Melt is the beta version of Ed Hunter is a rail shooter video game that was released in 1999 for the Playstation, based on and accompanied by Iron Maiden’s music. The game objective consists of rescuing the mascot of Iron Maiden, Eddie, from a prison while passing through game settings evocative of the albums. [Info from Wikipedia]
Thanks to Srđan we found out that Melt was the same project as Ed Hunter:
There was a sticker on the Maiden compilation Best of the Beast where it said ”Introducing Melt- Eddie’s own state-of-the-art 3D game!” and there was the picture which said Playstation and MELT. Using WayBackMachine I was looking at the old Iron Maiden site, circa ’98-’99 and it says that the game Melt has changed name to Ed Hunter. So there you go. Also , according to the description, the game was changed too, from the gameplay to the style.
Shining Sword is a cancelled action adventure that was in development by American Laser Games for the original Playstation. The game was meant to be an ambitious projects, but after a while the team fell into various development issues and Shining Sword had to be canned. Some details were shared by a former ALG developer on Wikipedia:
Yes I worked for ALG – in fact I was the first artist ever hired at the company, in 1993. I worked on Shining Sword for about a year. We had switched from 3DO titles to developing for the not yet released Sony playstation. We had some of the first devkits in the US at the time. There was a really long drawn out story that was full of every dungeons and dragon style cliche you can imagine. We had concept art for most of the main characters and first pass 3d models of all of them. We were using stretchy meshes with internal bones, which was kind of ahead of its time a little bit. Some of the staff worked in 3D studio for DOS, some worked on Lightwave, and some actually worked on Silicon Graphics workstations. I had built several environments including an Aztec style Temple level.
Unfortunately, the owner’s wife had gotten heavily involved in the company and convinced him and other investors to switch over to making games for girls, so games like shining sword were on the chopping block. To be honest, I think the game was never really a game, it was a bunch of ideas kind of stuck together and it suffered through a lot of rehashings. It was extremely derivative of other games, and wholly unoriginal, but I don’t think there were any copyright worries.
Getting a working game engine and tools for the playstation was a daunting task in itself, not to mention trying to make a successful title. In my opinion, Shining sword was more style than substance, and really never developed much style either. Somebody may have saved the original code, but one would need an SDK for the original playstation – it would be a complete waste of time to try to get it running.
When the company was restructured into “Her Interactive”, I and some others were laid off. I moved on to California to Novalogic, making Comanche 4 and a few other military games before switching over the Neversoft as Lead Artist and eventually Environment Art Director, where I helped create the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, Gun, and Guitar Hero III before leaving the biz.
Thanks to Pachuka and Discworld for the contributions!
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Incredible Idiots in Space is a cancelled comedy action adventure that was in development by Magnet Interactive Studios around 1995 / 1996, planned to be released on Playstation, Sega Saturn and PC. The game was going to be published by ASC Games / American Softworks Corporation, based on an original cartoon series conceived by David Burke who had a number of artists develop a few cartoon properties to pitch them to TV networks, animation studios and the game industry. As recalled by David:
“I pitched my cartoon properties to game publishers, selling them on the notion that by licensing and co-developing my original properties, they would have a significant interest in the TV and merchandising rights, instead of none if they continued spending millions on licensing existing franchises. Sold a few: Psycho Mice, X-Duck 2000. X-Duck-2000 had lots of promise (hilarious script and great graphics), but mid-project, the developer / publisher (R. Greenberg Associates Interactive – a well-known NY special effect house), abandoned the “interactive” part of business.”
Later David licensed the game rights to “Incredible Idiots in Space” (a property created as a TV cartoon) to ASC, collaborating with cartoon artist Lane Reichart (“Reboot” and other toons) to finalize their character design. David wrote the script and sketched the basic character designs, and Lane fleshed out the world, and supplied the finished artwork. Magnet Interactive’s 3D artists rendered backgrounds and characters well, but development immediately proved to be problematic.
Incredible Idiots in Space would have featured some ambitious gameplay for its time, with 3D exploration through a large universe and multiple dialogue interactions between more than 30 unique aliens (requiring a complex script following each branching path). Story would have been told using pre-rendered cutscenes and voice overs, with gameplay also offering an alien version of Kung Fu combat, and all sorts of original puzzle-solving. Designs for the entire game world, the many alien characters, the ships, and the props, were all completed, and all the elaborate interactive game scripts were written. Unfortunately coding proved challenging. After waiting too long for playable prototypes ASC just pulled the plug.
Thanks to Pachuka & Celine for the contributions. Huge thanks to David for sharing with us some memories of his canned project.
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