KrabbitWorld Labyrinth (KWL) is a 3D Fantasy action adventure RPG that features customizable characters with lively animations. Meet Kria Krabbit, guardian and protector of KrabbitWorld, and Teella, her archnemesis, a villain by circumstance. Krei, Bard of Karrelica, joins the party.
So what was the point of this artical?
I'd have to say this artical does not cover what he stated to do in the opening paragraph. In your opening statement you state "Free Software games are often considered to be of lesser quality, compared to those available in the non-Free software world. In this review, I'll look at the variety of Free Software games available today and whether Free gaming software deserves its reputation. "
First off you talk about "The Gift of Source". It's great that these companies have released the source to they're old games. But inorder to use these sources you must have either the shareware version or own a copy of the original software. These are clearly not free games. Again the same thing when you speak about "Moving Forward Through Reverse Engineering" . I can't just go to these web sites and download these linux ports of the game and play it. I must go out and by the originals inorder to have the data files needed to run the game.
Now moving into the sections "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants". You compare some free games to Tetris, Puzzle Bobble and break out. Dude these games were made some odd 20 years ago. So what your saying is free games of today are of the same quality of games created 20 years ago? Okay that I can agree with. But they are still lesser quality, compared to games of today. Would you compare an old black and white Charley Chaplin movie to Star Wars? Or Terminator 2?
Okay lets take a look at Freecraft compared to Warcraft. I'm sorry to say but WarCraft is a far superior game compared to Freecraft. Better graphics, better sound and over all smoother game play then Freecraft. I'm not even going to bother comparing it to WarCraft 3. Again say Parsec compared to FreeSpace2.. no contest. Okay maybe if you compare Parsec to say Wing Commander 1 or 2..maybe even 3.
To sum up creating emulators or reverse engineering a game to port it to linux is no easy task. Take transgaming.com and they're efforts with wineX. They are doing a fantastic job. Even to create a clone of a game like FreeCraft has done is not to be trivialized. But lets face fact. In order to create a good quality game it takes time, effort, talent and money. I have yet to see anyone devote that much time, effort and talent to any opensource game. And the people that do have the talents and skills that would devote they're time are more then offten snatched up by gaming companies. Once in a gaming company it is very tipical that they must sign a non compete clause preventing them donating time to such projects. Also not to forget these developers are working on the next big hit game 8 to 12+ hours a day 5 to 7 days a week full time. Since no one is going to fund a free game, people who work on these may only beable to put in 4 to 6 hours a day and they need sometime to rest from they're regular jobs. Oh and resources. Gaming companies can afford access to rather expensive sound studios, music bands and visual effects studios in the creating of the game. For example Sierra's Phantasmagoria.
Until someone can point out a free game that is on par with Warcraft 3, NeverWinter Nights, Unreal 2, Quake 3 or Diablo 2 LOD even. I would have to say yes free games do deserve they're reputation of being of lesser quality, compared to those available in the non-Free software world.