Well, after interviewing today for what seemed to be the perfect job, I’m not exactly feeling great. The phone interview was great, and the email conversations went well … but, as always, the tone changed drastically about ten minutes into the interview. Maybe I’m just horrendously ugly or I smell really bad?
Anyway, it’s time to play a little. A new game is out in Alpha for linux, with a PPA for it and all. It’s a real-time strategy called 0AD, and it looks pretty great. Firstly, if you want to install it and play around too, it goes thusly:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
$ sudo apt-get update$ sudo apt-get install 0ad
The game is around 1gb, all said and done. Let’s see how this goes …
The first thing I’m noticing is that the intro graphics seem to be SVG, which is nice. Change the window size, and the individual layers move around to fit, letting you see what’s behind and in front of other images.
There is no campaign mode yet, but it is an Alpha. An individual match against the computer, or a network game against another human are possible. I’ll try the match vs. computer.
My first impression is Sierra’s Civilization. That’s okay, because I fucking loved that game. The graphics aren’t over-done, but they’re definitely nice. For some reason, you can kill the little chickens you find wandering around your “town,” which is really just one building. The architecture doesn’t seem quite right for 0 AD, but it’s probably just me not knowing my historical architecture (complete lack of interest).
The music, for some bizarre reason, doesn’t loop nicely. It ends for a second and then the song starts over again. In an RTS, you can imagine this would get annoying after some time.
To protect your town, you can have your workers (Spartan Women, actually) build wooden walls, which is actually sort of unique. And apparently the game pauses when the window doesn’t have focus. I actually like that, because it makes it a whole lot easier to write this … thing. (not much of a review, or a preview for that matter … and I have no intention of showing pictures)
I see! It turns out you can essentially “mine” the chickens … okay, that didn’t sound right, but you butcher a chicken incredibly slowly in the same manner as cutting wood or stone. It’s … a little disturbing, honestly. Along with chickens, you can also forage for food.
Time passes quickly enough in this game for it to not become terribly boring, though I also wish that it was turn-based just because there’s so much to do and explore. I take that as a very good sign for future developments, since this is just an alpha.
Another very cool little feature is that when you’ve got a woman building something (that sounds weird) you can send another one to help out and make the work go by faster. That’s great for us impatient gamers!
Now I’m bored of the thing, but that’s not the game’s fault! I’m just easily distracted and bored. All in all … this thing is promising!