First post, by Mystery
I'm a huge fan of the old Pie in the Sky 3D Game Creation System. Even though it's somewhat low tech and couldn't even keep up with DOOM which was released earlier, I still really like it, because it's got its own charme and unique look. It also got a lot of people interested in game development.
During the mid 90s there were a ton of games made with this software and I'm sure if you've been a PC gamer during that time, you know a couple of these. Most of these were released as a demo,shareware or freeware with the full version available directly from the developer.
I'm trying to collect as many of these games as I possibly can, but I'm afraid I might be too late. Most websites dealing with this engine are defunct, many download links are dead and even archive.org isn't very well equipped with archived FTP downloads from 15 years ago.
For example, the shutdown of ftp.cdrom.com has resulted in many titles getting lost.
So why not try asking around at vogons? I'm sure someone has a couple of these games/demos lying around somewhere, maybe even developed one and never released it or has some old shareware discs with a GCS game on them.
Now, I'm NOT asking for dubious "abandonware" or anything like that. I'm only interested in 100% legal and publicly available demos or shareware, freeware versions of these games.
My current list of GCS games has close to 80 titles and I was able to find demos for slightly more than 40. I'm sure that there are countless games I'm missing from my list and I also know that the titles that ARE on the list, but are missing from my collection, were available as a download at one time in the past 10-15 years.
These are the games that I already have:
Attack of the Genetic Bugs
Bark Bark 3D
Chub Gam 3D
Chub Gam 3D: Director's Cut
Demon (exact title unknown)
Escape from Dr. Colosso
GCS Demo levels (different music)
GCS Xmas Demo
In her royal Majesty's Intelligence Service
La Cosa Nostra
Lost in Zapperstein
Meltdown (Pie in the Sky)
Meltdown (Robert Cureton)
MOD-G (first demo)
Outnumbered (exact title unknown)
Return of the Dämons
Secret Agent The Escape
Secret Agent Rescue
Soviet Prisoner (Partially in Dutch)
Space Station Escape
Stop Nick Macki (Lethal Tender Beta)
Terror in Christmas Town
Vehicle of Freedom
Zyr (Partially in Dutch)
And these are the games that I know exist, but couldn't find ANY downloads anymore (ignore the asterisks, they're from a different list I made):
Martial Arts Warriors*
North v. Memorial (Beta 2.0)*
Operation: One Level Quickie Demo*
Power Booster 5000*
Realms of Evil*
Return to Ghost Manor*
Santa's Rescue 3D*
Terror out of the Deep*
If you have anything GCS related that's on the second list or anthing that's on neither of the two, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could upload it somewhere, as long as it's legal!
One final note: I'm NOT looking for games made with the later Windows version of the GCS. These are "real" 3D and about Quake1-2 tech level and don't really interest me at all.
I'm only looking for the original MS-DOS engine from 1995 in all it's raycasting glory 😀
Some links to refresh your memories:
A youtube video of a pretty average GCS game: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAwfnQMLjZs
Here's a very old review from PC Gamer in 1995: http://members.tripod.com/vr5_/GCS_PCG.htm
And the most important thing: A screenshot of the good old "Ninja Kick":
Remember the interface...this is what 99% of the GCS games looked like, because unless you had the source code, it couldn't be changed, just slightly altered with a new paintjob.
Apparently the engine was called the "Power 3D" engine, but there's not a whole lot turning up when using it for searching. It's usually known as the Pie 3D GCS, 3DGCS, Pie GCS, 3D Game Creation System and so on.
Update: Almost 20 games have been added or found!