Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker

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Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker
Developer(s) Michael "calimer" Tomaino, Kevin "Hirato Kirata" Meyer
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X
Release date(s) June 4th, 2007
Genre(s) 3D Game Maker, Role-playing, Sidescroller
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution Free download

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker is a kid-friendly world & video-game creation tool based on the Cube 2: Sauerbraten game engine. The focus of Platinum Arts Sandbox 3D Game Maker is on game creation and ease of use, so that it is accessible even to young children but also viable to create mature games. Violent content and themes have been removed (except for some game videos on the official YouTube channel) to make the project appropriate for school settings. Similar to Cube 2: Sauerbraten, the software supports single-player and multiplayer and contains an in-game level editor, which is a key to its ease of use. The game engine is free and open-source software. The first release was made on June 4, 2007. The latest version 2.8.2 was released January 19, 2013. Version 3.0 is scheduled to be released in late 2013 or early 2014

Technical details[edit]

The goal of Platinum Arts Sandbox is to make it as quick and easy as possible for users to create 3D worlds and Video Games. In addition to the in game editing provided by the Cube 2 engine, many new menus and helpful features have been included. The powerful menus greatly increase the development speed and ease of use due to being able to make major changes with a single click. Features have been included to provide more information to the user and further enhance the ease of use.

Gameplay[edit]

The game currently has singleplayer and multiplayer modes. Single player modes include the basic editing mode, Role Playing Game (RPG), and Sidescroller. The SVN development version includes MovieCube which allows users to create Machinima. Sample maps include platformers where the object is to save a princess, a maze, a village that makes use of quests, house structures, a floating castle, a giant cavern, and several others. Multiplayer functionality is possible with LAN, Local, and Internet play, which gets its server listings from a master server. Included modes are cooperative editing, Banana Relay (base capturing mode), and freerun a mode where editing is not allowed and is useful for races.

Media Features[edit]

  • PBS/WMHT Games in Education Conference [1][2]
  • Moddb.com Top 100 Mod/Game Of The Year 2008 [3]
  • Many various Moddb.com Interviews and Features [4]
  • Slashdot.org Article - Involving Kids In Free Software Through Games? - [5]
  • Total PC Gaming Magazine February 2009
  • Podcast interview with Michael Tomaino[6]
  • PCFormat Magazine Issue 232 November 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PBS/WMHT Games In Education Speakers". Games In Education 2009. various.  |accessdate=2009-12-11
  2. ^ "PBS/WMHT Games in Education: Information & Resources". Games In Education 2009. various.  |accessdate=2009-12-11
  3. ^ "2008 Mod Of The Year Awards - Top 100". Moddb. various.  |accessdate=2009-12-09
  4. ^ "Moddb.com Sandbox Articles and Features". Moddb. various.  |accessdate=2009-12-09
  5. ^ "Slasdot Article - Involving Kids In Free Software Through Games?". Slashdot. January 31, 2009. |accessdate=2009-12-09
  6. ^ Podcast interview with Michael Tomaino

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