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Glare Engine - 2D illumination

Tizzio

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Description

Glare Engine is a GameMaker:Studio Extension, for dynamic lighting system. This engine uses GLSL Shaders to improve 2D shadow casting and rendering performances.

HTML5 IS NOT SUPPORTED

Features

  • GPU computed shadow casting
  • Mesh based shadows
  • Sprite based shadows
  • Directional Shadows
  • Soft shadows
  • 2D Ambient Occlusion
  • Day-Night cycle
  • Area shadows
  • Automatic light deactivation
  • Light based on sprite mask
  • Scalable quality
  • Light intensity
  • Post screen Anti Aliasing
  • Background Self-Illumination
  • Fully customizable
  • Written in GLSL

Demo

Windows (.exe) and Android (.apk)

http://goo.gl/hUFYm6

Documentation

http://tizsoft.altervista.org/glare

Support

New thread

Old Thread

Discord

More info

End User Licence Agreement (EULA).

Changes in 2.4.1

V2.4.1

  • Fixed a major bug with static lights rendering
  • Improved demo

v2.3.1

  • Fixed file names (now they cannot go in conflict with yours)
  • Added directional custom shadows (useful for trees fake foliage shadows)
  • Fixed many minor bugs

v2.2.1

  • Mesh shadows bugfix for AMD GPUs

Version 2.4.1. Published June 16, 2016

Created with GameMaker: Studio v1.99.460

Age Rating: 4+

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Anonymous 30 September 2018


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Daniel B 08 March 2018


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Spencer Y 21 October 2017


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Thiago D 13 August 2017

Great!

Documentation could be better tho.


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Jordan H 03 June 2017


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Brian G 19 May 2017

Great, easy to integrate lighting engine.

A great, well-documented and easy to integrate lighting engine.
I would absolutely love to see a GMS 2 version of this.


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Elliot K 30 April 2017


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Jonathan M 01 February 2017


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Brandon S 24 September 2016

THE 2D lighting engine.

This is hands down one of the best assets on the marketplace. It's an excellent framework with an insane amount of content and pretty extensive documentation. I don't recall ever having to reach out to the developer about anything but everybody seems to agree that developer is very helpful and quick to respond and I wouldn't be surprised as the GMC is a great forum filled with really awesome people. This asset is definitely worth the $10 price tag.


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reda k 04 July 2016

the best thing ever

about glare :
awesome
awesome
awesome
cool
perfect
i dunno is that enough?
ok
pros :
the dev is really responsive and helpful..
the engine is amazingly cool
cons:
well,absolutely nothing
best 10$ you can ever spend :) i'm very happy


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Anonymous 19 December 2015

Perfect.

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Andreas M 01 December 2015

What every game need

Easy to add lights to any game. And you get simple template games to :-)

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Brennan R 30 October 2015

Complete and lengthy.

Currently the only source of learning how to use it is disecting the example, which can take quite a bit trying to trace the referencing of other objects and scripts and routing the web of objects and code. I checked the website provided supposedly having tutorials and such but it only explains how to initialize and create a mesh
A manual of sorts would be very very helpful as it's taking clueless people (like me) a long time to figure out how to do things like change the alpha of the darkness being drawn across the screen, or clearing neccessary parts to not leak memory.

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Corey L 27 October 2015

Great performance since 2.2.1, easy to use!

Mainly love how easy this extension is to use, and as stated I noticed quite a big difference in my game's fps since 2.2.1 (it might have been because I was using occlusion not sure...) either way it was well worth the buy even close to a year ago (when I initially bought it)!

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Bruno A 25 October 2015

Amazing work! Thank you.

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Eugen M 08 September 2015

Great and flexible engine

Its a no brainer when you think of the ease of use (be it topdown or side view games), the flexibility , the features and massive ammount of configurations, and if that is not enough, well then, perhaps beying actively supported by its developer and consistently replying to the userbase with tips, solutions and bug fixes is.

What more could you want?

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Anonymous 15 August 2015

best illumination

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Bret B 24 July 2015

Best. $20. Ever.

A few weeks ago my sound guy and I were reviewing our budget. He saw I paid $20 for Glare Engine and said it was the best investment we've made. I have to agree.

Pretty overwhelming at first, I'd recommend making a simple game to figure it out before trying to plug it into your real project, but really awesome once you get the hang of it. Well worth the investment.

I just wish there were more tutorials and documentation online. Luckily the code is very well documented.

Favorite feature: ShadowArea. My top-down game has caves that are dark, even in the day :)

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Travis F 04 June 2015

Poor performance or bugs on my end

Back in EARLY 2014 I used a different lighting engine (which, unreasonably, was free) and even though the documentation was in FRENCH it was easier to understand and quickly use the engine. I intended to use this for an Isometric perspective game but it flickers and lags. Completely unusable for me.

I'm not saying that it's terrible because it's quite obvious that others enjoy it quite well. But my experience wasn't similar in the slightest.

"Ambient Occlusion" simply equates to giving everything a near-black outline from what I saw.

Edit: I'm unsure but when I looked at the video it shows no such flickering. I'm unsure if maybe this is a recent bug or something? My desktop uses a 3.6GHZ Quad Core APU with a Radeon 170 so that.. really shouldn't be a bottleneck from the hardware. 8GB of Ram. The video doesn't show 3 of the examples though. And those are the ones that I actually experience the issues with though. Those are: Isometric, The one right before Spiders iirc, Platf.

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Tizzio (Publisher) 06 June 2015

I'm sorry that Glare is not as you expected.
The demo has always been available on the marketplace page, and I wonder why you have not tried it before buying.
If I understand what you mean, the "flickering" is caused by the light rotation, you can turn on the shadow blur to solve this issue.
What do you suggest for the ambient occlusion?
For any problem with the engine, You can send me an email or contact me via PM and I'll try to help as I can.

Best regards


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matt L 23 May 2015

The best out there.

This is ultimately the best package out there, the case with many lighting engines is that they are extremely powerful and work well but they simply aren't documented so many people cannot use them. This has the best of both worlds, comprehensive documentation and a powerful engine. Good Job!

EDIT- After a few days of using the engine I got stuck with a problem, so I sent the developer an email and he opened a google+ chat and helped me debug it. Props to the developer as he did a great job!

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Dong-gi P 12 May 2015

Amazing!!

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Michel M 19 December 2017

Huge memory leak

the engine is perfect but almost unusable in my games because of the huge memory leak.

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Tizzio (Publisher) 27 April 2015

Sure, you have access to all the resources of the package :)


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Alex M 15 April 2017

One of; if not the best lighting engine for GM:S!

One of the best extensions for GMS 1.4!
Would highly recommend the asset, very cheap and well coded for the price.

Would love to see a native GMS 2 update but still happy!

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Tizzio (Publisher) 20 April 2015

Yes, I'm working on small sample projects that will be included in the documentation
and if any user wants to make video tutorials, I will put even those in the website (because I'm not able to create a video speaking in English)


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Juan Z 01 April 2015

Excellent Lighting engine

I'm really happy with this engine, and the developer is continuously updating, hearing their customers.

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George C 16 March 2015

Shadow casters don't work on IOS

Excellent engine, but needs polish to make it work on IOS.

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Anonymous 24 February 2015

Very easy to use

This lighting engine is the best out there for GMS. It will take you a couple hours to get the hang of it, but once up and running it's quite easy. My only complaint is that it seems to be locked to a top down prespective.

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James W 21 February 2015

Awesome

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Anonymous 01 March 2015

Best Light Engine For GML

The engine is amazing. The learning curve is not extremely hard. You can become a pro in a day or two. It's a great engine for any 2D game at a great price. The only issue i have found is that when you scale lights, it adds around 10-15 texture swaps to the game. It's not too optimized for sprite heavy games.

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Georgio S 07 February 2015

Superb!

I'm new to gamemaker with some basic/intermediate coding experience and wanted to add some lighting to my game. Whilst ambitious I thought I would give the Glare Engine a go.

At first I had no idea and got off to a slow start but I contacted the author and he very kindly added some "get started" tutorials to his support site which has made it very easy to understand so if you're a noob like me - don't be put off. With some trial and error you'll start to get it. His support has been excellent (despite studying for his exams) and I can't recommend this enough.

The difference it has made to my game is astonishing and I'm really happy with the end result. Great work!

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Jaime P 18 January 2015

Cool lighting system!!

A very complete light system, very modulable..

i hope you keep continuing adding new features (like normal map and he´s advantage)...

A must have asset.

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Austin L 18 January 2015

Excellent

No problems with this asset so far. Author is quite responsive to queries.

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Anonymous 17 June 2016

Awesome!

This asset is perfect! The creator of the asset is very helpful aswell! Helped me solve all my problems!


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davide m 25 February 2015

Fantastic!

I've tried this engine with different projects and it always works greatly! One of the best assets on the MP for sure.

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Doug C 07 January 2015

Amazing!

I just got this and probably going to take some getting use to, but this is an amazing product and I recommend it to anyone.

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Vikram J 04 January 2015

Loved it...

Easy to use, excellent demos, was working in an hour :)

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Markus T 29 December 2014

Fantastic! :)

Everything with this engine is very good but i wish it would be a little easier to learn and understand how the engine actually works..
But still absolutely a fantastic engine!

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Jack S 13 December 2014

Excellent!

Works wonderfully, didn't even take much work to integrate into views and with shaders.

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Petri H 01 December 2014

Easy to use, good performance and great support.

First I was a bit disappointed because there was no way to use tiles to cast shadows, but Tizzio added the feature in a day after I asked for it. Didn't really expect such a quick response.
Seems to be very stable and clean code. Haven't encountered any bugs or memory leaks.
Definitely worth the price.

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Denman R 30 November 2014

Gorgeous and Optimized

Excellent lighting engine with superb support. Recommended for anyone looking to push the dynamic lighting in their game.

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Alexander V 20 May 2015

Great performance even for 1080p

Great performance thanks to shaders! The engine is pretty straightforward and the editor helps making meshes easily. Has lights for every purpose.

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Ryan H 15 November 2014

Excellent lighting engine, best on the market.

This engine is superb, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a lighting engine and or considering buying this one. All necessary functions are needed for effective lighting for any game, very easy to implement and also easy to control everything using simple script calling. The manual is well presented and helps a lot when learning what each function does. The developer is very helpful and responsive, and keeps this engine alive with updates.

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Anonymous 31 October 2014

Simply the best on the market

Constant updates, a responsive developer, and a metric ton of features!

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Martin G 20 October 2014

What i have to import

how can i use it for my games?
the demo looks nice. but i dont know what i have to import

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Imrich F 06 October 2014

Nice work

Easy to use, and works perfect!

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Giacomo M 11 June 2016

Very Impressive!

This engine gave to my game a new atmosphere, saving 100+ hours of work.
The support is awesome! He answers questions quickly and is happy to explain to you the best ways of achieving the effects you want.

EDIT: thanks for the update, the new rendering system is awesome!

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Andrea T 25 April 2017

Awesome

Very fast and beautiful light engine, it's pretty perfect.


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Mark A 17 August 2014

Fantastically effective, but poorly presented

After playing with this for a couple of hours, I'm more than pleased with the purchase! The scripts are incredibly versatile and it's relatively simple to get a room with some lights and walls up and running from scratch. The additional effects are also a great touch, with things like FXAA and ambient occlusion putting this a step above other lighting solutions I've tried. Definitely well worth the money, although not for beginners!

But...

(EDIT) No buts! Previous doubts/issues have been fixed with the new update. Magnificent tool and a 100% must have. :) I have now changed the 4 star to a 5 star rating. Great support and thanks for making this!

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Tizzio (Publisher) 17 August 2014

Really thanks Mark,
In v1.3.0+ I fixed all the "cons" mentioned by you, but if you have any other suggestion let me know
Any advice is important: helps me to improve the lighting engine.


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Debels D 31 July 2014

Easy to use and very customizable

Just started using it and I'm already familiar with most of it, this is a must have.

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Jacob C 11 July 2014

Fancy features, affordable, smart, but messy.

Pros:
- Shader based, amazing.
- Decent structure of scripts and shaders.
- Very advanced visuals at an affordable price.
- Very professional looking when running in-game.
- Fancy effects, such as FXAA and Occlusion really seal the deal.
- Not too much of a hassle to get working with your own project.

Cons:
- Resource tree outside scripts and shaders is messy.
(objects/sprites/ names of such, etc)
- Object-code actions are very all-over-the-place, also a bit messy.

Conclusion:
- Good for price, recommended if you don't mind tidying up a bit.
- Good idea in case you wanted to save time, instead of writing your own engine.

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Tizzio (Publisher) 17 August 2014

Thanks for your feedback Jacob!
In the latest version (1.3.0+): I tidied up the project and splitted essential resources from demo ones!


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Matteo N 08 July 2014

Smart, easy and customisable

It's fantastic and simple to use also for a newbie how me! It will improve your projects for sure!

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Dan F 07 July 2014

Buggy

This looks cool, but please fix bugs!

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Tizzio (Publisher) 08 August 2014

I sent you a mail, with no response. How can i help you?
which kind of bug did you found?
Probably already fixed in latest version

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