Sunday, November 09, 2008

LordsAWar! 0.1.3, OpenArena 0.8.1, Commander Stalin 0.9.3


LordsAWar! 0.1.3

LordsAWar! reached an (unstable) 0.1.3 release. After installing some game-uncommon libraries and compiling for half an hour, I expected to move some units around for some turns and stop playing from being bored. But actually, I enjoyed the simple game rules.



LordsAWar! has decent graphics and good music. I like very much that the game cares about the player by providing a 'restore crashed game' button. The game did crash once, but think I shouldn't have started it together with an other app from the same command line and then moved the game window while it was generating a level... :) Actually LordsAWar! makes a stable impression.



The only thing that confused me in some situations is the path finding. Units would walk in a zig-zag pattern instead of straight lines. I think this might be because vertical/horizontal and diagonal movement is equally expensive and that the behavior is not a bug.





After the absence of an official OpenArena release for a while, 0.8.1 was recently uploaded. It weights one map more (+3-2) compared to 0.8.0 and features a new hit sound (one of the most important parts of any Quake-related game).




Commander Stalin 0.9.3

Commander Stalin's latest version, 0.9.3, was released for Windows and Linux systems. It's a RTS that appears to just replace most of Bos Wars' media. There is no single-player campaign unfortunately.



Today I understood what the game's Stalin-theme might be all about: a parody of Red Alert! However, I feel discomfort with the media of the game: for Charles II's sake, half of this CD's audio tracks is distributed with the game! (Yes, someone owns the exclusive copyright on these re-mastered communist songs.)



I agree that the music fits the theme, but such practice is not legal. Nor is it very original.

5 comments:

  1. rabyte10:36 am

    Concerning LordsAWar, I'd say that 1.3 is a stable release. Though it's linked on the project's mainpage as unstable, if one looks into the download directory, there's already a file for version 1.4. So my guess would be that 1.4 is the unstable release, and the homepage just hasn't been updated yet. Either way, great game!

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  2. Q, have you tried FreeLords lately? Is LordsAWar much further along in playability?

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  3. rabyte: heh, good thing I tested the svn version :)

    charlie i mean free gamer: nope, can't remember ever having played freelords.

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  4. Mantar5:24 pm

    Copyright is counterrevolutionary, comrade! Heh.

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