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Coal (previously Game Studio) is a package of programs which make, execute and deploy adventure games.
While other adventure game development programs exist, Coal is built to be user friendly, powerful, and most importantly: designed for all computer users. No programming knowledge required! You design the game, the story, graphics, sounds and bring it to life in Coal. Your game is then ready to distribute!
Best of all, Coal is currently free to download and use - no restrictions.
The Coal package includes:
Games developed with Coal are unpackaged using the Installer, which creates a professional and simple install routine for the end-user.
Coal, and any games built with it, are built to run on PC's running Windows 95+ and NT 3.51+ with DirectX 7 or later installed. Windows XP is fully supported.
Your Coal project consists of smaller pieces that together, make your game. These are:
The game play works as follows:
In the environment, the player is placed in a room, and can click on the objects within that room to interact with them (eg. an apple). When an object is clicked on, an action menu appears; a list of things the user can do with that object, such as 'look', 'touch' and 'eat'. For each action, there is a corresponding script which runs when the user selects the action. This script may direct the engine to animate the player eating an apple, if 'eat' was chosen. The developer predetermines what happens for each action.