Warmux

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WarMUX
Warmux-logo.png
Wormux 0.8beta4 halloween.png
Initial release 2002; 15 years ago (2002)
Stable release
11.04.1 / April 30, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-04-30)
Repository repository at gna.org (dead, archived)
Development status Inactive / abandoned
Platform Unix-like, Windows, OS X, AmigaOS 4, Android, AROS, Maemo, Symbian^3
Type Multiplayer, Single player Artillery game
Website http://www.wormux.org (Archived 2012)
A Wormux screenshot.

WarMUX is a free and open-source video game in the genre of "turn-based artillery games" like Scorched Earth or Worms. Started as Wormux in 2002, the game was renamed to Warmux in November 2010 to avoid potential trademark conflicts.[1] The game is multiplatform and for many desktop computer and mobile platforms available.

Gameplay[edit]

Several players can play together, typically each one using a team. The game can be played online if every player uses the same version of the game. There are 2 modes: private mode (one must provide opponents one's address and port) and public mode (an index server will publish your game). Online games have been available since 0.8beta1.

As in SuperTuxKart, the teams are styled after the mascots of various free software projects, such as GNU, Linux, FreeBSD, KDE, GIMP, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Thunderbird, Suse, Workrave, NuFW, SPIP, and Bugzilla.

As of 0.9.0, a CPU player can be selected for single player gameplay, allowing to compete against computer-driven teams. The feature first appeared in 0.7.9 but was hidden due to its limited abilities.

History[edit]

The project was started in December 2002 by Lawrence Azzoug Moy as Wormux. The game was developed, both in source code and data, as free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Originally developed based on the ClanLib library, the project later switched to SDL. Due to the cross-platform SDL middle-layer the game was ported to many OSes and platforms: Windows and Unix-like systems, including Linux, FreeBSD,[2] Android, AmigaOS 4, AROS, Maemo, Symbian^3 and Mac OS X.

In November 2010 the old name 'Wormux' was dropped in favor for 'WarMUX'. The name 'Wormux' originally was a homage to the old classic Worms games, which were among the most popular of the artillery game genre. The developers decided for renaming their project in order to avoid possible confusion.

The latest version is 11.04.1, released on the 30th of April 2011.[3] After that the community fell apart and the game development was abandoned. Around 2012 the domain name was lost and acquired by cyber squatters.[4] The project was transferred to a gna.org repository but could not restart development there. The Warmux project went down there, when Gna! was shutdown in May 2017.

Reception[edit]

Critiques of the game are generally positive. Raiden's Realm praised the game's similarity to the original Worms games, saying "for anyone who ever loved and played the famous Worms PC game series, then Wormux is the game for you" as well as noting that "Even if you weren't much of a fan... you'll find Wormux none the less captivating and enjoyable".[5] FOSSWire declared that "Wormux makes a formidable clone of the original series" and that it was "absolutely in love with Wormux right now."[6] MiniFrag.com said that "Wormux is loaded with turn-based cartoon combat goodness" and that "for the netbook gamer, Wormux has everything going for it."[7] It is also included on LinuxLinks listing of the "42 of the Best Free Linux Games"[8] as well as holding a four out of five star rating at The Linux Game Tome.[9]

Wormux was selected in September 2008 as "HotPick" by Linux Format.[10]

The game became quite popular,[11] and it is packaged by several Linux distributions (while with different versions).[12][13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Project renamed to Warmux". 
  2. ^ wormux 0.8.3_4 Fresh PORTS
  3. ^ "Wormux 11.04.1". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  4. ^ news on Warmux homepage (archived)
  5. ^ Open Source Gaming Review: Wormux 0.8 Raiden's Realm, Oct 8, 2007
  6. ^ Wormux Review FOSSWire, December 12, 2007
  7. ^ Atom arcade: Wormux is an open source take on classic Worms combat MiniFrag.com
  8. ^ 42 of the Best Free Linux Games LinuxLinks
  9. ^ Wormux The Linux Game Tome
  10. ^ Linux Format 113 September 2008 page 75
  11. ^ "Wormux interview in Linux Pratique n51". Linux Pratique. p. 19. Archived from the original on 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  12. ^ "Debian package". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  13. ^ "Ubuntu package". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  14. ^ "ArchLinux package". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

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