Ricochet (2000 video game)
|Release date(s)||November 1, 2000|
Ricochet is a multiplayer mod of the popular first-person shooter Half-Life. It was developed by Valve Corporation and originally released on November 1, 2000. The 18.104.22.168 patch of the game was later released on June 12, 2002. It is an official mod, and is available through Steam for purchase; however, it is free for those who purchased the retail version of Half-Life prior to the release of Steam.
Ricochet is a deathmatch game notable for its apparent simplicity, inspired by arcade games and platform games in both concept and design. Players jump between neon-lit platforms suspended above an abyss, and shoot disks at one another, trying to push the opponent off the platform and into the depths.
There are also horizontal barriers which the disks can bounce off (hence the name Ricochet); a direct hit resulting in a fall scores 1 point, a single-bounced hit scores 2 points, double-bounced 3 points, and triple-bounced 4 points. Ricochet also features a secondary attack (done by the alternative fire key) which cuts off the head of the opponent. The decapitation attack (as it is called) uses all three discs, but recharges all of them at once quickly.
Unlike in other Half-Life mods, the number of player deaths is not shown on the scoreboard, only the number of kill points. The aiming is effectively two-dimensional, maps come with the mod, two for deathmatch and one for duel combat.
There are four kinds of temporary bonuses to pick up: "power shot", "freeze shot", "fast shot", and "triple shot". The "power shot" powerup changes the player's primary attack to the decapitation attack, using only one disc. The "freeze shot" makes discs target and home in on the nearest player. When hit, the opponent is slowed down significantly and makes them glow blue. The "fast shot" speeds up rate of fire and allows for shooting more discs for the discs than the player has, but makes discs not ricochet. The "triple shot" shoots three discs at once that spread out while being fired.