By selecting from a series of pre-made options (including character, weapon, environment and enemy) the user can produce, for example, a first-person shooter or a racing game. One nice option is the "magic game" in which the computer chooses a set of random options and you play the resulting game that can produce some really interesting results. Once familiar with the options you can start to play around with the different elements--graphics and sound can be added to the interface (helpfully, the sound can be in the popular MP3 format to save on space) meaning you can create all your characters and objects using a graphics package, and then insert them into the game and manipulate them if you wish. The environment can also be changed, and with the simple use of the editor you can create you own 3-D world, then place the objects you have created in it.
No game is complete without an array of weapons; your own personal selection can be created and given varying degrees of strength and impact damage. In all there are plenty of options to keep a gamer going for a while. Tidy up your game by creating some title screens, have a high-score display, set difficulty modes and so on. Once everything for the game has been set to your liking you can save it down into a single executable file for easy distribution to your friends.
The 3D Gamemaker interface used is easy and fun to use, though it is very much aimed at the novice game maker. There is often a feeling that there is a lack of control over different aspects of the game creation process, and experienced programmers could get frustrated with this controlled environment and the restriction over certain gaming elements. On the other hand, this package is an easy introduction to game making for those without programming knowledge. --Robert Hyde
Now anyone can build their ideal game in seconds. With just one click of a mouse, you can create a uniquely playable game without needing any programming knowledge or artistic skills at all. Offering over 12 billion gaming options. The 3D Gamemaker opens up a whole concept in gaming, providing fun for all the family.
You get a lot of choice though. You can create a space game, a tank game, a driving game, a tomb raider style game, a Doom style game.. and several others. You can then select from hundreds of scenes or even create your own. Moving on, you select the enemies, their weapons, obstacles, level boss, and objectives.
It's very much a cookie cutter process. Specify what you want, and go. But while the games are basic, the graphics are pretty good. Don't expect Quake 3 quality here, but they're better than Quake 1 for sure. The sounds are good too, and there's hundreds of MP3s on the CD that you can use as your soundtrack.
If you don't mind getting more involved, you can create your own levels, import your own 3d models, and even adjust every single graphic you see within the game. You can even put your own face into a game!
This package is great for someone who wants to produce a few games to give away to friends, or perhaps a business that wants to give away a simple game on a CD as an incentive with a mailer.
The games you produce are simple, but perfectly playable, and should keep most people engrossed for ten minutes. But if you want more control over the game making process, and you have more time, check out DarkBASIC...
Another bonus is the scene editor where you can create your own levels, but don't get too excited because the levels are very simple and don't quite match up to the levels that have come with the software. The placement tool is also great for putting the objects wherever you want in a level, but I found there was a limit to how many objects and enemies you could have in each level, which is annoying. When you've finished a game you can copy it onto a disk or send it to your friends by email.
I would say it's great for beginners because it's simple and doesn't require code, but eventually you'll probably want to move up onto better software. The 3D graphics are a good bonus, but they could be better, and eventually you'll find you've done everything you can and the games will soon all end up looking the same.
Absolutely pathetic, i regret buying it.
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