Title screen of Cortex Command
|Developer(s)||Data Realms LLC|
|Publisher(s)||Data Realms LLC|
|Designer(s)||Daniel Tabar (Development Director)|
|Release date(s)||28 September 2012 |
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Local Multiplayer|
Cortex Command is a 2-dimensional side-scrolling action game developed by Data Realms. The player takes the role of a stationary or mobile 'brain', which can take control of other purchased units, in order to accomplish objectives. There is no campaign yet, so there is no main objective the player works towards over the course of the game. Current missions range from tasks such as retrieving a control chip in a cave filled with zombies to defending the brain from attack. As the brain is weak, the player must manage his resources carefully, protecting the brain, mining gold and fighting off enemies. The game includes the ability for players to create mods (additions and changes to the game) with the built in Lua programming applet, and simple scripting.
The game was first released as an open beta and was later released for purchase with a time-limited demo version available as well. The full version is still being refined (as the game is still in extensive development), but includes unlimited play and extra features unavailable on the demo.
The game engine was designed and built by Dan Tabar (Data), using several open source libraries. The GUI was built by Jason Boettcher, the artwork is by Arne Niklas Jansson (Prom) and the Mac OS X port is by an ex-Rockstar Games programmer Chris Kruger. As of May 2008, the game was described as being in development for approximately seven years, with Dan Tabar quitting his job in mid-2006 to work full-time on the project. No versions for game consoles are planned. The game allows several components to be modified using Lua and INI files, such as Scenes (or levels), Actors, Weapons, and more. Influences for the game include the X-COM: UFO Defense series.
The control system for the unfinished version of the game has been described as "too fiddly to be considered entertaining. Others described the game as requiring patience, asking players to "take [their] time and experiment". The game has been compared to other games in the genre, such as GunBound and Worms (or more accurately, Liero). Positive reviews praise the detailed physics, as well as the chaotic gameplay.
Cortex Command was the Indie Games Game of the Month for April 2008.
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