3D Games that ought to be made
Modern 3D games are usually sadly lacking in gameplay and originality. I think that one solution is to look to the past, at games that were ahead of their time, attempting to be in 3D before the hardware was capable.
Two games stand out in my memory - TriClops Invasion and Tower of Babel. These games had originality, great concepts, and were fun to play - but were fairly crude due to the technology of the time, namely software renderers on 68000-based systems. Both would probably be fantastic games if redone with modern technology, i.e. 3D hardware. I wish i had an old computer to run these on so i could show you screenshots - until then you'll just have to imagine.
I have put the original documentation for the game online.
This game consists of:
Strong points of this game are:
Tower of Babel
It seems there's not a shred of information on this game available anywhere on the net. That's a shame, since IMHO this is simply the most wonderfully thoughtful, intuitive, immersive 3D game i've ever played.
You control up to 4 robots, each with different abilities, around a 4-story 3D platform world. The robots have to work together in occasionally fiendishly complicated ways in order to accomplish the goal. You can control a robot in real time, or build up a list of instructions and let them go.
The worlds are basically puzzles, full of elevators, blocks, mirrors, zappers, pushers, and roving creatures that can harm, help, or just get in the way and look cute.
Among the technical accomplishments of game was cast shadows from platforms onto the objects below. As of 1996, i still haven't seen this in any other game.
Here is the game description from the original documentation for the game:
I've heard that Pete Cooke later "worked on F1GP2 (Microprose)" but i don't have any contact info for him.
firstname.lastname@example.org Hi, i'm just finishing developing a remake of the old
game TOWER OF BABEL. It'll be called: Triogical. The software will be a
FREEWARE. I contact you to ask you if you will be OK to create some level
for the official first MapSet ? Indeed, i have "re"-created this great game,
but now i need to have 100 maps :)) Best regards, Jeremy Routier
Update 2004.01.10: From: email@example.com I don't know if you are still interested... but we are planning on remaking one of the games on your list: Tower of Babel. The website is http://www.tob2.com (i.e. Tower of Babel 2). The game will feature pretty much 1 for 1 the same game design but with an overall new graphics engine. We are planning to have playable code in the next 6 month, but you know how it is. Latest is end of 2004.