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Altor Systems, Inc.
Nightfall release breaks taboos, gets great reception at MacWorld Expo
Palo Alto, CA - January 21, 1999 - At MacWorld Expo 99, Altor Systems of
Palo Alto, CA broke sacred gaming taboos, and got a great reaction at
MacWorld Expo with Nightfall, premiering on the Macintosh platform.
Nightfall is a puzzle/exploration game, combining a haunting experience
with the latest technology, in an easy to use environment. Nightfall breaks
3 gaming taboos - it is non violent & high tech, has easy to use 3D, and is
a leading edge Mac first title. As a result, it had a great reception at
MacWorld Expo 99, with hundreds of people coming forward to comment that
this is what they want.
At the Altor stand in the consumer showcase, interest was high in a game
which was beautiful, high tech, and non-violent. "At last, something that I
can play!" was the exclamation of one visitor. Hundreds echoed the same
theme, after seeking mystery and puzzle games around the expo floor,
finding Nightfall to be the only one available now. Many were astonished
that a leading edge game could come to the Mac first, breaking the
fatalistic view that everything good had to come from the PC. Many said
"You are doing something good here" to the expo staff, who were hard
pressed to keep up with game orders. Some even demanded we do a PC port as
soon as possible! A PC release is currently planned for late 99.
Nightfall breaks three gaming taboos.
1) Violence = high tech.
The common wisdom is that games for your mind, with mystery and beauty,
have to be older tech (slideshow, movies, and panaoramas). High tech 3D
games always have to have some amount of destruction, violence, bloodshed.
Nightfall gives you a peaceful, mysterious environment, with beautiful
textures and haunting music, along with all the benefits of real time 3D.
Because Nightfall is high tech, it looks stunning on the iMac, providing
extremely smooth motion, detail, and interactivity.
2) 3D games have to be difficult to use.
You need to learn which keys do what to play the game. Nightfall breaks the
taboo, with a new patent pending interface. Solve puzzles, explore, or just
watch and soak up the atmosphere. Nightfall is easy to use - point and
click to move, turn, and hold objects. You can even swim, climb, and get
force feedback using a regular mouse! Why read a manual - just dive in and
3) PCs get the leading edge games first, or equal first.
Nightfall breaks the PC first or equal taboo, by being a leading edge game
available first on the Mac! Gameplay, 3D puzzles, and the new interface are
found only in Nightfall. Moreover, source code and tools are included on
the CD. Why wait months or years for a game editor that PC users have had
from day one? Why be dependent on PC users to author mods for your Mac
game? Nightfall was designed for Mac users right from the start. With
Nightfall, Mac gaming is alive and well!
Based on a real myth and actual characteristics of ancient Egyptian
culture, experience a depth of game play that could only come from real
life. Explore a vast array of tunnels and rooms, solving puzzles which have
taken months to design. At the same time, these puzzles use the best of 2D
and 3D environments to provide new ways of playing as well as new types of
problems to be solved.
Nightfall uses stunning real time 3D graphics, haunting music, and a deep
storyline to transport you to another world. The game is designed to be
easy to use, and challenging to solve. Use your mind and/or your reflexes,
and complete the game without violence, making it suitable for everyone to
enjoy. Nightfall can be played in any order and in many styles. Saved games
let you access all but the secret level. Challenge yourself and solve the
whole game, or wander around soaking up the atmosphere. The choice is
Nightfall is a real time 3D game, yet the patent-pending interface makes it
easy to use, a natural progression beyond traditional 2D puzzle games.
Moreover, the finesse of control, combined with the real time 3D
environment, allows you the freedom to improvise. Instead of following
prescribed, pre-rendered scenes, explore and control the world in your own
way, and in your own time.
To enhance the experience still further, editing tools, example art, and
code are included on the CD. Customize Nightfall, or make your own
completely new 3D game. Find new games to play from the Internet. Finishing
Nightfall is just the start!
Nightfall is available on CD-ROM for $30 + shipping from Altor's website -
Altor Systems web site. US and international orders are accepted, via
the web, fax, email, and mail.
Altor Systems, founded in 1995, is a software development company located
in Palo Alto, California. The company is dedicated to providing leading
edge content and technology for virtual 3D worlds. Further information and
a press kit is available at: Press site
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