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The 3D Gamemaker

by Focus Multimedia Ltd
Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • No programming knowledge or artistic skill needed
  • Instant and amazing results in seconds
  • Over 360 pre-made scenes
  • Over 500 3D objects and 320 sounds
  • Random game option

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005RYKS
  • Release Date: 24 Oct 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,706 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The 3D Gamemaker's easy-to-use graphic interface introduces the world of game making to those without a background in programming--you simply choose from a series of options to produce the game you desire. Also available in a special edition lite version, this CD-ROM allows you to easily create your own game within minutes.

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

Manufacturer's Description

Unleash your imagination...

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.

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, easy and GREAT for beginners 28 July 2004
With this you can create shooter, space, driving, jungle games and more with a variety of objects and levels to choose from. You can also import your own objects, photo's or music to make them more personalised. You can have a maximum number of 20 levels, (which I found was more than enough) and you can edit the textures and add coloured mist to change the feel of the level. Objects and characters can also be altered, and enemies can be made harder to kill and smarter if you find the game too easy. Free stuff for making games can also be downloaded from the website.
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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, and okay for the price 3 Nov 2001
By Peter Cooper VINE VOICE
Press reviews I've read have all said "you won't be making the next Quake or Tomb Raider with this package" and they're right. The 3D Gamesmaker is a simple tool that allows you to make reasonably simple 3D games.
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...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mum's view 6 Dec 2001
By Hazel
I think all of the other reviews of this product are missing the point. How I see it the 3D Gamemaker is not meant to be a serious game making tool or utility its meant to be a bit of fun ! I bought it for my son (14) and he thinks its great ! It has certain kept him and his mates quiet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST ONE LEVEL!!!! 8 Jun 2004
By greg
Whatever idiot thought that you could only make one level should realy look more closely! If they had looked more closely they would have found that if they clicked the down arrow by their selected 1st scene and continued down the would have found an section where they can have up to 20 levels! This software is basic but still very good i spend countless hours fiddeling with the hundreds of different options. In my opinion this software is a great buy and deserves more than what others are saying about.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The easy software for game making 22 Feb 2002
This product is better than I expected! I thought it would have a few weeks of fun and then I'd freely give it to someone else. I liked the massive range of objects and sounds. It is very easy to use, even for novices who know virtually nothing about computers, let alone programming! It's abseloutely brilliant!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3d gamemaker 7 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This is a great piece of software to create your own games and its so easy to use. I wasn't sure whether to believe the slogan "just click to create" but it really is that simple and is ideal for anyone with no programming skills and so much fun - I'm hooked.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 3D Game Maker?? More like 3D Game Editor!! 2 Nov 2001
By A Customer
There are a great number of aspiring game designers out there, but how many of them turn out to be a Molyneux or a Carmack will they?
So being able to make your dream game is probably still way beyond your reach. Unfortunately, it looks set to stay that way.
This package contains sub-standard, prefabricated flying, racing, shooting and platform games. None of these games are the sort of thing that you would want to pay for.
You could get away with sub-standard prefabricated games (just about) if you could make them cross-genre which is often what makes a game a success. But of course you can't, so you are stuck with games that are single-genre and not only that but do not even excel in their own genre.
However, although the games may not be great, it is the making that counts and this is relatively fun, until the novelty wears off, which it does very quickly.
The GUI is easy to use which is perhaps the one good point. You can quickly select what items you want to use and where you want to put them. Once you have put everything together it all turns out rather bland, it certainly wouldn't be anything you would want to pay for!
The game world does not look very good and has a very blocky feel, much like some of the early first-person shooters, like Wolfenstien 3D and Blake Stone (both by id software).
Even the novelty of being able to put in your own sounds and textures, such as your mates faces, soon wears off.
Younger gamers may find this worthwhile but seasoned ones would probably find it more rewarding to build a Counter-Strike or Quake 3 level.
If you do intend to make a game, there is no substitute to coding it yourself. If you do not feel up to the challenge of learning a challenging language like C++ then I would recommend Dark Basic...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, a bit limiting.
This product is really fun to use and so are the games but some of the games can seem really buggy, and it takes ages to fix them. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2005 by Alex Noble
1.0 out of 5 stars I expected too much
I was hoping to get a piece of software to make games with. This, I found, looked good enough. But when I actually got to trying it out my hopes were flushed away. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2004 by M. Beckers
2.0 out of 5 stars exactly what it says on the tin
it does exactly what it says on the tin, nothing more, nothing less. it makes boring, basic, one-level games.
Absolutely pathetic, i regret buying it.
Published on 16 Oct 2003 by D. Foster
2.0 out of 5 stars exactly what it says on the tin
At first, when i saw this on the official site, i thought great and once looking at the specs, bought it. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2003 by D. Foster
1.0 out of 5 stars Short Lived
If the price for this was lower around 5 or 6 quid, it would be acceptable, due to the fact that it only allows you to make one level games. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2003 by "anotherjedi"
3.0 out of 5 stars 3d game maker
The 3d gamemaker is not what you would expect, for this game maker may be simple but it only allows you to make one level games. Read more
Published on 26 May 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this product
A completely disappointing and linear product. The features are very limited and shallow and did not retain my interested for very long. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Take a boring game and add the ability to include user skins
This is nothing more than a very boring "walk through the passages and shoot everything you see" game, which allows you to choose what you see, what noises they make, what the bang... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2001
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