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Research and Reference Games

Visual Novel Game Engines

EngineProgrammingPrice
Ren’PyPython variantFree
CloudNovelDrag and DropFree
GamemakerDrag and Dropfrom $39
Tyrano Builder Drag and Dropfrom $14.99
Visual Novel MakerDrag and Dropfrom $59.99
UnityC#, JavaScript
Free available
Love2DLuaFree
GodotMultipleFree
Unreal
C++Free
AppGameKitMultiplefrom $79.99

Distribution, Marketplace, and Hosting Platforms

PlatformPublishing Requirements
Itch.io
None
GamejoltNone
CloudnovelNone
Philome.laNone
GumroadNone
SteamFee, approval
GoG StoreApproval
Google PlayFee, abide by ToS
Apple App StoreFee, abide by ToS

Free Asset Creation Software

Art

Fire AlpacaDrawing
KritaDrawing
MediBang PaintDrawing
GIMPDrawing
InkscapeVector Drawing/Graphics
Vectr Vector Drawing/Graphics
Sweet Home 3DInterior Design
SketchUpInterior Design, Modeling, CAD
BlenderModeling
Clara.ioModeling, Animation
TinkercadCAD

Writing and Text Editors

LibreOfficeWord Processing
Open OfficeWord Processing
GoogleDocsWord Processing
TomatoTimersPomodoro Technique
Write or DieFocused Writing
Written? Kitten!Focused Writing
Q10Focused Writing
CeltxScreen/Script-writing
WriterDuetScreen/Script-writing
StorywriterScreen/Script-writing
Draw.ioFlowchart, Narrative Org
WorldAnvilNarrative Org
CharahubNarrative Org
AtomText Editor
Notepad++Text Editor
SublimeText Editor
EditraText Editor

Audio and Music

AudacityRecording
ReaperRecording, Production
LabChirpSFX
MuseScoreMusic Composition, Notation
LMMSDigital Music Composition
GarageBandDigital Music Composition

Other Links and References