Title screen of Cortex Command
|Developer(s)||Data Realms LLC|
|Publisher(s)||Data Realms LLC|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
|Release||28 September 2012|
The player takes the role of a stationary or mobile "brain", which can take control of other purchased units in order to accomplish objectives. 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 engine was designed and built by Dan Tabár, using several open-source libraries. The GUI was built by Jason Boettcher, the artwork is by Arne Niklas Jansson, and the macOS port is by Chris Kruger, while the Linux port was developed by Jesus Higueras.
As of May 2008, the game was described as being in development for approximately seven years, with Dan Tabár 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. As of 2009[update], the full version is still being refined (as the game is still in extensive development), but includes unlimited play and extra features unavailable in the demo.
Despite the fact that the main story has been scrapped as of now, Cortex Command does have some background lore. Sometime in the mid-to-far future after humanity suffered a war brought on by a certain religious group, "a curious symbiosis" between man and machine was formed. This eventually led to humans becoming advanced enough to ditch their bodies and take their brains anywhere. This in turn, led to space travel finally becoming feasible since aging is either non-existent or slowed down to a very slow state. This leads to humans making contact with alien life forms, in a desperate attempt for humans to fit in, they establish Free Trade. Free Trade is one of the biggest if not the biggest corporations in the whole Milky Way galaxy. But humanity doesn't stop there, despite humanity having long abandoned their bodies, they still kept the stubborn will to fight. With contracting being open to the highest bidder, prospectors fight on earth-like planets with rich gold deposits, while being supplied by companies like Alchiral or Free Trade.
The control system for the unfinished version of the game has been described as "too fiddly to be considered entertaining" in 2007. 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. 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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