Another consideration in telling this particular story was to employ an art direction that was lavish, yet didn’t consume a lot of storage space. 1989 was pre-CD-ROM and 800K discs were the standard. Hard to imagine, I know.
At the time, the Mac system included a QuickDraw language which had a handy toolbox of geometric routines. So I decided to develop my own companion language that combined the tricks of QuickDraw with some specialized routines of my own, which could draw images dynamically without bitmaps. The color blended backgrounds. The cartoon dialogue balloons. The elevator lifts and other mechanical devices. Plotting elaborate curves so that the 3 could hop along in her signature manner. And plotting the eerie movement of the anti-virus robot.
The Prologue demonstrates these techniques in action.