Out of all the free
games out there, this one has to be one of the best.
Armagetron features wonderful 3D graphics (for a free game)
and very addicting game play.
The game is based on the old movie called Tron (a very good
movie too) where they
race in these car like vehicles.
It is basically a very slim motorcycle with a cover all
around it (like a car) that leaves a trail behind it wherever it
goes. Using this
trail you can make other “enemies” crash into it and win
points. Now that you
have an idea of what the game is like, lets talk a little about
the game play and features it offers…
Game play is
relatively simple. You use only 3 different keys to control your
of the keys turn your "motorcycle" left or right and the
3rd key either slows you down or makes you go really
fast (this depends on server settings and or your personal
settings). The object
of the game is to get people out by creating “tracks” behind
you and having people run into them and to not crash into anyone
else’s (or your own) track.
The game play may seem simple, but if you try playing this
game I can almost guarantee you will end up playing this game for
hours on end and not even realize it.
Now I will talk about the features it offers…
There are 2 basic
modes of playing. You
can either play a local game against computer opponents or play a
network game. The
local mode is pretty much self-explainable, but the network mode
has a little more detail to it.
Once you select “Network Game” you will be presented
with several options. The
ones we will be talking about are “LAN Game” and “Internet
Game”. I will first
start off with the “Internet Game” option…
Game” option allows you to connect to one of the many online
servers and play against people all over the world.
You basically just select “Internet Game” while you are
connected, wait until all the text goes away off your screen (this
is just the loading process to connect to the servers), select a
server, and play! When
you are playing an online game you are also able to talk with
other people playing on the same server as you by pressing your
“s” key and typing your message.
You can even talk and drive at the same time (not that any
of you really care about talking and driving at the same time).
Now lets talk about the “LAN Game” option.
basically allows you to host a private game off your computer to
people on your own private home network or anyone around the
world. So you could
set up a game where all your friends could play at the same
time:-) Oh, just so you know this is not the same as hosting an
Internet game. An
Internet game is public to all people while a LAN game is only
available to people who know the name of your server and the
password (if you provided one).
I can’t say too much more about this option, because I
haven’t really tried it out, but maybe when Cybernet Resources
gets a little more popular I will host a game off my computer:-)
So, in conclusion, if you are like me and like free (hey that rimes) you should at least go and check this game out. It’s only like a 5MB download and it has stunning 3D graphics. I would have to say this is one of the ultimate “time wasters” on the PC that you can get for free and also to make it even better it is open source!