KeeperRL and OpenIG

Two interesting projects I recently came across:1. KeeperRL:Description from the author:KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress inspired dungeon simulator built on top of roguelike mechanics. My vision is that you are a Sauron-like character,…

Code Combat: Open Source Javascript Tutorial Gamification (In A Good Way)

youtube.com/watch?v=dCOHjERswGwCode Combat is a javascript programming learning IDE wrapped in a delicious cute RPG/2D RTS packaging that runs in the browser without any plugins. They recently announced their open source/free art release.The current se…

December RTS updates

Merry Christmas from FreeGamer!As a nice present from the 0 A.D. team, the new Alpha 15 Osiris was released today:Lots of great new features and especially multiplayer games should be now much easier to do with hosting improvements and a lobby for brow…

Tales of Maj’Eyal (ToME) version 1.1.0 and Steam edition

The great roguelike RPG Tales of Maj’Eyal (ToME) is available as a new version (1.1.0) nicknamed “Full Steam Ahead”. Here is a slightly older trailer for version 1.0.5.:Release highlights:New necromancer tree: AnimusAll achievements now feature beautif…

Frogatto & Friends looking to be “greenlit” on Steam

We have mentioned in the past a few times that it is a common misconception that FOSS games need to be also “freeware”, and in fact the opposite can be quite beneficial to the overall development of a game or the engine it is build on.The 2D jump &…

Valyria Tear 0.6.0 released

I have to admit that we are a bit slow on reporting the news on FOSS gaming projects with we actually host ourselves via the freegamedev.net forums. Valyria Tear is sadly no exception, and their new 0.6.0 release has been out a few days already. Sorry …

Stephen Cameron: Space Nerds in Space Interview and Crew Gameplay Video

A 15 minutes long video profile of Stephen Cameron was published on YouTube by Jack Younger – hacker (presumed) at TX/RX Labs.Stephen Cameron Video ProfileThe video includes an interview of Cameron’s about his latest project Space Nerds …

Fundraising for GPL game Plee the Bear

This is a guest post by Julien Jorge, developer, artist and musician behind the open source indie games Plee the Bear and Andy’s Super Great Park, here to present the fundraising campaign he launched for the former.

Some years ago, with the help of three of my friends and anonymous people on the web, I have created Plee the Bear, a great platformer in which you play an angry bear whose son has been kidnapped by god. Here is a guy hard to brave! You sure will jump in this amazing journey to find and rescue your son. Because you want to rescue him, don’t you? Or to slap him? Maybe both….
The game was a spare time project for a long time, then we recently decided to create a real, full, complete, fun and original version out of the prototype. We have thus created our company, Stuffomatic, published a first game and now we are launching a fundraising campaign for Plee the Bear!

The prototypes of the game have always been released for Windows and Linux as free software, available under the terms of the GNU GPL and the CC by-sa licenses. The latest version contains three levels of the storyline and four mini-games; and has already generated very positive criticisms (e.g. on The Linux Game Tome). Players loved the fun, the graphics and the music; other indie developers were pleasantly surprised by the technical skills and the details of the game; and people in the free software movement appreciated the overall process and the quality of the resources, remarkable for a free game.

All these feedbacks motivated us to complete the game and to launch a fundraising campaign to help the development. The campaign is organized in order to implement the new contents of the game one after the other, each time with a new fundraiser. So, for the initial one, the feature you are welcome to support is a complete refresh of the existing work. You can see the details on the project’s page on OpenFunding but let me show you how the game will look:

To be compared with the current release:

(The screen is larger in the new version, it’s not just Plee who is smaller…) 

The animations will also be reworked. For example, here is a comparison of the changes in the animation of Plee walking. The old version is on the bright stripes, the new one is in the black stripes:

If you are a game developer, you may have already used some free resources from websites like OpenGameArt.org or Freesound.org. If you are a gamer, you may have played games using the resources of such websites. In both cases, you are certainly interested by our process consisting of releasing each part of the game under a free license. Actually, we have recently started to supply OpenGameArt.org with our assets.

So, if you like our project:

This way, we will all go toward a fun and good game :)

This post was retrieved from freegamer.blogspot.com.

Today: Glamour, or how to hide irony about gender stereotypes very well…

Or something like that… because as much as I think FOSS games should cater to the other ermm… 2nd out of three(?) gender, I am not sure if this is meant ironic or not (description of the game Glamour):You are Maddeline, a young princess just turne…

Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, funded!

The self described open-source rogue-like survivalcraft / driving game in a sci-fi zombie apocalypse has successfully reached its goal on Kickstarter, and one of the developers will now be able to work on it full-time for a few months to implement for…

Data Dealer, an interesting project to fund!

The the last Kickstarter game project we featured was sadly not successful and with only 11 days to go it doesn’t look too good for Data Dealer either. But this HTML5 and CC-by-SA licensed game project comes with a pretty cool idea and is quite playabl…

Lost Sky Tactical J-RPG [PyGame]

Lost Sky is a PyGame-based Tactical J-RPG that runs on Linux, OS X and Windows.To play on a system that has mercurial and pygame installed, run: hg clone https://bitbucket.org/featheredmelody/lost-sky-project-publiccd lost-sky-project-public/Story\ of…

Hedgewars 0.9.19 released

Everyone’s favorite clone of worm-warfare, Hedgewars recently got a rather big new release as one of the developers pointed out to us by email.One of the new level themes for Hedgewars 0.9.19The changes are quite extensive, so instead of failing to sum…

Various follow-ups

First off as a rather fast follow up on the last post:

Otherwise, as previously mentioned, Garage Games has now also released their 2D game framework under the MIT license:

Their 3D game engine also saw some nice updates lately, however sadly their crowd funding push to port Torque3D to Linux fell (not totally unsurprisingly) short of their 30,000$ mark (with about 10,000$ pledged).

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Some upcoming releases

Looks like we will get some nice x-mas presents this year:A bit delayed but probably right on time for the Mayan end of the world, we will see a long awaited new release of Cube2:Sauerbraten. Read about the release announcement here. Hmm, I wonder if i…

Video updates (various)

Today I let the videos speak:First of all a nice FOSS bullet hell SHUMP, called Shumpacabra:Taisei Project is maybe also relevant if you like getting killed ALOT (hehe, insider joke for q).Previously mentioned Cube Trains (based on Frogatto) has reache…

Ancient Beast: HTML5 Hexagonal RTS’ First Release

Ancient Beast is a FOSS game project that has been in development by Freezing Moon for a couple of years, tantalizing everyone with top notch concept art and 3D models. After a rather large restructuring in game scope, where they changed from atte…

All Maps of Bos Wars 2.6.1+ (svn r10193)

I filled a recent craving for playing a sci-fi real time strategy game by re-discovering Bos Wars and playing every single player map.image: Bos’ level of art, many screenshots indicate a much lower quality.The game runs on low-spec computers and can b…

A tale of two Hexagons

This is a guest post by user Hythlodaeus, discussing open source clones, indie game community behavior and developer’s apologies.video: Open Hexagon – Official Release TrailerVee Software’s Open Hexagon is a very, very recent game, but even in its…

Engine reimplementation day!

This is a guest post by user Hythlodaeus, discussing GPLed video game engine reimplementations, and presenting several projects related to the topic.I thought I should take some time to discuss in detail one form of project that has been sometimes feat…