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Capture the Flag
"Everyone's favorite picnic game comes to QBasic!"
It seems simple enough...
two flags laid out on the opposite side of the field, and all you have
to do is make it safely across the bridge and back while capturing your
friend's flag. But your buddy has his eyes set on your flag, and there
are plenty of other kids in your way. Can you "capture the flag" before
the opposing teams catches you in the act? Find out in this two-player
simultaneous strategy game based on the outdoor classic!
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
||There are happy faces all over the playground
while you play, but you can't get any graphics points if you have ASCII
Characters. Some graphics here would have really helped, or at least a
little color. Playing the game on top of the boring black blackdrop takes
a lot of the fun out of this outdoor game.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||You can capture your opponent's flag,
but you can't hear screams of delight to go with it. Capture the Flag does
not come with Sound Blaster music or PC speaker sound effects.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|Capture the Flag has no options to change,
but the gameplay's not entirely bad. Even though the computer's easy to
beat, the controls are excellent except for the fact that you can only
press one key at a time and it's a two player game. The teams are tough
to discern, and the black background can be irritating at times, but the
game salvages a point from this category.
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|It's a story everyone's familiar with:
you have to capture your opponents' flag. It's not entirely original, but
it works. However, this game is more appealing to kids than adults because
the ASCII characters in the game are kids and not tanks or soldiers or
gorillas or... you get the picture.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
||After you've won once, there's really
no motivation to keep playing. There's no wins/losses table or tournament
or another battle to play, the game exits and chances are you won't type
captflag into the DOS prompt.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
||Unlike some versions of Capture the Flag,
you can tag your opponent regardless of what side of the battlefield that
they are on. The computer players have predefined paths, so if you stand
directly in front of your flag, they can't get to it. Also, instead of
racing up to the corners to get the flag, you can dawdle across the bridge
(knocking computer opponents on the other team back to their home sides).
If you capture somebody, they go right back to their starting positions.
There's no "jail time" or "walk back time" in this version of Capture the
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
||This game seems intended more towards
children than adults, and if I were playing this game and I was nine or
ten then I'd call a bunch of my friends and play the real version of capture
the flag. An interesting concept for a game, but it's not much fun. It's
like computerized Scrabble, it's more fun if you play the real version.
This game could benefit from several scenarios
or a story with a bit of a different twist. This
is just the beta version, but for a game
like this to get any better, it's going to have to make a lot of changes.
Capture the Flag by Diamond Titan
|Genre: Strategy Game
||To solve: N/A Final Rating: 2/35
To download this game, click here.
run Capture the Flag, unzip the file and run "CAPTFLAG.EXE".
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