Platinum Arts’ Mike Tomaino sent in the following:
The first episode of The Exciting Adventures Of Master Chef Ogro Fruits And Vegetables Extraordinaire has been released! The Platinum Arts Sandbox RPG is a branch off of the main version of the open source free 3D Game Maker. The free download is available at the new Platinum Arts Sandbox webpage, http://SandboxGameMaker.com
The majority of the content was created by High School students and it has already been accepted at a College festival and competition. The RPG features produce magic and monsters and many levels to explore. The project has been kept kid friendly with mild animated combat which features monsters becoming “full” and unable to attack. The RPG contains many new powerful features, including the ability to easily add and tweak NPCs, monsters, spells, etc. Though kid friendly, without much effort the RPG could be used to create a non kid friendly game.
The main version of sandbox is getting a ton of awesome updates! It has been reported that Sandbox runs even faster now, and there are tons of new features coming up, including a map with a working train! Check out the screenshot in the custom content section! A new release is expected in 1-2 months.