It was designed by William David Volk who also was the main designer of the point-and-click interface used in Return to Zork, and used a Lisp-like language similar to Infocom's ZIL. MADE's language was created by David Betz. MADE featured video playback, advanced U.I. functionality, and virtual memory. Originally created to port the HyperCard title The Manhole to DOS in 1988. The engine has been announced to be compatible with the ScummVM interpreter.