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Game: Frozen Synapse

December 1, 2013 Leave a comment

I found an excellent game in the Humble Store a few days ago called Frozen Synapse. This game was released in 2011 but I never heard of it before.

Frozen Synapse is a turn-based tactics video game developed by independent game developer Mode 7 Games, in which players plan their moves at their leisure and turns are resolved simultaneously. Players attempt to win by giving orders to a small squad of armed combatants, most commonly with the goal of eliminating all enemy units.” (via wikipedia)

Here is the trailer:

The design of the game is very similar to the games of Introversion Software (Uplink, Darwinia, Defcon). I guess the creators of this game are a huge fan of Introversion games :)

In theory it works under Linux too but I couldn’t make it run under my Ubuntu 13.10 yet. I had to try it under Windows.

Are you aware of similar games? If yes, please leave a comment.

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The Humble Store

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Visit https://www.humblebundle.com/store.

The Humble Store is a permanent addition to the Humble site that allows customers to buy great games at great prices 24/7 for PC, Mac, Linux and Android. The list of games is updated daily!

Today I bought for instance Euro Truck Simulator 2 for $6.25. Good bargain :)

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FTL: Faster than Light

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

The last weekend I was at the RuPy 2013 conference in Budapest, Hungary. It was awesome! I met lots of cool people who share the same interests as me. I had a great time.

During the conference some guys played a game that turned out to be FTL: Faster than Light. I also tried it and it’s really addictive :) It’s multi-platform; it runs flawlessly on my Linux box.

FTL

Some links:

Thanks Füli for showing me how to play this game :)

Update (20131111)
A free update is on its way! Teaser video here.

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Best movie/game techno soundtracks

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Here I collect my favourite soundtracks. The entries come in no particular order. The list is not final, it will be extended over time.

Movies

Games

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Uplink: the game

April 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Uplink_1I play very rarely but this week we had a holiday and I tried Darwinia (2005) from Introversion. It was a mistake because now I must try their other games too :) Yes, thay are that awesome!

The first game from Introversion was Uplink, which has become a cult hacker simulator. “It is best described as a simulator of the cinematic depiction of computer hacking.” It was released in 2001. It’s a shame that I heard about it 12 years later but later is still better than never…

Linux
The game is available on Linux in Steam. However, I had a problem with the resolution. The game started with a different resolution and in the middle of the tutorial I couldn’t click on some icons, this event was not recognized by the software. From the command line you can start the game with any resolution so with the following launcher script I could solve the problem:

# uplink.sh (I use 1920x1080 resolution under Linux)
cd /opt/Steam/SteamApps/common/Uplink
./uplink.bin.x86_64 '!graphics_screenwidth' 1920 '!graphics_screenheight' 1080

How to get started
The game has a built-in tutorial that explains the basics. Then go through the Ultimate Uplink Guide, which explains everything :) You can also look at some YouTube videos if you get stuck with some advanced missions. Here is a short walkthrough too.

Soundtrack
The game has a very nice soundtrack. My favourite song is The Blue Valley, which is the perfect “hacker song” in my opinion :) But you can listen to the whole soundtrack too.

Related Movies

Links

Save Game
There is no “save game” option. If you get caught, it’s over. But there is a solution :) Your game state is saved to ~/.uplink, so all you have to do is quit the game regularly and make a backup of this directory. The game starts instantly so you don’t lose much time with this. But if you die and you need to restart from scratch, well… that’s annoying. I made a little backup script. It makes a copy of the ~/.uplink directory in the current folder and adds a timestamp to it. I put it in ~/backup. I suggest keeping several backups because in the game you are not caught immediately. You may continue to play for several in-game days when the black screen of death appears.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import os
import shutil
from datetime import datetime

UPLINK_DIR = "{home}/.uplink".format(home=os.path.expanduser('~'))

def get_timestamp_from_year_to_second():
    """A compact timestamp."""
    now = datetime.now()
    date = datetime.date(now)
    time = datetime.time(now)
    template = "{year}_{month:02}_{day:02}_{hour:02}{minute:02}{second:02}"
    return template.format(year=date.year, month=date.month, day=date.day,
                           hour=time.hour, minute=time.minute, second=time.second)

def main():
    dest = "uplink_{timestamp}".format(timestamp=get_timestamp_from_year_to_second())
    shutil.copytree(UPLINK_DIR, dest)

#############################################################################

if __name__ == "__main__":
    main()

Extra Stuff

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Darwinia: the game

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

darwinia-visual-paradox-first-photos-11253Darwinia is a 2005 real-time tactics and real-time strategy video game for several platforms. It is the second game developed by Introversion Software, and its setting is within a computer environment that simulates artificial intelligence.” (from wikipedia)

I bought Darwinia on Steam last Christmas on a sale but I tried it this week. And I’m amazed! It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played with. The graphic and design are similar to the world of Tron, but it’s a real-time strategy. It runs on Linux too, I played it with 1920 x 1080 resolution. And this masterpiece was developed by 4 guys as I read it somewhere…

There is a tutorial system built in, so anybody can learn it :) Some tips though:

  • Upgrade something all the time. When you get to the last levels, the only chance to survive if you are powered up. So when you get a notification that an upgrade is done, start another immediately. Some upgrades take a lot of time. By the time you reach Biosphere, your green men should be able to defend themselves, otherwise they will be massacred.
  • Learn to use the armor, it will be a huge help and some enemies cannot be killed otherwise. Right clicking on an armor you can select an action: load, unload, stop loading. Put some green men in it (they will be the operators) and right click on a ground point. Here the armor will transform into a turret. Don’t deploy the turret too close to red men because they can overtake the gun and turn it against you! The armor can go over anything: sea, mountain, nothing can stop it :)
  • If you take the focus off of a squad (with space), it will defend itself automatically.
  • Spiders can be destroyed with grenades or rockets. Rocket is easier to use against spiders so upgrade this skill to increase range.
  • There is a level called Escort. It can be done with zero kills :)
  • Darwinians (the little green men) can climb up a hill. In water they drown.
  • If you finished the game and later you want to play on a custom level, do the following: edit the file ~/.darwinia/full/preferences.txt and modify this line: “UserProfile = AccessAllAreas“. Now you can play any level.

Links

Videos

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Quake Live

I just tried Quake Live on Ubuntu. Works fine. I wish Serious Sam were available too in the browser…

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Tents and Trees

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Tents and trees is an excellent logic game. Here is a screenshot:

Rules
“You have a grid of squares, some of which contain trees. Your aim is to place tents in some of the remaining squares, in such a way that the following conditions are met:

  • There are exactly as many tents as trees.
  • The tents and trees can be matched up in such a way that each tent is directly adjacent (horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally) to its own tree. However, a tent may be adjacent to other trees as well as its own.
  • No two tents are adjacent horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
  • The number of tents in each row, and in each column, matches the numbers given round the sides of the grid.”

Another description of the rules can be found here.

Installation

$ sudo apt-get install sgt-puzzles
$ tents

Control
With left click you can place a tent. With the right click of the mouse you can place a field of grass. While holding the right button of the mouse, you can select multiple fields.

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Diablo 1 strategy guides

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I decided to play some with Diablo 1 again. Here are some useful strategy guides:

Troubleshooting
Under Windows 7 I had some problems with Diablo 1: the colors looked strange. The fix is very simple: just kill the process explorer.exe and Diablo works fine. Here is a batch script for launching the game correctly:

@echo off
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
diablo.exe
pause
start explorer.exe
exit

Rick Dangerous for Linux

April 2, 2011 Leave a comment


Way before Lara Croft, back in the 1980′s and early 1990′s, Rick Dangerous was the Indiana Jones of computer games, running away from rolling rocks, avoiding traps, from South America to a futuristic missile base via Egypt and the Schwarzendumpf castle.

xrick is a clone of Rick Dangerous, known to run on Linux, Windows, BeOs, Amiga, QNX…” (source)

Tip: with F7 you can switch on the trainer mode (more info here).

Further links

Ref.: http://iddqd.blog.hu/2011/04/01/heti_retro_rick_dangerous_i_ii (in Hungarian).

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