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The latest Godot Engine showreel is an impressive look at upcoming games

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Every now and then the developers of Godot Engine, a cross-platform free and open source game engine, put together a showreel of what's made with it.

A new one is out now, and it really shows a nice diverse selection of games being created with it. Not only is it a great look at some existing and upcoming games but it's also a nice advert for what Godot can do. Hopefully over time even more developers will use it since it has fantastic Linux support, and no fees.

Here's the desktop / console Godot Engine showreel:

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Here's the links to each game:

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dilly 7 Oct
Beautiful games in there!
I'm the designer and programmer of Takara cards and 95% of it is made with open source tools (on mint!) :)
eldaking 7 Oct
Damn, those are some great looking games, in a lot of different visual styles. Wishlisted a lot of them.

And they also have a great variety of genres and types of gameplay; besides the obvious retro RPGs, roguelites and platformers (obvious because they are all the rage in the indie scene, nothing wrong with it), there are strategy games, city builders, rhythm games, card games, pong... 2d and 3d games and even VR. Really good to showcase Godot.
I ll be honest most of those games I am really not interested in but the RTS game and a couple of the top down guessing twin stick games look like they could be fun.
Eike 7 Oct
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Nice showcasing for sure!

There's some games I would have assigned to RPG maker.
Does somebody knows how Godot compares to it?
(I'm not making such games, just being curious.)
Why do all these games look childish as if meant for elementary/high school children? Where are the serious games?
Anza 8 Oct
Quoting: MercifulBossWhy do all these games look childish as if meant for elementary/high school children? Where are the serious games?

Just out of curiosity, what's your definition of serious? Games looks can deceive a bit. Cute looking game can be deadly serious.
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: MercifulBossWhy do all these games look childish as if meant for elementary/high school children? Where are the serious games?

Just out of curiosity, what's your definition of serious? Games looks can deceive a bit. Cute looking game can be deadly serious.

I have never seen and can't even fathom a cutesy platformer or even a sprite game to be "deadly serious"
Quoting: MercifulBoss
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: MercifulBossWhy do all these games look childish as if meant for elementary/high school children? Where are the serious games?

Just out of curiosity, what's your definition of serious? Games looks can deceive a bit. Cute looking game can be deadly serious.

I have never seen and can't even fathom a cutesy platformer or even a sprite game to be "deadly serious"
Come to that, is there such a thing as a "deadly serious" game? I mean, say there's bodies and gore splattering everywhere. It's still not fundamentally different from kids playing war with squirt guns.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 9 October 2022 at 8:15 pm UTC
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: MercifulBoss
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: MercifulBossWhy do all these games look childish as if meant for elementary/high school children? Where are the serious games?

Just out of curiosity, what's your definition of serious? Games looks can deceive a bit. Cute looking game can be deadly serious.

I have never seen and can't even fathom a cutesy platformer or even a sprite game to be "deadly serious"
Come to that, is there such a thing as a "deadly serious" game? I mean, say there's bodies and gore splattering everywhere. It's still not fundamentally different from kids playing war with squirt guns.

Its very much like movies and books - it has much to tell. Some games are even deadly - like women or the squid game.
Anza 10 Oct
Quoting: MercifulBoss
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: MercifulBossWhy do all these games look childish as if meant for elementary/high school children? Where are the serious games?

Just out of curiosity, what's your definition of serious? Games looks can deceive a bit. Cute looking game can be deadly serious.

I have never seen and can't even fathom a cutesy platformer or even a sprite game to be "deadly serious"

Maybe deadly serious is bit too much. But point is that games are one form of art. Maybe they're not in state where pure art games sell lot of copies, but being entertaining doesn't prevent games handling also other kind of things than just shooting bad guys until they're dead. Shooting bad guys until they're dead have been done from all kind of perspectives and in all kind of colors. But like movies, games are able to handle all kind of topics regardless of how they look.

There are games like these for example:

  • This War of Mine which is about war from civilian perspective (which does use quite dark colors to set the tone)
  • Papers, Please which gets inside a dystopia, but has cartoony graphics
  • On the cute side there's Spiritfarer, which is totally about death

The real answer the original question is though that Godot is currently favored by indie developers. Indie developers need to keep things simple if they want to release something. 2D is much easier to make look good compared to 3D. Also the original games that the retro games are based on, had quite bright colors, due limited color palette. Alternative to bright colors was brown mush.

Like Blender, Godot probably will find larger and more varied audience over time. At least now Unity has made some missteps, so more indie developers starting new game, might give Godot a try. Unity might be more realistic competitor anyway. Something like Unreal has lot of money thrown to it, though it's possible that Unreal at some point stops being a game engine as it has found other lucrative markets.
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