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Comments on Friday 6 February 2004:
Latest soul-devouring game: Gunbound. It's a Worms-esque game, with horribly annoying music (which thankfully can be turned off) and standard Japanime cutesy graphics.

Rather than Worms' huge variety of weapons, the player chooses a tank at the beginning which has three different attacks; primary, secondary and super-shot. The super-shot takes longer (meaning you're likely to miss a turn if you use it) and can only be used again after a number of turns. The secondary attack generally takes a bit longer than the primary but does more damage or has a wider spread.

The player also chooses three to six powerups before a match (six slots, some powerups occupy two slots); powerups range from double-shot to medical kits to teleportation (performed by shooting where you want to be), and each can be used only once during the match.

Various environmental effects are to be had, also, including 'Thor', a flying thing that shoots an extra little laser-burst at wherever a weapon lands, and hurricanes, which generally cause one's shots to go awry, but in a pleasing predictable (and therefore compensatable) manner.

On the downside of the game, it only runs in conjunction with the official Gunbound server, which makes it a bit like a Yahoogame - full of stupid people who will call you a n00b if you miss a shot and a variety of inane cursewords when you subsequently win.

Also slightly suboptimal is the system of 'avatars'; you can purchase either with game-coin (earned during matches) or real money various outfits for your character, which have various helpful effects - which means that people who haven't played it much will be at a tangible disadvantage in addition to their lack of experience. Luckily, the effects of the outfits are fairly minimal, generally giving only 10% or so extra health/damage/armour.

Despite its flaws, it's a bit more fun than Worms, as well as more free and more easily internettable. It's really a shame that it doesn't have a LAN play or hotseat mode though. [10:22]

AttackOfTheSpam
Sounds fascinating! Just one thing - what in God's name is a 'n00b'?

Frogg
n00b = Newbie.

And Liero is fun. Much funness. It's like this, just it's playable on a net or on your own computer. Not to mention you can do things like turn down the reload delay (Gauss cannons with no reload time....mmmm).

I've recently gotten hooked into the old-school DOS game Rogue. I actually got Windows XP to like it enough to run, which suprised me. In my experience, the "XP" in Windows XP stands for eXtra Problems.

RavenBlack
Liero works on a net? I thought it only did shared-keyboard.

Frogg
Nope, there's a Liero nethack. ;) I think it only works with the Linux version of Liero, though.
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