One of the easiest ways to miss out on sales of your iOS game is to have poor design. Just because you don’t have the budget to buy high-end, expensive art for your game doesn’t mean you have to rely on cheaply made or poor quality art. The better your game looks, the more people will love it and be willing to pay for it.
If you were to purchase or contract art for an iOS game, you could expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $10,000 just for the design work! If you’re on a small budget there is another way. The Internet is full of free art resources that you can use to get your game up and running on the cheap while still looking great. Below are the top 20 best free art resources for game developers.
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Number and Letter Tiles
These are great for any word game that uses tiles.
Directional Pad and Button
These are great for any game that needs old-fashioned game controller buttons.
Use these icons for menus, controls, and in-game activities.
These are quality plants and bushes.
A set of high-quality texture tiles.
These aren’t specifically for iOS game development, but with a little work the free resources here can be a huge help.
These free graphics run the gamut from grass to snowmen.
More free graphics.
Free artwork that has been used in games and is royalty-free.
Here you can find tons of game assets, almost all available royalty-free.
Resource that has tons of textures split up by category.
More 3D and 2D textures.
Here you can find texture packs and frame sets.
Video Game Sprites
Sprites from older video game systems like SNES, NES, PSX, and GBA. These aren’t legal for commercial game usage, however.
This site doesn’t offer specific art resources, but instead teaches you how to draw your own pixel art.
This site gives you some icon templates for your game.
iOS 7 GUI
This is a Photoshop document that includes the basic GUI components of iOS 7.
These textures are subtle and clean, which can be great, depending on the game you’re creating.
100% free for commercial use fonts. Typography is half of any design, so get the ones that work best for your design free here.
Designing an iOS game doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Keeping it simple can help your budget stay as small as possible while giving you an end result that people will love to play and are willing to pay for.
Use the resources above to find some art that woks for you, and even if 100% of your art isn’t free, at least some of it can be with help from the resources above.