Bought some computer games this weekend including Lemmings Revolution which I had been meaning to buy for a while and used the offer three games for €15 as my excuse. Played it for a while, eventually forcing myself to stop. Lemmings Revolution takes the original Lemmings concept and wraps the levels around a Cylinder. At first I wasn't hugely impressed as it is not a radical change from the original. Maybe it was the fast repetitive hypnotic music, the challenge of a good puzzle or nostalgia for when I played the original but when I did finally stop playing it felt like a massive comedown, I was momentarily stunned. Without noticing I had been totally drawn in by the game and was left with the feeling of having been in a very stressful situation but without the usual negative feelings of anger. Talk about computer games being addictive, that was quite a hit. Very very strange. Lemmings is a phenomonal game though, a true classic.
As someone who spends a lot of time using and trying to encourage Free and Open Source software, buying computer games gave me pause for thought. Closed source proprietary software has its downsides (being forced to keep the disc in the drivet to use the game for one thing) and of course I'd prefer if most software was Open Source but I was happy enough to rationalize the purchase as entertainment, not much different from a visit to the cinema. How far could you seriously take a belief in the need for Free Software? Would you allow yourself to use a proprietary BIOS on your computer? What excuse would you make for having a mobile phone loaded full of proprietary software? Could you bring yourself to use a Cash Machine or collect cinema tickets from machines which run Microsoft Windows?
The three games I bought were: Lemmings Revolution by Pygnosis; Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Island from Xplosiv; and Galaxy of Games, a collection of 350 games from Green Street Games.
Pingus is an Open Source game similar to Lemmings which has been in development for many years. Pingus features Tux the penguin instead of Lemmings and has a few other subtle differences from the original game. No Revolution though.
Super Methane Bros is very much like Bubble Bobble. The concept and graphics are not brilliant and last time I played it the controls didn't feel quite right but it isn't half bad.
Galaxy of games was mix of all kinds of games all of which I expect are available online in various forms, and annoyingly the games inlcude advertising encouraging you to buy futher advanced versions with even more variations. I needed a third game and figured I might at least get some inspiration for improvements or additions to Gnome Games.
Recommend any good Open Source games?