FreeCol

screen 0.8.0 large Bring back old memory of Colonization with the open source game FreeCol

FreeCol is a 2d open source remake of the original Sid Meier game Colonization on dos. You manage the colonist in the name of the Crown of your country of choice (England, France, The Netherlands, or Spain). Your goal is  to colonize the new world, America or a randomly generated landmass. You home country send you colonist when you amass enough religious support (cross production), you can get Indian to join your colony has well and recruit colonist in your motherland with cold hard cash. The main aspect of the game is managing your colonist inside the various cities of your colonies to establish relations or war with other colony and native.

The graphic are inspired by the second installment of the series civilization.

They recently Released a new version if you want to give it a try. 

Related : FreeCol 0.11 (Indieretronews)

 

 Metroidvania Pick: Kickstarter Aerannis & The Ruins of Old Earth

Developer ektomarch started a Kickstarter campaign for Metroidvania style game called Aerannis.

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In Aerannis, the protagonist a female assassin that lives in the last city on earth. The game will be set in an open ended world that you can explore freely, you advance by doing mission. Also the game has a stealth element where you hide to either take hostage, run behind a guard etc.

 Metroidvania Pick: Kickstarter Aerannis & The Ruins of Old Earth

They managed to hit the initial goal but there still are some stretch goals that are left and there is currently only 13 days left to the campaign.

If you want to support this game and get some of the rewards go to the kickstarter page.

Related:

Kickstarter pick metroidvania Aerannis (Indiesgames)

The Ruins of Old Earth

If you liked the initial Metroid you will like this dark, moody pixelated atmosphere that will makes you remember the first Metroid game. The ruins of old earth take place well we don’t know yet, it seems that you are in an undiscovered region of Earth and you have to explore that harsh & wild region of the underground of Earth. Our hero can have a jetpack (not sure if he actually start with it), and three type of gun (beam, pulse, lazer) .

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The ruin of old earth is a ongoing project, you can check where there at in theirs forum:

Progress : Forum Thread

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The ruin of old earth (Indie games)

FTL: Lanius Cruiser Achievement

 

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Advanced Mastery

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Have Hacking, Mind Control and the Battery active at once.

The easiest achievement of the three, you need to have hacking, mind control and the battery installed on your ship and active. By active it’s mean that you need more than just having the 3 system, you need to use them all at the same time. That not really a problem, just don’t be surprise that you don’t get the achievement when you buy the last missing one.

This achievement can only be miss if you’ve already installed all other systems and you don’t have room for the missing system.  It’s kind of hard to miss since both layout start with at least one of them (Kruos starts with Hacking &  The Shrike starts with Mind Control) and the battery is a subsystem so you should always have room for it.

Scrap Hoarder

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Have at least 600 scrap in your ship storage.

Lanius are known for their love of scrap and this achievement show for it. You simply need to have only 600 of scrap in total. It must be unused scrap so it’s not has easy has it sound. The best way to achieve this achievement is on the easy difficulty because you get more scrap. Another nice augment you can add to increase your scrap receives it’s the Scrap Recovery Arm. Try boarding ship and clear the crew instead of destroying them since it’s give better reward.

If you are near the amount needed, you can liquefy your entire inventory until you have enough to reach the 600 scrap for the achievement. You can sell weapon, drone and augment to try to get to the magical amount.

Once you got this achievement, there is no valid reason to hold onto your scrap excepts maybe have the hell of a challenge for the later stage, so you could use your scrap with no consequence.

Loss of Cabin Pressure

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Get to sector 8 without your ship’s net oxygen levels exceeding 20 percent (starts after the first jump).

To achieve this you need to shoot down your oxygen to 20% or lower right at the beginning. If you have more than 20% after the first jump, you won’t get the achievement.

The probably easiest way to do this achievement is to shut down the O2 system and let the non Lanius crew die or respawn indefinitely with the clone bay. The other way is to open all the door and leave the air un the pilot cabin. The risk with this strategy is that if a ship hack one of your room it will close the door and let the air in again, potentially raising in over 20% or even worst a hacking drone can hack your door system and very quickly bring your oxygen level above 20%.

The game is winnable with 2 Lanius just stay away of event that might kill off your crew and the clone bay can’t resurrect them.

Note that there is currently a bug and this achievement cannot be achieve if you save the game and come back to it.

FTL: Lanius Cruiser

The Lanius cruiser is a ship only available in the advanced edition, it’s actually really simple to unlock compare to most ship. You receive it once you unlock 4 ships other than The Kestrel. 

Layout A

Unlock

Unlock 4 ships (Excluding The Kestrel) to unlock this ship.

 

 FTL: Lanius Cruiser

  • Default name: Kruos
  • Starting Crew: 1 Human, 2 Lanius
  • Starting Augmentation:
  • Starting Weapons:
    • Chain Burst Laser
    • Ion Stunner
  • Starting Resources:
  • Slots: 4 Weapon, 2 Drone (requires system)
  • Clone Bay
  • Hacking

 

With 2 Lanius crew and one human, you can basically vent all air from the ship except where you human crew is and set yourself for one of the Lanius achievement. The starting weapon are the chain burst laser and the ion stunner, try to fire them together for maximum efficiency. It has hacking too but in the early sector you should use it in case where you know it’s going to be a hard fights like against those pesky anti-ship drone with ion.
Getting better weapon and teleportation is key, the starting weapon will have a hard time against ship with more shield. Teleportation is a great had to any ship with a Lanius crew member, with hacking you can hack O2 and then warp your 2 lanius there to finish the job. Hacking will protect the room giving your Lanius enough time to drain all O2 and to destroy the system. After that, since the O2 system is down, each time your lanius will step into a room it’s will quickly run out of oxygen making the other crew more vulnerable.

Try to avoid Abandoned sectors as they detract from your major advantage: not needing oxygen, but the blue options can often be worth it.

Layout B

400px Shrike FTL: Lanius Cruiser

 

Unlock

Earning two of the three Lanius Cruiser achievements will unlock Layout B.

Its name is a reference the real-life bird known for impaling its prey on thorns, the which is also the namesake of the Lanius themselves.
  • Default name: The Shrike
  • Starting Crew: 1 Engi, 2 Lanius
  • Starting Augmentation:
  • Starting Weapons:
    • Advanced Flak (special upgraded version, uses 1 less power, has a 2 second cooldown reduction)
  • Slots: 4 Weapon, 2 Drone (requires system)
  • Two Man Teleporter
  • Clone Bay
  • Mind Control

Your starting crew is similar to the previous layout, 2 Lanius and 1 Engi, the Engi will do the same work the human was doing in the previous layout. However this layout got mind control and a teleport which make it the perfect boarding ship. With mind control you can control an annoying enemy crew and let your Lanius finish the job. Use your advanced flask to clear out weapon or prevent the ship from running by taking out the piloting system. The only problem with that tactic is that after most fight your Lanius will be injured and you don’t start in many ways to heal them except waiting a few jumps or letting them die. The Reconstructive Teleportation augment is a must have in that case or get the healing bomb weapon. You can always change the clone bay for a med bay too. Focus on getting 2 Shield Layers early and hire additional crew members to man your other systems. Picking up a cloaking device is also a good Idea. You don’t need a lot of weapons to use effectively this ship but to beat the Rebel Flagship you either need bombs and missiles to disable their medbay or enough lasers to pierce their shields and attack the medbay once the medbay is down, and all the crew (except the one manning the laser) is dead Its easy going from there.

Zelda & Link caught my attention this week. Remember Zelda: Adventure of Link in 3d, this time it’s someone who made a fan game base on the style of play of second installment of Zelda instead of having a different take on the same game. The other article is an unlikely crossover that will probably interest you, keep on reading you’ll understand .

Legend Of Zelda: The Last Oracle

Zelda is know for it’s distinct style either the 3D third person format from Ocarina or the top down perspective 2D format from the initial game. But that leave Zelda II: Adventure of Link as the odd ball of the series that tried to bring Zelda has a platformer in a time where platformer was the thing. A fan decided to revive that era by creating a game inspired by that style and gave birth to Legend of Zelda: the last oracle.

 

The game is in development but you can see it’s really have a nice polish to hit bringing the old style with more modern artwork.

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Legend Of Zelda: The Last Oracle – A fan made tribute game in progress. (indieretronews)

Epona USA : Daytona USA +Link = unusual marriage of awesome

For those who played Daytona USA on the Saturn you probably remember the famous Horse mode, Link and Epona taking to the track for a day at the races. Oh, and Link is not going after other racer he’s going against stock cars. You can shoot the stock cars in front of you. Check the video you’ll get a good idea of what I’m talking about.

Related:

It’s a crossover you never knew you wanted (retrogamer)

FTL: Rock Cruiser Achievement

Is it warm in here?

Have your crew kill a burning enemy on their ship while using the Rock Cruiser.

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To earn this achievement the enemy killed must be standing still and not running to another tile when they are killed. Because of that, this achievement is really hard because enemies crew tend to run away from the room with fire when they have low hp.

I personally gained this achievement by killing a Rockman in a burning room. It is much easier than the other races, since they do not flee from fire at low HP anymore as of the advanced edition. Note that all other races will flee from a burning room at low HP like mindless monkey, regardless of whether there’s pizza (or boarders) in it or not.

They are another way to achieve this achievement, one of the easiest one is when fighting the Rebel Flagship (aka the Boss), ignite one of the weapon room where they can’t run and teleport a Rockman there. They can’t neither run or extinguish the fire, this will cook them in rather good pizza.

Another option is by locking the doors via hacking or lockdown (via Crystal crew or lock bomb) Keep them inside and warp your crew (preferably a Rockman) there to unlock the achievement while they are cooking inside the room unable to flee. Be careful though crystal crew are NOT fire immune.

This achievement can also be earned by a mind controlled enemy crew member killing a burning crewmate on-board their own ship.

Defense Drones Don’t Do D’anything!

While using the Rock Cruiser, destroy an enemy ship which has a defense drone deployed using only missiles.

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Another hard achievement, because you need to only use missiles during the whole battle, so hear me right on this NO OTHER WEAPON except for missiles can be used during the battle, regardless of whether or not they do damage.

If you fire Hacking or drone YOU WON’T get this achievement, ONLY MISSILES.

Note:

Crystal weapons count as missiles (they are considered projectiles and not lasers), and so they can be used to obtain the achievement.

Damage from asteroids and fire will not invalidate earning the achievement.

If you forgot what I said and fire a Hacking module or a laser weapon but the defense drone shoots them all down you can still get the achievement. (only if they don’t hit the ship shield or hull)

The enemy ship’s defense drone does not have to be active at when the ship is destroyed to earn the achievement, rather it just has to have one deployed at some point during the fight.

This achievement cannot be earned in the final boss fight, because the Rebel Flagship‘s because the second phase fight (where the drone is deployed) does not end in the ship’s destruction.

I don’t know if teleporting prevent this achievement, you can always try it and teleport on the ship to take out drone control and then let the missiles finish the job.

How to beat it:

Easy way, get the a Defense Scrambler augment and fire only missiles the whole fight and you’re good to go.

Hard way, you don’t have the Defense Scrambler augment, fire 2 missiles at the same time and aim for the drone system. The first missile will be taken down but the second one will probably go through taking down their drone allowing your next missiles volley to wreck havoc their ship. Not that swarm missile can be a great weapon to had to your arsenal to complete this achievement.

Ancestry

Find the secret sector with the Rock Cruiser.

Ancestry Achievement FTL: Rock Cruiser Achievement

Probably the hardest ship achievement in the game because it’s require you to complete 2 quest and be in the right sector (rock homeworld) to be able to go the the crystal homeworld.

Luckily, you can use the Rock Cruiser type C in the Advanced Edition which starts with a single Crystal aboard the ship. This allow you to skip the 2 first event.

This achievement is so hard that I haven’t been able to achieve it yet, but here some info I’ve got from the wiki and link to the wiki to succeed this achievement.

From the wiki:

To get to the secret sector (Hidden Crystal Worlds), the player must first encounter the Dense Asteroid Field Distress Call event and acquire the Damaged Stasis Pod. Then, arrival at a Zoltan Research Facility which will give a blue event option asking the Zoltan if they can fix it. Once the pod is fixed, a Crystal will be revitalized and join the ship’s crew. If they are kept alive and theAncient Device is encountered in the Rock Homeworlds, another blue event option will be shown where they can reactivate the device, thereby teleporting the ship into the secret sector.

A significant amount of luck is required to unlock this achievement.

Here a quick summary of how to obtain the Crystal ship

  • Obtain the Damaged Stasis Pod augment – In Pirate Controlled Sector, Engi Controlled Sector/Homeworlds, and Rock Controlled Sector/Homeworlds
    • Occurs at a Normal Distress Beacon
    • Choose to
      1. Search for the Ship or (Rock Plating) Make a thorough search for the ship without fear of stray asteroids
      2. Then Grab the stasis chamber
  • Talk to the Zoltans at the Zoltan Research Facility – In Engi Controlled Sector/Homeworlds and Zoltan Controlled Sector/Homeworlds
    • Occurs at a Normal Beacon
    • Choose to
      1. (Damaged Stasis Pod) Ask if they can fix this
  • Find the Ancient Device – In Rock Homeworlds
    • Occurs at a Normal Beacon (NOTE: As of v.1.03.3, the Ancient Device event occurs at a Quest Beacon instead of a Normal Beacon).
    • Choose to
      1. (Crystal Crew) Reactivate it
  • Go to the Hidden Crystal Worlds Marker
    • Occurs at a Quest Beacon

More at http://ftl.wikia.com/wiki/Ancestry

Space game are a hot commodity so I though bringing some space title

Cosmonautica

I’ve talked awhile ago about Cosmonautica, some friends at indiesgames made a quick video to show you the game play.

Related:

Let’s play Cosmonautica

Battlefront Mars

Battlefront Mars Space games: Cosmonautica & Battlefront Mars

You want to feel like Elon Musk but don’t have the time nor the money to build spaceship to get to mars and colonize it. You’re in luck Battlefront Mars on Facebook let you build a Mars colony and harvest the planet resources. You need to defend your colonist from invaders and pirates to so you cannot just harvest the planet. Gameplay in Battlefront Mars focuses on the collection of to resources iron and water because you know that the only thing you need in a space colony. Harvesters gather water and iron continuously over time and with these resources are used to accomplish most tasks within the game. This includes everything from recruiting new military units to upgrading and building additional structures on the base. You can receive extra water and iron by finishing mission or destroying enemies base.

New unit can be build by building certain building (like in Starcraft) like the academy. Your military unit will help you defend against the invaders or attack and destroy their base. Has player level up the game unlock more mission and allow multiplayer (PvP) combat. The PvP look a bit likes clash of clan, spy the village then if you attack it you are warp there.

These facebook game are not my cup of tea, you have to wait to stuff to complete or use the premium currency (gold) there in app purchase, the units are hard to move but at least they can move automatically. With 10k monthly user you should be able to get some decent PvP action.

Battlefront Mars is available to play for free on Facebook.

Related:

Battlefront Mars: Build a Base and Command an Army on Facebook

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager

The game is coming out soon on iPad and Android tablets on October 31st. I didn’t had any luck with a early access but the folk at Pocket gamer gave a excellent review so you can get the full review there.

The game come with a Space Race plot set in the cold war you got to go to the moon before the Russian. There also a sandbox mode where you just play without the political pressure.

Related:

Official site

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager (Pocketgamer)

The rock cruiser is probably one of the hardest to get it’s achievement. However it’s a great ship and it’s actually the first ship I managed to beat the game with (in easy mode). Rock plating is pretty useful and the Rockman are pretty good at everything except running. The make the best pilot, they make great fighters due to their high health, they great at repairing stuff and clearing out fire thanks fire immunity.

Layout A

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Unlock

See the Rock war vessel encounter.
Alternatively, defeat The Rebel Flagship with the Slug cruiser.

The main problem with this ship is that your weapon all use missiles, you will have no problem clearing ship in the initial since your missiles ignore shield, there’s rarely any defense drone and they all have low evasion. However your missiles supply will drain like crazy so try to take advantage of the 4 damage hull missile when firing on a empty system. Get a weapon that don’t require ammo has soon has possible or crew teleportation can be a good alternative, shoot down there weapon system then teleport to finish the job. This ship is probably the best to achieve the Defense Drones Don’t Do D’anything! achievement.

 

Layout B

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Unlock : Earning two of the three Rock Cruiser achievements will unlock Layout B.

The Shivan (Rock Cruiser Layout B) starts without a door system, requiring 60 scrap to install. It is the only ship which does not have external doors, preventing any sections from being vented to space except via a hull breach. If in advanced edition, Lanius crew can be used to suck air out of rooms, even if they are not in that room, also the Fire Suppression augment works wonders as it helps put out fires.

This ship is a great boarding ship because it’s has firebomb and your crew (rockman) are immune to fire, it’s make it easy to blast a room then warp in your crew to finish the job in the fire. If your enemies aren’t rock man, they will take damage from the fire while you fight them, as well as the system in the room. Systems cannot be repaired if they are on fire, and fires cannot be put out if your crew is there. Medbay should be your first priority, weapon or piloting second depending if they are trying to flee.

The name "Shivan" combined with the color scheme of Layout B is a reference to an alien race of the same name in the game Descent: Freespace.

Layout C

 FTL: Book yourself a rock solid ride with the Rock Cruiser

Unlock

Reaching sector 8 with the Rock Cruiser B with Advanced Mode enabled will unlock layout C

This layout start with great weapon and a Crystal crewmember. The Heavy Crystal and the Swarm missiles will make early sectors quite easy, as the crystal mark ignore level 1 shield and swarm will help you take out any extra shield. You should probably focus on your defense first before trying to get new weapon. The greatest asset of the ship is the crystal crewmember, it will help you unlock the crystal cruiser skipping the need to do 2 extra quest before finding the crystal sector. Crystal man are great at taking care of boarder and boarding other ship with it’s lockdown ability preventing enemy crew from leaving the room and other from entering it. I had paired him with a Mantis with great result, even on the final ship. Pairing him with a Lanius can make great synergy too.

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Pier Solar

if you miss those old school 16-bit era RPG, Lufia and the one alike, well Pier Solar is a game for you.
The game is available on Playstation 3 & 4, steam and the ouya. If PC is your thing the game is available on Linux, window or Mac too. If you want to get an idea of the games visual and music check out this promotional trailer:

Related:

Pier Solar and the great Architects (indiegames)

 

8 Bits Fun

Oh 8 bit is more of your thing. Fear not the recent NES JAM gave birth to a dozen of nice 8-bit gem (and other not that much of a gem)

Super Cell Dungeon

One of the notable entry is Super Cell Dungeon, Super Cell Dungeon developed by a multi-talented team and a recent #NESJAM entry, is a NES inspired clone of Super Crate Box that can be played in a two player team.

Lognes Island

A actually really nice teaser of a game a developer is thinking about doing. You play a mega man like character lost on an island. You have to search the island for power up like a blaster and double jump. Once you found the boss for the first level the teaser is done. Check the dev on twitter and ask him to do more.

Gracie & Mike – Interstellar Mercenary Exterminators

A Co-op Contra but in split screen is probably the best way to describe this game. You can only play 2 players or 1 player control 2 players. The game can be played on xbox and ps3 controllers or with the keyboard.

Ouragan

This one is kind of weird there a bunch of guy hitting you but you don’t seem to lose health. You can hit them with Z and they get thrown into the sky with a single punch.

Related

NESJAM – Lots of great games in a NES flavour

Nes Jam (http://itch.io/jam/nesjam)

Archeomania  – A Tetris look alike where you save the princess

Another nice puzzle game in 8-bit greatly inspired by Tetris. You get the bloc similar to Tetris but instead of pilling them to make more point when you clear them out, you need to clear the line to save the green girl. Once you clear all the line under her you save her, they’re spike that slowly move toward you, if they manage to hit the princess before you clear all the block under her, she done and it’s game over for you.

Clipboard01 8 bits & 16 bits of fun: Pier Solar, NES Jam, Tetris clone.

Related

Brilliant Tetris Plus inspired ZX Spectrum remake (indieretronews)

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI Square Soft news: Final fantasy VI performed by a Orchestra & Dragon quest I & II

Final Fantasy VI as probably some of the best music of the series (Final Fantasy VII is pretty Rad too) and has given countless beautiful interpretation. The opera scene sure come to mind has one of the iconic scene and music of the series.

Back in June, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performed a symphonic poem arranged from the game’s music, entitled Born With The Gift Of Magic. It’s pretty amazing and the performance is available on their website.

Related:

Born With The Gift Of Magic by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Watch Final Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem Now!

 

Dragon quest I & Dragon quest II

Yes both of these originals games are out, while not has carefully done like Dragon Quest VIII . They stand has the beginning of the series, DQI is probably the first major RPG out on NES (in Japan) and DQII was the first with multi-member party, not just a lone hero try to find is way.

Dragon quest I

 Square Soft news: Final fantasy VI performed by a Orchestra & Dragon quest I & II

Contrary to popular lore, Dragon Quest was not the actual first JRPG. But it certainly the first major one. Yuji Horii wanted to simplify the complex systems found in RPG to make it easier and more playable on the NES limited input compare to PC RPG likeWizardry and Ultima. However, he wanted to still offer the player the satisfying feeling of following the narrative of a character who take on a journey to make the world a better place and becomes stronger in the process.

If you don’t know Dragon quest I what is you might be a little surprise with all the hype it gets for what it is compare to modern game you can get today. However, it you want to nostalgic feeling of the NES and educate yourself about a game that started a whole genre itself 25 year ago (yeah it’s that old) you should definitely give it a try.

Dragon quest II

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Dragon Quest II is probably the game I had a hard time with when I was young. I’ve played it after DQI and Final fantasy so I was not stranger to RPG, but my god that game have too much stuff that you have to just guess and search everywhere for no (insert swear word here) reason. Don’t get me wrong I loved and still love the game but if I replay it, it will be with the walkthrough besides it. Most of my frustration come from finding the mirror of Ra (it’s hidden in a (more swearing)swamp) and find the crest which usually you have not much clue about where they were. However, Dragon quest should be look at what it is, a game perfect for your nostalgic or to get a sense from where all the game come from, it’s definitely a game worth playing (with the walkthrough).

Related :

Dragon Quest I Review

Dragon Quest II Review

Coming tonight Dragon Quest I

Coming tonight Dragon Quest II