, sound fx etc”.
- HasGraphics: Sprites, textures, tiles and many more.
- Lost Garden free game graphics: Danc’s miraculously flexible game prototyping graphics for small worlds.
- Unlucky Studio: They release one free sprites pack every month.
- Mobile Game Graphics: Game assets bundles on different themes: zombie, war, backgrounds, 8 bit etc. Thanks Hemant!
- The Freesound Project: A collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.
- pdsounds: Public domain sounds, a free sound library.
- FlashKit SoundFx: An ever growing list of shareware and freeware SoundFX for download.
- DrPetter’s sfxr: Retro sound effects generator.
- Jamendo: Free and legal music downloads.
- Free Music Archive: “It’s not just free music, it’s good music”.
- Incompetech: Royalty free music search.
- Open Music Archive: A collaborative project to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings.
- The Official Blender Model Repository: Free Blender resources.
- Kagor Legaz’s 3D Models: Variety of Blender models.
- Google 3D Warehouse: 3D models for use in Google SketchUp.
- CG Textures: The world’s largest free texture site.
- Mayang’s Free Textures: Over 3800 free to download, high-resolution textures.
- Texture Archive: Neat collection of environmental and fabric textures.
- Image * After: A large online free photo collection. Download and use any image or texture and in your own work, either personal or commercial. (Site includes images as well as textures).
- CMU Graphics Lab Motion Capture Database: 2605 animations in 6 categories and 23 subcategories. Free for all uses.
- mocapdata.com: Commercial site with over 4000 free animations in addition to their premium animations.
- Truebones: Inexpensive commercial motion capture in BVH file format. Some free files available upon request.
- Open Font Library: High quality open-source fonts.
- The League of Moveable Type: Only the most well-made, free & open-source, @font-face ready fonts.
- dafont.com: The fonts presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain.
- Acid Fonts: Large collection of free fonts.
- famfamfam icons: Popular free icon set for web projects.
- Tango Icon Library: Contains a basic set of icons for the most common usage.
- Game-Icons: All types of icons. Mages, claws, hearts, anything.
- serendipity: Various random name and description generators (may be good for RPGs).
- Creative Commons Search: Search for Creative Commons licensed content (images, videos, music, etc.) on multiple sites.
- Frogames content packs: Inexpensive content packs mostly for Torque and Unity3D.
- Dexsoft: High-quality model packs with LODs, textures, and animations. Available in multiple formats.
- 3DRT: Looks more expensive and of lower quality than Frogames and Dexsoft. (Some free content.)
- Game Beep: Free and commercial resources in various categories. (Free content is generally available elsewhere.)
- Animeeple: A easy-to-use character animation tool with a focus on its built-in animation store. (Looks neat.)
- MyFonts: Good commercial fonts website. Features “WhatTheFont” feature to assist in identifying fonts based on images.
- Graphic Buffet: Vector graphics. Some are free.
These websites are a bit of a mixed bag as their content is generally not directly targeted at games or their prices may be too high for indie developers.
- Open Clip Art Library: Good resource for vector clip art, but how often is that used in games?
- TurboSquid 3D Marketplace: Well-established website, but quality and costs vary greatly.
- ShareCG: More targeted at artists wanting to gain exposure. Membership (free) required to download assets.
- Archive3D: Mostly furniture and other high resolution models for architectural visualisation.
- NASA 3D Resources: A growing collection of 3D models, textures, and images from inside NASA. Free to download and use.
- 3D Model Repositories list: From the accompany website for the book Level of Detail for 3D Graphics. More research focussed.
Classic game assets: