Open Source Game Clones
May 30, 2013 7:44 AM   Subscribe

These aren't really game clones so much as remade open source engines for older games.
posted by demiurge at 7:57 AM on May 30, 2013

demiurge: at the end of the page in the "Inspired by original game series" section there are the clones (such as FreeCiv, OpenTTD, etc.). BTW, you can play FreeCiv and OpenTTD in your browser now!
posted by zsazsa at 8:04 AM on May 30, 2013

Oh yeah the real clones are at the bottom, thank you. FreeCiv in a browser is a cool idea. Too bad it seems to be down.
posted by demiurge at 8:10 AM on May 30, 2013

The freeciv link on that page appears to be broken/misdirected - took me to some Russian site for outdoor camping stuff?

Anyways, this looks to be right: Freeciv
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:17 AM on May 30, 2013

OOOooo, Dungeon Keeper. I always wanted to try that.

And I'd never heard of Redneck Rampage at all, not really surprised though. I wonder if it has the "Cuss Pack" DLC included. Yes, it seems that's a real thing.
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:24 AM on May 30, 2013

Redneck Rampage does sound different from most shooting games:

The more food the character ate, the more flatulent he became (represented by a "gut" meter in the user display), making it difficult to sneak up on enemies as the character would move forward and make a distinct fart sound frequently after eating. However, eating food did decrease the "drunk meter" slightly (see below)
posted by alloneword at 8:39 AM on May 30, 2013

I dunno. "Sporadic development" doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:53 AM on May 30, 2013

However, one other power-up, moonshine, gives the player increased speed for a brief amount of time, at the end of which both the "drunk meter" and the "gut meter" were reset to zero.

I can attest to the fact that while the premise isn't totally wrong, namely the first and the last of the aforementioned items, the resetting of the drunk meter is an unrealistic design choice.
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:06 AM on May 30, 2013

Solarus is an open-source Zelda-like 2D game engine. Here is a trailer of our main creation, Zelda Mystery of Solarus DX

This is like pornography for me.

If any of the devs of the other games are reading this: put some goddamn screenshots front & center!
posted by wcfields at 9:33 AM on May 30, 2013 [2 favorites]

On the topic of "Redneck Rampage" - I found this game in a grocery store (Tom Thumb) for less than $10 a long time ago.

I was shocked, since I'd been searching for it for quite a while. Reason: It contains two unreleased tracks from one of my personal deities, Mojo Nixon.

I could never get very far in the game because I always seemed to be drunk when I decided to play it.
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 at 9:44 AM on May 30, 2013

OOOooo, Dungeon Keeper. I always wanted to try that.

One of my favorite games of all time. You can get the original right now on GOG. Runs great on Windows and OSX.
posted by vacapinta at 10:16 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Giggled my ass off for hours on end playing Redneck Rampage with the cusspack. Even the cheat codes were funny. The cheat code for God Mode was /RDELVIS.
posted by rhythim at 10:44 AM on May 30, 2013

Aw, man... can't get the Mac version of Colonization to install, and the Java one seems to have a bug for me that won't allow settlers to leave Europe. Happiness was so close...
posted by GhostintheMachine at 5:02 PM on May 30, 2013

Thanks, I'm going to take a look at Hardwar and see if it's gotten any love recently. This is a cool list, I thought it was pretty incomplete, but then I realized a lot of the projects I like are mods of closed source engines. Thief: The Dark Mod for instance is about to go open source as soon as they lose the references to Doom 3 assets (as opposed to the open source engine).
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:52 PM on May 30, 2013

Still no Grim Fandango.
posted by postel's law at 1:29 PM on May 31, 2013

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