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Unix Porting Project bursts into game arena

By Chris Williams. Published: 28th Apr 2003, 12:10:06 | Permalink | Printable

Enough console, more graphics. Over 5 new games

The Unix Porting Project has taken a break from serious Unixy utilities and tools to bring a selection of SDL based games to RISC OS. The games, which use a fresh new SDL port rather than eQ's SDL port, range from a 3Dish bomberman clone to a special effects overloaded tron-bike-racing game.

"Thanks to a new SDL port by Alan Buckley, we've been able to make a number of new games available to RISC OS very quickly", Peter Naulls of the UPP explained to drobe.co.uk in an email. Yes, Peter writes for drobe.co.uk although RISC OS entertainment onlookers acornarcade.com broke the story first, here's their article for balance.

Screenshots

SDLBomber: Once you light the fuse, Mr. Bomb is not our friend


Heroes: Ouch


Heroes: 'Like Tron but better'


The full list of games available include Munchman, SDLRoids, Heroes, SDLBomber and CircusLinux. We're not games reviewer material and I personally have the dexterity of a sleeping elephant which makes games playing mildly difficult, but we are fans of graphical demos and light-cycle-racer Heroes is our particular favourite in terms of gameplay and crazy power up and flame visuals.

All the games are freely available online however you'll need to be a UPP subscriber to get support and to request new games to be ported.

Links


Unix Porting Project progress (say that three times) Games downloads

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Sweet! -- Ian Hawkins (g0tai)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 28/4/03 12:15PM
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Heroes now has music, I'm told :)

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/4/03 12:31PM
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Nice change from the "serious Unixy utilities" indeed :) Looking forward to seeing more -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 28/4/03 12:38PM
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Don't forget to 'Sign up'! -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 28/4/03 1:14PM
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Why has there been a fresh SDL port? Is the former one less flexible?

 is a RISC OS UserA.W. on 28/4/03 1:18PM
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It was done by eQ. 'nuff said.

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 28/4/03 1:26PM
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Unix Porting Project progress punix norting Project progress punix norting joprect gropess. :|

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 28/4/03 1:36PM
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It hertz my anagrams

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 28/4/03 1:39PM
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Nunfetishist - what do you mean? -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 28/4/03 1:42PM
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From what I've heard, the earlier SDL port could be more of a hinderance than a help in porting SDL stuff. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 28/4/03 2:04PM
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Cheers!

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 28/4/03 2:07PM
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More of a hinderance than none at all? I don't think so :-)

eQRD made a good effort, but it was a bit unstable due to the way it did stuff, and didn't do windowing, nor did it work on Iyonix without some mods. In the end, this version is better polished, and that was the importat point.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 28/4/03 2:09PM
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So, if I want to mess around and do my own simple game of an evening, would I be better off using this port of SDL, or using Popcorn? (I am unlikely to want to code a game for any platform other than RISC OS.)

 is a RISC OS Userzeeb on 28/4/03 5:35PM
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Popcorn. It is nice and easy; can be used from Basic, and is geared towards RISC OS, and your game will be smaller and more efficient.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 28/4/03 5:42PM
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oops. Popcorn is intended to be used with C, not Basic.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 28/4/03 5:56PM
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The race is own mrchocky vs nex, who can produce the most games in April?

Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets ;-) -- Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 28/4/03 9:10PM
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Banzai! -- Ian Hawkins (g0tai)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 28/4/03 9:28PM
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nex has already declared me the winner. However, there's no doubt that he's the most prolific _writer_ of games.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 28/4/03 10:06PM
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yea, i make gfx, program routines, plan gameplay, make levels, playtest, genrerally slog hard to produce quality games, where as chocky puts a bit of pre-written code through the chocky blender producing an unoriginal played to death low res game that should run at the speed of light, but runs at the speed of a slug with a broken leg.

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 29/4/03 2:01PM
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but other than that i think the prospect of more games on the RO scene is great

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 29/4/03 2:05PM
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If those last two comments from nex were tongue-in-cheek, they weren't obviously so.

 is a RISC OS Userzeeb on 29/4/03 3:45PM
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I think that slug may be obtaining a sick leave of absence on false pretenses. Broke his leg did he?

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 29/4/03 4:36PM
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what the fonze

 is a RISC OS Usernice and sweet on 29/4/03 6:44PM
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cool - unix porting games! :)

 is a RISC OS Usertim_firmager on 29/4/03 8:30PM
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Well it sounds fascinating only Heroes doesn't work on my comp. It does da introduction then fades away...

...back to the desktop!!!! :( :(

Can anyone help?

Tim

 is a RISC OS Usertim_firmager on 29/4/03 9:43PM
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Zeeb: "If those last two comments from nex were tongue-in-cheek, they weren't obviously so."

Was that a tongue-in-cheek comment?

Nex's comments exhibit some of the most salubrious flippancy I've seen today. Blatant tonguing going on there :P

 is a RISC OS User[mentat] on 30/4/03 12:16PM
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Ha ha... nex gets my vote for best post on drobe comments for a long time :-P -- Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 30/4/03 9:10PM
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Yay! Lets all hero worship nex! :D -- Snig Undoubtley doubtful.

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 1/5/03 8:01AM
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Yes, but we don't know what he looks like...how would we recognise him? That would make a great Drobe article... -- Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/5/03 9:05PM
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my photograph is used on my posts in the drobe forums

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 2/5/03 1:24AM
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see?

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 02/05/03 01:58AM
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Nice shades.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 02/05/03 1:36PM
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You got one big nose man!

 is a RISC OS Useranon/129.12.234.15 via 129.12.1.66 on 03/05/03 12:41AM
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