August 15, 2006

Snakes on a Grid

by Nick Montfort · , 11:53 pm

Grid Wars 2

Abstract shooter fans: Be sure to check out Grid Wars 2, programmed by Mark Incitti in Blitz Basic and available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

The game seems to be the most famous in a series of Geometry Wars clones that use the dual-stick move-and-shoot control scheme of Eugene Jarvis’s Robotron 2084 and radiant vectorized graphics. Grid Wars 2 features a wide variety of geometric shapes along with some snakes. It’s been upgraded substantially since its first release. At World of Stuart you can read some about why the gameplay may exceed that of its visually very similar Xbox progenitor.

I wish I had experience with other indie, freeware abstract games that have been developed recently, such as Mono, but my Mac use tends to cut down on my gaming, which I guess they warned us about. Anyway, thanks go to Geoff and to the recent legal fracas for bringing this Mac-compatible game to my attention.