|Release||May 27, 2007 (Birdie Beta)|
Teeworlds is a free, open source sidescrolling multiplayer shooting game. It features simple cartoon-themed graphics and physics and relies heavily on classic shooter weaponry and gameplay. Currently there are official versions for Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and it is also available via digital distributor Steam since 2015.
Teeworlds presents itself as a crossover between classic sprite-based shoot-em-up games of the arcade era and modern-day first-person shooters. It is played on two-dimensional, side-scrolling maps typical of the platformer genre, but uses FPS-style keyboard controls for moving, switching weapons and chatting. The game also sports a grappling hook and double jump mechanics for maneuvering. Maps' landscape themes include: grass, cave, winter, desert, and jungle, which feature map elements such as spikes, pitfalls, and non-hook-able metal and rock in vanilla gametypes. Teeworlds works as a client-server system and the player can choose from a list of available game servers for multiplayer gaming.
The player maneuvers a "Tee", a ball-shaped 2D character, using the keyboard and aims and shoots at other players or objects using the mouse. Health and shields (acting as armor) are spread out along the map, which can be collected by players when needed. The only powerup in the game is a katana, which gives the player a better damage dealing and quickness for a short period of time. It changes the player's character to a ninja, enabling other players to notice he picked up the powerup.
There are weapons inspired by FPS games such as the Quake and Unreal series. Advanced weapons, such as the grenade-launcher, shotgun and laser, deal more damage than both the spawn weapons (Pistol) but only have limited ammunition. The grenade launcher is a powerful weapon with a quirk that allows players to shoot themselves up walls or higher in the air, enabling them to reach higher points in maps quicker, while harming the player himself.
Currently, the official vanilla gametypes are:
- Deathmatch: The aim is to kill as many enemy players as possible, until a certain score is reached or the time runs out.
- Team Deathmatch: The same gametype as Deathmatch, except that the players now fight in 2 teams and aim for a higher, combined kill score.
- Capture The Flag: Two teams try to capture and score the enemy flag to reach a certain score (combined with team kills), or to have the higher score when the time runs out.
In March 2008 with the 0.4.0 release, the original name "Teewars" was changed to Teeworlds by the developers due to legal reasons.
Since August 29, 2012, the creator and developer, Magnus Auvinen made development and forum moderation public to a community of selected volunteers.
With the 0.6.x release in 2011 the non-commercial clause was dropped what made Teeworlds free and open-source software again; additionally improved character encoding support with UTF-8 and introduced localization support for multiple languages was added. In August 2012 the game's content and assets were released under the Creative Commons license CC-SA 3.0.
As Teeworlds source code is being public, many fan programmers can create their own versions of the game ("forks"), which generally has a strong influence on the game and its further development. Many players are attracted to the endless possibilities of changing the game to suit their own benefits. Slightly modified game servers are accepted by the official game, as long as they broadcast that they are. Most of the modified server versions feature new gametypes. Modified game clients are commonly used by the community.
The game includes a map editor, which is a simple tool to create own maps with. Many user created maps include their own tilesets that are downloaded with the maps from the game server Teeworlds uses simple image files for most of the games's graphical content. As a result, this content may be modified and extended. Customized game character skins can be seen by other clients, as long as the skins have the same name. Teeworlds can take screenshots and record demos that can then be viewed in the game. This has led to many Teeworlds videos on web platforms, such as YouTube.
Teeworlds achieved broad usage in open source game community, it is included in many Linux distributions, Teeworlds itself lists 2.3 million players and 630 servers in July 2016. Teeworlds has been compared to the Worms series of turn-based strategy games, and was noted in several gaming news outlets over the years.
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