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Game Construction Kit: Scorpion Engine V2021.5.2
The "Scorpion Engine" developed by Erik 'earok' Hogan allows you to develop games. The engine itself is closed source, all demos and example games are open source. The editor runs under Windows. Graphics are imported as PNG files, levels created by using the editor Tiled eingesetzt. For importing and creating sounds, music and animations the Amiga formats (mod, 8svx, anim5) are used.

Recently version 2021.5.2 has been released providing bug fixes as well as the new feature translucency which is demonstrated by an included demo:

For a first overview about the options and possibilites of the engine, Hogan recommends this YouTube video. How to import existing Backbone projects and create animation loops and slopes are also demonstrated by vidoes.

The Scorpion Engine is an ongoing work-in-progress version of the Scorpion Editor for Windows. According to the author a "documentation is almost certainly likely to come when the engine is stable, but the engine is constantly under development. Documents and tutorials would quickly go out of date, all of my time on the project goes into much needed bug fixes and features." Nevertheless many projects and games have been announced or released during the last time. The author has confirmed to us that his Game Construction Kit is not only aimed at professional developers, on the contrary:

"It's really designed for anyone who wants to make an Amiga game. I am a professional game developer so I've designed Scorpion to be fast and flexible enough to make the games I want to make. But at the same time, I've also tried to make it as straight forward as possible for non-developers. Mixel, for example, is making the largest and most complex Scorpion game to date entirely by himself with no background in programming: Creeping Me Out: Hex Night."

Taking up the question of one of our readers, if ports to any other platforms are planned he replied:
"A port for AmigaOS4 is not planned yet. I have started work towards porting Scorpion to other platforms, but I can't guarantee AmigaOS4 compatibility at this point." (dr)

[News message: 25. Jul. 2021, 07:35] [Comments: 0]
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