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  1. OpenFodder - Cannon Fodder opensource

    Yeah, the cursor thing, I do remember the C&C one is round when not corrected to 4:3. Come to think of it, there's plenty of inconsistency in some games, probably due to different ways in which some of the assets were created. Artists might have worked in programmes running in high resolution, and some stuff might have been scanned from drawings as discussed here. There's a couple of threads at VOGONS with discussions about such inconsistencies. Anyway, I suppose that it would be useful, as a rule of thumb, to think of the original release of a game as its proper presentation. Whatever Cannon Fodder looked on a real Amiga must be the "right" way because it was released and tested for that platform (surely if the developers or testers noticed something wrong with how the graphics looked they'd fix it before release). But then again this does not always work too, like the same release might be inconsistent internally, e.g. Abuse apparently had its graphics designed for a stretched 4:3 version (as suggested by the health counter on the bottom left that gets round when stretched), yet the built-in high-res mode simply re-uses the same non-stretched graphics to fill a 640x480 screen (as shown here). AFAIK this mode was later used as default for the Macintosh port and possibly some others. The protagonist's sprite seems to have been drawn with the 4:3 stretch in mind as well, at least, it appears "hunched" when uncorrected and seems to have "normal" proportions (for a humanoid figure) in corrected images (example 1, example 2). It's very easy to get used to the wrong ratio, I played C&C and Red Alert (Windows versions) most of the time in the built-in 640x480 mode (which is just the same 640x400 image with a letterboxed presentation), even though if you look closer it's quite noticeable that the sprites have a distorted perspective when not corrected, and infantry all look "hunched" too (not very noticeable because they're all so small, especially in C&C95).
  2. OpenFodder - Cannon Fodder opensource

    Thanks for the link to this article! The question sure is complicated due to the difference between PAL and NTSC screen sizes. I agree that the source port should give an option to display graphics as intended by the artists who were drawing for the Amiga. However DOS users back in the 90s probably had no way to avoid the 4:3 stretching unless they adjusted the shape of display on their monitors manually (provided that they knew beforehand that the graphics in the game were not displayed according to the artists' intention). Which means that a 320x200 image stretched to 640x480 is technically the "correct" way of rendering the DOS version because that is what the users saw (but not what the designers originally intended). Then again, the technicalities of the DOS version can probably be ignored as it is "non-original", i.e. secondary to the initial Amiga release.
  3. I just found several previews/reviews of the game available via the Wayback Machine with good quality pre-release screenshots (some in the GIF format): Computer Games Online news (16-01-1998) Computer Games Online first look (12-02-1998) Computer Games Online screenshots (16-05-1998) Computer Games Online preview (23-06-1998) Strategy Gaming Online review (15-10-1998)
  4. Thanks! Speaking of which, perhaps this would be useful to you too: http://www.mobygames.com/game/kings-bounty-2 (Technically the game's from Ukraine but it's in the Russian language)
  5. Sorry if sounded a bit harsh: I tend to be pedantic when it comes to details like this. Anyways, I have to say that you did a commendable job listing Dune related game projects at your site. I think you missed nothing except the turn-based Dune III (not related to a different game by the same title which is a precursor to Dune IV). You also have meticulously collected games related to other series as well, making your site a treasure trove of useful information. Thanks!
  6. I think I need to point out that this is a highly inaccurate statement at best. Dune Dynasty (which is the correct name of the project, not Dune 2 Dynasty) is directly based on reverse-engineered code of Dune 2, making it an almost 100% accurate recreation of the original game's code and, effectively, behaviour. Several new features are imposed over this (including a mroe challenging AI), but the core is, at least theoretically, nearly identical to Dune 2. Conversely, Dune Legacy (also please note that it is not called, and has never been called, Dune 2 Legacy) started as a game engine recreation which was based on observation only, without any reverse engineering. AFAIK more recent builds might have borrowed some code from OpenDUNE upon which Dune Dynasty is based, but the extent of these borrowings is unknown to me. I understand that from a user's standpoint these differences might be trivial but in fact they are very important because reverse-engineering (if done properly) inevitably yields a more accurate recreation of the source game.
  7. OpenDune

    BTW drnovice, do you think you could produce a binary specifically to run DuneX which would add the tech tree changes without scrapping the old units?
  8. Dune 2 eXtended Project

    Great, thanks a lot! ^_^ Wow, you have all the screenshots from the CnC Comm Centre Gallery, cool!
  9. Dune 2 eXtended Project

    The v1.29 download was apparently lost during forum updates, so I had to re-upload the file.
  10. Eador. Genesis

    Eador. Genesis is free on GOG.com for a limited time: https://www.gog.com/game/eador_genesis
  11. List of free closed source games

    This marks liberated games, as opposed to "pure" freeware:
  12. List of free closed source games

    This is a list of legally free games that do not have their source code available to the public. Liberated (formerly commercial or shareware) games are marked with an asterisk. For non-Windows games, their platform is indicated in bold next to the title (except for those games that are bundled with an emulator like DOSBox). This list does not include: multiplayer-only games; browser-based games; games with any kind of DRM (Steam etc.); limited time promotional giveaways; abandonware of any kind; and any unauthorised free "remakes" of commercial games that essentially allow to play any substantial portion of such games for free. For a list of free open source games, please check this thread. A very comprehensive, frequently updated list of all sorts of free games can be found here. Arcade Alien Breed: Obliteration AstroFire* DOS Carax '95 Cash Invaders DOS Cybersphere* DOS Cybersphere Plus* DOS Disasteroids 3D The Dungeons of Grimlor I & II* DOS God of Thunder* DOS Joe Snow Kosmonaut* DOS Legend of the Silver Talisman DOS Lode Runner Online Mine Bombers* DOS Mr. Boom DOS Obliterator DOS SkiFree SkyRoads* DOS Super ACiD Block Attack DOS Tower of the Sorcerer TurboLode Vyrox Adventure The Adventures of Maddog Williams* DOS Bronze Dragon: Conquest of Infinity* Apple II Cosmos Quest series Dragon Side II: The Twisted Speare* Apple II Eye of the Kraken Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones King's Quest III Redux Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire Robomaze III* DOS [download] Beat 'Em Up Battle of the Eras* DOS The Black Heart One Must Fall 2097* DOS Sango Fighter* DOS Sango Fighter 2* DOS Educational BabyType DOS First-Person Shooter 8bit Killer Alien Cabal* DOS [Windows upgrade] Avert Fate Barista 1 Beyond Life Bitsturbed Derelict The Esc4pe Gore - Ultimate Soldier Special Edition* [download] Gun Godz Hades 2* [download] Industrial Killers DOS Invention RPG The Journey LineWars II* DOS Outpost 41 Paranoia 2: Savior Pencil Whipped Prism: Guard Shield Purple Complex Red Alert: A Path Beyond Renegade X Sublevel Zero Prototype [download] Tiberian Sun Reborn Tribes series* Wolfram Management Strategy City of Rauma Valmeria - Villages and Cities Platform 1213 Alien Carnage* DOS Bio Menace* DOS Blackthorne* Captain Binary Cyber-Marine DOS [download] Electro Man* DOS Eternal Daughter Giana's Return The Great Giant Sisters DOS Giant Worlds [download] [installer] Happyland Adventures Heroes of Yggdrasil Heros I: The Sanguine Seven* DOS Iji Inner Worlds* DOS Maldita Castilla Robomaze II: The Lobby* DOS [download] Special Agent Sint Nicolaas T2002 Tailchaser* TSB Xargon* DOS Puzzle Gate Get Lost!* DOS The Lost Vikings* Quadrax* Racing Death Rally* RunOut Street Rod series Real-Time Strategy Command & Conquer Gold Command & Conquer: Red Alert Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun* Enemy Nations* Ground Control* Priority: Survive Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War* StarCraft* Subpar Commander S.W.I.N.E.* Role-Playing A Blurred Line Ahriman's Prophecy Berserker Quest VI The Elder Scrolls: Arena* DOS The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall* DOS Eschalon: Book I* Exile: Escape from the Pit* Win3.x Exile II: Crystal Souls* Win3.x Exile III: Ruined World* Win3.x Fire & Dragons Gates of Destiny Helherron* Joyous Rebel* DOS Perihelion* Amiga The Provinces of Midland - Argskin Pyrrhic Tales: Prelude to Darkness RuneSword* ShadowFlare: Episode One [discontinued] Thor's Hammer* DOS Warrior Dragon Roguelike CaRPG Castle of the Winds* Win3.x Lords of Doom* DOS Lost Labyrinth MageGuild Ragnarok* DOS Rogue's Quest o additional scenarios UnReal World* Shooter CS2D Dark Rage* DOS Evasive Maneuvers* DOS Hell Fighter Hydorah Janitor Dan the Spaceman Katakis* Amiga Major Stryker* DOS Mission Cobra 98 DOS [download] Molez* DOS Operation Carnage* DOS Operation Spacehog PixelShips ProtoType R-Type* Amiga Rocketz* DOS SideLine* DOS sk0r Spaceshooter StarFight series Stargunner* DOS Tapan Kaikki DOS [download] Tapan Kaikki Bloodshed TerraFire* DOS Theseus - Return of the Hero Tiger's Bane* Win3.x Transcendence The Ultimate Tapan Kaikki DOS [download] Xenon 2000* Simulation Elite: The New Kind Orbiter RiftSpace* [download] Star Wraith 2* [download] Star Wraith 3: Shadows of Orion* [download] Starion 2010 Universal Combat Free Full Singleplayer* Third-Person Shooter/Action G-Sector Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe* Noxious Path of Shadows The Times Exclusive Tomb Raider Level Turn-Based Strategy Battles of Destiny* DOS Conquest of Elysium II* [download] Great Nations Palm Kingdoms 2* Wargame Project Turn-Based Tactics 1821: The Struggle for Freedom 1848 Battlelords DOS Rapid Response* DOS [download] The War Engine* winSPMBT* winSPWW2* Steel Panthers: World at War X-Force: Fight for Destiny
  13. List of free open source games

    This is a list of games that are both free (as in free beer, but in some cases also as in free speech) and open source. Liberated (formerly commercial or shareware) games are marked with an asterisk. Third party source ports, if available, are listed below the respective games' titles. For a list of closed source free games, please check this thread. Arcade Battle Tanks BattleCity Bitfighter Catacomb Chickens 2 Chopper Commando Digger Remastered Falling Block Game Frozen Bubble Gladiator* o Openglad GLtron Hyperoid Jump 'n Bump o source port Jumpman Lives! Knights Knockin LBreakout2 Maelstrom* Neverball NiL Open Hexagon Paku Paku Rocks'n'Diamonds Savage Wheels Snarf TechnoballZ Teeworlds Tower Toppler Zorx Artillery Atomic Tanks Hedgewars N.A.T.O.W. Scorched 3D Scorched Earth 2000 WarMUX xscorch Adventure Adventure Game Studio [engine/SDK] o source code Beyond the Titanic Beneath a Steel Sky* Mines Quest [engine/SDK] Supernova* Beat 'Em Up Open Mortal Board GNU Backgammon JavaRisk Ludus Regius NetRisk OGS Mahjong OpenFracas Pioneers Scrabble 3D yura.net Domination Card PokerTH PySol PySolFC XM Solitaire Chess ChessV DreamChess GMChess GNU Chess PyChess The Genius XBoard/WinBoard First-Person Shooter The Adventures of Square o ZDoom Chex Quest 3 o ZDoom CodeRED - Battle for Earth [download] CodeRED - The Martian Chronicles [download] Crystal Core [Crystal Space 3D engine tech demo] Cube [engine/SDK] Cube 2: Sauerbraten Eternal War: Shadows of Light* o free full version o engine source code o game source code FPS Creator Classic [engine/SDK] Freedoom HACX: Twitch 'n Kill* o Chocolate Doom o ZDoom Harmony o ZDoom In Pursuit of Greed Ken's Labyrinth* o LAB3D/SDL o LAB3D/SDL (w/ hi-res texture support) Marathon Trilogy* o Aleph One Open Quartz OpenQuartz 2 Operation Serpent o ECWolf OQPlus Retribution [engine/SDK] Shadow Warrior* o game data o source port Shaw's Nightmare X-Men: The Ravages of the Apocalypse Multiplayer/Arena FPS Alien Arena Arena of Honour Assault Cube Assault Cube Reloaded BZFlag DDay: Normandy o source code o development website Digital Paint: Paintball 2 fight win prevail Nexuiz Classic OpenArena Quetoo Red Eclipse Smokin' Guns Tremulous Uebergame Unvanquished Warsow Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory* o source code World of Padman Xonotic Zero Ballistics First-Person Stealth The Dark Mod Misc BillardGL Frets on Fire StepMania UltraStar Word Whiz Platform Abuse* o Abuse for Windows o Abuse SDL Because it's fun, Fay Chaos Projectile Dave Gnukem [download] Hurrican o source code iiChantra Mario clone OpenGGS Prince of Persia The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M Secret Maryo Chronicles Sint Nicolaas & Zwarte Piet Smash Battle SuperTux Xargon* o source port Yo Frankie! Puzzle DroidQuest Enigma Kentris Kroz Numpty Physics OpenAlchemist Pingus Pushover SDL Scavenger Sokoban Tile World X-Moto Racing Armagetron Advanced Dakar 2011 Dolphinity Racer ManiaDrive MiniRacer Q3Rally o source code Speed Dreams Stunt Rally SuperTuxKart T1 Car Racing Simulation TORCS Trigger Rally Ultimate Stunts VDrift Real-Time Strategy 0 A.D. Aleona's Tales Annex: Conquer the World o source code Arrakis Bos Wars Clonk* Clonk 2 Debackel* Clonk 3 Radical* Clonk Planet 4.65* Clonk Endeavour 4.95.5* Clonk Rage* Commander Stalin Dark Oberon Dungeon Digger Glest Globulation 2 MegaGlest Open Imperium Galacitca* OpenClonk OpenDungeons Retro Island War Seven Kingdoms: Ancient Adversaries* SpringRTS [engine/SDK] Unknown Horizons Warzone 2100* Widelands Wyrmsun Zero-K Role-Playing Amulets & Armor* o source code Ardentryst Blades of Exile* o Classic Blades of Exile Erebus Escape From The Maze Fall of Imyrin FLARE [engine/SDK] FreedroidRPG GNU FreeDink* Haxima Hero of Allacrost Lips of Suna LostHero - Story of Gilgamesh NAEV RuneSword II* o source port o source port (newer version) Summoning Wars Roguelike Angband Brogue Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Dungeon Crawl Tile Version o Windows binaries o source code Falcon's Eye Fame Javelin Linley's Dungeon Crawl Moria NetHack NetHack 2000 o English Windows Alpha o English v0.3.1.1 source code Rogue Rogue Survivor S.C.O.U.R.G.E.: Heroes of Lesser Renown SLASH'EM Tales of Maj'Eyal TileRogue RPG Maker Advanced RPG Maker [engine/SDK] EasyRPG [engine/SDK] Mokoi Gaming [engine/SDK] Open RPG Maker [engine/SDK] OpenLegends [engine/SDK] Solarus [engine/SDK] Sphere RPG Engine [engine/SDK] Massively Multiplayer RPG Eternal Lands PlaneShift WorldForge Sandbox Manic Digger Minetest Terasology Shooter Alien Blaster AstroMenace C-Dogs o C-Dogs SDL Catacomb Snatch Chromium B.S.U. Cyberdogs Endless Sky Gang Garrison 2 o source code Kiloblaster* Kobo Deluxe KOPS* Liero M.A.R.S. OpenLieroX Phavon Powermanga Project: Starfighter Protostriker M o source code Return of Dr. Destructo SDL Sopwith SHMUP - AirWars Solar Wolf Triplane Turmoil* o Triplane Classic Tyrian/Tyrian 2000* o OpenTyrian Vacuum Magic Violetland Warlock's Gauntlet XQuest/XQuest 2 Simulation Flight Combat Simulator Project decopter [engine/SDK] FlightGear Fly! Legacy Flying Guns [engine/SDK] GL-117 Palomino Slope Soaring Simulator Thunder&Lightning Managerial FreeTrain Lincity LinCity-NG Micropolis* OpenCity OpenTTD Race Into Space* Schiffbruch! Simutrans Skyscraper Spice Trade Space flight Flight Commander [source code available upon request] No Gravity Oolite Orxonox Pioneer Scum of the Universe Space Combat Starshatter: The Gathering Storm* o source code Strange Adventures in Infinite Space* StarTrade Vega Strike Various vehicles Danger from the Deep Linwarrior 3D Rigs of Rods Sports Slam Soccer 2006 Yoda Soccer Third-Person Shooter Dead Justice Turn-Based Strategy Advanced Strategic Command The Battle for Wesnoth FreeLords GEMpire LordsAWar! M.A.X.R. (Mechanized Assault and eXploration Reloaded) Turious UFO: Alien Invasion UFO2000 XConq 4X Anacreon* Antiquity o binaries o source code C-evo Classic Empire Conquests Free Conquest & Colonization of America Free Mars Freeciv FreeCol FreeOrion Iron Seed* Kingdoms Star Control II* Stars! Nova Stellar Conquest III* Thousand Parsec Turn-Based Tactics Arena o binaries o source v2.1 Crimson Fields LGeneral MegaMek Open Panzer OpenGeneral Paybacktime 2* Tanks of Freedom
  14. Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

    I haven't updated the list in a long while, but there's no reason not to. Some links were fixed, a few more titles added. Also the list formatting should be more reader-friendly.
  15. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (Mac version)

    This fix does nothing in-game, it can be only used to fix the palette in screenshots that you take in DOSBox running Executor. The colours in the game are still all messed up. However, Executor is open source software and I really hope someone may eventually tweak the code to produce a version that will run the Mac versions of Warcraft without any errors like the wrong palette. BTW, you can use the Windows version of Executor for better performance but then you won't be able to take screenshots that can be corrected for the proper palette.