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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1 comment by scott_aw on Jul 17th, 2015

Early on I was having issues with not having a numpad or proper Art editing tool now that I've switched to a new laptop and thus new OS.

Lots of the old Build tools ran in dos, which really isn't an option, as dosbox can have issues running those editing programs. Most of the 'windows' editors are too old to work in Win 8, but DukeRes still runs alright.

So now I'm using that, but it does have issues, if you add in image the wrong way you can corrupt the art files contents, so I have to be careful with it. Its also the reason I didn't really use it before.

To fix the missing numpad issue I got AutoKey which helps immensely and I'm able to toggle numpad related keys for all the editing that Mapster requires. Texture and sprite resizing is all done with the numpad keys, as well as the shading. Now that issue is done I can easily work on levels again and finish them off.

The first map is getting closer to completion. There is a gas station that still needs an interior, but the docking station is getting close to completion, also featuring a freight ship cliff side. There is also a pumping station I've begun working on which connects to a sewer system that will connect under the map.

I've added in two new models for wall mount lights and post lights. I still need to create a bunch of sighs for various areas which hopefully I can handle with DukeRes until a proper Art editor can be found.

Finally I'll need to begin scripting again, getting objects working and refining the enemy's AI. Currently there are three different enemies I have, not including the ships that shoot missiles.

Another big project for the future is creating all the NPC sprites and loading them into ART files, this could be tricky but perhaps I can find a way to batch convert them in, maybe even do it on my older laptop and transfer it over if need be.

As for a new demo, I'd like to get the enemy AI refined and in working order, as well as a few more little tweaks and fixes. I plan on just releasing a solo map demo featuring the first Terra level.

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Justin123991 May 13 2010 says:

Where can I get this engine?

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Brainles5 Mar 26 2012 replied: +2 votes     reply to comment
Magrathean May 11 2010 says:

Love this engine! Long nights of being high on pizza scripting CON files...ah, memories.

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Armageddon104 Oct 16 2009 says:

Where can I get this engine?

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Ominn Oct 20 2009 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 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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Justin123991 May 15 2010 replied:

Theres so many downloads can you give me a link to the download for the one to make a indie game?

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InStars Mar 18 2009 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 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 says:

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

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BigBird Nov 14 2007 says:

An awesome versatile engine for its time.

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