Anachronox is a 2001 role-playing video game produced by Tom Hall and the Dallas Ion Storm games studio. The player controls a party of up to three characters as they explore a 3D environment of futuristic cities, space vessels, and outdoor areas. In 2002, Anachron Rox cinematic director Jake Hughes spliced together gameplay footage and cutscenes to create a feature-length, award-winning machinima film.
About Anachronox in brief
Anachronox is a 2001 role-playing video game produced by Tom Hall and the Dallas Ion Storm games studio. The player controls a party of up to three characters as they explore a 3D environment of futuristic cities, space vessels, and outdoor areas. The game was built with a heavily modified version of the id Software’s id Tech 2, rewritten chiefly to allow a wider color palette, emotive animations and facial expressions, better lighting, particle effects, and camera effects. It was released worldwide in June 2001 for Microsoft Windows. Critics enjoyed the game and awarded it high marks for its design and story. In 2002, Anachron Rox cinematic director Jake Hughes spliced together gameplay footage and cutscenes to create a feature-length, award-winning machinima film. The story features a theme of working through the troubles of one’s past, and ends with a major cliffhanger. As in Chrono Trigger, enemies are openly visible on field maps or lie in wait to ambush the party and thus are not random. Some sequences involve minigames, such as an unnamed mission in which the player pilots a fighter spaceship to destroy enemies with lasers. Certain field maps also feature simple two-dimensional minig games, including the original games Ox and Bugaboo. Unlike many other RPGs, Anchronox displays a character’s attributes with qualitative descriptors instead of integers. The Mysterium Tech system allows players to use collectively known as MysTech and create new items. These items can be accessed through a configuration screen until they can be used by using a new configuration.
These new items cannot be used until they are used by players through the Element Hostor, which can be viewed through the status screen, which displays important character information and current quests. After a certain point in the story, players can travel by shuttle to other planets, triggering cutscenes of the shuttle trips. Players can swap for new party members, talk to non-player characters, and collect and shop for equipment and items. Each playable character has a unique skill, such. as lockpicking, which may be used to solve puzzles. Use of BattleSkills require Bouge, a third bar beneath NRG that automatically fills with time. When a character loses all hit points, he or she faints. If all the player’s previously saved characters fall in battle, the game ends and must be restored from a previously saved game. If the player saves a previously save game, the character’s stats can be improved, granting them improved statistics. The protagonist Boots also possesses a camera, which the players can use to take screenshots for their own enjoyment or as part of quest objectives. The characters can physically attack enemies, use Mystech magic, unleash BattleSkill attacks, use items, move to a different position, or use a nearby object to attack, if present. After the game’s release, Tom Hall planned to create another sequel with the copious content removed during production, but it was canceled within days.