The Linux Game Box #1: Astromenace

5 11 2008

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Astromenace is a vertical scrolling shooter of the likes of the classic shot ‘em up like Xenon2 Megablaster.

The concept behind the game is fairly simple and all focused on piloting a space ship and fighting swarms of alien invaders.

The game is made by the Ukrainian software house Viewizard and is released as freeware for the Linux platform. A demo version is also available for Windows.

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INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS 10

After downloading a 34 or so tar.bz2 file from this page it’s just enough to unzip it and double click on the bin in order to start the game.

For those who prefer to add the game to the apt repository a simple procedure is explained.

Minimum requirements:
Linux OS
Pentium 1+ GHz
128 MB RAM
3D video accelerator with 32+ MB on board
Runtime dependencies:
libSDL (ver 1.2.6+), libopenal (ver 1.0+), libalut (ver 1.0+), libogg (ver 1.1+), libvorbis (ver 1.1+), libvorbisfile (ver 1.1+), libjpeg (ver 6b+).

GAMEPLAY FUN 8

Astromenace is a great fun. The alien ships are huge in number and relentless in their effort to attack the human homeland (bosses included). The alien swarms remember well those of the arcade games of the 80’ as they seem much more like automated and stupid drones than manoeuvred by an intelligent form of life. However on the human side of the war the game offers interesting features. There are something like 20 different ships that can be purchased and upgraded with a whole stock of equipments and weaponry.

GRAPHICS APPEAL 9

The overall graphic design is neat. The ships, equipments, aliens and environment are all carefully designed and will make you remember of several sci-fi movies and video games. Astromenace is all 3D accelerated graphics which provides a whole range of special effects that make the game one of the most graphically polished of the Linux games landscape.

SOUND DELIGHT 7

The sound and music are just fine and provide the right atmosphere for the game

STORY ENCHANTMENT 6

There’s no much to say here. As I told before Astromenace aim is not that of charming the gamer with its refined and complicated story. For this reason I give it a 6.

BONUS POINTS 8

It’s possible to modify the game quite easily by editing an xml file. Viewizard provides a guide to help the user handling with the scripts.

OVERALL SCORE 8

In the video below you can have a look at the game play and graphics


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17 responses

6 11 2008
guy

nice post

10 11 2008
Carlo

This shoot ’em up seems pretty nice!
Be kind The One, could you tell me in advance how hard is to resolve all those dependencies? I mean, all the needed libraries are available in the right version in Intrepid’s repos?

Thanks a bunch

Carlo, The One… Lazy. 😉

10 11 2008
wizandchips

@ Carlo
no! they won’t resolve! I mean, there seems to be a missing lib, one libopenal0a concerning the sound I presume. Anyway, now with my fresh kubuntu 8.10 and KDE4.1 the game won’t start neither with the launcher.. damn it! Can you just try to download the tar and double click the launcher in GNOME?
I won’t call you lazy just hard working 😉

10 11 2008
Carlo

Hold on, it works!
I’ve tasted the smell of failure just reading the libs list, that’s why I’ve asked, but this time it’s not the case, for me (Ubuntu 8.10 fresh install).
Anyway, I’ve stumbled on another cool-looking game some weeks ago, same odyssey. You need to spend more time to find the right library in the precise version than playing the game.
I think we really need a mandatory platform of libraries for games, like DirectX on windows or at least a static version to download.
By the way, the game was: http://www.elocasodesara.com/

Ok, see ya… I’ve some alien butts to kick, right now! 😉

11 11 2008
Carlo

Eheh all the libraries just sit in the /libxx/ folder, at least in the tarball! Nice job!

11 11 2008
wizandchips

thanks for the tip Carlo.
I definitely found a weird behaviour this time. Dunno what the problem is but I can’t run the game anymore. With Ubuntu Hardy and Gnome AM runs just out of the box without the need to install any sort of repository or library.
By the way I totally and strongly and passionately agree with you: there’s a huge need of standardisation not only for the game libs but also for repositories policies, install procedures, driver managements and so on… Due to its nature I suppose Ubuntu could be the right distro to put forward something like that. Or maybe I’m just too inexeperienced or naive.

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