The Jagged Crypt

As part of my project work in semester 2, I used the Max MSP software package to build a choose-your-own-adventure game in the style of Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy books. Max is a visual programming package designed for interactive audio-visual installations, and is tremendously ill-suited towards making a game…which is why I decided to make one with it!

The adventure I created, “The Jagged Crypt”, draws inspiration from the sword-and-sorcery fantasy novels of yore – the adventures of Elric of Melniboné, Conan the Barbarian, etc – as well as my experiences playing tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons and Call of Cthulhu, and the sounds of early arcade games. It was a great experience to stretch the boundaries of what Max can do!

If you’d like to brave the Crypt and attempt to recover the Annihilus Orb from its resting place in the bowels of the earth, you can download a Windows build of the game using the link below.

Playthrough Video w/ Commentary

Here's a video of me playing through the game, with some commentary on its inspirations and a look at how it all comes together in Max.