What is jMonkeyEngine?
jMonkeyEngine is a game engine, a Java library made especially for game developers who want to create 3D games according to modern technology standards. The software is programmed entirely in Java and is suitable for wide accessibility and quick deployment.
Who is jMonkeyEngine for?
As an aspiring 3D game developer, you should have intermediate or better Java skills. The jMonkeyEngine library is the ideal foundation for smart developers who do not want to reinvent the wheel. To be clear, jMonkeyEngine is not a visual drag&drop MMORPG maker or an FPS mod — expect to write code to create an original game. The only limit is your programming aptitude and imagination.
Java is ideal for serious game development. Though the Java community is huge, it has not often ventured into 3D games. jMonkeyEngine has empowered Java developers with the tools to change that trend.
We create user-friendly software that even non-programmers enjoy using. Our converters and visual editors for scenes and materials require no coding skills. jMonkeyEngine does not contain (or restrict you to) a 3D mesh editor, so your artists can continue using their favorite tools to create models and textures.
We can manage
Code is king, but a balanced team and a well-managed project structure are also important. A great variety of talented people compose the jME core team: We listen to the needs of novices and share the collected experience of advanced programmers.
Part of a bigger picture
We consider all contributions to jMonkeyEngine important and we invest time to grow an ecosystem of innovative projects. The jmonkeyengine.org community hub is living proof of the fruitful cooperation of gaming enthusiasts from all over the globe.
Open and free; it’s all yours
The jMonkeyEngine project is free and open software — this means standard build scripts and file formats with no proprietary lock-in. Our codebase is licensed under the New BSD license, which is as liberal as it gets. We advocate using multi-media art resources distributed under free licenses.
The jMonkeyEngine 3.0 Beginner’s Guide is among the top 100 Kindle best sellers in the Programming:Games category. PacktPub’s Open Source Awards judges projects by their performance, size of community, support from community, commercial use, user friendliness and extensibility. Our users voted us to the finalists stage.