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Re: Freeware counterparts of classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:28 am

A couple of oldies:

Hostile Takeover - a turn-based strategy game that borrows a lot of elements from the Warlords series. This one has a random map generator and both single-player against an AI opponent and two player hot-seat mode. Download: HOSTIL11.ZIP

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The Kingdom of Syree - a role-playing game that is obviously modelled after the early Ultima games. This game is free but its sequel is already shareware. Download: SYREE102.ZIP

Zorak: The Mountain of Terror - another Ultima clone. Download: ZORAK100.ZIP

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Re: Freeware counterparts of classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:25 am

A neat site dedicated to free gaming alternatives:
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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:34 pm

I've reworked the list so that now the items are sorted by the game they're an alternative to, with the original games in alphabetical order. Also the list now includes shareware and liberated games, not just pure non-commercial ones.

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:35 pm

I added some more stuff (Super Angelo as the obvious Super Mario Bros. clone, Skunny Kart and Wacky Wheels as Super Mario Kart clones, and some others). If you have further suggestions (especially concerning old shareware clones of very well known games), be sure to post 'em here :)

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:28 pm

There's yet another Super Mario Bros. clone, called The Great Giana Sisters, which was, however, never published on the IBM PC platform. The interesting thing is that a German developer, Rainer Sinsch, made an unofficial DOS port of the game called Giana Worlds (later renamed to Giant Worlds for copyright reasons). Eventually Rainer Sinsch contacted the creator of the original Giana Sisters game, Armin Gessert, who gave official permission to develop and distribute Giana Worlds:
Copyright questions have been solved (07-07-01)
Yesterday I had a nice phone call with Armin Gessert (the original c64 author and inventor of The Great Giana Sisters). It turned out that he has the rights for Giana Sisters and he was so kind to give us the permission to continue publishing giana worlds (I am very glad that issue has been solved). In case you may want to have a look at what Armin Gessert does now try out the web-site of his game development company: http://www.spellbound.de.
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Both the older Giana Sisters clone (1998) and the Giana Worlds game are available from download.

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:25 pm

Added the Giant Sisters/Giana Worlds games as Super Mario Bros. alternatives, and also Holistic Design's Battles of Destiny as a counterpart of Empire Deluxe.

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:01 pm

Added the following titles to the list:

Robot Odyssey Scorched Earth Wing Commander series I've also found a couple of neat community-made Doom episodes that work nicely with Freedoom as a first episode replacement (the internal Freedoom levels are okay but they often have a noticeably different style):

CH Retro Episode
This is a creative reimagining of the shareware episode of Doom, with immediately recognizable yet subtly different visuals, and overall clever level design. It starts as a relatively straightforward thing but the levels quickly get interesting, and are full of puzzles and secret areas. The download link at the review page does no work but the file can be obtained here.

Simply Phobos
Another Knee-Deep-themed episode, but quite different from the one above. The author of Simply Phobos has a preference for vast, spacious areas, and also isn't shy of almost literal visual quotations from the original levels. It's equally fun to play nevertheless, and captures the atmosphere of the original game quite well too. In addition, this episode comes with an optional music pack in a separate WAD.

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:40 am

Here's a couple more Doom Episode 1 tributes that work with Freedoom:

Phobos Revisited
The aim of the author was to create a "same but different" kind of feeling, following the original levels quite closely yet introducing something new at every turn. Phobos Revisited was designed to run in the original game as well as with source ports, and it won the Cacowards award in 2004. Screenshots can be viewed here at the team's website.

Phobos Outpost/Planet Phobos
Another interesting work, this one deviates a lot more from the original - for example, the first level is nothing like Doom's E1M1 - however later on similar details and areas become more frequent. The levels here are supposed to represent a single, coherent installation (the eponymous outpost), and at the end of each level the starting area of the next one can briefly be seen. Difficulty is a bit higher than in other similar works, or in the first episode of the original game for that matter, but clever design makes them interesting to play. For some reason, the author renamed the episode to Planet Phobos at some point, although no content was apparently changed.

The same author also released an Episode 2 replacement, The Base of Evil (which was also renamed to Planet Hell later), however it doesn't seem to work with Freedoom for now because of a missing textures issue.

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:56 pm

Added Jazz Jackrabbit as another counterpart to Sonic the Hedgehog.

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