RSD Game Maker (partially lost video games made on MS-DOS game engine; 1991-present)
RSD Game Maker is a DOS-based game engine that was produced between 1991 through 1995 by a company known as Recreational Software Designs and sold through direct mail by KD Software. The engine was also sold in other places worldwide, such as Canada, UK, Belgium, Argentina, South Korea, etc. It was the first-ever general-purpose graphical game maker for DOS-based PCs. Later on, the source code for version 3.0 was released on GitHub by original coder Andy Stone under the MIT license.
Before it became open source, there were strict licenses for making games on this engine. You could've only sold about 10 games before you had to resort to giving Recreational Software Designs money for each game sold. While some people were fine with this, others, like PPP Team, were frustrated with this & thus made them available through BBS servers for free.
Being that it was mostly used by people at their home instead of actual companies, it was more likely for them to become lost(it was also more likely to see offensive or disturbing content considering some people tend to like putting offensive imagery in their games as either to be funny, or to challenge the players, & have them think about the main theme of this game). Some games were distributed through BBS, some were put on CD compilations, and some were never distributed. While many games have been preserved throughout the years, many others are currently lost.
A website does exist out there for RSD Game Maker, and the games developed for it were created by Aderack, who has developed several games himself.
- 1 List of Games
- 1.1 Adam Tyner
- 1.2 Alan Caudel
- 1.3 Alan Caudel & Adam Tyner
- 1.4 Alex Reimann Cunha Lima
- 1.5 Angelo Felix
- 1.6 Antares Bros
- 1.7 Brandon Enterprises
- 1.8 Brandon Whitton
- 1.9 Chris Lavioette
- 1.10 Ciro Duran
- 1.11 Cly5m
- 1.12 Daniel Turner
- 1.13 Dattorz
- 1.14 David Barras
- 1.15 David Carchedi
- 1.16 David Wallin
- 1.17 Dean Tersigni
- 1.18 Dwight Sanchez
- 1.19 Dylan Durdle
- 1.20 Eric-Jon Rossel
- 1.21 Erwin Bergervoet
- 1.22 Felix Leung
- 1.23 Fernando Sarmiento
- 1.24 Firefall Softwarez
- 1.25 Flip Industries
- 1.26 Gabriel Harper
- 1.27 Gary Acord
- 1.28 Glop Demon
- 1.29 James Faux
- 1.30 James Hoffman
- 1.31 James W. Morris
- 1.32 Janet L. Groth Productions
- 1.33 Jeremy LaMar
- 1.34 John Donald Carlucci
- 1.35 Jon Bolden
- 1.36 Joshua Eric Turcotte
- 1.37 Justin Meisse
- 1.38 Kevin Vance
- 1.39 Kirstleeh
- 1.40 Kris Asick
- 1.41 Madguy90
- 1.42 Mark A. Janelle
- 1.43 Mark Cidade
- 1.44 Mark Donald
- 1.45 Mark Hadley
- 1.46 Martin Salomon And Robin Ward Inc.(M & R Inc.)
- 1.47 Marty Valenti
- 1.48 Mary Martin
- 1.49 Matt Bell
- 1.50 Matt Dabrowski
- 1.51 Matt Tasker
- 1.52 Matt Wears
- 1.53 Matthew Groves
- 1.54 Matthew Saul
- 1.55 Mike Perrucci
- 1.56 PPP Team
- 1.57 Recreational Software Designs
- 1.58 Roger Levy
- 1.59 Roland Ludlam
- 1.60 Ron Cavagnaro
- 1.61 Ronnie Toon
- 1.62 Roy Sr. Person
- 1.63 Rylie James Thomas
- 1.64 Sean McNulty
- 1.65 Sheldon Chase
- 1.66 Sherwood Forest Software
- 1.67 Stefan Meisse
- 1.68 T3 Software
- 1.69 Terry Chatman
- 1.70 Toasty
- 1.71 Tony A. Rowe
- 1.72 Tyler Pantella
- 1.73 Unknown
- 1.74 TheWaynelds
- 1.75 Yurik Nestoly
- 1.76 Others?
- 2 Reference
List of Games
|Bear Fun Show||1994||Found|
|Mister Spiff 1||1994||Found|
|Mister Spiff 2||1994||Lost|
|Mister Spiff 3: Freeze! Mother! Freeze!||1994||Found|
|Mister Spiff 4||1994||Found|
This one is by far one of the most complete when it comes to Game-Maker developers with games made in multiple decades. This is because he has managed to preserve almost all of the games he made for the engine since the early 1990s to be played by anyone.
|Adam's B-Day 3: the Saga Continues||1995||Found|
|Adam's Birthday Game||1992||Found|
|The Adam's Birthday Saga Continues||1993||Found|
|Advanced Techniques Demo||2014||Found|
|Alan Fun Game||1998||Found|
|Big Fat Tank!||1994||Found|
|The Complete Bone Adventures||1996||Found|
|Dummy Duck 1(A.K.A. Off the Page)||1992||Found|
|Dummy Duck 2||1996||Found|
|Dummy Duck 3||1996||Found|
|Dummy Duck 4(A.K.A. DD4: Canadian Boxing Day)||1998||Found|
|Dummy Duck 5||1999||Found|
|Dummy Duck 6||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Dummy Duck 7||2013||Lost|
|The Legend of Budd||1996||Found|
|Lil' Choklit Donit Man in: Choklit Terror!!||1995||Found|
|Man, Game Fire!||2013||Found|
|Man Game RPG||2011||Found|
|Man Game Stairs||2011||Found|
|Mr. Berkel Derkel||1995||Found|
|NBA Jams||1995 (newer version released in 2015)||Found|
|Palladia: the Game||1996||Found|
|Power Fights A.C.: Power Moves 2||1995||Found|
|Return of the Jedi||1994||Found|
|Roll the Dice||2013||Found|
|Scurvy the Squirrel||1993||Found|
|Star Wars: Return of the Jedi||1996||Found|
Alan Caudel & Adam Tyner
They are known to have collaborated on what specific set of games, the Star Avenger series. Whether or not they collaborated on other games is uncertain.
|Star Avenger 2||1995||Found|
|Star Avenger 3||1995||Found|
|Star Avenger 4||1996||Found|
Alex Reimann Cunha Lima
He briefly mentioned making games on the engine on a computer with more than enough power to make & run games on.
|Time After Time||1994||Found|
All games made by Brandon Enterprises have been found in their entirety, making it one of the 2 most complete sets of them all so far.
|Seal Boarders 2||1998||Found|
None of his games have survived, according to him, as he lost them all. It's unknown as to how many games he had made. Apparently, some of them were distributed according to Bella, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.
|The Adventures of Kody & Tika||Unknown||Lost|
|Roady Rabbit 2||1998?||Found|
|Roady Rabbit 3||Unknown||Lost|
|The Saturn Challenge||Unknown||Lost|
|Sonic the Hedgehog Tribute||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
Supposedly he made about 8 games, & 2 of them were released to the public. Bella said that one of his games starred turtles.
|Unknown Game 1||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 2||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 3||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 4||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 5||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 6||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 7||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Unknown Game 8||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Blipp In: Power Panic!||2014||Found|
|Virtual Zelda||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
Like with Alan Caudel, this is one of the most complete sets of Game-Maker games out there.
|The Adventures of Fred Earwigian||1994||Found|
|Beware the Gremlin||1995||Found|
|Bounerim 2: the Bounce Back||Unknown||Non-existent|
|Bubble And Squeak||2014||Lost|
|Clyde & Zeke||1994||Found|
|Crullo: Adventures of a Donut||1994||Found|
|Did I Ever Tell You About the Time I Was Taken By a Vampire One Night||1996||Found|
|Fantastic Adventures of Byron Solomon||2015||Lost|
|Link vs. Gannon||1993||Found|
|The McKenna Chronicles||1995||Found|
|Ninja Tuck 2: Booka||1995||Found|
|The Patchwork Heart||1994||Found|
|Peach 2: Pair of Ducks In Time||Unknown||Non-existent|
|Peach the Lobster||1994||Found|
|Ralph 2: Earth Is Near||Unknown||Non-existent|
|The Return of A-J||1993(improved upon later on)||Found|
|Ricci's Cow Hunt||1995||Found|
|Rodip: Rover of the Deep||1994(picked up for completion in 2011)||Found|
|Sign of the Hedgehog||1993||Found|
|Sign of the Hedgehog 2||1993||Found|
|Sushi-X Breaks Loose||1993||Found|
|Tony & Me||1993||Found|
|Unicorn Bird(actually the work of his daughter)||2016||Lost|
|Watch Me Die!||1996||Found|
|Zoom 2: Enter Zip||Unknown||Non-existent|
|Zoom the Super Bear||1993||Found|
|QiQ: Please Peace||1998||Found|
|The Ultimate Off-Road Racing||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Xenoblaster: Attack of the Xorg||1995||Found|
He made games with RSD Game Maker when he was 13 years old. Snowkid Flake never got into the process of being put onto the engine, though.
|Renxo Booper In Booperland||1996||Found|
Developer of the Super Kid Icarus fan game, he said that he made a couple of games on this engine. None of them seem to have survived.
Supposedly he had the software, but due to having an 8086, he couldn't play the games he made.
Arguably one of the more complete sets, this one is infamous for its very offbeat kind of way. These games are presented with random assets thrown around that give it an uncomfortable feeling of uncertainly, strangeness, & curiosity.
|Capn Zapn 1: Kozmik Journeys||1992||Found|
|Dogs 1||1992(re-released in 1993)||Found|
|The Head 1||1992(re-released in 1993)||Found|
|Icemare With Sgt. Super||1992||Found|
|Jaxon Zoose 1: Zapped By the Light||1992(re-released in 1993)||Found|
|Major Marvel 1||1992||Found|
|Street Wolf 1||1992(re-released in 1993)||Found|
|Zapak 1: The Zap-Pack!||1993||Found|
|Zapman 1: the Fantastic Zapman||1993||Found|
|Zapper 2||1993?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Zapper 3||1993?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Zapper 4: Escape From Neverwhere||1992(possibly repackaged as Zapper 4 in 1994)||Found|
|Zapper 4: Escape From Neverwhere(pre-Zapper 4 version)||1992?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Zapper 4-B: Holy Neverwhere!||1992(possibly repackaged as Zapper 4-B in 1994)||Found|
|Zapper 4-B: Holy Neverwhere!(pre-Zapper 4-B version)||1992?||Existence Unconfirmed|
He didn't really create games himself, more so goofed around with other projects. None of his hacks are known to have survived as of yet.
Like Brandon Enterprises, all of his games have been found & preserved, making it one of the most complete sets so far. James Faux is notable for having some of the more impressive games of the bunch, using techniques that are quite advanced for RSD Game Maker standards.
|Thunder-Snot Johnny||Mid 1990s||Found|
Only one of his games has been confirmed to exist. Apparently, he made countless games, & most of them were unfinished due to locked doors not opening properly.
James W. Morris
|Crystal Mania 4: Space Pirates From the Planet of the Pygmie People||1993||Found|
|Crystal Mania 5||Mid 1990s||Lost|
|Crystal Mania 6||Mid 1990s||Lost|
|Fantasy Adventure Game||Unknown||Lost|
|Hoverboard Game(Prototype version of Super Hamster)||1992?||Lost|
|Super Hamster: Curse of the Kooky Cult||1993||Found|
|Undersea Exploration Game||Unknown||Lost|
Janet L. Groth Productions
His Blinky games are some of the more well known RSD Game Maker games as they were spread through AOL Kids. Blinky 3, in particular, was preserved for quite a while before many others. He also did a couple of ZZT games.
|Blinky 2: the Return of Blinky||1994||Found|
John Donald Carlucci
|Baxter And Art Gecco||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Baxter vs. the Brain Snatching Aliens||1994||Partially Found|
|Jon Bon Jovi||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
Joshua Eric Turcotte
According to Joshua Eric himself, Orb 1 ended up never being finished as the last world files got corrupted in the process.
|Orb: the Derelict Planet||1994||Partially Found|
Supposedly his games had gotten corrupted, which led them to become lost—the brother of Stefan Meisse.
|Cyborg Empire||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
Apparently, he made many other games on this engine, but only 3 of them have been confirmed to exist.
|Breakout: the Rescue||1994(re-released in 1995)||Found|
|Hi-Tech Demo||1993(re-released in 1994)||Found|
|Kirk Voodia||1993(re-released in 1994)||Found|
|Kirk Voodia 2||1993(re-released in 1994)||Existence Unconfirmed|
Kirstleeh commented on the video about version 3.0, in which he talked about a few games he did before the disks rotted away several years ago.
|1 To 200||Unknown||Lost|
|200 To 1||Unknown||Lost|
He is noteworthy for making the latest RSD Game Maker game out there, being made in 2018.
|EGA Combat Gladiators Arena||2018||Found|
This person used version 2.0, & so far, none of his games are known to have survived. He commented on the RSD Game Maker v3.0 video, saying that he was 9 years old when he made those games.
Mark A. Janelle
|Barracuda 2: the Escape||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Barracuda 3||1994||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Barracuda: Secret Mission 1||1992(gameware edition released in 1994)||Found|
He used the KD Software version while he was an employee at Microforum. It's unknown as to what games he made on this engine.
This game was supposedly made to criticize the game engine. Apparently this game was on the cover disc of the September 1996 issue of PC Gamer UK.
|Bonus Game||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Parsec Man 3D||1994||Found|
|Progress Or Congress||1994||Found|
Martin Salomon And Robin Ward Inc.(M & R Inc.)
These 2 pirated the RSD Game Maker engine as they didn't want to pay a high price for game making software. The game was never completed, with the game available having all that was made.
|Crystal Quest: Thal's Quest For Crystals||1992||Found|
No information on this person exists online, & like Firefall Softwarez, only one game is known to have come out.
Some of his games are known to have been corrupted. Currently, he's trying to get them to work, though there's so far no process.
|Arctic Survival Game||Unknown||Lost|
|Paper Airplane||1993||Partially Found|
He only developed one game, & this game was seemingly never finished. He thinks that it might still exist in his parents' house. There's currently no development on finding it.
A friend to Alan Caudel.
|Dexter the Alligator||1997||Found|
|Mystery Caves||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Space Cadet||1993(re-released in 1994)||Found|
|Space Cadet 2||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Space Cadet 3||1995?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Graffix (Marley's Quest prototype)||Unknown||Lost|
|Popa: Invasion If the Green Things From Ickubackal||1996||Found|
|Invasion of the Blobs!||1996||Found|
|Invasion of the Blobs 2: the Evolution Revolution||1998||Found|
|Invasion of the Blobs 3: Zib Rolls On!||Unknown||Lost|
|Invasion of the Blobs 3: Zib Springs Into Action!||Unknown||Lost|
|Luigi's Heroic Debut||1996||Found|
|Party of Four||1997||Found|
Getting their start here, they eventually made their way into making tracker music, & other projects coded in assembler. One of its members, Pype, started homebrew development on the Nintendo DS in 2010, & they have plans on revisiting, & reworking their older projects onto new territory.
|4 To Save Toon Land||Mid-Late 1990s||Found|
|Badman 2: He's Back Again!||1996||Found|
|Badman 3: Badboys Are Back!||1996||Found|
|Blork Carnage: the Adventure of Jack Booster||1995||Found|
|Dragon Ball Z||1994?||Lost|
|Dragon Ball Z 2: the Death of Vageta||1995||Found|
|Dragon Ball Z 2 Remix||1995||Found|
|Droid In the Fire Cavern||1995||Lost|
|F1 Eater Mania||1995||Found|
Recreational Software Designs
Games made by the company itself as guides for people to use to see what the engine can do.
Many of his stuff had gotten corrupted largely due to him living near a radio tower when he was a kid.
|Andy In Asunderland||Mid-Late 1990s||Partially Found|
|Fluffy The Squirrel||Unknown||Lost|
|Kevin Obstacle Course Game||Unknown||Lost|
|Red Balloon Game||Unknown||Lost|
|RPG Test||Late 1990s||Found|
|Vertical Scrolling Shooter Game||Unknown||Lost|
During the ages of 12 to 14, he developed RSD Game Maker games under the name Spedware. He eventually became the technical half of the core team behind Studio Walljump, who developed Wiiware games.
|Bonus Game||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|John's Archaeological Adventures - Episode 1: the Tomb||1995||Found|
|John's Archaeological Adventures - Episode 2: the Mayan Tomb||1995||Existence Unconfirmed|
|John's Archaeological Adventures - Episode 3: Civilization On Mars||1995||Existence Unconfirmed|
Designer of several ambitious games, all of which are currently unplayable, & unlike the games from Daniel Turner & Matt Tasker, there's seemingly no way of finding them.
|Christmas Sheep Game||Unknown||Lost|
Quite possibly one of the stranger sets of Game Maker games as some of the games are seemingly expanded versions of levels from Viki: Escape From Videoland. However, though, it might be vice versa, & that all Viki games were seemingly combined into one. It's currently unknown as to how many games he designed on this engine.
|Santa Is Back!||1993||Found|
|Viki: Adventure In Space City||Early 1990s?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Viki: Escape From Videoland||1993||Partially Found|
|Viki: Hot Balloon||Early 1990s?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Viki: Lost In Hidden Maze||Early 1990s?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Viki: Madness In Crazy Island||Early 1990s?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Viki: Return To Bubble Land||Early 1990s?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Viki: Revenge of the Chomp Chomp Monster||Early 1990s?||Existence Unconfirmed|
Roy Sr. Person
The only surviving game of his as of now is a hack of Pipemare simply titled Pipes.
|Bonus Game||1993||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Solar Quest||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
Rylie James Thomas
|Chad's Crazy Adventure||Unknown||Lost|
|Monkey Mission: Project Replevin||Unknown||Lost|
All 4 of his games have been preserved & made playable. Note that the Woman Warrior games are incorrectly labelled on the Internet Archive.
|Earth Vs the Flying Saucers||1993||Found|
|Woman Warrior And the Attack From Below||1994||Found|
|Woman Warrior And the Outer Limits||1994||Found|
Sherwood Forest Software
|Adventures In Melgratta||1992||Found|
|Attack of the Killer Dandelions||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Big Bob's Drive-In||1992||Found|
|Bonus Game||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|The Old Rimshaw Place||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Rascal In Numberland||1994||Partially Found|
|Rascal's Alphamaze||1994||Partially Found|
|Robo Wars||1994||Partially Found|
|Safari Sam: Jungle Explorer||1992||Found|
|Shootout At Dodge||1992||Found|
|Shoplifter 2: the Second Caper||1994||Partially Found|
|Way Out Willy's Circus||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Bird of Prey||Unknown||Lost|
|The Legend of Zelda: Harry's Awakening||1995||Found|
|Star Wars Tribute||Unknown||Lost|
|Super Mario 5||Unknown||Lost|
|Untitled Kirby Game||Unknown||Lost|
|Untitled Winnie the Pooh game||Unknown||Lost|
The 2 games currently known to exist from him are hacks of Recreational Software Designs' Nebula.
|Ballie D. Plumber Episode 1: Ballie In D. Pipes||1994||Found|
|Ballie D. Plumber Episode 2||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Ballie D. Plumber Episode 3||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Bonus Game||1994?||Existence Unconfirmed|
|Shorty Da Pimp: Aliens Stole My H**!||1994||Partially Found|
On the video showcasing RSD Game Maker v3.0, Toasty commented that he made many games back in the 1990s. All of them are lost now, according to him, though it's possible that some of them have been played by other people, as evidenced by Bella saying that her father played some of the now lost Brandon Whitton games.
Tony A. Rowe
Supposedly he has a disk filled with Game Maker stuff. Whether or not he has found it yet is uncertain.
He made several games using lots of Sample terrain as he hated making his own. He couldn't get in contact with any other Game Maker users at the time.
These are games with no names attached to them at all.
|Sound Race||Unknown||Existence Unconfirmed|
The hard drive for his/her 90s PC vanished. He also installed it on another PC in 1999, but it has a virus & is no longer functional, meaning that he possibly couldn't be able to see his old games again.
While nothing is exactly known about him, he seems to have been the more immature of the On-Target Programming community of RSD Game Maker users.
Considering that this was made for general use, it might mean that other games made on this engine still exist out there & are still recoverable. In spite of its general use, the amount of games made on the engine is currently unknown, & it's still counting up to this very day as we discover more people known to have used it.
- The Game-Maker Archive page. Retrieved 15 Nov '20