Merlin’s Quest on its site all these years. I noticed a user review put up recently on the Shockwave site, “I loved this game when I was a kid...”
The page would have followed the user’s mouse who would have guided him through a series of comic-book like adventures.
The page is shown wearing blue. Also shown are renderings of Merlin and Morgan Le Fay.
The head of Merlin would hover Oz-like over a stone relief set on the floor.
The six shields represented the original six games planned for Merlin’s Quest. To go to a game, the player would position the page to stand on its shield.
For its time, Merlin’s Quest was one of the first 3D-like game environments casual game players had ever experienced. But today, with 3D rendering so cheap and commonplace, hand drawn art has returned to game design.
Above, character studies, iterations for page, background art