Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mega Games Bumper Post

Well, I was fighting with myself not to post twice in a single day, but I have so much good stuff to post and the last post was simply a rant so it's OK!

Topically, Extreme Tux Racer 0.4 has been released, bringing better graphics, a cleaner slicker ui, all new courses and more! You can find download information on the site. No new screenshots on the site yet though. I can't believe I've not seen this game mentioned anywhere else. (Who maintains the tome these days?! It doesn't even have an ETR entry!!!)



ETCE (full name yet to be decided) is an already-underway project to create a successor to the popular (and proprietary) game Enemy Territory: Castle Wolfenstein. They have [wisely] chosen Sauerbraten as the base for the game. They have a forum, development screenshots, and buckets of enthusiasm. Could the gameplay of one of the most popular online FPS games of all time soon be found in a Free Software game? Let's hope so!

Paintown is an awesome old school 2D beat-em-up game and version 3.0 brings some really neat features - new characters, network play, AI assisted play, and enemies explode into body parts. I'm going to definitely check this one out.

FIFE, the 2D adventure RPG engine, continues good progress. Nothing I can really single out but if you're into your development blogs and what goes on inbetween releases then worth a read.

Last but definitely not least, XreaL is an amazing project modernising the Quake 3 engine to bring it in line with Doom 3 or better. On top of that they are trying to make a game and (like most projects) are looking for artists. The visual quality is stunning. Not much more to say.

Already announced on the game tome but worth a mention:

  • MTP Target 1.5.15, a 3D distance jumping game, the latest release featuring teams, time records, new levels, and works on win/lin/mac.

  • Top10 0.4, a 3D kart racing game, this release includes new tracks and a track editor.

  • Really Rather Good Battles In Space 1.04, a nice looking 2D RTS game with fleets of spaceships. I played this the other day - good fun and well presented game.

Now, that's real open source game information. All these games are open source and work on Lin/Win and (mostly) Mac. Cheap bloody games lists... *grumble grumble*


Ionflux said...

It does look quite impressive in that screenshot. Where is it from? The screenshots from the XreaL wiki aren't that good. ;)

Free Gamer said...

From here:
XreaL FG forum announcement

Anonymous said...

The reason Extreme Tux Racer has no happypengin page is probably because in its current form it's relatively new. It's a resurrection of PlanetPenguin Racer ( http://www.happypenguin.org/show?PPRacer ), and PlanetPenguin Racer is a fork/resurrection of Tux Racers source ( http://tuxracer.sourceforge.net/ ) from before it went commercial.
There might have been two other forks/resurrections but I can't remember too well. This is one of the earliest FLOSS games we have that looked good but after the original went closed source things went down hill for the project.

Free Gamer said...

Thanks for the explanation, something I maybe should have done (I guess I've explained in at least one post on ETR in the past...)

qubodup said...

wow charlie, you're on a roll! =D

Vadim Peretokin said...

Stop the press.. a project that actually cares about users is providing .debs and .rpms! yay! Go tux racer.

Anonymous said...

just letting you know that there are new versions available for FreeCiv and FreeCol.

oddly, neither has been announced at Linux Game Tone like they usually are...

There's also another Colonisation clone/remake known as NewCol(http://newcol.free.fr/). It has Windows and Mac binaries available and Linux binaries are being worked on. If you're wondering about its graphics, its borrowing units and some goods graphics from FreeCol and building graphics from Colonies (yet another colonisation clone/remake).

Anonymous said...

Xreal looks amazing.

Anonymous said...

FYI, the Xreal screenshot was method's texture test level, orginaly made for Quake 4:

Method's Turf - Yan's Test

We are now using many of his textures for ET:CE... with his permission of course.

ET:CE Homepage

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