Art Assets for Game Developers

This page contains links to art assets for game developers. If you have any suggestions (for new sites to list) or comments (on anything listed on this page already), please let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Free Resources

General:

  • 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”.

Graphics (2D):

Sound:

Music:

Models:

Textures:

  • 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).

Animation:

  • 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.

Fonts:

  • 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.

Icons:

Text:

  • serendipity: Various random name and description generators (may be good for RPGs).

Reference:

Commercial Resources

  • 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.

Notes: The Frograms and Dexsoft content packs look well-designed and economical for indie game developers using Torque or Unity3D.

Related Resources

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.

Graphics (2D):

Graphics (3D):

Classic game assets:

Other Lists

Here are a few similar lists maintained on other sites:

Thanks to the following members of the PIGMI mailing list for suggesting some resources: Chris McCormick, Rohan Anchan, Saxon Druce, Paul Turbett, Matt Fracassini.

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