Saturday, December 15, 2007

cutegod, a fun but laggy game

Yesterday, from The Linux Game Tome, a game got release. It's called cutegod. It's an interesting game, in a few way, one it's from a prototyping challenge from .

And two, it's written in c#, using mono. Which don't happen frequently. On the positive side, you can run it on both linux, windows. And probably bsd, and mac os x too.

The storyline, you are a god, a child god, which your parents give you a small universe, as gift.
This universe, of course have people. Which have need, simple needs, which they try to get prayer. You as the god of that world(or universe) answer the prayer.

The world

The first thing you see in the world is, people and the tile. The prayer is in form of heart, in the speech bubble, Once you click on it, you should able to see a pattern, on the top left of the screen. Your job, is to rearrange the tiles, to fit the pattern. For every prayer answered, and the pattern arranged correctly, you will be awarded a chest with treasure of sort, and also a good graphics for what your follower come up with the land you rearrange. Here's the catch, there is restriction on where you can put the tiles, which should be found easily, by playing around.

The result, of rearranging the world

Sometime this game can hang the system, kinda reminds me of beagle. By then it's still in alpha stage. By then both is written in c# in mono. Based on my experience, Program written in mono, can be slow, on linux. By then, it's based on beagle.

What's cool: simple game play. Fun. Open Source. Cross platform, so there is windows version too.

What sucks: It have tendency to hang the system. Still in Alpha stage.

To get it:
A bit on the history

Last note:
1. To run the game
You will need the game, and the game data. Once you unzip the game, and unzip the game
data. Copy the game data, into the game folder.

2. Installation on Ubuntu

Before you are able to run the game on linux, few thing is needed. mono's windows.form library, another is DevIL, Developers Image Library, freeglut. I think that's all.
On ubuntu install this:
sudo apt-get install libdevil1c2 libmono-winforms2.0-cil freeglut3
To run the game, assume that you have both the game and the data(the Assets folder, should be in the same directory as the game),
Run the game using the perl script provided using terminal, it's named cutegod.

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