Sunday, 30 April 2017

OpenRA - 20170421

Classic RTS engine OpenRA, that lets you play Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Dune 2000 as well as several mods, has got a new major release. As always there are balancing fixes and new maps, and new in this release is also HiDPI font rendering and many improvements to the various supported games such as graphical polish in the Dune 2000 mod. The majority of changes in this release however are behind the scenes, preparing for even better modding capabilities as well as support for the newer game Tiberian Sun.

New shroud generating behaviour is another addition in this release.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Birth of the Empires

I have actually covered Birth of the Empires before, but it seems to have got a lot of polish as well as a new homepage since then so I'll mention it again. It's a turn-based strategy game in the 4X genre with a futuristic space-setting. Victory can be achieved both though diplomatic as well as military means and with lots of dynamic factors no two games will be alike. The game looks complex and feature-filled, and I am very impressed with the nice artwork and interface graphics. Fans of classics like Master of Orion should feel right at home.

An example of the great-looking interface in Birth of the Empires.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Isleward

Isleward is a moddable multiplayer roguelike. It combines elements from roguelikes such as permadeath and randomly generated worlds, with elements from mmo-games like social and tactical interaction, all playable online. It looks like a lot of work has gone into it and it has a very interesting minimalist art style. Read more about it here!

A small animation showing off the unique artwork of Isleward.

Friday, 7 April 2017

OpenTTD - 1.7.0

Transportation business simulation game OpenTTD has reached a new milestone in 1.7.0. Besides bug fixes and smaller improvements the majority of the work seems to be based around the New Graphics Resource File that should make modifying the game easier and more flexible. (If I have understood this right. :) There are also some UI improvements, realistic acceleration for trains and road vehicles, performance improvements and more. Be sure to check it out if you fancy this rather advanced strategy game.

This screenshot from OpenTTD is old, but I'm having trouble finding new ones. :)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Intricacy - 0.7.0.1

I am not certain how many releases ago I mentioned the cool lock-picking game Intricacy. But this unique puzzler is now on version 0.7.0.1 and among the news is various UI improvements along with some smaller fixes.

A screen from Intricacy looking complicated.

Terasology - 1.4.0

The terribly advanced organic and evolving voxel-world of Terasology has reached alpha 7, also known as version 1.4.0. The changelog is as always impressive, and both the core game and many modules have received changes and improvements. Download it now and see this virtual world come alive even more than before!

A beautiful scene from Terasology.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Xonotic - 0.8.2

The super-awesome FPS Xonotic have released version 0.8.2 after over a year of work. It's a big release, with loads of improvements to UI, in game menus, spectating and all those small details that makes this a fantastic e-sports game. There are also several new maps, even nicer weapon models, several improvements to vehicles, mini-games to play while waiting for the next match, new game modes, a new type a grenade that slows down time around opponents and of course many many code improvements and fixes. Get it while it's hot and enjoy it's amazingly tuned gameplay and fantastic sense of polish.

A short clip from Xonotic showing of the new HUD shake effect.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Open Party

This is a genre I can always have more games in: Party Games. I have always thought playing together with friends in the same room and the same sofa is infinitely more fun than playing online or over LAN. So it's always nice to see games supporting that type of gameplay. Open Party is such a game! It's a collection of fun mini-games for 2-4 players to compete in. There are seven games this far and there is even gamepad support!

The menu in Open Party, which quickly lets you detect players and start a game.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Liberation Circuit

Liberation Circuit is described as a "rogue A.I. simulator" and is an RTS/programming game where you are tasked with escaping a hostile computer system. It's possible to play the game as an RTS and take control of units or use code to program them to act on their own. A very interesting concept I must say! It looks great too, with colorful abstract worlds.

Various units attacking in Liberation Circuit.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Tank Arena

Tank Arena is an arcade game from 1997 that just got it's source code released, qualifying it for a mention here. :) It's playable against another player on the same computer in either a deathmatch, race, capture the flag or co-op play. There also seems to be a bunch of single-player levels to tackle alone. You can drive tanks, chopper and planes and there are several different ones to use, as well as four different worlds, a complete map editor and joystick support!

A few screens from Tank Arena, showing classic pixel art and splitscreen play!