Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Laundred Sheep

3D Platformers! I can't get enough of them yet so few are released. A project that tries to mitigate this fact is Laundred Sheep. A completely Free 3D platformer inspired by the Blender Open Movie Cosmos Laundromat. The game is still early in development, but there are several levels to explore, items to pick up and enemies to avoid. This project will be interesting to follow!


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Taisei Project

Taisei is a Free clone of the Tōhō series of games. It's a bullet hell shooter with some nice art and six levels. There's even some well-drawn artwork and cool 3D backgrounds. It is also pretty much completed at version 1.1. It looks cool and it's a genre I like, so it's cool to see a Free game like this. Well woth a look for fans of the genre! (Oh, and you might need a video to really appreciate how this plays.)

Taisei showing one of it's promised bullet hells.

Monday, 25 September 2017

TripleA

TripleA is a strategy game designed to play as a digital version of the classic Axis & Allies boardgames. It can be played both online, over LAN or single player against AI. There are several maps included, focusing on everything from World War 2 to the Napoleonic Wars, even including several futuristic and fantasy scenarios. It's possible to create new maps and share them with other players as well. TripleA will probably require a bit of patience but there is certainly a lot to like for those who want to invest time in it. I also must mention that many of the maps looks really good.

The beautiful Napoleonic Empires map from TripleA.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Yorg - 0.7

A few posts ago I mentioned the excellent racing game Yorg. I also mentioned it would get many new features soon, and soon is now! The latest release, 0.7, brings with it the promised weapons and power-ups along with a new track, a new car and other smaller improvements. The game is really well done and is shaping up to be even better. Personally I can't wait for multiplayer, but even now the game is well worth trying.

A screenshot showing the new track in Yorg.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Dead Ascend

Dead Ascend is a hand-drawn point & click adventure game. It's also finished and looks really nice! Chased by zombies into an old radio tower, your only hope is to keep climbing and solving puzzles along the way. An action ending is also promised. :) This is another genre I can really appreciate, so it's nice to see new Free projects like this. The game is available for Android and iOS, but can also be compiled for desktop PC with the code and instructions on github.

Here the inventory can be seen, along with the nice hand-drawn graphics.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Yorg

A while ago I discovered a very interesting and rather unique FOSS game: a classic colorful arcade racer! Sure, SuperTuxKart is there and is great, and it's not alone. But Yorg, a reversive acronym for "Yorg’s an Open Racing Game", feels more like Micro Machines with it's top-down perspective, giving it a completely different gameplay style. The game currently has six cars and three tracks with AI players to race against. In the future power-ups, weapons and multiplayer will be added along with more cars and tracks. It all looks very well made; anyone looking for some arcady action racing should give this a try!

Starting a race in Yorg. Note the wonderfully twisted course on the mini-map in the corner. :)

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hexoshi

I'm temporarily stepping away from my usual practice of only featuring games that has a playable release, because Hexoshi looks so cool! Inspired by the fantastic Metroid series of adventure-platformers, Hexoshi will be spanning hundreds of rooms in a huge maze-like world ripe for exploring. Collect artifacts to gain new abilities and reach new areas while fighting hoards of dangerous creatures. Work is currently ongoing for the Milestone 1 release, which shouldn't be too long away and will feature many of the games main features. If you want to support the project, check the crowd-funding campaign, where you can also read more on what's in store for this very interesting Free title.

A screne from Hexoshi, showing some really nice pixel art and character design.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

ReTux

Todays title is ReTux. You might recognize the art assets from another Free platformer: SuperTux. However, ReTux has been written entirely from scratch and has a different take on platformer gameplay. Collecting coins yields hearts which represent health. Taking damage removes hearts, so you'll have to keep grabbing those coins. Cleverly utilizing this levels can be kept balanced but still challenging. There are of course powerups to help and lives and checkpoints are infinite, meaning you can always try a hard portion of a level again. The game containts 41 levels with both action and some lighter puzzle elements. Another cool feature is that the game is described as "fully accessible to colorblind and color deficient people". Nice to see developers be including like that.

A castle-themed level in ReTux.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Warzone 2100 - 3.2.3

Soon there will be more updates on this page - there are several new interesting Free game projects I want to mention. But they will have to wait until I have a bit more free time. In the meantime though, here is a small update to the excellent RTS Warzone 2100. Release 3.2.3 is mainly a bug-fix release, but it also adds support for higher levels of anti-aliasing, optimizes graphics and adds some new scripting functions. Also don't forget that this game has excellent modding capabilities with a huge archive of hundreds of interesting addons and maps.

I found this screen in the Warzone 2100 addon archive, from a stat-balancing mod called YAGeSM.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Pioneer - May 2017

And of course, cool and complex open-ended space sim Pioneer deserves a mention now and then. It was a while ago since last time now, so the changelog has really piled up. There seems to be several smart UI improvements, a new ship, a new advice and rumour module, real-time recording of ingame videos, police patrols have been added, etc, etc. Fixes and smaller improvements are even more numerous. Have a look at the details or just go try it!

Looking towards a space station in Pioneer.