Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker is a free open source 3D Game Maker, world creator and 3D Game Design program currently being used in many schools throughout the world that allows kids and adults to create their own video games, worlds, levels, adventures and quests, even cooperatively! The goal is to make it accessible to kids but also powerful enough for full game projects. With a simple click and roll of a mouse wheel users can modify the world however they want. In the words of a nine year old Sandbox whiz I babysit for, “Press Edit and go fulfill your dreams!”. Now features new game modes such as sidescroller, machinima, kartmode, RPG, and more!

Report article RSS Feed Noesis Presents ModDB TV: Sandbox Interview

Noesis Interactive sits down with Mike Tomaino, the project lead behind Platinum Arts Sandbox.

Posted by stenchy on Dec 17th, 2008
Article

Noesis Interactive recently had the chance to interview Mike Tomaino about his pet project Platinum Arts Sandbox. In it, Mike talks about why he started the open source project and how successful he was in using it to teach kids in the art of level design. Watch the video to see some samples of kids putting together their first levels. While you're at it, why not download sandbox and give it a try yourself?


Want to know how to create your own mod? Visit Noesis Interactive to score some sweet deals on training and tutorial videos.

Post comment Comments
calimer
calimer Dec 17 2008, 9:41am says:

First - Thank you Noesis and Stenchy for this opportunity :D
Second - I haven't put it on moddb yet but we have a new version 2.2.4 that can be downloaded on our site at Kids.platinumarts.net I'll try to put it on moddb today. Also we have a winter release coming with some special surprises including a sidescroller mode :D Take care.
-mike

+2 votes     reply to comment
Spector
Spector Dec 21 2008, 1:51am replied:

Calimer for the win, fun times were had many years ago. =P

+2 votes     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 21 2008, 11:22pm replied:

Very nice to hear from you Spector. How have you been? What have you been up to? And yes those old times were certainly some great ones. I have a lot of those old shows saved, I should make an archive somewhere. Do you happen to have any? We should pool them together. Take care buddy and feel free to stop by our channels, forums, whatever any time :)
-mike

+2 votes     reply to comment
JackaBot147
JackaBot147 Dec 17 2008, 11:09am says:

Is it possible to mod in a sword or something?

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 17 2008, 11:32am replied:

Yes definitely. The RPG even has melee attacks and spells though they have been made into vegetables and fruits to keep it kid friendly ;D I'm trying to do the RPG in a way that if I want to make a more adult oriented RPG that I can just swap out the models. Take care!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Dec 17 2008, 12:06pm says:

sweet! Like the new version.

But there's no button listing when you hit the ESC key? I keep forgetting the keys to use. :)

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 17 2008, 12:55pm replied:

That's a good idea :) For now there is a text file in the main folder called cheatsheet that has a bunch of commands. There are a bunch of updates including keys to save and put in materials (instead of having to dig through menus, hehe). Glad you are enjoying the release, more good stuff to come :) Take care.
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
razorb
razorb Dec 17 2008, 5:47pm says:

really nice work! i just love the fact that u took it to a school and they loved to use it... this should definately get into more school as some sort of creative class :D great work really love it!

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 17 2008, 8:38pm replied:

Several schools actually :D and at a summer camp for kids. I even got to use it at a Middle School too and teacher and kids loved it. The goal really is to get it into more schools so any help with that would certainly be appreciated!! All it takes is one parent that wants it enough in that district, hehe. Take care!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
Lucífer
Lucífer Dec 17 2008, 6:05pm says:

Would it ever be possible to have this save in X amount of map file formats to allow this to be used for a variety of games?

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 17 2008, 8:36pm replied:

I would love that to happen. Radiant for example is open source as well so hopefully we could make sandbox export radiant type games :D You can export maps as an obj format so you could technically do it through that method though I haven't tested it. I think hl1 or 2 could import obj into maps. So the simple answer is yes :) Take care!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
NutManIV
NutManIV Dec 17 2008, 8:03pm says:

This looks really cool! I'm gonna download it tonight and see what my younger siblings can do with it.

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 17 2008, 8:40pm replied:

Awesome, I would be very excited to know how they liked it! Feel free to send over screens too, we love seeing the work done by gremlins. Take care!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
Nemesisurvivorleon
Nemesisurvivorleon Dec 17 2008, 11:32pm says:

This is why free, open-source stuff is awesome. If you want another coder, designer, or advertiser I'm very good at all three.

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 18 2008, 2:05am replied:

I vote all three!!!! :D Spreading the word and any advertisement help in general is HUGE!!!! Feel free to stop into our IRC sometime :D Take care!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
Trestkon
Trestkon Dec 18 2008, 1:19am says:

Really interesting project. Getting this stuff into school is a fantastic achievement :-)

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 18 2008, 2:08am says:

Thanks :) It certainly was my biggest PR challenge to date, but well worth it. One situation was for kids that needed a little extra help with their studies and when I showed them Sandbox the teacher said it was the most motivated he's ever seen them. And they were actually getting their work done so that they'd have a chance to use sandbox :) Take care!!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Dec 18 2008, 10:19am says:

I've pointed this out to a teacher who's started using World of Goo with the students. :)

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 21 2008, 11:27pm replied:

Awesome thanks so much! Hopefully they use it sometime :D If they like world of goo maybe Phun would be a good choice too, though I have never tried it. If they ever do try out sandbox please let me know, I am very interested in hearing about that kind of thing :) Take care and thanks again!! That kind of help is huge :D
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
sauerfreak
sauerfreak Dec 18 2008, 12:50pm says:

Sweet! I've been doing some work with Cube 2, might have to check this out some time. Glad to hear Hirato's on the team too, keep it up!

+1 vote     reply to comment
hirato
hirato Dec 18 2008, 6:30pm says:

I'm slightly disappointed at the " useful programs list", why was the msvc site shown when calimer was clearly talking about codeblocks

why aren't the GNU guys being thanked for gcc, make and mingw, what about SDL that's being used for all the rendering and audio (using an OpenGL rendering path of course :P)

and one of my key applications, which I use that wasn't mentioned either, is inkscape. there's random tidbits of scalable vector graphics in the newest developmental release, and even more in our current developmental repo, even though they all had to be exported as png's

the wine project should probably be thanked too, since I run codeblocks in wine occasionally to compile a windows binary... calimer hates that :P

that's really I have to complain about, good interview!

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 21 2008, 11:25pm replied:

Sometimes you are a little cranky but <3 all the way :D And in fairness I don't think any inkscape stuff is in the current releases out, but certainly a lot to come :D But codeblocks is a big deal and super easy to compile sandbox with, you don't even need to worry about extra libraries, just use our project file. And gcc and sdl? Sheesh if we thanked everyone the video would be 8 years long, haha. :D Glad you liked it so much H, hehe. Take care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-mike
PS new release out soon? what????

+1 vote     reply to comment
demonkiller111
demonkiller111 Dec 21 2008, 5:09pm says:

Good game! but I can't figure how how to spawn in creatures and I can't find a tutorial on how to do that. So i would give this Game a 6/10

+1 vote     reply to comment
calimer
calimer Dec 21 2008, 11:20pm replied:

The FAQ is generally a good place to start, as the four year old I babysit would say, you silly goose!!!! Hehe :) Here is a link to the FAQ:
Kids.platinumarts.net

If you have any more questions please ask :) In our help section there is also the contact information so you can come in and ask us too :D If you have trouble in the future please get a hold of us :D Take care!!!!!
-mike

+1 vote     reply to comment
kitheif
kitheif Jun 28 2009, 5:52am says:

Hmmm guns? :D

+2 votes     reply to comment
whitewolf007
whitewolf007 Aug 14 2009, 10:36am says:

Hello,

I am in a game design curriculum right now. I've seen some other level design tools and this one looks really fun. I've worked with Game Maker and Unreal Ed. I got the link to Sandbox from Mechwarrior Living Legends hosted here as well. From the video this looks to be a really cool game creation tool. I will definitely check it out between classes!

+1 vote     reply to comment
illupo
illupo Oct 1 2009, 2:09pm says:

how do i make Ncp bots move ?

+1 vote     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Icon
Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker
Platforms
Windows, Mac, Linux
Developer & Publisher
Platinum Arts
Contact
Send Message
Official Page
SandboxGameMaker.com
Release Date
Released Oct 7, 2007
Game Watch
Track this game
Feature
Browse
Features
Report Abuse
Report article
Related Games
Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker
Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker Indie Single & Multiplayer Realistic Sim
Related Engines
Custom Built
Custom Built Commercial Released Sep 1, 2007
Related Groups
Noesis Interactive
Noesis Interactive Educational group with 90 members
Platinum Arts
Platinum Arts Developer & Publisher with 16 members
Spotlight
Spotlight Official group with 530 members