During my daily browse of TIGSource I stumbled across this mention of an altogether quite fabtastic game – Teeworlds! It’s a funky 2D multiplayer game in the style of Soldat, and I’d never heard of it before today. Check out the gameplay:
There are plenty of net-games running all the time – you can choose from racing, capture the flag or just plain deathmatch. As with pretty much any game of this style, though, you need some ridiculously fast reflexes to be any good at it. The cuteness immediately put me in mind of a multiplayer version of Fury of the Furries, the old Amiga classic, which can only be a good thing. Yes, grappling hooks are included!
Hardcore players might be put off by the lack of gore. Personally I find it refreshing – there’s too much blood and guts around these days, and Teeworlds‘ cartoony variation fits really well. The visuals are smooth and don’t require a super-modern PC, and on the audio side, the oddball characters make suitably squeaky cheers of joy and sighs of disappointment as they scurry around blasting anything that moves with lasers, shotguns and grenade launchers. Or just hitting them on the head with a bloody great hammer…
Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of platform jump-run-shoot stuff!