Star Fighter upgrade in free for allBy Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Oct 2005, 17:38:26 | Permalink | Printable
Free to all those who've paid for it, that isA free upgrade for all Starfighter 3000 owners has been released by publisher APDL. The update will bring everyone up to the latest version of the 3D space game, and includes support for the StrongARM processor, RISC OS 4 and 32bit RISC OS.
Chris Bazley, the game's currently maintainer, said, "Over the years, a significant number of longstanding bugs have been fixed. This is my main motivation for making the upgrade freely available. Note that you still need to obtain the rest of the game data separately - hopefully by having legitimately purchased a copy at some time."
Originally developed in 1994, the game was born from Fednet Software, who also produced other greats including Stunt Racer 2000 and Chocks Away. Like SR2K, SF3K pits players against each other in a fierce, futuristic, and televised world controlled by the media - not unlike what we have today, really. You can read a review of SF3K here.
Update at 22:56 2/10/2005
Chris Bazley has said that he hasn't considered using the recently released 3D drivers for the Iyonix, although he has heard from the team working on 3D graphics for RISC OS 4. Chris added that he'd rather see that a common advanced graphics API is developed for all RISC OS platforms. He also suggested that the likes of 3D accelerated graphics may be wasted on a venerable game like SF3K.
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