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|Genre(s)||Artillery game, Strategy, Turn-based, Real-time|
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Multiplayer, Cooperative gameplay, LAN|
|Distribution||Free Downloadable SourceForge|
Scorched 3D is a free and open source artillery game modeled after the classic DOS game Scorched Earth. Scorched 3D offers a new game-play approach compared to the 2D original, such as: fully destructible 3D environments, devastating weapons and defensive gadgets, LAN play, online multiplayer, free player generated content, and a choice of real-time or turn-based play modes.
Scorched 3D is an open source game licensed under the GNU GPL, and supports numerous platforms: Microsoft Windows, Unix-like systems (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris). It makes use of both the Simple DirectMedia Library and wxWidgets.
Gameplay & Mechanics
Gameplay is simplistic in nature, yet requires skill, tactics, and practice to master. Scorched 3D challenges players to destroy enemy tanks using a vast arsenal of weapon systems, defense systems, gadgets, and maneuvers.
At the beginning of each round, AI and player controlled tanks are randomly situated on a fully deform-able 3D landscape. Players then launch weapons at enemy tanks by gradually adjusting their tank's angle, rotation, and power. They may also equip shields and use defensive gadgets or countermeasures based on their current landscape position. To win, a player must kill a majority of the enemy tanks by the end of 10 rounds and have the highest score. Extra score and rewards are given for surviving the end of a round.
Another important element of gameplay, is the dynamic economy. Players may earn cash each round by damaging or killing enemy tanks and structures. The player can then use their funds to buy advanced special weapons, gadgets, defenses and fuels before the next round. Every shield and weapon is unique, and each has a variety of different strengths and weaknesses. Players can influence the economy by purchasing weapons and upgrades. The economy is designed to fluctuate based on player buying patterns.
The default mode stays true to the original gameplay formula of Scorched Earth. Nearly all classic weapons make a new 3D debut, and include:
- The devastating and colorful Funky Bomb
- The ultra destructive Death's Head
- Land hugging explosive Rollers
- Dirt destroying Missiles
- Tank incinerating Napalm
- Nuclear Weapons
- Mountain piercing Lasers
- Multiple warhead MIRVs
Defense is also important on the battlefield:
- Batteries allow a player to repair their damaged tank.
- Shields protect a player's tank from being damaged or destroyed. Magnetic shields and Force Shields repel and reflect incoming enemy weapons.
- Parachutes prevent damage from falling (when dirt is blasted out from under a tank).
- Fuel allows a player to move their tank across the 3D landscape, and is used to avoid incoming enemy weapons, attack an enemy position, scramble to cover, or to gain a more advantageous firing position.
Scorched 3D is heavily user modifiable, and supports a variety of exotic community mods that users may choose to download:
- Apocalypse Mod
- Armored Warfare Edition Mod
- Scorch Wars Mod
- Pink Panther Mod
- Merge Mod
- Raptor Mod
- Scavenger Hunt Mod
- Shock Mod
Player Statistics & Ranking
Scorched 3D allows players to view and gain stats and medals that are displayed in the scorched3d.co.uk forums. These stats appear if the player has registered their username at the forum and have linked their in game Player ID via the website's User Control Panel. Accumulated scores are based on skill, deaths, kills, and rank. The higher the rank number, the less skilled, or less active a player generally is.
Medals are gained through winning tournaments and destroying the most enemy tanks by the end of the season.
The first build was created in April 2001 by lead developer Gavin Camp. The inspiration behind Scorched 3D was revealed in an interview with him on The O'Reilly Network:
Scorched Earth was an institution for me and my friends at university. On many nights we would play the game while drinking — though it is pretty good even without the drink. Recently on a boring flight I played it with friends for eight hours straight; we hardly noticed the time passing. I thought that Scorched in 3D would allow many more game concepts, and [would] also combine my love of 3D graphics with the classic game.
Scorched 3D originally started as a 3D landscape generator. It was eventually converted into a game, and is continually updated with new features and concepts. The project is currently being hosted by SourceForge.net. The latest public release version is v43.3d which streamlines and improves the user's playing experience. Version 43.3d also has a new real-time gameplay mode,as well as a new included mod AWE (Armored Warfare Edition.)
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