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gooshy1 writes "Ok it's getting near the end of the year and people are beginning to wind down for the holidays. What I want to know is are there any decent multiplayer games that an office of about 4-7 can play, preferably action. The machines that we use are not all that great, P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards, so Quake and the likes are out of the question. A favorite is BZFlag due to its playability and nice tunable graphics. All thoughts welcome, and Merry Chistmas/Happy Holidays :-)"
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  • Umm... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fo0bar (261207) * on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:39PM (#7731061)
    No offence, but I think your concept of "all that great" isn't the same as most of the world. For example, Quake 3 was designed to run comfortably on a 300mhz machine with one of those newfangled "3d accelerator" cards (in my case, a voodoo3 2000). A P4 1.7Ghz with a 2 year old NVidia graphics card would still be considered by many people to be of "gimme gimme gimme!" quality.
    • No, you missed it. He secretly works for a game developer, and is in the process of trying out the Quake 4 beta in his spare time, which takes a hell of a machine. Doom 3, beware!
    • Re:Umm... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by smchris (464899) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:50PM (#7731197)

      Well, I read about the following 20 posts and nobody else was rude enough to ask whether the cards were set up with the proper _accelerated_ drivers. So it's up to me. Maybe with stock drivers Quake 3 wouldn't be so good even on those machines.
      • Re:Umm... (Score:3, Informative)

        by Unregistered (584479)
        Q3 ran fine on my oldskool radeon with no accelerated drivers through wine with no problem at all.
        • Re:Umm... (Score:4, Informative)

          by FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `dabyzzuf'> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @02:08AM (#7732296)

          You do know that Quake 3 runs natively on Linux, right? :)

    • Re:Umm... (Score:3, Insightful)

      by labratuk (204918)
      Exactly. Running on a PII 400Mhz (dual) with TNT2 here. Have been able to play all the quake series just fine. (Not that I really do anymore. Haven better things to do than throw away time playing a silly game.)

      While I'm here I might suggest something. Doom Legacy. [newdoom.com] This is great fun. You'll need to dig out your old Doom / Doom2 wads, but it is really a blast playing through the levels on a lan in cooperative mode. Give it a try.
    • Re:Umm... (Score:5, Informative)

      by frovingslosh (582462) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:28PM (#7731456)
      You're dead on. Any of the Quakes would fly on these systems. I even find it hard to believe the question was asked honestly, with the description of those relatively hot systems in the very same sentence! After all, he's talking about boxes that were top of the line two years ago with then brand new Nvidia cards, and claiming they can't be expected to run Quake games that came out two or more years ago!
    • Re:Umm... (Score:3, Informative)

      by gl4ss (559668)
      ..and he talks about just QUAKE, it runs on anything p100+.

      Team Fortress with that and he should be set..
    • The guy who submitted this was a moron.

      I submit that if he was able to find BzFlag, he already knows how to find good Linux games. I also submit that if he thinks a P4 1.7 GHz and a GF3 isn't enough to run any Quake game he is a moron.

      So he's asking a question he already knows the answer to based on a false premise.

      Sorry, but that's just stupid.
    • Re:Umm... (Score:3, Informative)

      by nuintari (47926)
      Exactly, I can run Quake3 on my dual celeron 400, withOUT the accelerated drivers on my geforce 2, and get good results, install the nvidia det's and my performance is amazing.

      If you cannot run q3 on a 1.7 ghz machine, then it has NO video card, I can't think of any other reason.

      Hell, my dual 400 can run Unreal Tourney with a little work.

      And yes, I would kill for more 1.7 ghz machines. I am still on a dual 400, and I can still play q3 on it!
  • wtf (Score:3, Insightful)

    by _Shorty-dammit (555739) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:39PM (#7731065)
    quake runs on pentium ONE machines, what are you on?
  • ...P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards...

    Hmm... you sure you can't play Quake on those machines? I'm pretty sure you can get that running with no problem, but then again, I could be wrong.... we are talking about the original Quake, right? I would look into it.. a great game for LAN play!
    • by DNS-and-BIND (461968) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:46PM (#7731151) Homepage
      There's a difference between "getting the program to run", and "running with an acceptable 90fps framerate". I think that all of us hardcore gamers can agree that anything below 50-60fps isn't even worth touching.
      • Are we talking about playing on the office computers, or playing in a LAN tourny? I think that the computers he is dealing with will suffice for what he's looking for... just answering the question.

        Personally, I don't think they need 90 frames per second to enjoy the game. Especially when dealing with an office-owned Linux machine.. beggers can't be choosers.
      • >I think that all of us hardcore gamers can agree that anything below 50-60fps isn't even worth touching.

        I think that all of us non-hardcore gamers think that that is the most anal thing to say.

        What are you going to do when Doom3 comes out with its fixed cap? Or do you think that Carmack isn't "hardcore" enough?
      • Re: Legends! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by mr_luc (413048) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:31PM (#7731478)
        There is a great game being developed with Garagegames' "Torque" engine. It has rock-solid 32-player multiplayer, high fps, emboss terrain bump-mapping, and, most importantly -- great, unique movement dynamics.

        Well, not unique entirely. Some might even argue that the game is nothing more than an independent resurrection of a type of gameplay that was accidentally (bug) introduced in the first game of a franchise, was LOVED TO PEICES by the fanbase and introduced thousands of players to the game, and then was nixed in the second installment because an arrogant jackass (*cough*he made Planetside*cough*) who got owned every time he played the game in multiplayer decided that player skill was overrated and unfair to the majority of players.

        http://hosted.tribalwar.com/legends

        My work here is done. :) Great guys on that dev team, though -- download the game, it comes with a modified version of a stable auto-updater program. Download it once, and if nobody is playing, you'll always have it -- when the next release comes out, you can autoupdate! Also, the team is very good about arranging regular scrimmages for everyone that is interested.

        Summary:
        Legends. A team-based multiplayer FPS with a very deep and well-developed movement-and-combat model.
        • OMFG! Tribes! (Score:3, Informative)

          by Max Threshold (540114)
          Tribes/Tribes 2 were a couple of my favorite games of all time. You've just made my day with this link.

          In case anyone doesn't know, it wasn't anything about the gameplay that doomed Tribes 2. It was the copyright protection. Not only did it require a CD key to play online, which is fair and understandable, but you had to have the disc to play and the disc was uncopyable. So no letting your friends try it out at LAN parties. The lawyer who talked the publisher into that should be hanged...

    • Re:No Quake? (Score:5, Informative)

      by iannn (600593) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:25PM (#7731443)
      quake 3 should get a perfect 125 fps on a p4 1.7 Ghz. quake 1 should get a perfect 77 fps [with fuhquake.net + better graphics than counterstrike.. actually you can play counterstrike levels if you somehow wanted to] and quake 2 should get, i don't remember.

      i've played q3 for 3 years on a p3 733mhz with a tnt2 and 384mb of ram. i get around 100 fps constant, which is perfectly fine.

      since it doesn't seem to be working for him he's doing something wrong. he probably needs to change settings on his vidio card.
      (1) turn 'anisotropic filtering' off / set 'texture anisotropic setting' to 0 x.
      (2) turn 'vertical sync' off
      (3) set option for 'mipmap detail' to best performance
      (4) set 'hardware acceleration' to full
      (5) in the quake 3 system window lower the resolution to 1024x768, 800x600 or 640x480 (i've always used 640x480).
      (6) in the quake 3 system window choose 'normal' or 'fast'
      (7) if that's not good enough go to www.esreality.com and read how other people do it, there are tons of tricks.
  • Not too good? (Score:5, Informative)

    by MrRage (677798) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:40PM (#7731083) Homepage
    I've played Quake 3 on and AMD Duron 800 MHz and it works fine. Some of the newer games though...eh wouldn't work to well.
  • xpilot (Score:3, Interesting)

    by farnerup (608326) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:41PM (#7731091)
    Nothing like it [xpilot.org]
  • P4 1.7s and 2 year old graphics cards are just GREAT for Quake and the like. I play Quake3 weekly on such a system. The Nvidia card is slightly newer, but not much, and I'm playing at 1600x1200. Even with a GeForce2 for instance, I would expect excellent gameplay, if at a slightly lower resolution.

    NeverWinter Nights works very well on the same system. There's lots of options.

    I can remember working the Christmas shift and playing Warcraft many years ago on much lesser systems (albeit on Windows back then)
  • Um, why is Quake out of the question again? These machines are plenty fast enough to play the original quake all though Quake3. If 3D rendering is a problem (binary module issue or licensing or something), try the original Quake1 NetQuake in software rendering mode.

    -molo
  • by mattgreen (701203) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:42PM (#7731105)
    Starsiege: Tribes.

    It is old, came out around 1998 or so. Single best multiplayer game. Infinite skill ceiling, fast gameplay, dirt cheap, and runs well on anything. I still play it regularly. (can you tell?)
  • by /dev/trash (182850) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:42PM (#7731106) Homepage Journal
    The machines that we use are not all that great, P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards


    Where have we come as a nation, as culture when a P4 1.7Ghz is classified as a "not all that great" machine.

    • Re:Wanna Trade? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by xeno_gearz (533872) *
      Exactly. Even a 2.6 GHZ machine is not good anymore. My previous post [slashdot.org] on this reposted for your convenience... :)

      Precisely! I recently purchased a computer for a family member who will only use it for some basic uses such as word processing, email, etc. Anyways, when I was out shopping at one store, the sales guy stated "This machine will be on sale the day after Thanksgiving, although it's only 2.6 GHZ..." ONLY?!?! What in the hell? Anyways, I ended up getting the person a Thanksgiving special at a di

      • My biggest goal is to break the Ghz barrier sometime before 2006. I have a 266Mhz, a 800Mhz and a 266Mhz laptop. Anything over a Gigahertz is waaaay faster than what I have.
    • Where have we come as a nation, as culture when a P4 1.7Ghz is classified as a "not all that great" machine.

      Fucking rich? Cool, I like being here.

      A P4 can look like real shit if it's got a 100MHz FSB and sdram to match it. In that case, an Athlon 1600 with DDR can run circles around it. When top of the line is 800MHz FSB the 100s are over anyway.

      That being said, Quake 2 is playable on a 650MHz slot 1 with crummy old pc133 sdram. Playable, but "not that great"

  • Enemy Territory (Score:5, Informative)

    by harikiri (211017) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:43PM (#7731114)
    I set this up for a few of us at the office, and now we have up to 20 players on a friday afternoon, including some VPN'ing in from home to play.

    We've managed to also include managers and some people 40+ who haven't played FPS games before, and after a week they become a lot more proficient.

    Currently running it on a linux server (700 MHz box next to me), and we play it from our 2.0Ghz desktop PC's.

    Best thing about it.. it is FREE.
    • Re:Enemy Territory (Score:5, Informative)

      by harikiri (211017) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:54PM (#7731226)
      Woops, forgot links:

      Downloads for Enemy Territory (Linux/Windows): here [splashdamage.com]

      The background behind why it's free, is that the developers Splash Damage [splashdamage.com] were working on a single player and multiplayer expansion for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but in the end ditched the single player version, and released the MP version free!?

      The map we play is small and fun, available from here [rtcwfiles.com].

      • Re:Enemy Territory (Score:3, Informative)

        by AugstWest (79042)
        Download has been faster, for me at least, from the BitTorrent link @ idsoftware.com [idsoftware.com].
        • Re:Enemy Territory (Score:3, Informative)

          by zr-rifle (677585)
          Or you can get it here [www.ngi.it]. Download is quite fast for Europeans.

          Just remember to patch the game with the 2.56 update [www.ngi.it], else you won't be able to join the majority of servers.

          What's cool about Enemy Territory is that the win32 and linux clients were released simultaneously. It's certainly something I'd like to see happen more often in the gaming industry and it's a boon to linux gaming in general. I've got fingers crossed for DooM3 as well, since iD software has always been very concerned about the linux game
    • Re:Enemy Territory (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Marsala (4168) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:03PM (#7731287) Homepage
      and after a week they become a lot more proficient.

      Yeah.

      It doesn't take all that long to figure out how to type in "OMFG..WTF?!? HAX!" or to understand that when all hope is lost poor shots turn to the flamethrower for solace. :)

      Seriously, though... Enemy Territory (which is totally, 100% free-as-in-beer free and plays under Winders and Linux nicely) or Return to Castle Wolfenstein are awesome games... especially if you want to emphasize that whole teamwork thing. We used to play RtCW after hours, and it did a lot for the whole "I got your back" mentality in the office.

      ET will be more graphics hungry than RtCW, but I currently play ET on a Ti4000 without too much hassle, and was running RtCW on a honest-to-gawd 3dfx Voodoo 3000. Something like Quake3 should be no sweat for the systems you mentioned (I've played all 3 on a 850Mhz duron).
  • Counterstrike (Score:5, Informative)

    by subzero_ice (624972) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:43PM (#7731115)
    How about counterstrike? It doesn't require a high end machine infact P4 1.7 is a over kill for counterstrike.
  • Armagetron (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:44PM (#7731125)
    http://armagetron.sourceforge.net/
  • cube (Score:5, Informative)

    by potpie (706881) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:45PM (#7731135) Journal
    Definitely Cube! It's like a basics version of half-life for free.

    http://wouter.fov120.com/cube/
  • P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards, so Quake and the likes are out of the question.

    i run a dual 450 and i play all the half-life mods and they run better then ever. i "use to" play all the time on a voodoo3! so don't give me that you can't play any of the good games. they might load slow but once they load they should run fine.

  • It will run on just about anything that has 3D acceleration. It's oodles of fun. And it can be had for $10 in the bargain bin at CompUSA.
  • Tetrinet (Score:2, Informative)

    by PhaseBurn (44685)
    http://gtetrinet.sourceforge.net/

    Loads of fun, multiplayer, great for an office enviornment, and very light on hardware...
  • Wolf: ET (Score:2, Informative)

    by Fatal (31133)
    Wolfenstein Enemy territory would be an ideal game.. It should run with no difficulties on your machines and it is also free..

    A quick google search turned up this URL, for example, to download from..

    grab from here [4players.de]
  • Freedoom (Score:3, Informative)

    by sfraggle (212671) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:49PM (#7731185)
    Give Freedoom [sf.net] a go - the PrBoom [sf.net] port runs on Linux and supports multiplayer. Not all the freedoom levels support deathmatch yet but theres a huge archive [doomworld.com] of deathmatch wads you can play under it instead.
  • by skippy13 (174383) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:49PM (#7731188)
    With such low end systems, you'd better stick with MUDs.

    If my _great_ P2 450MHz machine with 128MB RAM and an Nividia TNT2 with 16 MB of VRAM can play Counterstrike via Wine, I'm really not sure what to recommend for your "not that great" machines...
  • enough said.
  • LEGENDS IS FREE! (Score:2, Informative)

    by terrox (555131)
    http://legendsthegame.com - action game, multiplayer, scalable graphics etc. download from any of these mirrors http://shiftermod.com/legends/legends-0.3.6.1.tar. gz http://borganism.com/legends/downloads/legends-0.3 .6.1.tar.gz http://themasters.co.za/legends-0.3.6.tar.gz
  • Unreal Tournament (Score:2, Informative)

    by hogger (566646)
    Unreal Tournament Classic (not UT2003) runs great in Linux. You can purchase it for around $10 in the bargain bin at my local CompUSA, so everyone could afford to legally have a copy on their machine. It runs just fine on my daughter's Celeron 700 with a four-year old Voodoo card, so I suspect it would run great on your newer faster better office PCs.

    There are lots of mods for it if you get bored with the factory DM, CTF, and assault modes.

    Also, as many have mentioned, quake3 runs fin on a box like yours.
  • It'll run, but barely on those P4 1.7 GHz boxes. Luckily, those NVIDIA can do 16 color screens pretty good, so you'll be fine there.
  • America's Army (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Neo-Rio-101 (700494) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:52PM (#7731212)
    With Linux being free and America's Army being free.... all you need is the PC hardware and a broadband connection. "Frag out" indeed.
    • Re:America's Army (Score:3, Informative)

      by harikiri (211017)
      Downside is that you need a lot of patience to play AA:O, because there are no respawns. Not something my co-workers have a lot of. :-(
  • I have a 3 year old computer 1GHz Athlon and GeForce2. I have yet to run into a game I cannot play.
  • linux games (Score:2, Informative)

    by Feuer_Frei- (733133)
    those machine should be able to handle Quake 1-3 and Unreal Tournament fine in linux. UT2K3 and tenebrae quake would take a better vid card. If you are willing to install WinE Half-Life and Counter-Strike will also play perfectly fine. check out more at linuxgaming.net [linuxgaming.net]
  • Freeciv || XPilot (Score:4, Interesting)

    by RDPIII (586736) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:55PM (#7731231) Journal
    Freeciv [freeciv.org] is multiplayer and works on about any machine that can run X comfortably. If you want more action, may I suggest the classic XPilot [xpilot.org]?
  • Hearts (Score:3, Funny)

    by DeadBugs (546475) on Monday December 15, 2003 @10:56PM (#7731239) Homepage
    You must have meant .17 Ghz because otherwise your system will play just about any game on the market.

    So if this is the case fire up a good old game of Hearts. I've played it over the network on a P133. With all the eye-candy turned on and full resolution.
  • few ones (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jacek Poplawski (223457) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:04PM (#7731300)
    Try few free (of cost) games:

    strategy

    FreeCiv [freeciv.org] - new version was just released, FreeCiv is not as good as Civ3 in single player, but it's very playable in mp

    TEG [sourceforge.net] - if you want simple strategy (it's risk clone)
    [sourceforge.net]
    lgeneral - panzer general clone

    action
    [activision.com]
    RTCW ET - IMHO best team action game

    Cube [fov120.com] - simple multiplayer FPS, with nice graphics

    Armagetron [sourceforge.net] - 3D tron implementation

    sport

    CannonSmash [sourceforge.net] - table tennis simulation

    foobillard [sunsite.dk]- billard simulation

    misc

    Scorched 3D [scorched3d.co.uk] - scorch (or for younger slashdot users: worms) clone

  • scorched3d (Score:4, Informative)

    by kyjello (566001) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:11PM (#7731357)
    If you were a fan of scorched earth then scorched3d shouldn't disapoint. link [sourceforge.net]
  • by Micah (278) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:21PM (#7731412) Homepage Journal
    If you like Risk, there's always TEG [sf.net]. No 3D graphics or even sound, but somehow I got addicted to it.

    Just get version 0.10.x (for Gnome 1) because 0.11 (for Gnome 2.x) crashes under Gnome 2.2 and 2.4 (only works in 2.0).
  • by jensend (71114) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:35PM (#7731502)
    Gnocatan [sourceforge.net], the Gnome 2 settlers of catan clone, is a lot of fun.
  • Ravage's Installers (Score:5, Informative)

    by Floydmon (530908) on Monday December 15, 2003 @11:52PM (#7731598)
    Ravage has made a bunch of Linux installers for Windows PC games including:

    Alteria
    Devastation
    Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
    Freespace: The Great War
    Freespace: Silent Threat
    Freespace 2
    Kingpin: Life of Crime
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
    Neverwinter Nights
    Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide
    Rise of The Triad: Dark War
    Soul Ride
    Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror
    Unreal: Return To Na Pali
    Unreal Gold
    Unreal Tournament 2003 Digital Extremes Bonus Pack
    Unreal Tournament 2003 Epic Bonus Pack One

    All you need is original Windows CD for the games, and possibly some graphics cards tweaking. I've used these installers to get Unreal Tournament and Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror working on my Debian (woody) box.

    Check out the ravage's web site here: http://www.icculus.org/~ravage/ [icculus.org]
  • by Shant3030 (414048) * on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @12:08AM (#7731675)
    shedding some of those extra pounds and starting a table tennis tournament...

    if you have a table, of course
  • LiquidWar (Score:3, Informative)

    by Jerf (17166) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @12:17AM (#7731738) Journal
    Did a search on the titles and it seems nobody has yet pointed to Liquid War [ufoot.org] (at least not properly naming it in the title of their post). Winner of Most Unique/Original Game in the HappyPuppy 2002 awards [happypenguin.org]. Simple, yet fun. Controls couldn't be any simpler and multiplayer action is reasonably well paced, not "frantic" (usually), yet not slow, either (again, usually).

    Worth a try.
  • Enemy Territory (Score:5, Informative)

    by bigberk (547360) <bigberk@users.pc9.org> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @01:06AM (#7732002)
    Nobody's mentioned Enemy Territory yet? This thing is fantastic. It's a special release of Return to Castle Wolfenstein (totally free, and legal) that allows network team play of Allies vs. Axis. Pretty realistic, and definitely runs on slower hardware (I have a 1.2 GHz Duron, and ancient Radeon card). Versions have been released for both Windows and Linux. Here is the distribution site [idsoftware.com] with BitTorrents but the download is available from lots of other places too.
  • by brundlefly (189430) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @01:30AM (#7732124)
    This entire thread is the best (or worst, YMMV) Linux dis ever.

    The fact that somebody must ask Slashdot if there are any games that their office can play on decent hardware is, um how shall we say it, ouchie.

    Ya, ya, troll post. Don't bother flaming, I run Linux too.
  • Savage (Score:4, Informative)

    by SuperQ (431) * on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @01:33AM (#7732135) Homepage
    I've been playing Savage for the last few weeks.. they have a free 130mb linux client demo download. It's a great game, 3d FPS for up to 32 players per team.. and one person on each team is a commander, who is in overhead view RTS mode. It's a bit warcraft like in the RTS mode.. gather resources, build tech buildings, build spawn buildings. main goal is kill the other teams stronghold.

    in the full version, there are 2 races, humans and beasts. There are also more maps.

    check it out.. http://www.s2games.com
  • Mangband (Score:3, Informative)

    by Larne (9283) * on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @01:33AM (#7732137)

    mangband! [mangband.org] It's kind of like a realtime, multiplayer nethack. Not quite as advanced as nethack in terms of creatures and items, but a huge amount of fun nonetheless. And I promise your graphics cards will handle it.

    For something a little more flashy there's Crossfire [real-time.com], which takes the graphics all the way from Nethack levels to Gauntlet levels. I've had some problems at LAN parties with the Windows client, but if you're all Linux you should be OK.

    These games prove that fancy graphics aren't necessary to make a game fun. Plus, call me a wuss if you want, but I like that they can be played cooperatively.

  • Armagetron (Score:3, Informative)

    by FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `dabyzzuf'> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @02:18AM (#7732339)

    Armagetron is a networkable, 3D light cycle game, as seen in Tron the movie. Check it out at http://armagetron.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]. Latest version even supports Internet multiplayer!

  • XPilot (Score:3, Informative)

    by orbitalia (470425) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @04:04AM (#7732710) Homepage
    You mentioned Bzflag, I think you would like XPilot also, perfect for team games about 5 a side. It might have been mentioned under this post already but heres some more info..

    The official homepage [xpilot.org] gives you some tips on how to play the game (it DOES takes a little while to learn). It's rated the #11 best game on www.happypenguin.org, works under most Unixes, linux distros and even windows.

    It is basically Multi user thrust and while that might sound a bit boring and the graphics look a bit boring, it is actually really great fun, once you have perfected control with the mouse it becomes a game of lightening reactions. Don't let the basic graphics confuse you, but you knew that already right. There are hundreds of game parameters and client parameters you can change, and loads of maps, of different modes, some of them are pure power games where you collect as many power ups as you can, there is also a race mode where its pure speed, and then there is a team play mode where you try to steal each others treasure.

    You might want to check out a branch that some of us are working on too which gives the ability to define maps in XML and use polygons and as high an FPS as your machine will allow, and also has an SDL/opengl client in it (much nicer graphics same gameplay). You can find that in the CVS linked from here [slashdot.org]

    It's great just to start a local server in the office on a machine and let the fun ensue. Try out a map called bloods music, where you attempt to steal each others "ball" (same idea as a flag in quake). Warning though it takes time to get into but once into is VERY! addictive.

    Regards
  • by cecil36 (104730) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @08:31AM (#7733457) Homepage
    I've been playing this game since my final year of college. If your office is full of Tetris fans, then load this on your workstations and have fun.

    Quadra homepage [sourceforge.net]

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