Anachronox is a third-person role-playing video game produced by Tom
Hall (pictured) and the Dallas Ion Storm games studio. It was released
worldwide in June 2001 for Microsoft Windows. The turn-based game
follows a down-and-out private investigator looking for work in the
slums of planet Anachronox; he travels to other planets, collects an
unlikely group of friends, and unravels a mystery that threatens the
fate of the universe. The game's design and unconventional humor were
influenced by cyberpunk and film noir; inspirations include the video
game Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series, animator Chuck Jones,
and the novel Ender's Game. The game was built with a heavily modified
version of the Quake II engine, rewritten chiefly to allow a wider color
palette, emotive animations and facial expressions, and better particle,
lighting, and camera effects. Originally planned for a 1998 release,
Anachronox 's development was long and difficult. Critics
enjoyed the game and awarded it high marks for its design and story, but
Ion Storm closed down one month after the game's release. In 2003,
Anachronox cinematic director Jake Hughes spliced together gameplay
footage and cutscenes to create a feature-length award-winning film.
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