Hi guys, this is a post I wrote recently for the V-Play blog. Hope you find it useful.
If you need some free graphics for your game, where do you look? Browsing through tilesets, textures and sprites can take up a lot of your time, time that could be used improving your game. To help you out, we’ve put in the legwork and tracked down the best free assets on the internet. All of these websites offer image assets that are free for you to download and use, and not a royalty-fee in sight. We’ve also taken the time to rank them, so let us know what you think of our selections in the comment section!
Kenney.nl is based in the Netherlands and is producing some fantastic art for game developers. There are some really cool free assets on this site which have been made part of the public domain, meaning you can do anything you want with them. The free game graphics can be browsed according to their category so you can find your game art really quickly. Kenney.nl also makes sounds and game sources available for free which could also be pretty useful for some readers. On top of all that, it’s a really beautifully designed site.
This website has to be first on anyone’s list of places to go in search of free game graphics. OpenGameArt.org is a large site offering all kinds of graphics and even has a selection of sounds for game devs to use. It can be browsed according to category and all of the art is clearly displayed. It has a huge selection of 2D and 3D elements and is also home to a very active forum. The site is constantly being updated with content from its users and is ranked so you can find the most popular graphics of the month or go in search of some lesser used assets.
This site is a huge resource of free game graphics for anyone looking to make their own RPG. Untamed.wild-refuge.net is home to Sithjester’s RMXP resources, a collection of image assets that are free to download and use how you like. The highlight of this site is the giant collection of 2D game sprites that you can browse all on one page. Clicking on a character you like brings you to a webpage where you can download a .png of the character from all angles, perfect for making your own sprites!
If you've enjoyed the post so far, please come and check out the rest of it here! There's a lot more websites just like these and some great examples of how to use these free graphics in your games.