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World Review: Enchant
Main Review

Compatible with Operating Systems:
Win 2K Win 98se Win XP

World Status: Operational


World Purpose: Dreamworld

Age Suitability: Anyone


World-Type

Enchant is essentially a theme park. It is based off of a fairly large island-world surrounded by an endless ocean, full of rugged hills, quiet spots, and lots and lots of rides. Based on the ActiveWorlds codebase, it does have lots of limitations when it comes to immersion and believability, but the owners of this theme park have done their level best to overcome them.

Most rides consist of tracks, either visible or invisible, which you ride upon. An unfortunate limitation of the technology is that the ride cars cannot move with you, and so you end up travelling down railway lines or sailing in the sky on your own. However all embarkation and disembarkation locations have background objects in the shape of the kind of vehicle you were supposed to be travelling in, to try and lessen this effect.





Enchant's in-world offices

The World in Brief

The rides themselves are plentiful, with a wide variety, each of which has beautifully rendered scenery, sound effects and suitable musical tracks to really set the mood.

Among the many rides, are a gentle rollercoaster without loops, cruising gently up and down, at least until the ground it is built upon drops away, to reveal a plunge onto the watery rocks below should you slip off.

A hot air balloon ride cruises majestically over a large swathe of the park, offering an aerial view of the attractions, twisting and turning to show them off to the best effect.

A love boat ride lazily travels through a beautifully sculpted stream, passing under paths with intricate bridges.

To top off the whole park, the Big Dipper puts every other ride to shame for its sheer size. It is also a ghost train, so if the mammoth loops and plunging drops were not bad enough, you plunge through the maws of death into dark and spooky constructions, scythes swinging, threatening to knock your head off. Around you the sounds of all that is forsaken, crawling, scuttling and screaming on its way past. To make your ride compete, at the end it dumps you into a graveyard, and you have to make your own way back to the path from there.

New rides are often added, and the old ones relocated, giving added incentive to explore. Helpful signposts scattered about ensure that you always have some idea of where to go.



Embarking the love boat

 

Sub Reviews

Here at Virtual Worldlets, we look at all worlds, whether for entertainment, training, medicare, industry or military use. Thus, we have the situation where different uses judge by different criteria. Below are a series of sub-reviews, each tailored to a different aspect of the world.

Explorers
For some, its the thrill of discovery, the freedom to strike out, to pioneer. Whether its mapping new lands, or exploring unknown fields of endeavour, to be first, to boldly go, this is what explorers live for.

Enchant is growing over time. Each ride is complete unto itself, and can be moved as a unit. Such movement happens every so often, as space is required to squeeze more rides in. Many areas of the island are also crafted into areas of spectacular scenic beauty. There is a fairy pond, a wooded retreat, and a beautiful mountain range, to name but a few. All this adds up to a land that is evolving, changing subtly over time, but is beautiful to travel in.

 

 

Overall
A charming worldlet, which showcases the ActiveWorlds codebase off fairly well, proving its still useful for interactive enjoyment, and a fairly rewarding place to travel with your significant other - provided you are quick enough to both board the rides at near enough the same time.

A small community hamlet, nestled away from the more frequently trodden paths> This world is populated by those who seek a family community, in an environment with a low polygon count, and simplicity with integrity.

 

Rating 62.5 / 100
Newbie Friendliness
7.0
/ 15
Community Values
3.0
/ 15
Believability
7.0
/ 15
Immersion
7.0
/ 15
Administration
9.5
/ 10
Automated help
10.0
/ 10
Code Integrity
10.0
/ 10
Entertainment
9.0
/ 10

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