Coldstone (game engine)

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Coldstone Game Engine
Coldstone application icon
Developer(s) Beenox Studios, Ambrosia Software
Stable release 1.0.1 / August 6, 2002
Operating system Mac OS 8.1 to 10.1
Type Game creation system
A screenshot of the Coldstone software
World editing in Coldstone. The interface includes editing tools (upper left), a palette of tiles (right), and a list of world layers (lower left.)

The Coldstone game engine is a game creation suite for the Macintosh developed by Beenox Studios and Ambrosia Software.[1]


The Coldstone game creation software is designed to provide a full solution for creating role-playing or adventure-style games.[2] Although the Coldstone software itself only runs on the Mac OS platform,[3][4] it is capable of compiling stand-alone games that run on the Mac OS 9 platform, the Mac OS X platform, or the Windows platform.[1] The full version of Coldstone shipped with a CD of royalty free artwork for use in one's custom games.[1] A commercial game titled Pillars of Garendall was produced in-house at Ambrosia to demonstrate the Coldstone software's abilities.[5]


MacWorld gave the Coldstone software a rating of 3.5 out of 5, citing the software's extensive technical capabilities along with a steep learning curve and the need for the user to supply their own creativity.[2]


As of December 2008, the Coldstone game engine has been indicated as being "Discontinued" with regard to the latest version information on the Ambrosia Software Web site.[6] According to Ambrosia Software, the Coldstone software has certain flaws to be dealt with before it is made available.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Cohen, Peter (2002-01-16). "Do it yourself with Ambrosia's Coldstone game engine". Macworld. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ a b Cohen, Peter (2002-07-01). "Game Room". Macworld. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Will Coldstone ever be ported to Windows? | Ambrosia Software, Inc.". Ambrosia Software. 2005-09-15. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Is Coldstone compatible with OS X 10.4 - Tiger? | Ambrosia Software, Inc.". Ambrosia Software. 2005-09-15. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  5. ^ Largent, Andy (2001-11-19). "Coldstone Update; PoG Review, Expansion". Inside Mac Games. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Products | Ambrosia Software, Inc.". Ambrosia Software. Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  7. ^ "What's this Coldstone I keep hearing about? | Ambrosia Software, Inc.". Ambrosia Software. 2005-09-20. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 

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