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Dark Basic & Dark Matter Bundle

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me
3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • DarkBASIC includes: Over 45 demo games
  • Over 25 tutorials and an extensive user manual
  • More than 1,500 textures, models and sound effects
  • A massive selection of 2D & 3D features
  • Total flexibility and control
  • DarkMATTER includes: 100's of royalty free 3D models and textures
  • Fully animated game characters to populate your creations
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00006MASS
  • Release Date: 15 Nov. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,222 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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DarkBASIC Review
DarkBASIC 3-D Game Creator Kit gives you the chance to create a rival if you're hooked on Quake III, Gran Turismo or Star Wars and can't wait for the next instalment to come out. If you're an experienced programmer then you will be making games in a matter of minutes, but don't worry if you're not: this utility will guide even novices through the basics of game making, allowing you to have fun creating while expanding your knowledge.

Its simple-to-use interface allows you to go from command-line programming to game-play testing in one easy function-key press. The 25 in-programme tutorials guide you through all the different elements of the programme, using 45 demos to show you line by line how to make your creation. You will be playing your own first-person shooter or flight simulator in a matter of hours.

The package includes many features to make your games even better, such as the ability to add music and import your own graphics for use within games. Included within the DarkBASIC package is Microsoft's Direct X: this powerful utility handles all the hardware in your PC, such as the graphics card and sound card, allowing you more time to concentrate on creating the game. Also included are tools for making music and animating graphics, so everything that you need to get going is here on the two-disk set.

There are more than 45 demos included on the disk so you can see how some working programmes operate. Also included are 600 textures, 120 sound effects and 900 3-D models to bring your games to life. Games can be saved as single, executable files so you don't need DarkBASIC to run them, allowing you to share them with your friends and give the professionals a good run for their money. --Robert Hyde

DarkMatter Review
Coding 3-D games such as DarkMatter is an art form, creating the graphics for such a game even more so. Unless you happen to be a talented artist it can seriously hamper the look and feel of the finished product, leaving a great concept with a shoddy feel.

DarkMatter aims to fill the artistic void with a large selection of pre-built and pre-skinned 3-D models and hundreds of textures, which can be applied to any user created objects. The ready-built models are provided in .3DS and .X formats ready for import into a wide variety of modelling programs as well as 3-D gaming creation tools like DarkBasic and Blitz Basic 3-D. The overall quality of the models is good, some of the human figures are a little samey and vehicle wheels have some unfortunate corners but as a whole there’s enough here to populate a reasonable 3-D world without anything looking out of place.

The textures are nicely done and with more than 186 megabytes of images to choose from there’s something for all occasions, neatly stored under headings like sci-fi, urban and natural. The whole package is held together by a custom viewer which allows all of the models and textures to be viewed and selected, the interface is a little clunky but it does it job.

As an added bonus, FastTrak have thought to include an enhancement pack for DarkBasic which adds a series of new commands including multi-playerinclude, an enhancement pack for multi-player support. --Chris Russell

Manufacturer's Description

DarkBASIC harnesses the almighty power of DirectX with the remarkable ease of BASIC. Prepare yourself for a language that gives both absolute beginners and experienced coders unprecedented power to create professional results.

DarkBASIC is a programming language that allows you to write games with the speed and power of DirectX & Direct3D. What makes this product so fantastic is that it provides beginners with the best opportunity to learn how to program! The interface has been designed to get you going immediately. So friendly is DarkBASIC, the learning curve alone will provide hours of enjoyment. Imagine your very first program running in less than five minutes!

DarkMatter contains an extensive collection of fully animated, professionally produced 3D objects, along with hundreds of textures to add that expert touch to your projects. Novice and advanced users alike will find DarkMatter an incredible resource saving both time and effort. All models are provided with fully animated sequences including walking, attacking, dying etc. Model types include soldiers, monsters/aliens, cars, planes, tanks and weapons while textures range from Natural to Sci-Fi. DarkMatter is fully compatible with DarkBASIC and all applications supporting ".3DS" and ".X" formats. So stop reading and get creating! DarkMatter also includes a DarkBASIC Enhancement Pack. This enhancement pack adds many new and exciting advanced features to DarkBASIC such as commands for multi-player support, Back Buffer and Memory Block provide advanced users with access to the inner workings of DarkBASIC. More commands - more power - more freedom to create the games you want to play!

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