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The Coldstone game engine
is a game creation suite for the Macintosh developed by Beenox Studios and Ambrosia Software
Ambrosia Software is a predominantly Macintosh software company located in Rochester, New York. Ambrosia produces utilities and games. Its products are distributed as shareware; demo versions can be downloaded and used for up to 30 days....
Although the Coldstone game creation software itself only runs on the Mac OS platform, it is capable of compiling stand-alone games that run on the Mac OS 9
Mac OS 9 is the final major release of Apple's Mac OS before the launch of Mac OS X. Introduced on October 23, 1999, Apple positioned it as "The Best Internet Operating System Ever," highlighting Sherlock 2's Internet search capabilities, integration with Apple's free online services known as...
platform, the Mac OS X
Mac OS X is a series of Unix-based operating systems and graphical user interfaces developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. Since 2002, has been included with all new Macintosh computer systems...
platform, or the Windows
Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft.Microsoft introduced an operating environment named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces . Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal...
platform. The software is designed to provide a full solution for creating role-playing
A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development...
An adventure game is a video game in which the player assumes the role of protagonist in an interactive story driven by exploration and puzzle-solving instead of physical challenge. The genre's focus on story allows it to draw heavily from other narrative-based media such as literature and film,...
-style games. The full version of Coldstone shipped with a CD of royalty free
Royalty-Free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.-Computer standards:...
artwork for use in one's custom games. A commercial game, titled Pillars of Garendall
Pillars of Garendall is a computer role-playing game that was built by Beenox Studios and Ambrosia Software, using the Coldstone game engine.-Description:...
, was produced in-house at Ambrosia to demonstrate the Coldstone software's abilities.
The Coldstone game engine is currently indicated as being "Discontinued" with regard to the latest version information on the Ambrosia Software Web site. According to Ambrosia Software, the Coldstone software has certain flaws to be dealt with before it is made available.