When comparing Leadwerks Game Engine vs Stride, the Slant community recommends Stride for most people. In the question“What are the best 3D game engines for beginners?” Stride is ranked 4th while Leadwerks Game Engine is ranked 7th.
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Pro Versatile flow diagram script model
Leadwerks's flowgraphs resemble flowcharts where each box represents a function or value, with connections between them representing program flow. This provides a better at-a-glance indication of game logic than a simple list of events, and makes complex behaviors easier to accomplish.
Pro Built-in level editor
Has an acceptable 3D map editor that is easy to use.
Pro Handful of Prefabs and Scripts
For example, you take a model (e.g. torch), add a light source to it, add a particle generator (for fire) and save it as a prefab (one file). Then this prefab can be used to add many torches with fire and light.
Pro No royalties or licensing fees
Pro Projects are normal Visual Studio solutions
No proprietary project format, so it works with all the official .NET tooling.
Pro Supports Visual Studio
Pro Good looking and fast
Looking nearly as good as Unreal Engine 4, but rendering significantly faster.
Pro Very modern render engine
Pro Powerful 3D Rendering Engine
Supports Vulkan. You can achieve good quality as in Unity3d and Unreal Engine
Pro Straightforward editor
Stride provides a simple and clean working environment for designing games.
Pro Community seems friendly and is growing
Pro Engine AND Scripting are both C#
Since the engine is written in the same language as the scripting, there is no weird mix of technologies as other engines have.
Pro Supports Vulkan
Currently the only well known open-source game engine that supports Vulkan, and probably one of the only.
Pro Easy to learn and use C#
Pro Multiple Starter Templates
The engine comes packed with multiole example projects to help you get started.
Con Very buggy
Leadworks is a not complete, it's a work in progress. As such many parts of the engine are clunky, especially the level editor.
Con Documentation and support are limited for non-coders
The flowgraph editor can be used with free script assets to build games without writing any code, but this is not directly intended or encouraged by Leadwerks.
Con Highly misleading advertising
Con No terrain editor
Unless you like working on planes, there is no terrain support.
Con Editor is Windows only
Since version 1.7, Linux can be targeted for runtime. The editor for the engine is available only to Windows though.
Con Small user community
Unity and UE have a vast amount of user community.
Con Does not currently support Playstation or Switch games
Con Iteration may be slower than with other engines due to longer "build" times when certain changes are made
Con Shader system require's overhaul
Shader's are not easy to get to grips with and Stride's shader system. Needs overhauling for easier use.