Magical Voxel is a free software on Mac and PC what this software allows you to do is build on a small scale only using squares. For a programme that is free you can go wrong with it I found it very fun to use and easy to navigate.
Download Link : https://voxel.codeplex.com/
What are voxels?
Voxels are little cubes that make up an objects for example in games. Voxels are similar to polygons, polygons make a face and voxel make the face into a 3D object. You would start of with 4 dots to make a corner and these would be called vertex or multiple vertices and what the game or graphics card will do in calculates these corners as a face which becomes a polygon.
During one of my lectures I was shown this new programme that was similar to cinema 4D but a lot more easy to use and build with. The programme was called Magica Voxel and what this allowed you to do was build structures for your game. The engine also allowed you to build characters than can then be animated for your game.
Magicavoxel only used cubes with in its engine once you had built something you have the ability to change what cubes looked like, there was a few different options you could choose these being cubes, tubes, circular and rounded grids.
The where just a bunch of prints screen of the mini prison I am going to be using in my game. As you can see though you have a wide choice of what you could make your game look like if you was to choose this programme to work with.
In my game I am going to have a few different areas this is another example of one of the sites I built for my game.
Characters in Magica Voxel
I wanted to touch on the characters that can be built with in the programme these where ready made ones build in the programme. You can manipulate them if you wanted to just learn the basic of how they work.
How to animate these characters in this programme.