the 1st decade of my career, I settled into making a series of
increasingly ambitious 3D games for the PC - which was the most open
platform available to me at the time. It was a tough crowd to please,
and I was often entertaining myself more than anybody else, but here is
where I laid the foundations that are still being built on to this day.
Although these games were designed for XP and may no longer be compatible with modern operating systems such as Windows 10, they tend to work better in "windowed" mode or via software such as DxWnd:
Wrestling MPire Remix
This special "remixed" version of Wrestling MPire
was an unexpected treat for all the loyal fans who were still
playing the game long after I had disappeared! It was the most
ambitious update yet - featuring a whole new page of editing options
that allowed you to change every detail of a wrestler's appearance. The
addition of real moving eyes also injected even more personality into
the action, alongside a whole host of new faces to rub shoulders with
in the expanded universe - not least those that were generated randomly
to keep your career fresh! Both Career Edition and
Management Edition were also offered with even better compatibility
between the two:
Spanning over 30 years from 1981 to 2011 and
beyond, Under Development puts the controller in your hands at gaming's
most pivotal moments. Walk the halls of 9 different companies and assemble a
team of specialists in 6 key areas - from design and programming to graphics and
sound. Then let them loose on over 30 pieces of increasingly sophisticated
hardware - all lovingly brought to life in photo-realistic 3D. And every step of
the way, you'll be using games to make games - via dozens of charming sub-games
that reflect your efforts. But if you thought game development was about
bringing dreams to life, prepare to contend with the nightmares of office
politics, fickle fans, scathing reviews, and economic woes! Whether you aspire
to make games or play them, Under Development is an affectionate tribute
to the ultimate art form...
The You Testament
greatest story ever told becomes the greatest story ever EXPERIENCED! The You
takes you back to the time of Christ and allows you to witness his
impact on society firsthand. Be the feet that follow him around ancient
Palestine, the voice that tempts him in the wilderness, and the ears
that hear his guidance. Then be the hand that betrays him, the mouth
that denies him, and the eyes that see his death and resurrection. By
the time the story has been told, it will be the most personal account
ever documented - the Gospel according to YOU! Featuring a unique
interpretation of events and scriptural references for further reading,
the teachings of Christ have never been more relevant and accessible.
Neither pious nor blasphemous, The You Testament is a
thought-provoking challenge of what you thought you knew and an uplifting
reminder of what will always be true...
Before Popscene found its natural home as a 2D mobile app, the music industry sim made its name on PC in 3D - first in 2004 and then again in 2008 in its most polished form.
Back then, people were still listening to music on CD's - which you
were encouraged to insert as a real backdrop to your musical exploits!
It was my attempt to do for music what my wrestling games had done for
that genre - immersing you in a universe full of characters with
fluctuating stats on the road to success.
The boxing game Reach
introduced the most polished graphics and gameplay to come out of this
era, which culminated in a wrestling game that shared its DNA. Up to
this point, I had been remaking an entire wrestling game from scratch
every 2 years - first in 2004, then in 2006, and here again in 2008.
Along the way, each incarnation also offered BOTH aspects of the sport
- wrestling in the ring or "booking" behind the scenes in an entirely
separate strategy sim. GM modes have become standard in wrestling games
since then, but at the time it was bold and risky to "expose" the
business to this extent. Similarly, the gameplay itself was wild enough
to ensure wrestling fans were having more fun than they could find
anywhere else - with dozens of characters in the ring at once, along
with destructible furniture and weapons! To this day, the game is a
permanent fixture on YouTube where fans continue to share their own highlights.
- Career Edition
- Management Edition
Reach for the top of the
rankings in a bold new era of boxing! The "Boxing Entertainment Commission"
has shunned mundane sport in favour of exciting action - and you're cordially
invited to join the fun. Create your own prize fighter
from scratch and immerse yourself in gaming's most involving boxing universe -
featuring up to 100 characters spread across 3 weight classes. Here, what happens in
the ring is merely the first round - as you proceed backstage to manage your
business affairs and plot your next career move! Negotiate lucrative contracts
with the suits and then arrange matches with the talent - filling up your weekly
schedule with spectacular pay-per-view bouts and history-making tournaments.
Along the way, you'll transform your body to survive
in the ring and adjust your
attitude to survive backstage. With so many balls in the air, the only
question is will your Reach exceed your grasp?
Before Hard Time
found fame as a 2D mobile app enjoyed by millions of people, it started
its sentence as a 3D adventure! After watching TV shows like Oz,
I always felt there was a place for a gritty, character-driven
simulation of life behind bars. Here, the drudgery of it was embraced
to create a tense survival sim - where you had to eat and sleep amidst
a backdrop of constant violence without losing your mind! The wrestling
games had given me a good pedigree in trash talking and gang violence,
so this was the same thing transplanted to a different setting. The
"turn and advance" controls weren't ideal compared to what would follow
in later 3D adventures, but it was a step in the right direction.
World War Alpha
When an army travels back in time to rule the world
1'000 years in advance, they get more than they bargained for from their
primitive counterparts! Join the ultimate battle across time and space, as the
warriors of the past defend their heritage against the soldiers of the future.
Unite 9 ancient civilizations from all over of the globe, and stake your claim
on 21 separate territories. Then take the action onto
the battlefield - where scores of characters wage war with dozens of interactive
weapons in a fully playable, live action format! With every blow exchanged,
every territory won, and every life lost, you'll come to realize that war is a
double-edged sword. The only question is which side are you on?
Leave the professional experience on the bench, and
rediscover your roots playing real people with real stories. Create your own
sporting saviour from scratch and embark on a campaign for world domination -
sampling the culture of each continent and challenging their heroes. Match after
match, you'll gain loyal followers and confront bitter rivals as you shimmy your
way through a political minefield. But once that dream team has been formed, all
that remains is to hit the pitch for the most dramatic sporting action on the
planet! When you get back to basics and passion is all that matters, will your
roots be strong enough?
Having conquered the musical world in Popscene,
you must now turn your managerial skills to the movie industry! Here,
soundtracks are the least of your concerns - as you preside over the scripts and
footage that will yield a cinematic masterpiece. Unleash your camera on over 20
and choreograph each scene in a fully interactive 3D world.
Success demands that you immerse yourself in a
thriving community of over 100 characters, spread across 6 unique
studios. Assemble a crack team of writers and directors behind the camera, and
then recruit the stars that can bring the material to life on screen. All the
while trying to stay on budget, and diplomatically keeping those fragile egos in
check week after week. By the time you expose your
work to the opinionated public, you'll have taken part in a very real
Long before TV shows like Lost
made survival sims ubiquitous, I was always planning to make my own. I
originally envisaged it as a 2D side-scroller, which more closely
resembled what we saw on mobiles in 2017! In 2005, however, I was
experimenting in 3D for every project. It didn't make things any easier
in this case, as I had been focusing entirely on wrestling up to this
point - which meant outdoor scenery was new to me! So too were the
animals that had to inhabit it, which ended up looking rather crude. I
did my best and ushered in countless innovations that we hadn't seen
until now - including fully interactive 3D terrain with water and particle effects. The presentation was also the most professional yet, and
even offered a split-screen multiplayer
mode - which we haven't seen before or since. The "turn and advance" controls weren't
ideal compared to what would follow in later 3D exploits, but it was
an important stepping stone towards better things. The game also introduced a spiritual theme to
my work that would go on to be increasingly prevalent...
Sure Shot 3D
The original was hailed as a "gem" by
magazine. Now Sure Shot is back, better than ever, with a glorious 3D
campaign! The concept harks back to the good old days, when games were simple
but addictive (and so challenging that you could barely get past the first
level!). That's about all that remains intact though - because the game has been
dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.
Boasting infinitely superior 3D gameplay, immersive visuals, and sublime
presentation, Sure Shot 3D is almost unrecognizable from its clumsy
predecessor. Thankfully, the action-packed gameplay is still reporting for duty
though - and now takes place over 25 unique locations. Bite the bullet and sign
up for a real challenge...
The ultimate 3D
incarnation of my classic "Stunt Challenge" gameplay - whereby you perform back-breaking stunts
in the name of entertainment! Guide your wannabe superstar through a gruelling
career - ranging from their humble backyard beginnings through to championship
gold. Featuring 10 unique stages, 30 characters, over 50 spectacular moves,
and dozens of destructible items...
Step backstage and experience the
REAL world of professional wrestling! Having won control of the hot new
"Federation Online" promotion, it's your job to make it a success. A lucrative
TV deal has been signed but only you can book the entertaining action that
will make it a ratings winner! On your way to the top you must trade talent,
develop their skills, deal with their tantrums, produce arena improvements,
and book exciting cards. Then step into the ring and act it all out for
real - thanks to glorious 2D gameplay! Federation Booker is the
ultimate wrestling management game, boasting unsurpassed detail in and
out of the ring...
The original 2D wrestling simulator that provided the engine
for Federation Booker. Use the same great gameplay to blow off steam in a
purely arcade setting! Create your own wannabe superstar from scratch and then
guide them through an action-packed year in the controversial new Federation
Shot: Star Wars Edition (2002)
An inspired remake of
the original Sure Shot, featuring characters and locations from
the Star Wars
movies. This version casts you as Han Solo and Chewbacca, as they blast
their way through 5 familiar settings whilst trying to salvage Rebel droids
(C3P0). New enemies include Storm Trooper variations, Remote Probes, Tuskan
Raiders, and Bounty Hunters...
Hailed as a "gem" by
magazine, this game offers an innovative spin on the shoot 'em-up genre. You play as
two soldiers working together to liberate an entire island full of hostile
enemies - and there's only one way they can pull it off. Help them execute
their risky Sure Shot tactic, as you follow their journey through
25 unique areas. Complete with a fully customizable training mode...
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