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Main features

  • Portable
    SFML compiles on standard platforms like Windows (98, 2000, XP, Vista) and Unix systems (Linux, Mac OS X). As the library grows up, support for more operating systems will be added.
  • Object-oriented
    SFML is written in C++ and provides an efficient, object-oriented design. It relies on standard patterns and idioms to provide a simple and robust framework.
  • Easy to use
    SFML aims at being easy to manipulate. Effort is put on internal code to provide the simplest public interface.
  • Flexible
    Instead of being one big API, SFML rather contains a lot of small packages, that can be chosen and combined according to the intended usage. You can use only the base package to get input and windowing, as well as the full graphics package with sprites and post-effects.
  • Easily integrable
    SFML can be used in one or more windows, and/or can be integrated in existing interface components. Integration with existing graphical user interface (GUI) libraries is easy, so that you can add SFML views into complex interfaces built with Qt, wxWidgets, MFC or whatever.

Languages

  • C++
  • C
  • .Net (C#, VB.Net, C++/CLI, ...)
  • Python
  • D
  • Ruby

System

  • Portable and accurate time measurement
  • Simple and object oriented threads and mutexes
  • Unicode module for proper conversions between UTF and locale-dependant encodings

Window

  • Can be used as a minimal, portable package to replace GLUT or SDL for windowing and input with OpenGL
  • Can create several rendering windows
  • Can be integrated into components of existing Qt / MFC / wxWidgets / Win32 / X11 / ... interfaces
  • Provides both a message-based and a real-time interface for handling input
  • Can handle mouses with up to 5 buttons
  • Can handle four joysticks with up to 7 axes and 32 buttons

Graphics

  • Interfaces very easily with OpenGL (see OpenGL samples)
  • Modern effects available and hardware-accelerated : alpha-blending, rotations, shaders, ...
  • Manages memory efficiently, so that you don't have to worry about resources lifetime or storage ; you can even load your graphical resources before any window is created
  • Can load and save standard image formats : bmp, dds, jpg, png, tga, psd
  • Can load all graphics resources directly from files in memory
  • Can use views like in a 3D scene, to zoom / translate / rotate the whole world
  • Uses a simplified shader language for adding real-time post-effects
  • Easy manipulation of graphical text through bitmap fonts
  • Supports unicode characters
  • Can load standard font file formats : ttf, cff, pcf, fnt, bdf, pfr, sfnt, type 1, type 42

Audio

  • Uses hardware acceleration whenever possible
  • Can load and save standard sound formats : ogg, wav, flac, aiff, au, raw, paf, svx, nist, voc, ircam, w64, mat4, mat5 pvf, htk, sds, avr, sd2, caf, wve, mpc2k, rf64
  • Can load all audio resources directly from files in memory
  • 3D sound spacialization
  • Easy interface for capturing audio
  • Manages memory efficiently, so that you don't have to worry about resources lifetime or storage
  • Supports streaming for big files ; you can even write your custom streaming class for any source (network, ...)
  • Supports multi-channels formats (mono, stereo, 4.0, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1)

Network

  • Implements a portable layer over TCP and UDP sockets
  • Easy data transfers through stream-based extensible packets
  • Classes to use the HTTP and FTP internet protocols
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Game development is such a weird field of work. Especially when doing it solo, you have to apply (or learn) so many different skillsets.
Next to the programming there is art and music involved, marketing, planning, social media, architecture, game design, testing, community management, you name it.

I embarked on a huge journey when starting to make this game in August 2018. My goal was to make something completely from scratch in a language I had not mastered yet. No usage of fancy existing game engines, just pure C++ code and a few libraries.
Was it worth it? Definitely! Even though it will probably not be a huge financial success, I have learned so much that will help me with future projects and the support I got was amazing.
Some of the key points I learned were:
- Learn how, where and when to market (I actually wrote a small article about that here)
- Be open to harsh feedback, it's usually the most valuable
- If you can, pay for things you are not skilled in or do not enjoy. It saves you time and results in better quality stuff than you could have made.
- Take breaks when you need them, and remind yourself of your goals
- Don't expect your first project to be financially successful. Instead expect it to be a stepping stone in the experience of game development.
- Create the smallest acceptable version of your game first, and build out afterwards.

I have pushed the release button this morning and loved it. I can't wait to see what happens, and what everyone will think of it!

That's it for my little snippet of game development.
Be sure to check the game out if you'd like! Here's a link!
If you do actually decide to play it, please consider leaving a Steam review. It helps insanely with getting more eyes on the game!

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Release date has been set!

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Yes! The 7th of October the official demo will be released on Steam! Read all about the latest developments here!

Pre-alpha demo release!

Pre-alpha demo release!

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It's a pre-alpha demo, so there's still heavy development going on, still you should come play! Read here where you can get your copy!

Devlog #013:Flags, Errors and Crate detection

Devlog #013:Flags, Errors and Crate detection

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The last month I've made a lot of progress. Read all about it!

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MagnusJoker
MagnusJoker

SFML the best engine to develop games for desktop.

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marek.zelinka
marek.zelinka

Creator`s of this site could add Library Used or anything like that to the Profile of game, so that game developers can make credits to the library they are using!

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marek.zelinka
marek.zelinka

SFML is not an ENGINE!!!
SFML is a free multimedia C++ API that provides you low and high level access to graphics, input, audio, etc... !!!

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