What is a graphic engine?

A graphic engine is a software used by applications, these programs are used more to draw graphics on the screen of our computer, tablet, etc. They are ideal to create a game, there are many graphics engines in this blog we will show you the main graphics engines for Indies.

It is indisputable that the indie video game scene has grown exponentially in recent years. More and more people are encouraged to create their own video game using the infinite tools and aids that can be found on the internet. Now we will show you 4 graphics engines, their advantages and disadvantages that are ideal for Indies:

Unreal Engine 4, because the power has to be under control.

Unreal Engine 4 offers us the maximum realism that we can create in our game. free in 2015, but that is free but has a cost if your game exceeds $ 3000 a 5% gain we have to pay to Epic Games. With this graphic engine we can create any type of level of complexity also 2D platforms.

Unreal Engine has always been one of the most famous graphics engines in the video game industry, so its new version could not go unnoticed. With Unreal Engine 4 we expect tons of improvements, lots of power and, as with Unity 5, we can use it for free.


  • It has enough power compared to its competitor unity
  • Free that if, as we explained, if your game exceeds $ 3000 profit, you have to give quarterly 5% of your profit.
  • Very broad development kit
  • Enough documentation
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  • It takes a lot of resources from your computer
  • The weight of the project is huge

Games created with this engine

  • Paragon
  • Batman Arkham City
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Fortnite

Unity 5, the balance between power and versatility

It is a video game engine created by Unity Technologies, you can desc upload your free version that if only develop games on windows for some Android platforms but you will have the tools if you want to buy and be able to have all the tools to create a good game you have to pay monthly $ 75

It is one of the most used graphics engines among all those who start in the world of video games is Unity 3D. This graphic engine takes time allowing users to use a free version to develop their games, as long as they were only to be programmed for Windows.


  • Quite simple compared to your competitors
  • Ease of creating games in both 2d and 3d (a bit more)
  • Completely free
  • Quite extensive development kit
  • Quite a lot of documentation


  • It does not have the power of Unreal Engine 4

Games created with this engine

  • Crossy road
  • Temple run
  • Kerbal space program
  • Assassins Creed Identity

Cryengine, when the power has no control

It is one of the most used graphics engines for consoles, PC or mobile devices is based on an optimal Real-time performance solution and a very efficient 3D technology.

His fame came from the effects of lighting and realism achieved in the first Crysis of Crytek (creator of Cryengine German company), responsible for this graphic engine.


  • Gross power
  • Quite ample development kit
  • Quite a bit of documentation
  • Creates stereoscopic 3D games


  • It takes a lot of resources from your computer
  • You have to subscribe to a subscription system to use it freely

Games created with this engine

  • Saga of FarCry
  • Saga of Crysis
  • Evolve
  • Warface

GameMaker Studio 2, 2D at another level

In this section we also have to highlight GameMaker, one of the programs what else has sounded since the creation Hotline Miami. The advantage of GameMaker is that we have many tutorials to learn how to use it (it is ideal to use your first graphics engine because it is oriented for novice users or with few programming notions) although that does not mean that we do not have to pring ourselves on code. The problem is that the free version will only allow us to get an idea of its potential, when it comes to the truth it's time to go through the box.


  • The simplest
  • The better for 2D games
  • Enough documentation
  • Large amount of content download (Layouts, sprites, etc)


  • The free version is only for your own use, then you need to pay good amounts to develop for other platforms that are not windows and to market it equally
  • It is the one that less power it has, in terms of 3D it refers

Games created with this engine

  • Hotline Miami
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Death's Gambit
  • Nidhogg


All the graphics engines are very good some are free but they always have a defect the best would be to have a paid so that when you create your game I have all the accessories that the application can give because abecés taking with payment offers you better service. Choose which one you choose you have to give everything it does not need to be the application that you feel comfortable with the best.