5 Rust game engines to consider for your next project

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  • bevy

    A refreshingly simple data-driven game engine built in Rust

    Bevy is another simple data-driven game engine. While it is still in the early stages of development and likely to undergo significant changes, this does not stop its vital features from shining.

  • ECS_101

    This repository contains an introduction to Unity's new Entity Component System. The purpose of this is to help developers understand this paradigm, and why it is important to create performant games in Unity.

    ECS makes Amethyst entirely thread-safe and avoids memory-locking of any sort. Learn more in the ECS infographic below:

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  • RG3D

    3D and 2D game engine written in Rust [Moved to: https://github.com/FyroxEngine/Fyrox]

    Fyrox is a production-ready engine with extensive documentation and resources that focuses on 2D and 3D rendering. To use the Fyrox engine, add the following line to your Cargo.toml:

  • Fyrox

    3D and 2D game engine written in Rust

    Besides being clear and easy to use, one of its popular features is the scene editor, which provides a scene preview as demonstrated in this example:

  • StationIapetus

    3rd person shooter in the very early development phase

    Besides being clear and easy to use, one of its popular features is the scene editor, which provides a scene preview as demonstrated in this example:

  • Piston-Tutorials

    Tutorials for Piston

    Make sure you check out this Piston repository to review some helpful examples and other necessary tutorials.

  • nannou

    A Creative Coding Framework for Rust.

    Nannou is an open source game framework that is still in its early days. It is also more hands-on for developers, but it is still a popular game engine that is greatly in use at the moment. As of this writing, the Nannou crate has over 35,000 downloads.

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  • rust-bindgen

    Automatically generates Rust FFI bindings to C (and some C++) libraries.

    However, remember Rust has interoperability with other languages, especially with C and C++. If there are no Rust libraries available for the functionality you’re looking for, you can use something like bindgen to access another library.

  • crates.io

    Source code for crates.io

    To me, Rust is a well-designed and very clean language. Though some consider Rust to have a steep learning curve, the extensive documentation and expanding crate registry can certainly help you quickly learn best practices.

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