30 maggio 2013

109 giochi vari d’azione per Linux (prima parte).

Linux, come tutti i sistemi Unix, è ben noto per le sue potenzialità di rete. Tutti sanno che una rete o un web server basati su Linux sono un'ottima soluzione, economica, affidabile, e che non necessita di hardware troppo potente; ciò ha fatto di questo sistema operativo una presenza importante nel settore dei server. 

Tuttavia, negli ultimi tempi, Linux pare aver avanzato la sua candidatura anche quale sistema operativo per desktop, per sistemi, insomma, personali. 

Effettivamente le caratteristiche di velocità ed affidabilità (senza dimenticare il costo - o meglio, la mancanza di esso) di questo Unix ne fanno un concorrente temibile per ogni altro sistema operativo commerciale; i pregi sembrano essere maggiori dei difetti, il principale dei quali sembra essere, secondo i detrattori di Linux, la mancanza di applicazioni. 

Se può essere facilmente smentito che manchino applicativi di produttività generale o scientifici, è purtroppo vero che il settore videoludico del Linux è molto lacunoso. 

Vediamo un po' di esempi per esaminare meglio qual è la situazione attuale e quali sviluppi vi potranno essere in seguito.

Per chi utilizza Linux (ma non solo) il nome Frozen Bubble non è un mistero.
Si tratta di un gioco simile in tutto e per tutto a Puzzle Bubble (l'unico cambiamento è che al posto dei draghetti "sparabolle" ci sono due simpatici pinguini). Lo scopo è quello di creare gruppi da almeno tre bolle dello stesso colore così da poterle eliminare tutte, tre per volta, nel tempo limite. Il tempo, infatti, è scandito da un soffitto particolarmente pericolante, al quale sono appese le bolle colorate, che continua a scendere imperterrito fino a quando non lo si libera dal peso di tutte le bolle, momento in cui viene dichiarata la vittoria. Un gioco sulla scia di Tetris, di quelli che rimangono nel tempo senza sentire gli anni. Divertiva i più piccoli in salagiochi una volta, rallegra i tempi morti dei più grandi oggi. Frozen Bubble, open source e disponibile anche per altri sistemi, è uno dei giochi più riusciti per Symbian, con una grafica gradevole.

Penumbra: Overture è un videogioco d'avventura, prodotto dalla società svedese Frictional Games nel 2007 tratto dall'omonimo romanzo di H.P. Lovecraft (ai tempi noto come Lux Tenebras). Si tratta di un gioco a tema Survival horror, primo di una serie originariamente pensata come trilogia, nota come Penumbra; con l'annuncio del secondo episodio, Penumbra: Black Plague, è stato dichiarato che la questo sarebbe stato il capitolo finale. Tuttavia, ne venne pubblicata un'espansione, Penumbra: Requiem, per fornire alla serie un terzo capitolo, anche se questa non prosegue la storia in alcun modo.

PONG è uno dei primi videogiochi commercializzati. Si trattava di un simulatore di ping-pong (da cui il nome "PONG"), dalla grafica estremamente semplificata in bianco e nero. Il gioco è estremamente semplice. Nello schermo compaiono soltanto una pallina (in realtà quadrata) e due barrette luminescenti controllate o da un giocatore ed il computer, oppure da due giocatori in contemporanea. Lo scopo è cercare di oltrepassare la barretta avversaria con la pallina. Le prime immagini di un videogioco di ping-pong appartengono al 1966, anno nel quale un giovane ingegnere della Sanders Associates inizia a lavorare su "un progetto per un utilizzo alternativo degli apparecchi televisivi". Il progetto incontra però grosse difficoltà e la sua conclusione finirà per slittare al 1971: la Magnavox commercializza quindi il gioco prodotto dalla Sanders con il nome di Odyssey. Questo è da considerarsi l'antenato di "PONG" e la prima console della storia.
  • Airstrike Airstrike is a 2d dogfighting game being slowly developed by various people around the net. It is not yet playable although there is an old version which may be a bit fun to try.
  • Ambassador of Pain Aop is a curses based arcade game for Linux/UNIX with only 64 lines of sourcecode.
  • Amphetamine Amphetamine is a cool Jump'n Run game offering some unique visual effects.
  • apricots apricots is a game where you fly a little plane around the screen and shoot things and drop bombs on enemy targets, and it's meant to be quick and fun.
  • Ardentryst Ardentryst is an action/RPG sidescoller, focused not just on fighting, but on story, and character development. Strategy as well as reflexes will be needed to overcome the game.
  • Armadillo Armadillo is an SDL game with an armadillo dude shootemup world.
  • ASCIIQuarium Enjoy the mysteries of the sea from the safety of your own terminal!
  • Atom Zombie Smasher (commercial) Atom Zombie Smasher is an action-packed game that plays out across a number of missions where your goal is to evacuate zombie-infested cities with a helicopter and groups of mercenaries.
  • Axis Runner Axis Runner is a 3D game inspired by the Apple II game "Lode Runner". It is a 3D lode-runner type game with a weird topology: if the runner bumps into a wall he climbs up (like the fighting scenes in "The Matrix" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") but if he reaches an edge he falls, in the current downwards direction. I.e. the direction of gravity changes.
  • Babaliba Babaliba is a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer game with fast movement and frenetic action.
  • Balloon Chase In Balloon Chase you fly a hot air balloon and try to blow the other player out of the screen There is no AI in balloon chase (at least not yet), so you must have 2 players in order to play.
  • battalion battalion was a game written in 1994 on a Silicon Graphics Indy in GL for the Indizone-3 contest. This version also ran in the CAVE(tm) as a virtual reality game at the EVE 4 art show in May 1995.
  • Battlemech Battlemech is a game in which you pilot a mech from an overhead view, fighting other mechs with a variety of weapons in a struggle to gain points, capture the flag, or defend the base.
  • Be The Wumpus Be The Wumpus is a game with no graphics and no text, only audio. You are a wumpus, a blind, cave-dwelling creature who subsists on meals of unlucky cave wanderers.
  • Blob Wars : Blob and Conquer Blob Wars : Blob and Conquer is a 3rd person action shooter. With the apparent defeat of Galdov and the reclaiming of the Fire, Time, Space, and Reality Crystals, the Blobs' battle was only just beginning. Bob had rescued many Blobs and fought many battles, but now he had an ever bigger task ahead of him. The Blobs' homeworld is still littered with the alien forces and Bob once again makes it his task to lead the counter attack. But even without Galdov the aliens are still extremely well organised.
  • Bobby (commercial) The game is simple: knock all of the green balls into the spirals, and then proceed to the next dimension. A lot of bouncing around and swearing "Just one more try" later, and you could save the world!
  • Bomba, Bechere! Bomba, Bechere! pits you against terrorists who have penetrated a factory.
  • Bug Squish In Bug Squish, you must defend your arm from an onslaught of blood-sucking insects. Use your fly-swatter to squish them before they suck you dry.
  • cave9 cave9 is a gravity cave-exploration game. It's a 3D version of the classic SF-Cave game. Your ship goes into a cave at constant forward speed, and you have to control two diagonal thrusts to keep it from hitting the walls. As the game progress, the cave will twist more and become more tight.
  • Cavepilot Cavepilot is yet another cave flying game in the spirit of the old legendary Amiga games Turbo Raketti and Gravity Force.
  • CAVEZ of PHEAR CAVEZ of PHEAR is a Boulder Dash / Digger like game for 80x25 consoles/terminals using ncurses.
  • ChouXiang ChouXiang is an abstract shooting game.
  • Curses Lines Curses Lines is a "Lines" game for the Unix terminal. It requires a certain terminal size, supports a mouse (curses or GPM), and works with various ncurses libraries.
  • Cylindrix Cylindrix is a polygonal 3D action strategy shooter. It was released for DOS in 1995, and is now ported to Windows and Linux.
  • dangen dangen is a shoot 'em up game that attach importance to accuracy of shooting. With the combination of the cursor key and the shot button, you can shoot at your side or even at your back. Get the bonus point by hitting the enemy without a miss. You can choose stages of different difficulty.
  • Darwinia (commercial) The world of Darwinia is a virtual themepark, running inside a computer network built by a computer genius named Dr Sepulveda. Darwinia is populated by a sentient evolving life form called the Darwinians. They are the product of a decades worth of research into genetic algorithms.
  • Deathchase 3D Deathchase 3D is a remake of the Sinclair Spectrum game of the same name. It's a pseudo 3D game based on the light speeder sequence from "Return of the Jedi" where you have to shoot the bad guys' speeders
  • Domino Blast Domino Blast is a physics-based driving/demolition game with a children's toys theme.
  • Dr. Sanity Dr. Sanity is a fast-paced game where you must protect a brain from going insane for as long as possible. Armed with a special "sanity medication" and 5 über-pills, you must keep the insanity from reaching the brain in the center of the field.
  • Dwarrendelf Dwarrendelf is a fairy tale game, The fairy realms of Uldramar are being invaded. You start your quest on the shore of the Twilight Waters.
  • Dynamite Jack (commercial) Dynamite Jack is a stealth game featuring 28 levels, map editor, community sharing, and speedrun leaderboards.
  • egg-O-shOOter (commercial) egg-O-shOOter is a 2D first person shooter where players collect points by shooting the eggs, but never shoot at creatures.
  • enemy lines enemy lines is a simple abstract 2D shooter game. The goal is to shoot the lines coming from the right before they hit the left border.
  • Epic Inventor Epic Inventor combines side-scrolling, RPG, and RTS elements into a random ball.
  • Escape of the Unicorn Escape of the Unicorn is a 2D flying shooter game. The aim is to escape from the dangerous cave and save your life.
  • Fight or Perish Fight or Perish is a Dandy-inspired dungeon crawling action game. It utilizes cellular automata to allow for literally hundreds or thousands of enemies on the map.
  • FlatFrag FlatFrag is a multiplayer action shooter game. With its deathmatch fights it strives to be an entertaining arcade-style experience. The game is played from a bird's eye view and contains some 3D effects in order to make it not seem too flat. Currently only the game mode deathmatch is available, but others will probably be developed in the future.
  • Free Fallin' Fred: Open His Chute Or He'll Be Dead Free Fallin' Fred is a very simple clicking game. You see the airplane going across the screen and after a while, Fred jumps. You click on Fred to open his chute. If you fail to open the chute in time, poor Fred will be dead. Don't let Fred die.
  • Genuts Snake Genuts Snake is a remake of the popular classic snake game.
  • Gillo Gillo is a two-player game in a virtual reality environment. Players are cars with a magnetic director, able to attract or reject a ball in order to throw it through a goal placed in the center of the playing field. It sounds easy... but remember that reality is fuzzy!
  • GLSFcave GLSFcave is a port of SunFlat's SFcave to UNIX/OpenGL. The objective of the game is to control a ribbon and avoid hitting walls.
  • Gunroar Gunroar is an abstract shooter, created by Kenta Cho.
  • I Have No Tomatoes I Have No Tomatoes features solid game play with beautiful OpenGL API driven isometric 3d graphics and nice music. It also includes a MOD player, and you can use your own MOD-type music in the game background.
  • irrlamb irrlamb is a 3D game that probably involves a lot of physics and frustrating gameplay.
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