lettering of Wurfelengine some logos of used technologys

Wurfel Engine is an open source 2.5D isometric game engine written in Java. It has been mainly used for the development of the game Caveland.


Open Source

Wurfel Engine is licensed under a BSD3 license which means you can use it for free - even commercially.

Cross platform

Windows, Mac, Linux are fully supported.


Wurfel Engine uses algorithms specially designed for isometric block worlds and renders only what is visible to the player.


A powerful and efficient light engine shades the scene vertex based or via normal map shading.

Unlimited map sizes

Using chunks the map can be streamed.
Wurfel Engine uses a 3D world to build the world of your dreams.


With the build in WYSIWYG map editor players or level designers can shape an immersive world with immediate feedback.

Use and Learn

Download the Wurfel Engine SDK (source, jars, docs etc.):

Download Wurfel Engine SDK

If you may be further interested in the technology used in Wurfel Engine, you can read my article on Gamasutra or my bachelor thesis (German).