Slashdot recently ran a review of some of the lesser known holiday season “must have” games. Their conclusion? None of them are that great.
However, buried in the comments, someone gave the name of a nice little freeware game that was too good not to be noticed.
It’s called Overgod. It doesn’t seem to really have an official website, but you can get it here. It is, to quote the Slashdot poster, “hours of blasty fun”.
It’s fun! Just your little ship vs. three thousand huge war machines.As you might thus infer, OG is amazingly hard. Don’t expect to get past the second level the first time you play it. Did I mention the levels are randomly generated?
Multiplayer mode is also cool. It makes things actually somewhat easier, having someone else around attracting fire.
Much to my surprise, OG ran smoothly at 800×600 on my 300MHz Celeron with a 2 mb graphics card. Bonus points to the author for programming it so efficiently.
Even more bonus points for having Linux and Mac versions in addition to the Windows one.
Now, the one part I actually strongly disliked. The name and back story.
For too long has the world been ruled by cruel and disputatious gods! It’s time someone did something about it. You have constructed a vehicle in which to visit the outer layers of the Celestial Oversphere and do battle with those who sit in judgement on the Universe. Failure means oblivion, or worse. Success will strike a blow at the shackles which bind humanity, and let you join or even supplant those you have conquered!
Riiiiight. There’s more, but you get the general gist of it.
While imaginative, this cute little tale has absolutely nothing to do with the game that follows. They could say that the galactic empire was invading and you are the last member of a resistance effort and it would make no difference whatsoever. Why bother with this elaborate story about “the gods”? It could be called “Overthrow”, or “Overmaster” or even “OverG.O.D.” (Overt General Outer Defense) and the player would be none the wiser.
Also, I was rather disappointed in the variety between ships. Each ship has a unique feature that, if it could be combined with with another feature would be pretty cool, but by itself is almost useless. They balance the ships out a bit, so it dosen’t really matter what power you pick. Kinda disappointing, that. You can apply the same stratagy with different ships with about the same sucess rate.
The game could be improved some. First, difficulty levels. My younger siblings would love this game, if they could actually stay alive for more then 20 seconds.
I suggest a “build a ship” feature. You’d be able to pick two special abilities for your ship and mess with your starting stats a bit. Not add new stat points, but rearrange your existing ones. For example, I’d love to start with a more maneuverable ship, even if I had to sacrifice some shields to do it.
It roxxors. If you are a gamer, you will enjoy this game. Even if you are not a gamer, it’s still fun to play with a friend. Go download it!
FremLog rating: 8.7ish/10