Most early or teenage developers admit to the possibility of building cool games as a motivation for learning to write codes in the first place. The thrill of building the next Mine Craft or Call Of Duty has led many into, although different, but fulfilling careers.

However, if you are looking beyond the thrill and plan to get your hands dirty, we look at the best programming languages that will get you on the right track of game development.

In deciding, you would have to settle on a game engine of your choice in the first place.  Popular game engines that are in use range from Unity to Unreal.  Except you plan on writing your engine from scratch (which is very much unwise unless you have a hoard of good coders at your disposal), then you might want to learn programming languages that are suitable to available game engines.

Here are the best programming languages to get you started in game development:

1.      C++

C++ easily takes its place as the leading programming language for game developments on almost every list. C++ is generally known to be a hard language to learn, and a significant number of beginners struggle to get a reasonable grasp on it initially. Its seeming difficulty is, however, helped by the abundance of tutorials and communities teeming all over the internet. To learn, C++has a wide variety of resources available to your disposal.

No matter the difficulty, once you get the hang on it (which everyone eventually does), it pays off. As a low-level language, C++ works with most gaming engines. With C++, you have little to worry about memory issues and efficiency as that automatically takes care of itself.

2.      Java

Java pops up in almost any field, and it is no different in game development too. If you are serious about creating games for Android, then Java is the way to go. As the ‘official' language for Android (let's save Kotlin a bit), Java saves you headache and allows for concurrent multi threading.  Multi threading does not only save you time; it saves you memory also. Some popular android games written in Java are Runescape and Star Wars Galaxies. A notable number of game engines are also compatible with Java.

3.      Javascript

Javascript has surged up rankings of must-learn languages within the last decade, and it doesn’t look like it is moving places soon. Unlike other languages, Javascript has no replacement.

If you are keen on programming games for web, then Javascript is your way to go. It effortlessly works with HTM5 and CSS and is at the core of many online games.  Learning is also not difficult, with the massive amount of resources present at your disposal.

Popular Games coded in Javascript (and of course web staples—HTML and CSS) are Cookie Clicker and Kingdom of Loathing.

4.      C#

C# is almost just as important as C++ in the gaming industry. A lot of gaming engines have ready-made support for C#, and the good news: it is significantly friendlier than C++.

C# is also the perfect language to learn if you are interested in creating games for Windows and Xbox, given its wonderful XNA Framework made by no other than Microsoft itself.

C# can also be used to create games on almost all popular platforms you know: iOS, Android, Playstation, etc. If you are looking to learning only one language capable of being the ultimate Swiss knife, choose C#.

5.      Python

Like always, Python forced its way onto this list, this you should know! Python is a general ubiquitous language, and the sheer size of its large community makes sure that if you are intent on using Python to build your games, you have all the resources you need.

The Pygame framework stubbornly makes sure if you want your games written in Python, you definitely can do an excellent job by just learning to use the framework.

Python has a large ‘fanbase’ and teeming community, meaning you would never get stuck for long.


The choice of the best programming language best suited to you is dependent on a number of factors that far exceeds what language looks the finest or the easiest to learn. You might be angling for your favorite Python or Golang, but the game development industry is more unyielding than you think, as factors such as memory and efficiency become important than fancy codes.

Whatever your choice of programming language is, make sure to remember it’s all about fun!