BUILD engine is the game engine behind Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, and many other titles of the 90s. It was one of the most popular engines to be licensed third-party until the Unreal Engine.

Graphical system features:

  • Supports VESA for hi-res video modes, in 256 colors (up to 1600x1200)
  • Smooth, uncapped page-flipped screen updating
  • 2D Sector-based maps

  • Floor and ceiling texturing
  • Real-time procedural textures
  • Any piece of art can be anything - be it wall, floor, or sprite
  • Transparency on sprites, and walls
  • Sector effectors altering height, lighting, position and shape of the sector it is on when it is called
  • Screen-size changing for slower computers
  • Certain colors on sprites can be remapped to a different color automatically
  • Independent colormaps, allowing fake colored lighting
  • Top-down automap feature
  • Slopes

Audio system features:

  • Alterable playback frequency - 8khz, 11khz, 22khz, and 44khz
  • 32 sound channels
  • Stereo support
  • Adlib (OPL2 FM), General Midi and Gravis Ultrasound support for music

Networking features:

  • Driver-based, any protocol is supported as long as there is a driver written for Build
  • IPX
  • Serial, with null modem cable
  • Modem
  • Synchronized
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Blood Blood

Updated 6 months ago Released Jun 18, 1997 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

You'll battle cultists, gargoyles, zombies, hellhounds, and an unholy host of other terrors in your quest to stop Tchernobog. You must not only defeat...

Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem 3D Duke Nukem 3D

Updated 1 month ago Released Jan 29, 1996 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

Duke Nukem, the politically incorrect celebrity and ultimate alien ass kicker, defends Earth and its babes from alien invasion. Take the fight to the...

New Alone In The Dark

New Alone In The Dark New Alone In The Dark

Updated 2 years ago Released Jun 14, 2010 Single Player First Person Shooter

After one and a half years of work we are ready to officially introduce you this addon. For a long time we've been thinking of how to preserve the atmosphere...

Shadow Warrior Classic

Shadow Warrior Classic Shadow Warrior Classic

Updated 4 months ago Released May 10, 1997 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

Shadow Warrior is built upon the successful Build engine, that brought you Duke Nukem 3D. Use huge 3D rotating gun turrets to mow down opponents, swim...

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux Shadow Warrior Classic Redux

Updated 4 months ago Released Jul 7, 2013 Single Player First Person Shooter

The definitive version of the cult classic shooter, Shadow Warrior Classic Redux features remastered visuals and two massive expansion packs. Corporations...

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Armageddon104 Oct 16 2009, 7:25pm says:

Where can I get this engine?

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Ominn Oct 20 2009, 6:15pm replied:

You can't really get the engine on it's own as far as I know, but you can buy Duke Nukem 3D for like $6 online and mod it, which is very easy. You might be better off in some ways to buy Shadow Warrior, though, as it has true sector-over-sector support, as well as other things that the Duke 3D version of Build doesn't have.

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leilei Mar 30 2010, 5:43pm replied:

You CAN get the Build engine on its own right from Ken Silverman's site, which is even linked here!

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InStars Mar 18 2009, 1:07pm says:

Exhumed/Powerslave is also a build engine game.
But PS1 version is better than the PC one.

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Rigelblast Mar 17 2008, 3:25pm says:

Build Engine has a lot of features many engines didn't have in its time. You can create very dynamic and versatile levels with Build and making mods and games is quite easy. Even many modern game engines don't have all the features Build has.

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Malvado_Zombie[X] Feb 18 2008, 10:56pm says:

This engine create all the games of 1994 & 1996. Was great in his time

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BigBird Nov 14 2007, 4:26am says:

An awesome versatile engine for its time.

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INtense! Nov 14 2007, 4:22am says:

I cannot believe one man under the age of 20 made the engine that powers many of my favorite old skool games!

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