Archive for the ‘Review’ Category

Dofus : MMORPG for Linux with Huge Online Community

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Dofus is a massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG) for Linux with thousands of players across the world playing it everyday. The game is quite popular and have one of the fastest growing online community.

About Dofus

Dofus is a flash based MMORPG developed by French Company Ankama Games. The game was initially released in French only but was translated into many languages since its popularity grew rapidly and now have as many as 25 million registered users today. The game is mainly a pay-to-play game though a free version is available with limited features.

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Here’s A Video Of Unigine OilRush On Linux

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Ask and you shall receive. Following yesterday’s holiday surprise and this morning’s exclusive preview of Unigine OilRush, we now have up an in-game video recording we mad today of this forthcoming real-time strategy game.

As said in today’s initial review of Unigine’s first game (for Linux, Windows
, and PlayStation 3 platforms), in the coming weeks Unigine Corp will begin with pre-orders of the game and that will allow the public to gain access to the game’s beta. We just happened to get rare access to their latest development build that was used this weekend in Russia for their focus group testing.

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Alien Arena 2011 Released – Overview & Screenshots

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Alien Arena 7.50 (a.k.a. Alien Arena 2011) was released yesterday and it comes with several new notable features regarding the physics engine, as well as two new maps, updated player and skins models, new music for various maps, revamped in-game IRC client, as well as several bug fixes and improvements.

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Fast & Entertaining: Cube 2: Sauerbraten Overview

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Yesterday I reviewed AssaultCube, a realistic shooter game based upon the Cube engine, so today it’s time to have a look at Sauerbraten, another game in the series of games based on this engine. The version which I’m going to talk about is the latest available at the moment, “Justice Edition”.

Sauerbraten is the continuation of the original Cube game, which had its last release in 2005. Sauerbraten takes a different approach as opposed to AssaultCube, in that the environments in which the action takes place and the weapons are rather unrealistic.

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WarMUX – Free Clone of Worms for Linux

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Previously known as Wormux, WarMUX is a free, open-source clone of the popular game Worms, with completely new, free-licensed graphics and music/sounds, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Starting with version 0.9.0, WarMUX introduced single player games versus AI too. The available game modes are single player (vs AI) and multiplayer on the online server, as well as hotseat games.

Suicidal thoughts put in practice

For thos who never played Worms-like games, here’s what WarMUX is about. It’s a turn-based, team game, taking place on various 2D maps, with each team formed by 1 or more characters which you will be able to control, one at a time, when your turn arrives. You can move your characters around and choose from a wide range of weapons to exterminate your enemies. In WarMUX each team can have a minimum of one and a maximum of 10 characters, and the game also offers various configuration settings before the game starts, settings which will have an impact on the game (like gravity, duration of a turn, enabling/disabling character switching and so on). The game ends when all of the enemy teams’ members are dead.

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AssaultCube – Realistic Fast-Paced First-Person Shooter Game

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

AssaultCube is a first-person shooter game based on the Cube engine with support for online multiplayer and single player games, with a fast-pace gameplay and entertaining gaming modes. The latest version was released on November 14, 2010 and brings several bug fixes and tweaks.

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Quick Look at 0 A.D. – Free Linux RTS Game

Monday, November 29th, 2010

0 A.D. is an open-source, 3D real time strategy game with an ancient warfare theme, developed by Wildfire Games, and using the Pyrogenesis engine.

0 A.D. started originally as a mod concept for Age of Empires II, but in 2009 Wildfire Games licensed the code under the GPL and announced it will be open-source, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

The game is currently under heavy development, and the latest alpha was released on October 19 2010 (Alpha 2 ‘Bellerophon’) and it currently includes the following features:

- 3D graphics using OpenGL
- 1 civilisation units & buildings
- fog of war
- group movement and basic unit formations
- population limits
- repair command
- minimap
- unit following camera mod
- building rotation keys

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M.A.R.S. – A Ridiculous Shooter

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Can a game that has “ridiculous” in the title be bad? No. It can not!

Even though I’m no fan of the multiplayer (zero-)gravity-shooter genre, I enjoy playing M.A.R.S., which features AI enemies and wingmen, various weapon types, upgrades and a pretty cool game mode, where a huge cannon will shoot at the planet of the enemy team of whoever is holding the remote to it. I also think it’s darn pretty.

M.A.R.S. uses shaders (but does not require them). The game menu is well-made in both look and feel too. The media license is not specified. Code is GPLed. M.A.R.S. runs on Lin/Win (get it here) and uses the SFML library (2.0, I had to get it from SVN).

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Vega Strike- A 3D Action-Space-Sim opensource game

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Vega Strike is a 3-D space simulation game that lets you trade, fight, and explore in a vast universe. Both the Vega Strike game engine and Vega Strike Universe game data set are in a playable state, but still under development.

“Vega Strike allows players to explore a vastly dynamic universe where frontiers collide and you’re just a pilot trying to make ends meet. How? That’s your decision. Vega Strike is designed as a non-linear gaming experience, where you choose what action you want to take.

Vega Strike features a dynamic trading economy, allowing your character to operate as a merchant. Discover what trade routes bring in the most profit, what commodities make you the most money given your ship’s cargo space limitations, accept cargo missions and learn to avoid areas of danger (repairs eat into your profits!).

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Preview: Upcoming Linux Game ‘ The Real Texas’

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The Real Texas is an upcoming adventure game which will be available for Linux, Mac and Windows. The game looks quite interesting with some features that makes it different though it is an old school top down adventure at heart. (videos below)

The Story

Sam, and ordinary Texas rancher, is on holiday in England when he falls into a blue portal and lands in The Strange Texas which is really just a sort-of satire of his own real world.

The Gameplay

The gameplay is similar on the lines of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Ultima VI with some interesting twists. There are no swords in the games. The hero uses a gun and the controls are similar to FPS games where you move the hero with keyboard and shoot/aim through mouse.

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