Creating Myst-alike Games For Free

I´m a big fan of the “old” Myst games such as Myst, Riven and Myst III Exile. What I like about those games, is the beautiful graphics, that includes lots of water, rocks and natural as well as un-natural elements.

It adds a feeling of freedom, which I absolutely adore…

Also, there´s a sense of this quiet, beautiful – almost timeless presense. There´s no stress, just the gorgeous sets and mystery…

If you´re into making similar games, you can – and it doesn´t cost a dime to get going.

I´ve used the Advanture Maker from http://www.adventuremaker.com to produce a simple demo of a Myst-alike game.

You can download the demo for free here:
http://www.dreamlight3d.com/DLAdventureTest.exe

The Adventure Maker is remarcably easy to use and it enables logical puzzles to be incorporated. There´s a complete community with lots of free and paid plug ins and coders available if you need additional ones.

There´s a full version as well, and it comes with two licenes – for non commercial and commercial use.

The Adventure Maker has a neat plug in, called Cubic Panorama – that enables 360 degree panormic nodes, just like Myst III Exile. This plug in was actually the feature that attracted me… :)

You can add sound effects and music on several channels and it requires no coding.

At any rate, I like this software along with the community and I highly recommend it in case you want to explore the realms of adventure gaming.

Read more here:
http://www.adventuremaker.com

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27 Responses to “Creating Myst-alike Games For Free”

  1. TheOwl May 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Can this adventure maker make games as interactive as Myst IV?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJy3sHbCAvE

  2. TheOwl May 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    How about you make some VIDEO tutorials about how to make these?

  3. Waldemar Belwon May 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Yes, you can make pretty interactive stuff with the Adventure Maker. This includes puzzles, switches (that then change / update images) and so on.

    It can also show video clips incorporated into the panoramic views, so yes – it´s pretty powerful.

    Good idea about a video!

  4. Luís Carlos Petry May 14, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    Hi Belwon
    Congratulations on a great work.
    I’m also a fan of Myst, and his work also too.
    He was rendered in DAZ Studio?
    I would like to know the camera settings you used to do it (Lens and FOV) because I could easily paranoramas cubic in Cinema 4D with lens 25 and fov 50 and the Vue with Lens Cam = 18, but in Daz Studio got no result.
    Best regards
    LCPetry

  5. Waldemar Belwon May 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Hey Luis and thanks!
    It´s actually rendered in Vue 7 Infinite. The Adventre Maker doesn´t require panoramic images. In fact, I needed to render 6 square images of FOV 90 (Field of View).

    I then stitched them together with a simple application that comes with the Adventure Maker.

    In DAZ Studio, you would need to render using focal length 10 mm (or 18 mm) and choose a square render format, such as 1000 x 1000.

    I´m not 100% sure about the 10 mm, but give it a try.

    I´ll probably do a short video on how to render square images in DAZ Studio and incporporate them into Adventure Maker.

  6. Mortelini May 15, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Wald, I am a great fan of Myst and Riven graphics so was excited to hear about the free software.
    Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work on my pc. comdlg32.ocx problem. I have registered the ocx but it still doesn’t work. Such a bummer.
    I have posted a message on their forum where someone else had the same problem (but theirs got fixed)
    I think I will go stand in the corner and stamp my feet. That usually helps :-)

  7. Waldemar Belwon May 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Hey Mortelini,
    Opps, not much I can do here. They respond pretty quick, and I hope you can get it to work! :)

  8. Mortelini May 16, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Hi Waldemar
    They responded very quickly. It is now resolved!
    I have done the first tut. Looks interesting.
    Thanks for the link.
    Looks a friendly place. A bit like here really :-)

  9. Waldemar Belwon May 16, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Hey Mortelini,
    Awesome, glad it got solved – and thanks! :)

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  11. ryuuyasha May 17, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    I tried out making a cube panorama in DAZ Studio for AdventureMaker.

    17.5mm worked.

    I test rendered 512×512 for the initial renders, just to quickly figure out how far from 18mm the camera needed to be. I’m now testing at higher resolutions to see if that’s really it, or if the focal length needs to be tweaked more.

  12. ryuuyasha May 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    My bad. 17.5mm is close to good, but not quite. It will take more testing. :(

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  15. Waldemar Belwon May 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Hey guys, thanks for all your comments and I´m glad you like the software!

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  17. Jennifer Reeves May 27, 2010 at 6:47 am #

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    Either way, I have not heard a single thing. So where am I, please. I paid for the programme and in all fairness you should at least check up to see people are satisfied. At the moment I definately am not, and feel guilty because I am disappointed in the way this has turned out.
    I think you are a wonderful professional – so don’t let me down. I WANT WHAT I PAID FOR – (There is a short tantrum stomping thing included.)
    Seriously Dude, at least answer this email. You didn’t answer the other one.
    Cheers,
    Jenn

  18. Waldemar Belwon May 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Hi Jennifer,
    I´m so sorry about that. There was a technical glitch in the start, that didn´t make Pay Pal redirect. It has been fixed now. Your ebook and bonueses have been emailed to you. :)

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