Super8 game engine


qbism Super8 is a gritty software-rendering 3D engine on a GPL Quake source code chassis.  Experience meta-nostalgic 8-bit graphics with unexpected modern features, like support for epic Big Maps. The project started as a fork of Makaqu 1.3 and later added enhancements from many other sources… plus a few unique features of it’s own.

Download the latest Super8:
Unzip into your quake folder.

Older versions at

Additional development discussion at or maybe
Makaqu on google code and tumblr


  • Plays most modern Quake “Big Maps” that require enhanced engine limits and extensions.
  • Physics and movement fixes for a smoother experience.
  • Colored lighting using standard “.lit” files.  The color is processed in a unique way to maximize speed.
  • Cool effects like scorch marks, transparent water and particles, and skymaps.
  • High-resolution, automatically detects available modes.
  • Modernized to play nice with weird laptop screen resolutions and Windows XP/ Vista/ 7.
  • Record demos directly to xvid, mp4, divx, or other avi-compatible formats.
  • Handy console helpers like tab-completion of map names and commands.
  • Fisheye mode!
  • Engine code is highly portable… ported to Flash, DOS, and runs in Linux under Wine.
  • Built-in HD video recording suitable for Youtube upload: