FlatFrag 0.3 review

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FlatFrag is a multiplayer action shooter game

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 0K
Developer: Johannes Kuhlmann
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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.

The game has been built from scratch, though a few important libraries were used in the process. For example, OpenGL is used for fast 3D graphics and SDL provides the game with many cross-platform functions.

It is developed by a single person as a hobby project, but it is released under the terms of the GPL (GNU General Public License), which makes it Open Source software. So everybody is able to get the sourcecode and do his own changes to the project.

Here are some key features of "FlatFrag":
Cross-platform support currently for Linux and Microsoft Windows (planned: Mac OS X, BSD, though you can try it anywhere with the provided sourcecode)
3D graphics using OpenGL -- the game is played from a bird's eye view, but the individual tiles are 3D cubes
3D sound using OpenAL -- 2D would probably be more appropriate
SDL is used for cross-platform input, networking and window creation
Multiplayer network games with up to 32 players (actually there is no fixed limit set yet)
Support for Lua-scripted modifications (more like planned, but the console already expects Lua code as input)
File types: Ogg Vorbis used for sound compression, PNG used for image compression
Advanced particle system
Dynamic lighting
Ridable cars and usable stationary guns
14 different weapons (some of them very unconventional)
In-game map editor
Game modes: deathmatch (more planned)
Dedicated game server
A server list function, which fetches a list of servers. You can also see the list of servers here.
Completely free software -- free as in speech and free as in beer -- Licensed under the GPL

3D graphics card with proper OpenGL drivers
a sound card
about 10-20 MB free space on hard drive
Ogg Vorbis

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