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Domark
Domark   #9


Games developed: 19
Games published: 38
Period: 1988 - 1997

One of the most obscure PC game developers ever, Incentive Software was a UK-based company who developed several 3D games for Domark (for distribution in Europe) and Epyx (for distribution in the U.S). Incentive is arguably the world's first 3D-only computer games developer - long before id's phenomenal success of Wolfenstein 3D, Incentive forged ahead with their revolutionary but overlooked 3D engine (called "FreeScape") that offer smooth movement, great graphics and level design for its time that is a far cry from Wolfenstein's blocky layout, and innovative mouse-based gameplay.

Unfortunately, Incentive's revolutionary game engine is not fitted with enough "game" elements to elevate them beyond technological marvels. As a result, playing their games become a tiresome action / exploration (i.e. explore and find keys for locked doors) ordeal that gets old quickly after the initial "wow" effect wears off. Had Incentive concentrate as much efforts on the plot and puzzles, these games may have been what Hard Life is to the 3D genre today. Still, they do stand as one of the true pioneers of 3D programming that arguably deserve the recognition as "creator" of the field much more than more well-known upstarts that merely "popularized" the concept (e.g. id Software).

Perhaps finally recognizing that their strength lies more in the game engine than in the game design department, Incentive released 3D Construction Kit, a comprehensive 3D world creation tool that was more sophisticated than most anything on the market at the time. This was their last release before changing their name to Superscape and wisely abandoned the games industry to focus on 3D creation tools.

Related companies: Domark, Epyx

Related companies: Domark   Epyx  

Titles Developed or Published
Genre
Year
Avg. Rating
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee007: License to Kill
Action
1989
8.18
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee3D Construction Kit
Application
1991
8.31
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee3D Construction Kit 2
Application
1992
8.83
Absolute Zero
Action
1996
7.22
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeAPB
Action
1989
8.32
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeAV8B Harrier Assault
Simulation
1992
8.47
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBig Red Racing
Sport
1995
8.72
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeCampo's International Rugby
Sport
1993
8.78
Castle Master 1
Action
1988
8.75
Castle Master 2: The Crypt
Action
1990
7.78
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeDark Side, The
Action
1991
8.85
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeDeluxe Trivial Pursuit
Puzzle
1992
8.25
Escape from The Planet of Robot Monsters
Action
1991
8.23
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeF1 World Championship Edition
Sport
1994
7.47
Flight Sim Toolkit
Application
1993
8.99
Flying Nightmares
Simulation
1994
7.07
Hard Drivin'
Sport
1989
7.33
Hard Drivin' II
Sport
1991
8.41
KA-50 Hokum
Simulation
1992
8.9
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeKlax
Puzzle
1990
9.02
Lords of Midnight 3: The Citadel
RPG
1995
6.21
MiG-29 Fulcrum
Simulation
1990
8.31
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeMiG-29M Super Fulcrum
Simulation
1991
8.98
Orion Conspiracy, The
Adventure
1995
7.25
Out of the Sun
Simulation
1997
9.16
Pictionary
Strategy
1991
7.35
Pit-Fighter
Action
1991
5.6
Shadowlands
RPG
1992
7.33
Skull & Crossbones
Action
1991
4.86
Strike Force Harrier
Simulation
1988
7.09
STUN Runner
Sport
1990
7.7
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSuper Space Invaders
Action
1991
8.35
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSuper-VGA Harrier
Simulation
1992
8.78
Tank Commander
Simulation
1995
8
Toobin'
Sport
1989
7.75
Total Eclipse
Action
1988
8.45
Total Mayhem
Action
1996
8.92
Trivial Pursuit
Puzzle
1991
7.82
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