|Developer(s)||Hedgewars development team|
|Initial release||January 2, 2004|
0.9.22 / November 3, 2015
|Operating system||Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, OS X, iOS, Android|
|Platform||Simple DirectMedia Layer|
|Type||Turn-based Artillery game|
Hedgewars is a free and open-source turn-based strategy artillery game. Similar to Worms and WarMUX, players control a team of hedgehogs across a deformable landscape, battling other computer- or player-controlled teams. Hedgewars is available on different platforms including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It was also ported for Android and iOS.
The player controls a group of hedgehogs. On his turn, a player can select one of his hedgehogs. The player can then use weapons and tools to kill opposing hedgehogs. Killing all enemies leads to victory. The game occurs in a destructible landscape, which is altered by the use of many weapons over the course of the match. Although the hedgehogs can move, their motion is restricted by the shape of the landscape. However, hedgehogs can use tools such as ropes and parachutes to move into otherwise inaccessible areas. Turns are usually limited in duration by a time limit or the use of a weapon. A hedgehog dies when it jumps into water or when its health is reduced to zero.
- Players can use a wide variety of weapons and tools including grenades, cluster bombs, bazookas, UFOs, shotguns, baseball bats, dynamite, land mines, etc.
- The game has both local and network multiplayer, with optional AI opponents.
- A game tweaking tool is available, which allows players to modify different aspects of the game.
- Customization of teams and individual hedgehogs.
- Community-packaged maps, costumes, plugins can be created, used and shared.
- A wide variety of environments and maps, some of which are randomly generated.
The Polish gaming website Gryonline.pl reviewed in 2006 the game and gave 9 from 10 points. Hedgewars was selected in May 2008 as "HotPick" by Linux Format print magazine. Hedgewars was also used in research regarding the social dynamic and impact of (multiplayer) games, and also Jane McGonigal's 2015 book SuperBetter.
- List of open source games
- WarMUX - A similar open source game.
- Worms - A similar TBS artillery game.
- "BuildingOnMac - hedgewars - Instructions for building Hedgewars on Mac OS X - A turn-based ballistics strategy game - Google Project Hosting".
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- "BuildingForAndroid - hedgewars - Instructions for building Hedgewars for Android - A turn-based ballistics strategy game - Google Project Hosting". Google Code.
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- Hedgewars PC on Gryonline.pl (March 24, 2006)
- Linux Format 105 May 2008 page 73
- Playing video games makes opponents think and feel alike by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on cnet.com (November 21, 2013)
- Playing computer games makes brains feel and think alike on Aalto university (November 21, 2013)
- Keep Your Opponents Close: Social Context Affects EEG and fEMG Linkage in a Turn-Based Computer Game by Michiel M. Spapé, J. Matias Kivikangas, Simo Järvelä, Ilkka Kosunen, Giulio Jacucci, Niklas Ravaja on PLOS (November 20, 2013)
- You are surrounded by potential allies' - An excerpt from SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal on gamasutra.com (September 15, 2015)
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