Gifts for Gamers: Some End-of-Year Recommendations, Part 4
On the last day of the year part four of the gamers recommendations offer some adventure games, sports and action. Have fun!
Free, 2D or activated 3D graphics, http://www.elwico.pl/~ender-sz/mercenary/mddclone-sdl
MDDClone-SDL is a pretty exact clone of the game Mercenary. Like the adventure game from 1986, the player makes an emergency landing on a lonely planet. To escape, he has to survey the planet and solve a handful of puzzles.
BSD license, activated 3D graphics, http://nooskewl.com/node/29
The role-playing game wants to resurrect the first Final Fantasy game. At least the low resolution graphics bring back the old charm very well.
Unknown license, activated 3D graphics, http://www.izedesign.it/cararena/index_eng.html
This uncomplicated auto racing game looks nice, but under Linux runs just a bit better than unconvincingly. The player runs his little race car on different courses.
Blobby Volley 2
GPL, activated 3D graphics, http://sourceforge.net/projects/blobby
As its name indicates, this game is dedicated to beach volleyball, although it's two Jello figures who are the players.
Out of the Park Baseball
Commercial, 2D graphics, http://www.ootpdevelopments.com
The player takes on the role of baseball trainer and team manager. With some clever planning and player acquisitions, you can bring your team to some successful championships.
GPL, activated 3D graphics, http://www.nongnu.org/billiards
The visually appealing billiards simulator provides eightball, nineball and carom versions.
The skill game is an adaptation of the somewhat wacky arcade game Joust, that emptied pockets around 1982. An ostrich-riding knight has to defeat enemy combatants riding giant vultures. The key is to hold your lance higher than that of your opponent.
Commercial, 2D graphics, http://www.bohthegame.com
In the action game BOH you guide your well-armed hero through dark halls and dungeons to face your ultimate enemy, somewhat as in Alien Breed. With its minimalist graphics it also competes for the retro charm title.
Blob Wars: Blob and Conquer
Free, activated 3D graphics, http://hrocksndiamondsttp://www.parallelrealities.co.uk/projects/blobAndConquer.php
In this crazed shooter game you control a small yellow ball that is fighting its way through a dark maze. Little puzzles loosen up the game.
Free, activated 3D graphics, http://greg-kennedy.com/nwserver/index.php?cat=games&sub=euro1943
The game offers a mix of real-time strategy with action. The goal is to take over strategic map locations with your troops, not losing sight of the supplies you need.
Free, 2D graphics, http://mbays.freeshell.org/kuklomenos
Free, activated 3D graphics, http://c-type.sourceforge.net
A simple shoot-em-up game where opponents explode only if they're the same color as your bullets.
Gifts for GamersHi folks.
Here's another gift for you.
Fortmactux released a new live dvd games version (i.e. no install required).
This rich distro has KDE desktop and contains FlightGear1.9.0 , Alice3D , DukeNukem3D, etc.
(all this with only an 878M dload)
Download from ibiblio linux distros (fortmactux) at
David Toms (fortmactux)
GamesThere is well over 38.400 games and entrainment for Linux fans on Sourceforge and Saybay Linux has just released their new 2010 DVD games version 5.1 with over 3.5 gigs on on it, If anyone is interested then it can be downloaded from http://www.Sabayon.org or http://forum.sabayonlinux.org/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=19394
Widelands is another one I stumbled on recently - basically a version of `The Settlers'. Quite nice.
Wow, a Mercenary port, boy that blew a lot of time back on my C64, and got me interested in coding.
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Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
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Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
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