Sunday, March 09, 2008
Orly Draw a Story 1996!
After all the recent talk about avant garde hats, I started thinking first,
that I better learn ActionScript 3 sometime soon,
that I should take another look at a CD-Rom from 1996, Orly Draw a Story.
In this game a Jamaican girl and her frog friend can have various adventures, but you have to draw parts of the story. It's brilliant. The five slabs on the wall are story choices.
The animation goes over your drawing, the paint features stay within the drawn line exactly. There's music, dancing, funny comments about what you're drawing and the color you've just chosen.
I had a hard time getting the program to play, because it was designed for Windows 95. It's a Broderbund production, more than ten years old. I actually worked/consulted on a joint project that went nowhere, around 1997, with one or more of the people responsible for this great production. Wow, I would love to get a chance to work with them now. Did any of you ever see this cd rom?
The stories were funny and the characters strong. Great music too.
You could choose the pencil or paint, colors from a silly panorama of paint pots, or textures. It was so easy to make sense of it all. Dinah was only 7 at the time and loved it too. Of course she was the target audience.
sorry it's blurry, but look how well it integrates into the scene.
I had the sound turned off when I drew this one, so I thought it was supposed to be just a head, not the whole monster. At the outset just the eyes and mouth were there on the blank paper.
For some reason print screen didn't work for this, so I had to take camera pix while it was playing out. It must have been built in Director.