Opensource Game discusion

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  1. Sortale

    Sortale Just Joined

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    Due to the lack of such topic in the forum, I am making a topic on opensource game. to share and discuss news/opinions on opensource game.

    I am aware that most forum members are not familiar with open source games so I will provide a list of these game so you can try out a few before you join the discussion. These listed games are stand alone games, not mod of commercial game,not emulator, not gaming tool, not game engine alone.

    In the list, you should skip any genre that you don't like and you can read the description before you decide to try the game out.

    These game are free [as in free speech] so don't hesitate to try them out:

    Real time strategy:
    • SpringRTS [Engine only, game below] Full game list
      • Zero-k [Recommended]: free, multiplatform, open-source RTS game where massive robot armies fight an endless conflict. It has a powerful interface allowing players precision control over high level economic, strategic and tactical decisions.
        Evolution RTS:The gameplay is designed around the use of unit groups, and the mixture of your unit group often will determine how successful you are in battle, as opposed to churning out hundreds of the same unit continually.
        Balanced Annihilation:gameplay develops in stages of progressively heavier units with a growing economy. Many strategies are viable in BA, including focusing on map control, aggression, defense, air power, sea power, or mobility. [may have copy right problem with original Total Annihilation] to download need one of the Universal downloader
      Megaglest:an entertaining free (freeware and free software) and open source cross-platform 3D real-time strategy (RTS) game, where you control the armies of one of seven different factions: Tech, Magic, Egypt, Indians, Norsemen, Persian or Romans. The game is setup in one of 17 naturally looking settings, which -like the unit models- are crafted with great appreciation for detail. A lot of additional game data can be downloaded from within the game at no cost.
      0 A.D.[Recommended][Alpha]: cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. It's a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of ancient civilizations, each depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess.
      Warzone 2100:You command the forces of “The Project” in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles. The game offers campaign, multi-player and single-player skirmish modes, and an extensive tech tree. Famous for its modular design allow you to hand craft every unit to fit every situation. Its failing is in the too expansive tech tree which make thing confusing and clunky interface.
    First person shooter:
    • Xonotic[Recommended]: a free and fast-paced first person shooter for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It combines addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons.
      Assault Cube: a FREE, multiplayer, first-person shooter game, based on the CUBE engine. Taking place in realistic environments, with fast, arcade gameplay, it's addictive and fun!
      • Assault Cube Reloaded[Fork]: a free-and-open-source first-person-shooter aimed at improving AssaultCube. It combines traits from your favorite, popular, various, different games.
      Unvanquished]: a fast-paced, futuristic FPS with RTS elements, pitting technologically advanced humans against hordes of highly adaptable aliens. The player can choose from either team, providing a fresh gameplay experience on both sides of the conflict.
      Red Eclipse: a fun-filled new take on the casual first person arena shooter, built as a total conversion of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, with a general theme of agility in a variety of environments.
      Zero Ballistics [on hiatus, unless someone want to try and revive development]: a unique blend of first person shooter and tank combat, focusing on multiplayer gaming exclusively.
      Warsow: Set in a futuristic cartoonish world, Warsow is a completely free fast-paced first-person shooter (FPS) for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
      Revenge Of The Cats: Ethernet: a home-made experimental FPS game.
      World of Padman: open source first-person shooter computer game available in both English and German. Originally it was a modification for the game QUAKE III Arena titled PadMod created in the year 2004.
      OpenArena: a community-produced deathmatch FPS based on GPL idTech3 technology. There are many game types supported including Free For All, Capture The Flag, Domination, Overload, Harvester, and more.
    Turn base strategy
    • The Battle for Wesnoth[Recommended]: a Free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat
      Freeciv / FreeCol : turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization.
      UFO:Alien Invasion: You control a secret organisation charged with defending Earth from a brutal alien enemy. Build up your bases, prepare your team, and dive head-first into the fast and flowing turn-based combat.
      OpenXcom: an open-source clone of the original UFO: Enemy Unknown
      FreeOrion [Alpha, unstable]: a free, open source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest (4X) computer game being designed and built by the FreeOrion project
      Domination (Risk Board Game) [switched to android development]: a game that is a bit like the well known board game of Risk or RisiKo. It has many game options and includes many maps
      Hedgewars: turn based strategy, artillery, action and comedy game, featuring the antics of pink hedgehogs with attitude as they battle from the depths of hell to the depths of space. Worm world party like game

    • Lips of Suna: a tongue-in-cheek action RPG. It's an open world game that focuses on action heavy and versatile gameplay, dynamically changing game world and ease of customization and modding.
      Flare [Alpha, unstable]: play like original Diablo

    Space simulation
    • Vega Strike: a 3d OpenGL Action Space Sim for Win/Lin/Mac allowing players to trade, bounty hunt, or explore in a vast universe.
      Diaspora[Recommended]: a single and multiplayer space fighter combat game set in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica universe.Installing maybe complicated.
      Space Combat [Alpha, unstable]: a space simulation game, like TIE Fighter or Decent Freespace. You can fly different space ships in several missions

    • Rig of Rods: an open source vehicle simulator based on soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc. are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, giving the simulation an extremely accurate behavior which entirely depends on the physical construction of the vehicles or objects you create.
      simutrans: a transport simulation game. Planes, ships, trains, trams, trucks, busses, or monorails are at your disposal. But factories have contracts and passengers will only travel to their own destinations.
      OpenTTD: an open source simulation game based upon Transport Tycoon Deluxe
      FlightGear: flight simulator project is an open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator development project.

    • Nikki and the Robots [on hiatus]: renders homage to the classical platform games of the eighties and nineties, while at the same time realizing a unique gameplay idea. The main character Nikki refrains from using any weapons or equipment during the whole quest, and can only jump and run around the levels. However, it is possible to hack into Dr. Lacroix's various robots and to take control of them via computer terminals. The nifty use of the robots and the combination of their characteristic special abilities enable Nikki to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles, and complete the level tasks.
      The Neverhood Restoration: a 1996 point-and-click adventure game that is entirely composed of claymation.
      The Butterfly Effect: An open source game that uses realistic physics simulations to combine lots of simple mechanical elements to achieve a simple goal in the most complex way possible.
      hackxor [network penetration expertise required]: A webapp hacking game, where players must locate and exploit vulnerabilities to progress through the story.
      Cubosphere: a 3D platform-based puzzle game which places the player in control of a beach ball. The main objective of the game is to collect keys which unlock the level exits, as well as coins and jewels along the way. The game makes use of alternative physics, changing the direction of gravity as the ball moves
      Me and My Shadow: a free libre puzzle/platform game in which you try to reach the exit by solving puzzles. Spikes, moving blocks, fragile blocks and much more stand between you and the exit. Record your moves and let your shadow mimic them to reach blocks you couldn't reach alone.
      Enigma: The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones ...

    • UltraStar Deluxe[Recommended]: Allows up to six players to sing along with music using microphones in order to score points, depending on the pitch of the voice and the rhythm of singing.
      Open Sonic: a free open-source game based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" universe. It introduces a different style of gameplay called cooperative play, in which it's possible to control 3 characters simultaneously.
      SuperTux: a classic 2D jump'n run sidescroller game in a style similar to the original SuperMario games.
      Frets on Fire: a game of musical skill and fast fingers. The aim of the game is to play guitar with the keyboard as accurately as possible
      StepMania[Recommended]:a music/rhythm game. The player presses different buttons in time to the music and to note patterns that scroll across the screen.
      SuperTuxKart:kart racing game featuring Tux and friends. It is a fun-racer game, focusing on fun and ease of play.
      PainTown: 2d side scrolling beatem-up engine. Paintown supports game styles similar to the Sega Genesis game, Streets of Rage 2, as well as traditional 1 vs 1 fighting games
      M.A.R.S [Recommended]: a rediculus shooter is a two-dimensional space shooter game for one or more players, governed by the laws of gravity.
      Armagetron Advanced: simple action game modeled after the lightcycle sequence of the movie Tron
      Chromium B.S.U.:fast paced, arcade-style, top-scrolling space shooter
      Ultimate Stunts: remake of the DOS-game "stunts", providing modern features like openGL graphics, 3D sound and internet multiplaying.
      AstroMenace [on hiatus]:Hardcore 3D space shooter with spaceship upgrade possibilities.
      X Speed Race:Drive the super fast cars and become the best driver out there.
    • PlaneShift: a persistent fantasy multiplayer Role Playing Game (MMORPG) with good 3D graphics. Create your character and live in an ever-changing world.
      The Mana World : a serious effort to create an innovative free and open source MMORPG. TMW uses 2D graphics and aims to create a large and diverse interactive world.
      Teeworlds: a free online multiplayer game, available for all major operating systems. Battle with up to 16 players in a variety of game modes, including Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag.
      Ryzom [game is free [as in free beer], opensource engine only]

    • VDrift: A free racing simulator with excellent physics and graphics.
      • Stunt Rally :game with Track Editor, based on VDrift and OGRE.
      TORCS - The Open Racing Car Simulator:highly portable multi platform car racing simulation. It is used as ordinary car racing game, as AI racing game and as research platform.
      • Speed Dreams : an Open Motorsport Sim[Recommended]: high-quality 3D graphics and an accurate physics engine, all targeting maximum realism. Initially forked from TORCS, it has now reached a clearly higher realism level in visual and physics simulation, thanks to its active development team and growing community.
      Tux Football: a fun arcade-style 2D football game for Windows and Linux, very reminsicent of Sensible Soccer and Kick Off.
    City building

    • LinCity-NG: a city simulation game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships.

    Rogue like
    • Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup: a fun, free rogue-like game of exploration and treasure-hunting in dungeons filled with dangerous and unfriendly monsters in a quest for the mystifyingly fabulous Orb of Zot.

    As previously mentioned the interface of most games are not as high as many commercial game so if you are not feeling adventurous you can stick to the [Recommended] games which is quite mature and guaranteed to have adequate UI design.

    It should also be said that these game should not be compare to big brand AAA games, but to indie games or low-mid range AAA games which have similar resource at their disposal. That is not to said that all open source game is inferior to AAA games, yet many of them truly leave much to be desired.

    The list and recommendation are from my experience with open source game they are subjected to change as the discussion progress.

    Please keep the discussion civil and productive. Your good will is very much appreciated.

    And finally a quote attributed to Mark Twain [real author is in debate]

  2. Sortale

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    You can try answering these question to enter the discussion:

    • have you tried any recommended game [most likely you tried all]?
      have any caught your interest? have you had any fun?
      have any exceed your expectation?
      Have any fall short of your [already low] expectation?
      have you tried any not recommended game? Are they any better?

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  3. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the post.

    Currently downloading CuboSphere, and was looking at The Butterfly Effect, but looked like it didn't quite get finished(but supposedly playable) and not updated in 2 or 3 years.

    Might take a look at one or 2 others.

  4. Sortale

    Sortale Just Joined

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    Thank you for trying out the games, hope you can find some games to your liking.
  5. xenoph

    xenoph Retired Captain

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    Randomly FOSS games pop up in the Linux subdir of the Laboratory.
    You could consider cross-posting there (if you apply for full membership) to reach out a bit more.

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