Freeware and open-source games don’t get much publicity, so you may not even be aware of their existence, with that in mind this blog is going to take upon itself the task of better informing the internets on some of the most worthy recent releases.
In the interests of being accessible to all interested gamers, regardless of platform, here are some multi-platform games that have recently had big releases:
Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world. The world is randomly generated with distinct civilizations spanning over 1000 years of detailed history, dozens of towns, hundreds of caves and regions with various wildlife. The world persists as long as you like, over many games, recording historical events and tracking changes.
Hedgewars is a free and open-source game and is based on the Worms series. It is a turn based strategy game where each player controls a team of several hedgehogs. During the course of the game, players take turns with one of their hedgehogs. They then use whatever tools and weapons are available to attack and kill the opponents’ hedgehogs, thereby winning the game.
OpenTTD is an open source clone of the Microprose game “Transport Tycoon Deluxe”, a popular game originally written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features. Significant enhancements from the original game include for example; bigger maps (up to 64 times in size), stable multiplayer mode for up to 255 players in 15 companies or as spectators.
Scorched 3D is a modernization of the classic DOS game Scorched Earth “The Mother Of All Games” on which it is based. Scorched 3D incorporates a lively three dimensional landscape that includes animated jets, naval vessels, water, and even birds, in addition to detailed tanks and projectiles. Other enhancements include LAN and internet play and music. Scorched 3D is totally free to play and is available for both Microsoft Windows and Unix (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris etc.) operating systems.
Widelands is an open source (GPLed) real-time strategy game. It is built upon the SDL and other open source libraries and still under heavy development. If you knew Settlers I & II™ (© Bluebyte), then you already have a rough idea what Widelands is all about. Yes, it is where the inspiration for Widelands came from.
There are other freeware and open source games gearing up for big releases in the near future, so this topic will be revisited, but those listed above are more than enough to keep you occupied for a very long time. Enjoy.