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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The most popular posts of the month: October 2012.

1.- Brutal Chess is a 3D chess game with several levels of AI inspired by 'Battle Chess'.

Brutal Chess is actually pretty good. The board and pieces look nice, the AI is good, it actually take time to make a move. Alas, this game will also not load correctly. I imagine that I am having the same problem that Dreamchess is giving me, which is to bad.
I'm not a big fan of chess but if I do play it, at least I want it to look good. Brutal Chess certainly fulfills this with excellent 3D graphics and some cool features to keep the game interesting.
Despite the name Brutal Chess, the game is in no way violent or brutal. The rules and gameplay are as in any other Chess game except here you can choose some pretty cool chess piece designs and the 3D graphics make it look great. The developers have added a few other touches of realism too including shadows, the ability to rotate the camera in any position and history arrows to show your previous moves.

2.- Alien Swarm is a game and Source SDK release from a group of talented designers at Valve who were hired from the Mod community.


Alien Swarm is an overhead view tactical squad-based shooter for UT2K4. Set in the the distant future, the players take the role of a Commander in the Interstellar Armed Forces. They must guide their squad of marines through Swarm infested colonies, overrun bases and outposts, to achieve a variety of objectives. Featuring Assault Rifles, Heat Tracking Guns, Sentry Guns, Flamethrowers and more. Supports co-operative multiplayer.
Alien Swarm is a top-down shoot-em-up set at a 60-degree angle. Four players can join a single co-operative game, the aim of which is to progress through science fiction-themed levels while eliminating waves of aliens. Players can choose from 40 different pieces of equipment. The game includes persistent statistics, unlockable equipment, and achievements.

3.- Eboard has a relatively simple interface, which comes packaged with a few alternatives graphical themes.


Eboard has a relatively simple interface, which comes packaged with a few alternatives graphical themes. You can use this client to play against the computer, a remote server, or directly with another Eboard user on a remote computer.
In the last two cases, you can chat with the other player using the text entry field in the left bottom corner. board also makes it easy to teach chess to somebody. You can replay a whole game and explain its strategy by moving back and forth, move by move, with the VCR-like buttons in the lower part of the window.

4.- KoboDeluxe is an updated and enhanced version of the original arcade shooter.

kobo deluxe_thumb[1]Kobo Deluxe is an enhanced version of Akira Higuchi's game XKobo for Un*x systems with X11.
Kobo Deluxe adds sound, smoother animation, high resolution support, OpenGL acceleration (optional), an intuitive menu driven user interface, joystick support and other features. KoboDeluxe is an updated and enhanced version of the original arcade shooter.
Recent versions also add a number of alternative skill levels with slightly modernized gameplay. Kobo Deluxe uses SDL for graphics, sound and input, which makes it possible to build and run the game on pretty much anything.

5.- 3D Chess, 3 dimensional Chess game for X11R6.

By default, Ubuntu comes with glChess, part of the GNOME game suite. It uses the venerable and solid GNUChess engine, but the 2D graphics, while functional, lack the flash common in modern computer chess games.
3 dimensional Chess game for X11R6. There are three boards, stacked vertically; 96 pieces of which most are the traditional chess pieces with just a couple of additions; 26 possible directions in which to move.
The AI isn't wonderful, but provides a challenging enough game to all but the most highly skilled players. 3D Chess is an odd, yet interesting game. You have three boards upon which to play, a few new pieces, and no manual to tell me how the new pieces work!!! But this game looks quite cool though, a bit like chess in Star Trek. All it needs is a manual or a link to a website containing documentation. Also, there is no AI to handle this game, so you must have another person to play with. I also like the board names which are x, y, and z.
 

6.- Toribash is a ragdoll-physics, turn-based fighting game.

Toribash is a ragdoll-physics, turn-based fighting game. Create your own martial arts movies in single player sandbox mode, or join the competition in the multi player modes.
The focus is on tactics rather than reaction and button mashing. The game features physics, full dismemberment, decapitation and comic style blood. Lovely.
The basic aim of the game is to fight the opponent, scoring points for damage. Some limbs break easier then others, others give more points when hit. To get more points, each joint can be relaxed, contracted, extended or held. This makes the gameplay very open-ended as there are no set moves, although many people will copy a move which seems to work well.

7.- Atomic Tanks, a simple to play strategy game where you have to take out your enemy.


Atanks is a multi-platform Scorched Earth clone similar to the Worms series of games.
Annihilate the other tanks to earn money, then spend it on bigger and better shields and weapons to wipe out the opposition.
What's New in Atomic Tanks 4.7:
· Shields reactivate properly if they are knocked out.
· Fixed issue where if the first player was neutral they would not receive credit for wins.
· Fixed issue with the credit system where games end in a draw.
· Fixed background drawing code so that if no image is available we now avoid a crash and generate a new image.

8.- DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets.


DreamChess is an open source chess game.
DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets, ranging from classic wooden to flat figurines.
A moderately strong chess engine is included: Dreamer. However, should this engine be too weak for you, then you can use any other XBoard-compatible chess engine, including the popular Crafty and GNU Chess.
Other features include music, sound effects, on-screen move lists using SAN notation, undo functionality, and savegames in PGN format.

9.- Frets on Fire is a game of musical skill and fast fingers.


Frets on Fire (FoF) is a free, open-source Finnish music video game created by Unreal Voodoo. Players use the keyboard to play along with markers which appear on screen, with the aim to score points, achieve a high point multiplier, and complete a song.
Frets on Fire was the winner of the Assembly 2006 game development competition.
The game is written in the Python programming language, and is licensed under the GNU General Public License, although the game incorporates other free and open-source code under other licenses. The game's included song files and some internal fonts are proprietary, and their redistribution is not permitted outside of the Frets On Fire executable.

10.- Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion.

hexenII_3 Hexen II is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Raven Software, the third game in the Hexen/Heretic series, and the last in the Serpent Riders trilogy. Using a modified Quake engine, it features single player and multi player game modes, as well as four character classes to choose from, each with different abilities.

Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion includes many bugfixes, improved sound and video modes, OpenGL improvements and documentation.
Hexen II source, and the Hammer of Thyrion source port, are free but the game itself is not. You must have an original copy of the game released by Raven Software and Activision, else you can only play the demonstration version.



 
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