As you can imagine I follow a lot of Flash developers on twitter. When Adobe unleashed the Flash 3D / Molehill release tonight (at the Flash Gaming Summit) it pretty much went into meltdown. Developers thick and fast started releasing demos, blog posts, APIs and videos. Here I’m trying to present a small summary of where to get started if you want to build some GPU accelerated Flash 3D games, or just check the tech out
Flash Player 11 Incubator Download
You need this before you can do anything
Flash Player Incubator at Adobe
If you want to develop with it then also grab the documentation, Flex Hero release and the new playerglobal.swc files from here.
Simple 2D Molehill Example
Michael Baczynski runs the polygonal blog, and has published a short article on getting simple 2D working with FlashDevelop and Molehill.
Away3D 4 (“Broomstick release”)
Away3D has long been the leader in 3D APIs for Flash, and an alpha release of version 4.0 was just launched. This includes all of the juicy new Molehill enhancements they’ve been working on for the past few months. There are a bunch of lovely looking demos on the site too, including:
.. and of course all the downloads you need to get started coding with Away3D 4.
JiglibFlash 3D Physics Engine
Jiglib has provided physics support in most of the popular Flash 3D engines for a while, and they’ve just released a brand new build (with lots of lovely demos) that all support Away3D 4 and Molehill. Some of the demos are stunning!
Unity “publish to SWF” coming!
In an exciting blog post the Unity team say “In the past few months, our engineers have been investigating the possibility of adding a Flash Player exporting option to Unity. That investigation has gone very well, and we’re moving into full production.” – now that is freaking incredible! You can still code using AS3 and Unity, or move over to C# or any other language they support. This is a major move because there’s simply no better “game building” package out there.
McFunkypants Molehill Terrain Demo
Chris K is in the process of writing a book “Adobe Molehill Game Programming Beginner’s Guide” (which sounds freaking awesome). And he has released this lovely terrain demo showing off Molehill 😉
Takes a while to load, but when it does you’re treated to a nice looking 3D dungeon (apparently from the game Torchlight)
Minko Quake 3 Level Test
A complete level from Quake3 using HD textures. Minko is a 3D engine for Flash and this demonstrates it’s ability to load BSP file formats, PVS rendering, light mapping and a nice FPS camera system.
This game was demoed at Adobe Max and looked awesome back then. But to see it actually running in your browser is really special! Beautiful graphics and model work, and a fun game to boot. You have to play this
How Fast is Molehill?
A nice blog post detailing how 3D used to be done in Flash before Molehill, how it works in FP11 and what sort of speeds to expect. Pretty freaking awesome speeds, that’s what
Oh and there’s a nice round-up of Molehill demos and articles over on Uza’s blog too
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