The Oddest Non-FPS Title Powered By ioquake3
When it comes to ioquake3, the open-source id Tech 3 game engine, it's almost always being used for powering a first-person shooter. However, released on Friday was a major update to an open-source multi-platform game running on ioquake3 but is not yet-another-FPS title. However, it's also arguably the oddest game to be powered by this engine that was originally designed for Quake III.
Hitting my inbox on Friday night was word from the ioquake3 project of a new game update/release being powered by this widely-used open-source id Tech 3 project. The game? Turtle Arena. While I'm not exactly a gamer myself, when hearing a title of "Turtle Arena" and being powered by the ioquake3 engine, I had to check it out. It sounds like a racing game... Or is it a Quake 3 mod where you're a turtle shooting water? Or is it a race to grow turtles? It ended up being none of the above.
Turtle Arena is described as "a free and open-source third-person action game" that is multiplayer-focused with different game modes, and even has split-screen arcade-style gaming support. There's also support for AI players, or rather, AI turtles. It appears that Turtle Arena is basically trying to be a game that's an open-source version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
as visually advanced as some of the other ioquake3 games. Modifying the ioquake3 engine into powering a third-person action title is also interesting, but sadly with its physics support lacking the game-play is quite constrained, but likely enough to entertain a young child.
this ioquake3.org link. Meanwhile in this forum thread, the best open-source Linux games are being discussed at length. For those curious about the game-play for this turtle action game, below is a YouTube video of Turtle Arena in Capture The Flag mode.
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